Everywhere we go there will be chips, cheezels, pretzels, alcohol and soft drink. If you turn up hungry you will probably eat them and not venture very far from the table of food. Basically the answer is always eat before you go. That way you can focus on what you are actually there for and that is to catchup and talk to people who matter to you. Yes you can take a chip when they are handed around but you won’t be focussed on how hungry you are and take handful after handful of them.
Alcohol is one of the worst things for putting on weight. It also contributes to depression, reduces the absorption of our nutrients and puts strain on our liver. The obvious answer is to avoid it, but if you want a drink start with a couple of glasses of water and just sip the alcohol throughout the day or evening.
Take your own stainless steel flask of filtered water that way you will have it on hand and don’t have to put up with tap water if you are not used to it.
Stress is the other big factor at Christmas time. Every family has one of them and it can be quite a tense time. If you get through the day without an argument many would see it as a huge success. I say this a little tongue in cheek but it will ring true for alot of people. The answer is meditate prior to your occasion, cut back on the alcohol, practice deep breathing and take whatever your favourite anti-anxiety formula is. There are many out there. Rescue Remedy is a popular one or BioResearch Formula N is another.
Most importantly just focus on the positive always. It is only 1 day. Enjoy.