Think Healthy Thoughts
Spend time before the holidays planning healthy snacks, appetizers, meals, and desserts to prepare. Make a grocery list and stick to it. Whether you are a host or guest, be the one to create healthy alternatives to the typically not-so-healthy holiday menu.
Snack, Don't Skip
Just like any other day, you shouldn't skip meals during the holidays. It is not a good approach to cut calories by cutting meals from the day. Keep normal eating times and if you do happen to skip a meal try to snack on healthy foods to keep you from starving and stuffing.
Don't Forget Rest
Don't forget to add sleep and relaxation to the holiday to-do list. Staying well rested not only provides an extra boost of energy, it also helps keep you from overstuffing yourself.
Stay Physically Active
Don't use the holidays or the cold weather as an excuse. Even if you are traveling you can find new ways to engage in activities alone or with family and friends.
Rock the Halls
With the holiday season comes lots of fun music, so get the family physically active by turning up those holiday tunes and dancing - anything that keeps the kids moving and having fun. If its' impossible to pry your family away from those holiday TV specials, encourage them to do jumping jacks, sit-ups, and push-ups during commercial breaks.
Keep yourself and your family healthy and happy and ready to begin the New Year at their best!
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics