The most wonderful time of the year can quickly become the most stressful time of the year. As the events of the holiday season get closer it may seem impossible to keep temptation at bay, but we have a few healthy holiday tricks that can see you through the festivities this year. Keep these tips in mind as you finish your holiday shopping and start celebrating!

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Eat good food first. At a holiday party there is usually a variety of options to choose from. Choose the healthy options first. Not only will you be snacking on something tasty and healthy, but you will also curb your snack cravings.

Start a food diary. In the spirit of keeping a healthy holiday lifestyle, it may be easier to maintain by tracking what you eat. Writing down your meals can help you realize when you should and should not indulge in not-so-healthy options!

Keep your portions small. It’s not all about what you eat, but how much you eat. Pay close attention to your portions when plating your food. Try using smaller plates and serving utensils to put how much you’re eating into perspective. It may be easier to use a salad or dessert plate for the main course because those plates are not made to hold much food.

Safety in numbers. When you sit down for your holiday meal try to sit next to a fellow healthy eater. It is easier to make healthy choices when you are not alone. If there are no other healthy eaters around, try sitting next to the slowest eater. You are more likely to eat at a slower pace and are less likely to get seconds.

Remember these tips as the festivities kick off!

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