Holiday Eating Done Right

Holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year, if you are not careful. You can take control by eating balanced meals and staying active while still enjoying your holiday festivities with family and friends. To help with your plan of action, check out and enjoy these favorite holiday eating tips.

1. Be realistic. During the holiday you should focus on weight maintenance instead of weight loss.

2. Eat before the party. Don’t go to the party on an empty stomach. Eat a healthy snack (fruit, veggies, whole grain crackers) before heading out.

3. Be strategic. Portion control, food quality and timing make a difference. Survey party buffets before making your plate and think about the hidden calories in mixed dishes. Choose small portions of your holiday favorites and fill your plate with healthier choices first, e.g., shrimp cocktail, veggies/fruits and hummus or smoked salmon. Also, get in line early so the healthy choices are still available.

4. Be careful with beverages. Cocktails are full of calories and alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating. Drink plenty of water before going out and alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water.

5. Take the focus off food. Turn baking and candy making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths or decorating. Or enjoy outdoor activities like sledding or skating. At holiday parties, focus on good conversations with colleagues and friends, not on the food.

6. Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering. You can cut calories without sacrificing flavor. For example, sautéing with broth instead of butter saves 104 calories per tablespoon!
7. Dress for less. Wear fitted or belted clothing that will give indication if you are overdoing it.

8. Plan time for exercise. A moderate and daily exercise can help offset increased holiday eating and helps relieve holiday stress.

Source: Total Reward’s EY Assist and EY Wellness resources

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