It’s no secret that the holidays are a tricky time when it comes to sticking to a healthy lifestyle. The abundance of festivities doesn’t just bring love and cheer, but also a whole slew of rich dishes and holiday treats. If you have even just few gatherings to hit up this season, it can feel impossible to stay on track.

It’s not just holiday parties though that threaten to wreak havoc on healthy habits and routines. As enjoyable as the season is, it’s also known as a period of high stress for many people. Whether you’re struggling to find the perfect gift or struggling to make ends meet, who has the time this season to stay in shape?

Though it’s certainly no easy feat, there are a few ways to avoid the pitfalls of the holiday season when it comes to your health. Here are a few of our best tips:

  1. Everything in Moderation

There’s no shame in indulging from time to time. In fact, depriving yourself of all holiday deliciousness may result in even worse consequences for your health if you happen to give up completely, resulting in a massive, completely preventable junk food binge. Another thing to think about is whether you consider yourself to be an abstainer or a moderator. In other words, do you do better at sticking to guidelines when you completely abstain (i.e. cutting out holiday sweets completely) or when you moderate (i.e. only indulging in holiday sweets when you’re at a party). Most people like to moderate, because it allows them to still enjoy their favorite foods, just in a lower dose. That being said, make sure you have some solid self control if you’re going to try this method!

  1. Lighter Versions of Your Favorites

Another way to help you stay on track with your health during the holiday season is to enjoy lighter versions of your favorite snacks. This could help if you’re someone who considers themselves an abstainer. For example, maybe you cut out all holiday cookies cold turkey, but you make your own healthy version at home. Or perhaps try a variation of Zweigle’s chicken sausages, as opposed to a heartier meal. You’ll still get the deliciousness, but without the consequence of completely indulging.

  1. Make Time for Yourself

Last, but certainly not least, remember to make time for yourself. With all the stress of the holiday season, it’s important to take care of yourself both mentally and physically. Try to stay active and do things that will keep your mind off of that seemingly never ending to-do list!

Do you have any tips for staying healthy during the holiday season? We’d love for you to share with us!