Eating healthy can seem like a much bigger challenge over the holiday season, especially if you’ve been invited to parties and are worried that the food on offer will ruin your healthy eating efforts. Party food can be super tempting and it can derail all of your good intentions but here’s the good news: you’re much more in control than you might think and there’s plenty you can do to stay on track and still have fun.

If you’re trying to avoid putting on weight this holiday season, it’s a good idea to limit how much alcohol you drink. Liquid calories from alcohol (and mixers such as soda) can mean that you consume far more calories than you intended and it’s not great for your health either. A lot of people find themselves drinking more at this time of year than any other, with the intention of balancing things out with a detox January.

Do I really have to pick between the two?

The most obvious reason we all should ditch our coffee habit is that most of us tend to drink more sugar and dairy in our morning cups than we do coffee. For men and women alike, that sugar intake first thing in the morning is already setting you up for a dramatic blood sugar spike and a brutal crash in an hour or two. Dairy is also a well-known inflammatory causing food.

I encourage my clients who are exploring their relationship with food to shift their mindsets. Body-love is one of my deepest passions. I love to appreciate every little thing my body does for me. Really, the body is extraordinary. It completes millions of functions each second all without you ever having to think about it. Each day it strives to keep you alive and functioning. It endeavors to protect you from harm. It works to eliminate toxins, to move muscle, to see clearly, to breathe steadily, to process and collect nutrients. It’s amazing!