How to Approach a Birthday Party

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Staying focused on fitness goals and healthy eating during a birthday party is challenging. I was just having a conversation with another member of the Calorie Count website about this. These are the tips that I shared with her.

  1. Have a game plan. Decide the day before the event how many calories you’d like to dedicate to the event. If you want to indulge a little, do extra exercise to compensate.
  2. Decide if you want to have cake. Don’t feel obligated to eat cake because you’re at a birthday party. To me, it has to be the most delicious cake to have a slice.
  3. Stick to the veggies (without the dip). Pick at baby carrots, celery, and broccoli throughout the day instead of chips.
  4. At the meal, find a lean protein, grain, and lots of veggies. Stay focused on the nutritional value. Avoid anything fried.
  5. Stay away from alcohol. If you’re going to have a drink decide what kind. Organic red wine is a good choice. Fruity, sugary, mixed drinks are loaded with calories. Make a decision and stick to it!
  6. Drink water. It will help you feel full, hydrated, and from drinking soda or sugary drinks.
  7. Think. Think about how you want to feel when you go home and the party is over. I know I don’t want to feel regret that I ate chips, cookies, brownies, cake, or ice cream. I want to feel proud that I said no to junk food and yes to healthy food.

All too often people think food equates to fun. It doesn’t. Fun is what you make of it. Play games, lawn games, a game of catch, or tell stories.

Do you have any birthday parties coming up? Are there any good tips you’d like to share?

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