Guest post by Alison Britzky, Exercise Physiologist and Writer for our friends over at the Southwest Age Intervention Institute.

Here's a Few Good Holiday Habits to Help You Stay in Control of Your Health and Keep You Feeling Vital

I don't know about y'all, but I can't believe Thanksgiving is already next week! And while I think it's important for everyone to treat themselves to some of their favorite holiday food, I think it's also important not to completely blow our diets out of the water. So, I thought I'd share some quick tips on how to stay on track over Thanksgiving!

Control your portions!

It's so easy to overeat, especially on holidays. Try to start off with a smaller amount, knowing you can go back and get more if you want it. Most of us will discover that we are perfectly full with a smaller amount, and we won't overeat if it's not already on our plates!

Drink a glass of water before your meal!

Drinking 8 oz. of water before you sit down to eat can help you feel a little more full and possibly prevent you from overeating.

Balance the carbs with protein!

A little carbs here and there won't hurt you, but try not to get too carried away with them. And if you're going to have some, make sure you're getting some protein with them at the same time.

Take a walk with the family!

I know the game will be on and it might be a little chilly out, but taking even a short walk after eating will help to burn a few calories.

Get back to your regular routine!

I'm a firm believer that we shouldn't let obsessing over exercise and nutrition get in the way of life. But after we indulge on Thanksgiving, we have to get back on our routine. Treat yourself, enjoy the down time, then get back to working towards your goals!

I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving with their loved ones!