The holidays are a time full of fun and excitement. However, it is also a time of indulgement. With so many treats and parties, it can be easy to pack on a few pounds during the holiday season. If you want to stay fit and healthy into the new year, the following tips will help you survive the holiday season.

Stray Away From Tempting Food

Whether you are at a holiday party or around your holiday dinner table, keep high-calorie foods out of reach. Cynthia Sass, registered dietitian and author of S.A.S.S! Yourself Thin explains that if tempting foods are not close to you, you are less likely to eat.

Slow Down When You Eat

While you are eating, it is important to remember that it is not a race. Rather than shoveling food down your throat, take your time. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to recognize that it is full.  In between each bite, sit down your fork and engage in conversation with the people at your table.

Be Smart When You Indulge

During the holiday season, don’t be afraid to indulge yourself. If you want to eat gingerbread cookies and sip on hot chocolate, do it! However, don’t do it every night. Be strong and limit yourself.

Stay Active

Just because it is the holidays, does not mean your exercise routine should go on hold. Not only is exercise good for your health, but it can help relieve some of that holiday stress.

Skip the Alcohol

Holiday parties are abundant with alcohol. While having a glass of wine won’t hurt you, five glasses every holiday party might. Not only is alcohol extra calories, but it can affect the entire body. A general rule to keep in mind is no more than 2 glasses if you are a woman, and no more than 3 glasses if you are a man.

Avoid Germs

Although handshakes, kisses, and hugs are a great way to show your love and affection, they are an easy way to transfer germs that can lead to a cold, the flu, or another infection. To avoid getting sick, wash your hands often and keep your distance from anyone that may be sick.

Be Cautious of Food Poisoning

A turkey that is stuffed the night before or buffets that have been left out for too long, can create a breeding ground for bacteria. To reduce the risk of food poisoning, follow the basic rules of food prep such as washing your hands and utensils, avoid cross-contamination, and cook food at the proper temperature.

Remember to Relax

If you are feeling exhausted or tired, don’t push yourself. The holidays can be stressful and take a toll on your mental and physical health. Listen to your body and know when it is time for you have a break.