With the holidays quickly approaching, your heart may be filling with cheer — or dread — at the idea of holiday parties and other food-based social gatherings.
If you follow a diet of any type, whether for weight loss, health reasons (such as food allergies or sensitivities) or simply wanting to eat clean to feel your best, holiday parties can be a challenge. You want to be gracious to your host or hostess and enjoy the bountiful spread. You want something to do with your hands, and often a plate and a glass of something take the edge off any social awkwardness. You want to fit in. Heck ... You want to live a little and indulge!
But how can you do that without sacrificing your health?
Here are a few ideas to help you navigate your next holiday gathering without feeling bloated, green and Grinch-like the next day: