Eat before you go!
It doesn't have to be a full meal. Just a healthy snack that will ensure you are not "starving". It is easier to make healthy choices when you aren't feeling hungry.
Contribute something that’s good for you.
Offer to bring a healthy potluck dish. This way you know that you’ll be able to eat something nutritious, no matter how decadent all the other offerings are.
Pay attention to portion sizes.
Your clenched fist is a good visual to measure starchy side dishes, like potato salad or macaroni salad. Aim for 1 cup or less (in total) of these high carbohydrate side dishes.
Use your cell phone. Your phone size will provide approximately 3 ounces of steak, chicken or fish.
Fill up on vegetables first.
Make your first trip to the buffet a huge plate of green salad and veggies. This will take the edge off and allow you to continue making healthy choices though out the meal.
Ditch the Bread.
Your burger will be just as delectable with all your favourite toppings minus the bun....trade in the bread for a fork and a knife and enjoy!
Step away from the buffet and go play! Enjoy getting involved in the activities. Maybe it is a game of Bocce, a volleyball match, or a dip in the pool. The goal is not to get in a work out....it is to keep busy and enjoy every part of the day without just focusing on the food.
Jennifer Vettor R.H.N.