1. Go in with a game plan
You may not have asked Santa for a few extra
pounds this Christmas, but unless you have a plan,
that’s exactly what you’re going to get, says Robin
Anderson, a registered dietitian in Edmonton.
“Holiday parties start earlier every year,” she says.
“And once you add Thanksgiving, Halloween and
Grey Cup events into the mix, your social calendar
can easily fill up with weeks of food-centred
festivities.” Want to avoid looking too jolly after
the holidays? Here’s how:
Stick to your schedule.
“If you’re only going to a few events, you can
afford to indulge a little more,” says Anderson.
But if you plan to spread good tidings far and
wide, you’ll need to be more restrained in your
approach to eating.
Give yourself a (calorie) budget.
It’s the difference between going shopping with
a set amount of cash and just pulling out the
plastic; the second option is much more likely
to lead to a splurge. The same applies when you
go to a holiday party, says Tristaca Caldwell,
a registered dietitian and owner of Fueling with
Food in Halifax. “If you think of your holiday-party
calories like a budget, it helps you decide when
to indulge and when to hold back,” she explains.
“The goal is to get the most flavour and
enjoyment from the fewest calories.”