In my mind, “The Holidays” officially begin when I receive an Evite from my friend Steph for her annual Holidaze party. Steph is a serious hostess and her yearly soiree includes an open bar, live music, and a ton of food, including two turkeys, prepared two different ways. She spends hours brining those beasts for hungry friends and family who look forward to whatever food adventure she decides to take us on.
The event usually takes place in mid-October, which marks the beginning of my own annual feeding frenzy, in which I partake in every culinary tradition I can get myself invited to. Come January 1, bloated and full of regret, I repent in the form of moderate self-loathing, half-hearted resolutions, and the beginning of many hours clocked on the Peloton in our basement.
Eating is among my favorite hobbies. But as the years go by, I’m finding that the pounds are hanging on and I’m not able to work them off like I used to. So I reached out to Nina Eng, chief clinical dietitian at Northwell Health’s Plainview Hospital, for some personal level-setting and advice on how to do better while still enjoying the festivities. Here’s what she suggests: