The year is almost over and you’ve worked hard all year-long – it’s time to unwind, relax, and treat yourself right! A big part of that is being healthy, especially when the temptation of unhealthy holiday food is everywhere. Here are some tips on staying healthy during the holidays.

Focus on fun, not food

The holidays are closely associated with heavy meals and delicious desserts, but if you want to stay healthy and fit, you should move your focus from the food to the fun. Throw yourself into the fun rituals surrounding the holidays, spending time with family, and catching up with friends, and you can distract yourself from mindlessly eating the unhealthy holiday snacks!

Indulge only on special holiday treats

It could be a treat you make or enjoy with your friends and loved ones, or something someone gives to you. Most of the holiday desserts we know and love are calorie-rich, so try to eat them sparingly. But with moderation, you can definitely enjoy holiday treats once in a while!

Make a change

Research has shown that many people gain pounds during the winters, likely in part because of the overindulgence in high-calorie foods that come with the parties and celebrations. Stay physically active or commit to exercising more, especially during this season, so you look and feel better during and after the holidays. Choose to walk if you can, instead of driving, get involved in sports and games that require you to keep active, and stay hydrated! Choose something delicious to quench your thirst but guilt-free, like southern sweet tea that has zero calories and zero sugar.

Keep only healthy foods in your freezer

There is always a temptation when you’re busy to buy something indulgent, unhealthy, and convenient. Try to avoid meals like these and instead stock your fridge and pantry with healthy ingredients. Then, when you’re at home, you have no choice – you can only eat healthy items!

Find a project that will divert attention from food

Holidays are not just about big, heavy meals! You can distract yourself from holiday desserts and heavy foods by focusing on other things, like cleaning the house before the holidays, buying gifts for friends and family, or focusing on other goals you want to achieve. Take on a new project instead of sitting and eating your way through the winter holiday season!

Holidays can make or break you when you’re trying to watch your health and diet, so be careful about the choices you make when it comes to fitness and food! You’ll thank yourself later!