The holidays are approaching and that means food, family gatherings, gift giving and more food! Here are some tips to help you stay healthy during the holidays.

Portion Control

Using a smaller plate allows you to put less food on your plate and encourages proper portion sizes. Always start by filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the entrees and desserts. Eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall. Eat slowly and savor every bite, and before you go back for seconds wait 10 minutes to see if you really are still hungry.

Keep Working Out!

With holiday shopping, cooking, and dinner parties, it can be hard to find time to work out. It is easy for one to fall behind on exercise routines during the holidays. Oftentimes we put it off all together until the New Year. But try to make time to squeeze in a workout. Even if it means waking up early before everyone else in the house for a quick workout, hitting the gym before holiday shopping or creating an upbeat playlist to dance to while cleaning up the house.

Pack Your Own Food

Make sandwiches, wraps and tubs of salad and include low-fat crisps, fruit and ­low-sugar cereal bars. You’ll resist the temptation to buy ­high-fat fast food while traveling.

Courtesy of Elizabeth Olubodun, Social Media Specialist for LifeSavers ER