by Sarah JF Braley | December 13, 2019

If your schedule is anything like ours in December, you are faced with a plethora of parties that will serve up some of the most fun food of the year. How to keep some control over your eating as you party-hop? Jackie London, RD, head of nutrition and wellness at WW (formerly Weight Watchers), offers some advice:

  • "As we enter the holiday season and prepare for holiday parties galore, I stick to three 'biology basics' as a general guide for how to stay healthier and just simply feel better during the holidays: Drink, Snack and Sleep," she says. "If you're going out, it's crucial that you stay hydrated, eat a little something about an hour before you head out -- something that's satisfying to you, but not so filling that you're stuffed -- and get rest and schedule time to zone out so you're not completely burned out by the time January 1st comes around."
  • On the day of an event, pay special attention to what you eat and how much water you drink throughout the day, and add in some extra vegetables and fruits to meals and snacks.
  • London's general holiday-party guideline is equal parts health-promoting and festive: "If it's in your kitchen, you might want to skip it" - meaning you should save your tasting for the special events you attend and eat normally at home. During the party, first pile onto your plate all of the produce that you like (and that are available to you), and then add bites of the foods you know you love the most. "If there's anything to skip, it's the stuff you personally don't feel is special or unique for you," she adds.