Holiday Eating Survival Tips

My most powerful survival tips are aimed at taking the edge of your appetite, which will give you the willpower you need when facing the temptation of the edible delights of the season.

When you are not feeling hungry you will have far more control.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


Take The Edge Off

First off, don’t skip meals on the day of the party. Treat yourself to an awesome breakfast and lunch. If you eat too light during the day or skip a meal, you’ll know your at a calorie deficit and falsely think you can compensate for it at dinner time. And that is the easiest way to set yourself up for failure. Remember, when you are not feeling hungry you will have more control.

Eat a snack before you go to the party so you don’t arrive hungry. When it comes time to eat, let your eyes feast first. See what is being served. Enjoy it visually. If there is a salad, veggies or seafood, start with one (or all!) of those, to take the edge off your appetite.


Be The Last Person To The Buffet

This survival tip works particularly well!

You see, once everyone else has picked through all the food it will look less appetizing, so you’ll naturally want to put less on your plate. Awesome! By contrast, if you’re first up, you’ll most likely be finished eating by the time the last person makes there way through the buffet line, and that in itself will make you more inclined to go back up for a second helping. If you were the last person to the buffet and want to go for seconds, there’s usually not much left.


Make One Trip To Through The Buffet

Be ultra-selective with your food choices, fill up your plate wisely. Lean turkey and veggies have never made anyone fat! So be generous here. Be a scrooge when it comes to the mashed potatoes, pasta dishes, gravy and sauces. Take your plate back to your table and enjoy calorie-free conversation with friends or coworkers. Don’t let the thought of going back for more cross your mind.


Enjoy Your Favorites

Some foods are only enjoyed at this time of year. Pick a few of your most favorite holiday foods and enjoy them! Avoid the guilty pleasures you can have any old time, like the chocolate and the chips. Instead go for your ultimate holiday favourites… rum-drenched fruitcake anyone!?!


Take A Dish To The Party

For the house parties, take one of your favorite healthy dishes to share. Your hostess will be thrilled you’ve brought something along, and others will likely be thankful for the healthy option. Be ready to share your recipe!


Eat Slowly

The best way to do this is to be mindful – put your knife and fork down between bites and chew well. Talk between bites of food, your meal will last longer. As a result you’ll feel full but not over-full, and far more satisfied than if you snorfed your food.


Dessert Anyone!?!

It’s fun to share, so split a dessert with someone. You’ll be sharing in the calories too.


Don’t Drink Your Calories

You can only consume a certain amount of calories in a day before there is an… undesired effect. Allot your calories for food!

Most holiday beverages are loaded with calories, and often because of they contain the world’s greatest anti-nutrient, sugar. If the claim comes in as low calorie, then your bevies will contain a far worse ‘evilness‘ – artificial sweetener.

So when it comes to your holiday drinks, don’t let those extra calories add up. Did you know that:

  • 8 oz of non-alcoholic eggnog has a whopping 360 calories (then add on the spiced rum)!
  • 5 oz glass of white wine comes in far less at 100 calories
  • 12 oz beer is typically around 150 calories, and
  • 1.5 oz of Scotch has 100 calories.

Mixes, juice and pop contain anywhere between 110-150 calories per cup, so look for healthier alternatives. Soda water has virtually no calories. Try this lovely holiday spritzer:

  • 2 oz of white wine
  • 4 oz club soda
  • splash of cranberry juice
  • squeeze of fresh lime.


At a cocktail party, hold your drink in your right hand if you are right-handed (or left hand if you’re a lefty). It makes it more difficult to reach for food on impulse.


Be The Designated Driver

Drinking and driving is just not an option. So have one alcoholic drink on the night, and make it one that you will really enjoy (even if its full of calories!). You’ll get home safe and with far less calories under your belt.


Move That Body

Life gets extra hectic during the holidays so maintaining your exercise routine this time of year becomes more important than ever. Exercise will help you burn off some of the extra calories, plus is a great way to reduce stress.

All the other things you do to move your body will add up in a positive way too – parking further away from the shopping mall doors, taking your dog a longer walk, going for a walk on your lunch break and so on.

We live in a special place, enjoy the fabulous winter activities – when was the last time you went ice skating!?!


By | 2016-11-16T10:53:36+00:00 December 13th, 2012|Categories: Great Ideas, Seasonal Eating, Sharon-isms!|Tags: , , |

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Hello! I'm Sharon Wright... Nutrition & Wellness Expert in Calgary, Canada. My passion is helping you feel better. With great foods and healthy habits I can help you find the energy and happiness for work, life and play.