My Top Ten Tips for Holiday Survival


The holidays are finally here! While I love this season more than any other, I have to admit that the multiple gatherings and parties can make it tough for even ME to stay on track. No one wants to go into the New Year with extra baggage, right?

Not to fear, help is here!

Behold, my top 10 tips for holiday survival 🙂

  1. Plan your meals ahead of time so when the holiday craziness sets in you’ll be prepared to make better choices.
  2. Eat before you go to parties and gatherings, and take healthy foods. Not only will you have a non-diet busting option, but those with similar goals will thank you!
  3. Eat breakfast. You’ll start your day out right and will be less tempted to overindulge on all those holiday goodies.
  4. Pack your shopping cart with lots of fruits and veggies, and make sure you eat at least five servings every day. Make them easily accessible: keep fruit in a bowl on the counter, keep cut up veggies in the fridge, and take them with you wherever you go for a quick and healthy snack.
  5. Move, move, move. Make time for exercise—at least five minutes—every day. Rev up your metabolism by exercising before and after holiday dinners so fewer of those holiday calories will find a final resting place! And remember, exercising is a great opportunity to spend quality, non-screen-involved time with family and friends, so involve them too!
  6. Give neighbors and family non-food treats—they will probably thank you for this! Some ideas: a coupon for an act of service, an ornament, or other inexpensive items that will last longer than the holidays. Or if you must give treats, give something that can be enjoyed post-holidays like frozen cookie dough, mixes, and so on.
  7. Stay hydrated to fight hunger and holiday fatigue by drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day (150 pounds = 75 ounces of water).
  8. Do enjoy your holiday favorites—in moderation. Often a few bites will satisfy that craving for those foods you’re so fond of, and honestly, a few bites won’t blow your weight loss goals!
  9. Since many traditional holiday foods are loaded with calories, give your favorites a healthy tweak. I already shared our Powell Pack Twist on Thanksgiving Dinner, and you can find other yummy (and calorie-reduced) recipes here.
  10. And last, but certainly not least, stay focused on your goals throughout the holidays. While you might not have total control over what foods you’re served, you always have control over what you choose to eat and do (exercise!). Be sure to keep your promises to yourself, and you’ll have a healthy and rewarding holiday season and an awesome start to the New Year!

Happy Holidays!


  1. Denise goldsmith - December 8, 2017

    Thank you so much gives me the strength and motivation love you all happy Christmas 🎅❤ Denise xx

  2. Stephanie - January 2, 2017

    Any advice on how to plan your day with eating/workouts when you work graveyard shift a few days a week?

  3. Crystal Carswell - January 3, 2014

    I have a nine year old i wish i could get help from you for

  4. Clayton Morris - December 24, 2013

    Great Tips

  5. ZIANE - December 23, 2013

    un conseil pour perdre le ventre SVP

  6. ZIANE - December 23, 2013

    Bonjour, je voudrais un conseil pour perdre du ventre SVP merci.

  7. Kendall Covitz - December 23, 2013

    These are really great healthy and practical tips. I love how they are balanced and not extreme! Definitely what I preach with my clients. I hope you have a great Christmas with you family of 6!

  8. Deb - December 23, 2013

    Thanks for the tips this Monday morn before Christmas.. It was just what I needed to stay focused!

  9. Sigfrida - December 23, 2013

    Thank you! 🙂

  10. Cherie - December 23, 2013

    Happy holiday!!

  11. DragonsMom - December 22, 2013

    Offer to host the gathering. … the trade off is well worth it. Also, if you run across that one pushy person who insists you eat everything, make up a food allergy or tell them you can’t have whatever it is because of dietary restrictions. … yes…. I do this frequently (the dietary restrictions aren’t a joke… I am prone to tensi ok n and regular migraine headaches… I try to follow the dietary restrictions in the “heal your headache” book my neurologist reccomended).

  12. Teresa Anhorn - December 22, 2013

    Thank you for all you and your family do. You are an inspiration for my family. Merry Christmas!

  13. Stephanie - December 22, 2013

    Barb I think that’s Heidi’s ex-hubby 🙂

  14. Samantha - December 22, 2013

    Cookies are the devil! LOL I make every excuse to eat them! Thank you for the helpful hints! 🙂

  15. Lynn - December 22, 2013

    I believe Barb it’s heidi’s Ex, who is the father to 2 oldest children. I think it’s wonderful that they are all friends.

  16. Kristen - December 22, 2013

    Barb thats Heidis ex, the oldest childrens dad. They are all good friends and very involved in the kids lives. Love it. Great blended family.

  17. sherry - December 22, 2013

    Thank you to the Powell family for all you do. Merry Christmas an happy New Year .

  18. josephine damante - December 20, 2013

    I need help I can lose a lb at all and I try try try , I even go to the gym ever night, please help

  19. Erica - December 20, 2013

    God bless you and your beautiful Family…

  20. Deina - December 20, 2013

    Thank you!! Merry Christmas!!

  21. Barb Duncan - December 19, 2013

    I’ve seen the “other guy” in a few of your family photos. Who is he? Just curious…and nosey:-)

Leave a reply