The holidays can derail anyone's healthy eating plan, but if you've overindulged, don't beat yourself up about it. These healthy eating tips from top dietitians will get you back on track the "morning after."

Forgive yourself for a holiday blowout

To err is human. If you do slip up, forgive yourself, says Keri Gans, R.D., C.D.N., a New York-based dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet (Gallery, 2011). "Nobody needs to eat perfect 100 percent of the time. You just need to chose the right foods the majority of the time. Let it go—and next day don't do a repeat performance."

Recover from overindulging and move on

Resume your normal pattern of healthy eating immediately. Whatever you do, don't skip breakfast, even if you aren't hungry, says Cynthia Sass, R.D., M.P.H., a New York-based dietitian and author of Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches (HarperOne 2011). It'll help get your metabolism fired up for a new day. And drink plenty of water—it'll help flush out any water you may be holding onto from the high-carb or salty foods you may have eaten the night before, says Sass.

Identify what triggers your cravings

Figure out what derailed your best-laid plans—maybe you were stressed, or tired, or too hungry when you got to the party. "If you know what set you off, you can plan ahead for next time, by taking a nap or eating a snack beforehand," says Lindsey Toth, R.D., a Chicago-based dietitian.

For more tips on eating healthy during the holiday party season, please read: Be a Party Smarty!: Buffet Tips for People With Diabetes.

From our sister publication, Diabetes Focus (Winter 2011)

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Published: 01 Nov 2011

Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015