We all know that the holiday season is full of temptation. Let’s face it, not to long ago we all ate way too much at thanksgiving dinner. And then there’s those deadly leftovers. Also, if I am honest, I had two thanksgiving dinners. Whoops!

We might as well go into hibernation, except that it is the best time of the year. Everyone’s spirits are up this holiday season. Now, we have dinners AND cookies upon cookies being presented to us at every holiday party we attend. So, how do we make it through the season without adding on a few pounds? Here are a few tips:

  1. Moderation: Now, everyone finds this cliché, but it is completely true. If you see an amazingly iced cookie that you must eat, eat it. I have a sweet tooth myself, and I cannot pass up on dessert. But, how about you just have one?
  2. Do not have bigger eyes than your stomach: Be conscientious when you fill your dinner plate. I know everything looks amazing, but just have small portions. Do not fill you plate up entirely, and then force yourself to eat it all. Instead, make a normal sized meal for yourself, and if you are still hungry or want to try something, then do so.
  3. Offer to cook: If you cook, whether it is for friends, family, or a party, at least you know what you are cooking and eating. You can cook lean meats, without butter, and have more vegetables than carbohydrates.
  4. Exercise: I know this is a busy season, but do not forget to workout. Exercise is essential for every healthy human being. Also, walking and jogging can help relieve stress while burning calories. Everyone wants to claim they are too busy, but if you have 20 minutes, it is worth it.

Hopefully, these tips can help you have a great holiday season without feeling too much guilt. Happy Holidays!

Karlenna Lombardi is a current NSCS member and a junior at Miami University.