1. Eat balanced, nutrient-dense meals throughout the day.
Eating balanced meals will help keep your blood sugar balanced and you'll end up eating less when you head over to the part at the end of the day. Many think that it's good to "save room" for the party food by not eating lunch, but this makes you more hungry and more likely to overdose on sugar. When blood sugar is low, the body naturally craves sugar!
2. Don't drink alcohol on an empty stomach.
Doing so will spike your blood sugar and again, increase cravings for sugar (in the form of sweets or processed grains like bread, crackers, french fries etc.). Consume your alcoholic beverage with your food.
3. If you do drink alcohol, balance it out with plenty of water.
Keep on eye an your "Safety Rabbit," i.e., your water intake. Make sure to have 12 oz of water for every alcoholic beverage, minimum.
4. Only eat what's on your plate.
It's easy to stand around the potluck table and nibble on chips, M&Ms, or crackers and cheese ball, but pretty soon we've just consumed waaaayyy more than we needed to. Eating from a plate helps us see what we're eating as well as how much we're eating.
5. Slow down and practice mindful eating.
When you eat slower, you eat less because you allow your body enough time to respond to the food that's coming down the hatch. Stopping eating before you're full is like pulling the roast out of the oven before it's done.... you don't want to over cook it.... And, when you eat slower, you also get to enjoy it longer. Slow yourself down by chewing more, which improves digestion, and setting your fork down between bites. Taking deep slow breaths after every other bite will also cool the nervous system (improving digestion) and allow your stomach to send the "I'm full" signal to your brain.