Laughing Squid on just sent over some tips to share with readers on staying slim during the holidays. They’re good, so use them!

While Attending Holiday Parties… Go for what you really want and skip what doesn’t look amazing! Eat mindfully, slowly and away from the table of food – this will help you to really TASTE the food and fully enjoy it.

When Hosting Your Own… Give all your guests a goodie bag to take home with them of leftover foods from the dinner so you are not left with 1/2 a pie, a dozen brownies, cookies and stuffing to finish off yourself.

While Lounging at Home… Make sure to focus on your self-care: getting enough sleep, having down-time to recharge your battery, engaging in regular physical activity – this will help to prevent you from reaching for food for non-physical hunger reasons.

When Preparing for Parties… Portion out a healthy snack to eat one hour before you leave; this will help prevent you from eating every crabcake in sight.

When Cooking… Drink water and chew gum to avoid snacking, which can add up to hundreds of extra calories you aren’t able to truly enjoy.