5 ways my waistline will survive holiday parties 1.Always drink plenty of water before, during and after the event. 2. Have a protein dense snack before you cruise to the party. Since I'm still keeping it Paleo, I'll do a handful of almonds or walnuts with a shiny green apple or a few slices of turkey with some cheesy* kale chips. 3. If something looks unbelievably amazing, JUST EAT IT. And let the guilt go. No one ever got fat eating a nibble of chocolate bark. A truckload of the bark, maybe. Sometimes meals just don't feel right without a sweet at the end of the night. 4. Where possible, sit down while you eat, like you would a proper meal at home. When I'm eating and standing, I have no idea when to activate my shut-off valve. I tend to let it all go down the trough, taking no accountability for the food I'm ingesting. The idea behind the Sit Down Diet is that you'll practice mindful eating, which will in turn lead to fewer calories ingested. 5. If you are absolutely starving, have no where to sit and they are only serving booze, choose protein and fruit/vegetables over sodium-soaked carbs. At least you'll remain full until you get home—and sit down to a more fulfilling snack. How to you ward-off weight gain during the holidays? Leave a comment below! *The cheese flavour is care of nutritional yeast; sounds nasty, but truly tastes like authentic cheese.