Have a strategy
It seems like nearly every holiday gathering includes lots of rich food, whether it is Grandma's pumpkin pie or Aunt Mary's casserole. Even if the family tradition includes decadent desserts, it is still possible to enjoy the traditions without sabotaging a healthy lifestyle. Having a strategy can help.
When filling the dinner plate at a meal, try mentally splitting the plate up with foods so that –
¼ of the plate is protein (turkey, ham, etc.)
¼ of the plate is carbohydrates (potatoes, stuffing, rice, etc.)
½ of the plate is fruit and vegetables
It's okay to have a small amount of your favorite foods, but try and ensure the majority of the choices are healthier options. And remember, the calories in alcoholic beverages can really add up. Pair a drink with a meal rather than in advance of the meal to help balance the number of calories consumed.
The true beauty of the season comes from the enjoying the company of family and friends. Over-indulging at a meal happens to everyone. The important thing is to stay active and healthy all year long.