When you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet, you know what you’re getting into.
But what about other social gatherings, where you’re surrounded in calories, and don’t even realize it?
Here are five high-calories social situations to be mindful of:
The Office Birthday Party
Shelly from accounting insists on a gooey, fudgy chocolate monstrosity of a cake every year for her birthday.
Next time, suggest fruit platters for the party, or everyone can bring their own portion-limited treat instead. Or, you can avoid being the party pooper, and politely eat healthily in advance of the festivities.
The Potluck Dinner
Littered with high-calories choices, bring a veggie-based soup, salad, or some fruit, for the good of everyone at the table. Try to resist the urge to nibble on everything, too.
And don’t forget: the calories in alcoholic beverages – even wines – can add up. Fast.
The County Fair
With concessions at every stand, a county fair’s food choices are rarely good for you. Fried doughs, hot dogs, cotton candy, the list goes on.
Go the fair on a full stomach, and bring snacks for when you get…snacky. If you must indulge, practice portion control, like sharing a single serving amongst your friends!
You can’t escape all the oversized cinnamon buns and giant ice creams at the mall. So if you’re there around lunch or dinner, make a beeline to the salad bar!
The Game (Live or At Home)
Getting drawn into a close game can lead to mindless munching. Again, try to fill up as your amateur pre-game ritual, or bring your own healthy snacks. If you’re going to a live game, plan a meal before or after with your friends, which will save your wallet, and your waistline!
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