Holidays are a fun time of the year for most of us.  We look forward to parties, gatherings with family and friends, and other special events.  Unfortunately, all the extra goodies and alcohol consumed over the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can derail our healthy eating habits.  We end up having to shed unwanted pounds in January.  Here are some tips to help you enjoy the holidays and stay on track with healthy eating.

Healthy Eating During the HolidaysControl Your Portions

Limit the amount of snack foods and munchies consumed at parties.  It’s easy to eat too much when you’re standing next to the hors d’oeuvres table.  Holiday buffets can be a source of temptation for many people.  Buffets are often loaded with high calorie foods, so choose wisely.  Salads, fresh vegetables, and lean proteins are always a good choice.  Skip the rolls, gravy, and mashed potatoes.  Avoid casseroles that may contain cream soups, whole milk, and butter.  These may have more calories than you might think.  Take smaller portions and pass on second helpings.

Go Easy on Desserts

No one wants to skip desserts and special treats during holiday season.  Just don’t go overboard.  Eating a healthy dinner means you’ll be less hungry at dessert time.  Take smaller pieces, and don’t feel as if you must try everything.  Save those extra calories for something you really love or eat only during the holidays.

Limit Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic drinks are filled with sugar and empty calories.  Some holiday drinks like eggnog are loaded with sugar and fat.  Alcohol also dehydrates, so drink plenty of water.  Remember to limit the alcoholic drinks if you will be driving.

Don’t Skip Your Regular Exercise

Everyone is busy during the holidays, but don’t let that be an excuse to abandon your exercise routine.  Continuing with regular exercise helps us feel better, boosts the immune system, gives us energy, and helps burn off those extra calories we’ve consumed.