Set cheat times. Plan in advance days and times that you're going to eat all that holiday junk food. For example, Christmas Day or the first night of Hanukkah. Knowing these times will help remind you to eat healthier in the days and hours leading up and avoid going on a binge. It will also set a definite end time so that you don't eat leftover junk for days and feel terrible for the next week.
Keep your exercise schedule. If you work out at 7 AM every day then continue to work out at 7 AM. Keeping this schedule will help you continue to feel good during the holidays, especially when the fuel you're putting in isn't the best.
Enjoy time with loved ones! That's what the holidays are about. Enjoy your break from school, work, and the daily pressures of life. Take time to reflect and be thankful for everything you have.
Now go party!
Scott Bitterman, MSPE, CSCS, Owner of Emerge Athletics