The best part of the holiday season is getting together with friends and family. And let’s face it, our eating habits tend to go the way of a calorie hunting teenager.

Studies have shown adults gain about 2LB during the holiday season. It’s not much in the scheme of things but we have several celebrations annually where our eating habits slip – and year over year that adds up.

Here are a few tips for a healthier holiday season.

Moderation – Moderation isn’t just a cliché. It’s far better than to ban a food we love from our holiday eating. We might end up giving in to temptation and then binge. If we broke our own rule way not just keep going. Better to eat what we like but in reasonable portions.

Don’t skip meals – Have you ever tried to save your appetite for a big feast? It’s not a great idea. It leads to overeating. Usually, we feel poorly after that too.

Use Smaller Plates – If we have room on our plate, we will fill it with the food we love. Using smaller plates will force us to take smaller portions.

Take More Veggies and Salad – More greens and less desert will lower our calorie intake.

Watch Your Alcohol – Besides copious amounts of alcohol being bad for us and dangerous, the mixers contain lots of calories. Sugary beverages are a leading contributor to weight gain.

Exercise – You’ll just feel better

Be aware of your eating habits this time of year. It’s possible to eat in moderation and have a great time. Make a plan and enjoy the holidays without the guilt after.