'Ah kids birthday parties. So many fun games and activities and then it's time for pizza and cake! The kids all sit around the table and parents pass out slices of pizza followed by singing happy birthday and eating cake. All the while parents are encouraged to help themselves to the pizza and cake as well. That’s usually when it hits me, I'M STARVING! So I help myself to a slice (or two) of pizza and cake and then a little later I don't feel well and I'm thinking why did I eat all of that?!
Or what about the times when there are other parties? Graduation, Holidays, family get togethers, hanging out with the neighbors, Super Bowl, you get the idea. There is always a TON of food and it all looks yummy! I always tell myself that I am going to eat just a little bit and that there is no need to over indulge, BUT then I start socializing. I have a drink or two and the munchies hit! So I give in to the urge and eat and eat until I am so full that I feel like my husband needs to roll me home. Does this all sound familiar?
For me parties are a huge nutritional struggle. I want to try everything especially the cake, but I know nutritionally it is not good for me. Plus the havoc pizza (or any dairy) and cake will do on my gut is miserable. So what is a busy mother/person suppose to do when either their child or themselves gets invited to a party and on the way you realize you are starving? You have every intention on eating the “healthy” food items when you get there, but you know you didn’t plan well so chances are great that when you do see the food you will eat everything in sight. What are you suppose to do?!
For me, I find that the number one reason why I indulge at parties is because I am hungry. A solution that has helped me is to drink a smoothie before I leave for the party. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it does need to have lots of protein in it so you feel and stay full and hence less likely to help yourself to the cheese pizza or a huge slice of cake! I typically make my own smoothie with protein powder, cashew milk, spinach and a fruit, but there are times when I don't have 5 minutes to even make the smoothie! When this happens I reach for a meal replacement shake (AdvoCare has a great one!) where I poor the packet into my blender bottle with either water or nut milk and then I shake it up and I'm on my way! Another great option is to keep protein bars on hand, so as you are leaving you can grab one and eat it on the way to the party. Anything with a lot of protein and low in sugar is going to be great to eat before a party and help reduce the urge to over indulge. Cheers to that!
I'm a wife, mother, pediatric occupational Therapist and I'm just trying to navigate my way through this this crazy, busy life while trying to find the meaning of living fit.