With the holidays comes parties, food, drinks, and temptation everywhere. However, you have the power to create a sense of balance by making positive choices that support your goals. To set yourself up for success, it's all about having a plan of action. Prepare to succeed. Sometimes our plans don't work out perfectly and that's OK, you adjust and adapt. BUT having a plan in place will give you a sense of comfort and control going into the Holidays.
For me personally, I love this time of year because I look forward to celebrating with a feast with loved ones, but there's a difference between abusing food for the Holiday and enjoying it mindfully and in moderation. Going into any Holiday week, live life as normal. Don't try to deprive yourself all week to stuff your face silly the day of. This can be a vicious cycle. Eat balanced meals throughout the week consisting of lean protein/complex carbs/healthy fats/micronutrients (which come from fruits/veggies).
Also keep that water game on point. Hydration is key before/during/after meals to help flush out our systems and to help keep us full. A lot of the times when we think we're hungry, we're actually thirsty! Plus water increases metabolism by 30%! SO step up that water game and aim to hit 60-128 ounces per day. Focus on good activity throughout the week as well. This will help keep you motivated all week, produce endorphins, and just keep you in health and fitness mode as you head into "food mode."
Lastly, STOP stressing. SERIOUSLY STOP. Stress produces the hormone called cortisol, which is linked to weight gain. So be confident in your action plan and know you have a choice and are in control, NOT FOOD. A little bit of tough love goes a long way. You got this.