By Jamie Dougherty – Part #4 of the JamieLiving 5-Part Holiday Survival Guide

Catch up:
Part 1 – Buffer Your Beverages,
Part 2 – Eat By Numbers

Part 3 – Join the One Plate Club

We all know it is devastatingly rude to show up to a soiree empty-handed.  You arrive with a bottle of wine or 6-pack to share, knowing alcohol is super easy and always appreciated.  However, to savor the holidays and save your waistline this year, forget the bloating beverages and BYOD!  (AKA, bring your own dish.)

Today’s holiday survival tip is a personal favorite of mine as it brings you straight into the lion’s den of all things food.  That’s right… the kitchen!  For those of you afraid of the “k” word, don’t be.  It’s actually a very lovely place where tasty things happen.  There is even a warming device called an oven, which makes the room particularly nice on cold winter nights.

How can bringing your own dish save you this holiday season?  Let me count the ways:

#1- BYOD allows you to know exactly what’s in your food and enjoy it without worry or guilt.

#2- You look like a cooking goddess which makes you happy, the guests happy and turns you into a domestic diva for the evening.  (And she is a lady everyone wants to know!)

#3- It gets you into the holiday spirit of giving which allows you to forget the other holiday spirit of drinking and stuffing yourself.

If you are now racking your brain trying to think of what to bring to your holiday shin-dig, don’t worry.  This amazing digital cookbook has got you covered!  (Seriously, if I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring one holiday cookbook, this is absolutely the one I would bring.)

In the comments let me know your thoughts on BYOD, how it works for you and what your favorite party-pleasing dish is.  Come on ladies, sharing is caring! (And it feels good too.)

Jamie G. Dougherty, founder of, gives women the secrets to feel amazing in their bodies and create the balance they crave between their busy schedules and eating well. Jamie believes that though kale and brown rice are good foods to put on your plate, until we truly learn HOW to eat rather than just WHAT to eat we will continue to be carb-craving, super-frazzled, stress-out ladies.