Thanksgiving is over but there are still plenty of parties, dinners and get-togethers left to attend so it’s important to strategize your eating and diet plans for the rest of the year now. Avoiding holiday weight gain and overindulgence takes a lot of commitment, discipline and a healthy attitude but it can be achieved!

Here are a few tips on how to be consistent with eating during the holidays.

1.)    Make a plan now. Choose now how you are going to attack holiday parties, dinners and family get-togethers. Commit to eating one small 84468671slice of pumpkin pie rather than a slice of each pie at the dessert table, saying “no” to seconds or thirds and loading up your plate with vegetables in place of stuffing or mashed potatoes.

2.)    Keep moving. Try to get some exercise first thing in the morning. Exercise will set your metabolism in gear as you prepare to potentially take in a few more calories than normal. If there is not time for a morning workout, take a walk before dinner or after you eat with your friends and family.

3.)    Take your time. It’s always tempting to eat as much as you can as fast as you can so you can load up on seconds of all the delicious eats. This year, take the time to chew well, breathe, and put your fork and knife down between bites. You’ll have less of a chance of overeating because your brain will register when you are actually full.

4.)    Log your food intake. Logging what you’ve eaten for the day will help you see when you’ve overindulged. Don’t beat yourself up if you went a little overboard one day—just get back on track and eat more healthfully the next day.

5.)    Share your successes and goals with others. Sharing your plan with others will give you the support system and motivation you need to eat well and be healthy through the holidays.