1. Keep up your exercise routines. Schedule exercise in your calendar. Make exercise a priority and hold yourself to it. It’s for you!
  2. No time to exercise? Try “occupational exercise! If you have a thousand things to do before house guests arrive, make cleaning your house your workout. Cleaning involves constant motion – bending, squatting, stretching, pushing and lifting. Does that sounding familiar? Aren’t these the same activities that we do when we go to the gym? What’s more, if you think about the physical benefits of cleaning, you might just make those bends and squats a bit deeper, and throw in a few more trips up and down stairs to retrieve cleaning supplies just for good measure. Try it; you’ll be breaking a bead (and breaking down fat cells) in no time!
  3. If you are entertaining, serve low-calorie favorites. Serve raw vegetables with a dip for an appetizer, a low-fat main course with one or two vegetables, and a fruit and low-fat cheese platter for dessert. Your guests will appreciate eating sensibly – remember they are being bombarded with the same holiday over-indulgence madness.
  4. Avoid skipping meals before a dinner party or big holiday meal. If you arrive starving, you are more likely to stuff yourself on unhealthy foods (including sweets).
  5. Strategically plan your arrival time at a party. Avoid the appetizers and before dinner high calorie drinks by arriving at mealtime for a dinner party.
  6. Prioritize – attend only the parties you really want to go to. You’ll save a lot of calories, time and stress.
  7. Be choosy about the foods available at holiday functions. There are usually a few acceptable healthy choices available to you. Concentrate on fresh vegetable or fruit plates, but don’t dabble too heavily in the sauces and dips. Mixed nuts can be good sources of protein, but be wary of candied nuts or extremely salty nut mixes.
  8. Do not deprive yourself, set realistic healthy eating goals. Do not restrict yourself so much that you crave every food offering you see. Allow yourself to indulge in some goodies at a holiday dinner or party by limiting yourself to smaller potions. Have only one glass of wine or Champagne, split a portion of dessert with a friend.
  9. Go for quality, not quantity. When you do indulge, pass up anything that doesn’t really excite and interest you. Take a small portion of what you love, and savor it by taking small bites and chewing completely. Slow way down, enjoy the moment.
  10. Avoid the hot chocolate. Many hot beverages are filled with sugar. There are plenty of herbal and fruit teas and infusions that are great alternatives. If you prefer your tea sweetened, use a little honey which helps build your immunity during cold and flu season.