Thanksgiving. Christmas. New Years. Holiday parties. Ooo…the new Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks! December is a frenzy of turkey, booze, eggnog, and bulky sweaters to hide your holiday weight gain. January most often proves to be a string of fitness resolutions to reach new #summerbody goals. 


We’ve consulted with Toronto nutritionist and fitness expert Kyle Byron, for tips for drinking during holiday parties, to stick to your nutritional regime, as well as get a head start on New Year’s resolutions

Consumed in moderation, you do not have to say no to that cocktail at your work function’s open bar.  Here are some friendly tips to keep in mind:

1. Hydration. This is the key to managing alcohol. Ideally if you are having a few cocktails, it is not with a full stomach, so you can alternate alcohol and water. This will maintain your hydration to decrease the chances of a hangover, and therefore more likely to exercise. Hangover headaches are caused from dehydration and a build up of detoxification by products.

2. Sugary mixes are to be avoided. A few mixed drinks have as much sugar as a chocolate bar. Instead:

a.     Drink it straight or on ice
b.     Soda and citrus fruit
c.     Bitters. (Experiment with 1 tsp of bitters in a glass with ice, vodka, and soda water)
d.     Pure cranberry juice

3. Classic cocktails provide a low-sugar way to drink vodka and make you look super classy  

Our suggestions:

Wyborowa vodka is made from pure 100% rye-grain, meaning that it is low calorie and has no cholesterol or fats, GMO or gluten.

The Classic Vodka Martini

In a shaker combine:

·       2 oz. Wyborowa vodka

·       A few drops of Dry Vermouth.


Two handfuls of ice

(1) Stir the drink for about 30-60 seconds.
(2) Strain into the glass
(3) Garnish with 1-2 green olives on a skewer




*For more recipes, please visit: ; Available at the LCBO for $26.75 (750 mL).

Kyle’s Nutrition Tips:

1.     Have a healthy meal or snack prior to any holiday gatherings, that way you’ll be less tempted.

2.     Look for healthy options to pair with your cocktails. Shrimp cocktails and veggies with hummus work well and also provide protein.

3.     If you are drinking mixed drinks, keep the sugar count low and stay away from sweet snacks. 

Food is amazing. It brings people together. It is emotion. It is our health. Mastering food is a skill. Proper nutrition can make us lean, energetic, and healthy. Poor nutrition can literally kill us, and along the way, it makes us obese, tired, and sore. If it were easy to manage eating, there wouldn’t be an obesity epidemic. So I don’t blame anyone for having poor eating habits.

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Kyle Byron is a Nutritionist and Personal Trainer living and working in Toronto. He received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from St. Francis Xavier University. In the 10 years he’s been working in Toronto, he’s helped over 1800 clients and been an expert speaker for BMO, TIFF, Salesforce, and more. 

He has worked with athletes of all ages and levels of competition including dancers at the National Ballet of Canada, professional MMA fighters, ultra-marathoners, as well as children and families. 

Currently, Kyle offers nutrition programs, personal training and fitness coaching.



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