width=132The holidays can be a busy and stressful time for many people, but I love this time of year, especially the family get-togethers and the delicious food!

As everyone knows however, it can be a season of pure indulgence.

So, what is the secret to survival?

Stay in the Moment

For me, the single most important tip I could give is tostay in the moment, as much as possible.

This means, over the holiday season...

  • Try to keep your health goals in the forefront of your mind.
  • When temped to overeat for example, refocus on your goals.
  • This will enable you to STOP before things get out of control.

In other words, don't get carried away with the season. Remember that Christmas day is just another day in the year. If you've been working really hard to get in shape, overdoing it during the holidays just isn't worth it.

Anyway, that's just my two cents! There's so much advice out there, it's sometimes difficult to find your focus. So, I thought it would be great to hear from you guys:

How do you plan to survive the holiday feasting, without needing to go on a diet in the New Year?

Perhaps you have tips on snacking, portion control, recipe modification, or something else - share your ideas with us in the comments section, we'd love to hear what works for you...

Also, if you haven't done so, check out Bethany's article on avoiding holiday weight gain.