Tricks to Stay on Track during the Holidays

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Not so fast! Sure it's cold outside and the holiday hustle in full force, but that doesn't mean you should give up on eating healthy and exercising this month. The best defense against holiday excuses is a good offense: You need a plan in place to clear every hurdle that gets in your way this season.

Whether you're dealing with stress (too much to do, not enough time), travel, rich and tempting party foods, or a lack of motivation to exercise on these darker days, we've got you covered. Follow these tips to stick with your goals while still enjoying every moment of the season!

Prevent Holiday Fatigue
It's not uncommon to feel run down this time of year. Use these expert tips to boost your energy levels so you can get more out of your day.

Best and Worst Party Foods
Whether you’re throwing a party or simply attending one, find out which foods are the slimmest picks with these healthy party food ideas.

100-Calorie Delights
Keep your traditions diet-friendly with these low-cal takes on your seasonal favorites.

Be a Healthy Traveler
No matter where you're headed, healthy foods and fitness opportunities await—you just have to know where to look. Plan for a healthy trip.

Create Your Own Holiday Cookbook!
Use the SparkRecipes cookbook feature to organize your holiday recipes and their nutritional information so you know exactly what you’re eating. Start your own cookbook!

Winter Workout Excuse Buster
The key to exercising in cold weather is having the right gear—and layering it successfully. Find out how to dress for comfort.

The Wonder of Winter Squash
Pumpkin isn't just for Halloween and Thanksgiving desserts. Discover the health benefits of winter squash.

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Wow! Thanks, you didn't miss a point. No room for excuses. LOL Report
Thanks Nicole a lot of good information! Report
planning a healthy trip! Report
Thank you for the great ideas Report
Thanks for the great ideas Report
Yep, hummus, salsa, lower-fat cheese and crudites (easy way to get in fiber, veggies), soy nuts (I might also try Dr. Oz' baked, spiced chickpeas (in place of peanuts and chips)

As for exercise-I'm watching the weather reports like a hawk, and trying to plan for the week and grab any sunnier/warmer days for outdoor workouts, and eschewing the snow blower for shoveling (my schedule allows it). I also plan on x-country skiing...plenty of *opportunity* for MAJOR calorie burnage Report
I hate cold weather. Brrr. LOL Report
Nice article. I agree it's about having a plan to get through the holidays. My plan it to watch what I eat and to workout as always. I even include extra workouts in. I also believe in having a small something is ok so I don't feel deprived. And on Christmas eve I am having a small peice of low sugar peach crumb pie. Report
Vegetables, hummus, and fruit are my "go to" party foods!!! I can't eat fudge or brownies if I'm crunching on celery! Report
Thanks for the winter squash ideas. Report
food low calories and seasonal great ideas. thank you . Report
Thanks. Those low calorie seasonal treats are helpful. Report
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