Thursday, May 27, 2010

Simple Steps

Can You Party Without Food?

How do you typically celebrate birthdays, graduations, and other occasions with your family and friends? Let me guess — by going out to eat or throwing a party, right? Turns out, people usually eat a lot more when they're in a group and surrounded by delicious food!

Think about the last big gathering you had — with all the laughter and chatter and good-natured teasing, did anyone pay any attention to how fast the nachos or garlic breaddisappeared? The longer you sit around the table, the more you eat, and the more the people around you are eating, the more you eat, too! So the truth is, the more often you socialize at restaurants and parties, the harder it may be to maintain a healthy weight.

Starting this weekend, plan social events that are fun, active, and do not involve food. You might find you really enjoy these outings — maybe even more than going for dinner or drinks! So how about inviting the gang out to play miniature golf or take a weekend hike in a pretty area nearby? Doesn't that sound like fun? You can all sign up for a dance class or a sports team together to make it a regular event, like your weekend dinners. If you don't want to do something super active, that's okay, but you should still try to think of ideas that don't involve food — painting pottery together, for example! It's relaxing and fun, and because your hands are occupied, you can't keep throwing chips in your mouth!

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