Staying healthy during the holidays can be quite the feat especially if you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Watching your diet is next to impossible with so many Christmas feasts to tempt you. Germs are hard to avoid on a train or plane ride to visit relatives or even in a closed up environment with a houseful of people. And, if traveling doesn’t make you sick, a little too much Christmas eggnog just might. Following is a few pieces of advice that just might help to keep you and your family feeling happy and healthy this holiday season.

* Whether you’re hosting the family Christmas festivities or simply attending, keep yourself focused more on fun traditions and activities and less on dinner and dessert.

* Go light on the gravy. Using less sauce or gravy on your foods should lead to a healthier meal.

* Don’t underestimate a healthy breakfast. A good breakfast can keep you from feeling hungry later in the day and resorting to less-than-healthy Christmas treats.

* Stay away from holiday stress. Stress makes you feel anxious and irritable, and even has a negative impact on your immune system.

* Plan fun family activities that get you moving. Sledding or ice skating are both fitness-friendly options.

* If you plan to travel using mass transit, carry sanitary wipes with you and wipe down surfaces in your area. Make sure you get the armrests, tray table and seat belt buckle.

* Keep yourself active, even if you’re travelling. If you have to wait for your flight to be ready to board, walk around the airport terminal rather than sitting to wait.

* Chew gum after eating a meal to help resist the urge for after-dinner snacks.

* If you’ll be staying in a hotel this holiday season, try to find one with a pool or fitness center. This will give you a place to get active in between family functions.

* Drink plenty of water. It’s easy to forget to stay hydrated during a busy holiday season, especially if it gets cold where you live.

* Instead of candy, encourage your family to eat fruits like apples and oranges. They’re a healthier way to satisfy cravings for sweets.

* If you’re going to be drinking wine or eggnog, make sure you know your limits. A Christmas morning hangover can be devastating, especially if you’re going to be around excited kids who want to open presents.

* For every alcoholic beverage you drink, try to also drink a glass of water. This will leave you feeling hydrated and hangover free the next morning.

* Consider using a fitness app on your smartphone to set fitness goals and keep track of how much exercise you get over the holidays.

When all is said and done it’s important to remember not to get down on yourself, in the event you “slip up” during the Christmas holiday season. After all, it’s typically the time to spend with family and friends enjoying yourself.

You can always get back on track after the holiday is over. That’s what the new year is for, or so the experts say. If it makes you feel better, you can even try to be a bit more health-conscious in January and February. Things usually have a way of evening out!

Want a little help staying healthy during the holidays this year? Why not join my Naturally Essential Healthy Holidays group. It’s free to join and you can read more about it here: Healthy Holidays 2018