Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years – with the holiday season fast approaching, tempting foods begin to make an appearance. In order to maintain a physically healthy lifestyle, it is important to be mindful when it comes to eating your favorite holiday foods.

According to the American Heart Association, about 18 percent of people claim to struggle in maintaining a healthy nutrition because they don’t want to stop eating their favorite foods around the holidays. The great news is that you don’t have to! You can still enjoy your favorite holiday foods by remembering the key to healthy eating – moderation.

Remember that balanced nutrition is compromised of many things. These include the right food, the right quantity, and eating at the right time of day can prevent illness and promote a fuller, richer life. Follow these 5 tips to stay healthy during the holidays:

  • Eat Smart. Moderation is key! Instead of skipping meals to then indulge on one huge spread, opt for smaller meals.
  • Move. Physical activity should not lack at any time of the year, including the holidays. Stay active at least four to five times a week.
  • Avert the flu. Most common in the winter, the flu and colds can stray you away from healthy choices. Prevent them by dressing warm and washing hands regularly.
  • Control Stress. Holidays are often stressful, especially when there are commitments with friends and family. Plan events with time and budget yourself.
  • Treat yourself. Although holidays are often a time to treat loved ones, you also have to care of yourself. Whether it’s sleeping in, getting a massage, or splurging on a meal, treat yourself with something nice!