No more stolen bites of mac and cheese! Avoid common parental diet pitfalls and get healthier (and slimmer!) in no time with these strategies from Joy Bauer, RDN and Deborah Orlick Levy, RD.
Mistake #1: Eating Endless Calories at Birthday Parties
Every weekend, it's another kiddie party. So every weekend, you end up mindlessly munching pizza, hot dogs, chips and cake.
To get back on track: Before you leave for the party, take the edge off your hunger with a snack that combines protein, fiber and water. Try 1/4 cup of hummus with unlimited amounts of your favorite vegetables (baby carrots, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, celery or bell peppers). To avoid grazing out of boredom, start a conversation with another parent or offer to help the host. Arm yourself with a low-calorie beverage, like club soda with as plash of juice, to occupy your hands and taste buds. Dying for a piece of cake? Go ahead, but make it a small one--and be sure to resist the urge to finish your kid's slice after she licks off the frosting.