5 Ways to Maintain Balance During the Holidays (Giveaway)

by Jennifer Sikora

As much as I love cooking during the holidays and hosting parties, the one place where I am weak at is the eating part. I will eat myself sick at holiday parties. I mean, the food is just so darn good! Not to mention the company.

It’s just part of the party process — you make the food, you invite friends, you laugh and hang out, and all the while this is going on, you eat the entire time! I honestly think it is written in the party handbook that you must eat like a horse the entire time — or not?

There are some things that you can do to keep from over eating and maintain balance during your holiday get togethers. Kelsey Nixon (Cooking Guru) and Jennie Finch (Family Activity Guru) are working with HERSHEY’S Moderation Nation to share their tips to help you manage and find balance during the holiday season!


5 Ways to Maintain Balance During the Holidays

1. Aim for Petite Portions

Rather than filling up a whole plate with your dessert, bake or serve them in small containers like shot glasses or mini mason jars to help you keep the portions small, but fun.  It also makes them fun to give as gifts or party favors over the holidays. Try Kelsey’s recipes for perfectly portioned desserts like Maple Cream Chocolate Brownie Shots and Pumpkin Pie in a Jar.

2. Get Everyone In On the Action

The holidays are great for combining things on your to-do list with fun, family activities. Turn unpacking groceries or holiday gifts from the car into a bucket brigade that gets everyone moving and involved. You’ll get a hand with the chore and have fun with your kids at the same time!

3. Moderation Not Deprivation

Don’t forgo the things you like most about the holidays!  Instead of skipping the holiday party buffet altogether, think of it as a “tasting” and sample one or one small spoonful of everything!  Instead of skipping the mug of hot cocoa after coming in from the cold, have a cup instead.  You’ll get the experience of indulging without breaking the calorie bank.  In fact, research shows that whether you prefer something sweet or salty, you shouldn’t deprive yourself of the foods you love.

4. Play Games

Games aren’t just for kids!  They’re fun for kids and adults alike and keep everyone entertained.  At your next get-together, add fun, themed games into the mix, like a pumpkin ring toss where everyone throws rings onto pumpkin stems or scarecrow races where teams compete to fill old clothes with newspaper to make scarecrows.

5. Create Traditions

Create family traditions that get people active and having fun together. After a big family meal, initiate a friendly flag football game instead of TV time. Make it into an annual tradition you can look forward to year after year.

Enter Hershey’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

Hershey has teamed up with How Does She to create the Good Life Holiday Pinterest sweepstakes where you can share all the ways you’re planning to live the “good life” this holiday by pinning pictures, recipes and articles.  Here’s how to enter:


1)     Get started! Create a board on your Pinterest account called “Moderation Nation Good Life Holiday Sweepstakes Sponsored by Hershey.”

2)     Pin! Fill it with pins that represent your idea of a Good Life Holiday and how you plan to live a balanced lifestyle this holiday season.

3)     Explore the Moderation Nation Website! Find your favorite three images that represent a balanced lifestyle from www.TheModerationNation.com and pin them to your board.

4)     Hashtag! Tag each pin on the board with the hashtag #ModerationNation.

5)     Share! Visit the “Moderation Nation Good Life Holiday Sweepstakes Sponsored by Hershey” board, and post a comment containing a link to your board, so we can see what your Good Life Holiday looks like!

The sweepstakes ends November 30, 2012 so be sure to create a board for your chance to win!

We’re giving away a Body Media Fit Armband

BodyMedia FIT is an on-body monitoring system that consists of the BodyMedia FIT Armband monitor, online Activity Manager (subscription required) an optional Display and free downloadable apps for mobile device users. BodyMedia FIT Armbands automatically track the calories burned during your daily activities, works as a fitness monitor to measure the intensity of your workouts and monitors the quality of your sleep, an important factor in weight loss. (Retail: $149.00)

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HERSHEY’S Moderation Nation is a go-to source for balanced lifestyle tips and tools to enjoy happiness through well-being every day.

These tips and this giveaway are provided by Hershey. All opinions remain our own.

Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Sikora

Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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1 benita November 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

Definitely for me, I am dieting and losing weight.



2 June November 9, 2012 at 11:46 am

This is great, it took me awhile but I’ve lost 8lbs. recently.


3 Amanda Titus November 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

Useful and helpful hints. Sometimes everything in moderation is easier said than done. Anyone agree regarding delicious Christmas cookies?


4 Staci A November 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I would love it for my dad who is trying to be more active!


5 stacie November 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Me! I could really use the help!
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6 Julie November 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I agree with the moderation. If I think a food is off limits, then that is all I can focus on. One cookie out in the open is much better than 6 after bedtime!
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7 Jennifer Thomas November 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I want it for myself!
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8 Jenny November 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I would like to win it for myself :)


9 Angel S, November 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I would love this for me!!


10 Angie November 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

It would be for one of my parent’s or myself! I’m on a mission to lose over 100 lbs. so this would be helpful but I think it could also help them as well.
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11 Shari November 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I’d like it for myself! I recently started a program to lose weight, and this would be a great help to me.


12 Heather Hayes Panjon November 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I Would Love It For Myself! It Would Keep Me On Track With Staying Active !:)


13 Anne Lehnick November 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I need it for me. I just keep gaining weight and I need to put that in reverse.


14 Chelsea November 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I’d like it for myself, I’ve just lost 40 lbs and I’d love to keep it off :)


15 Crissy D. November 10, 2012 at 6:50 am

I would like to win this for myself.


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This would help


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I would like it for myself


18 Angie November 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

I’d like to use it for myself, because I need it more than the others in my home. I might share with my boyfriend! ;-)
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19 amy v November 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

i’d keep it!



20 Tammy S November 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

I would give this to my sister. She has been working hard to lose some weight.


21 diane November 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

This would be for me. Just perfect. Many thanks.


22 ellie November 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I would like this for my sister who would appreciate it very much.


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honestly,for myself.I really need to get in shape!!


24 Christine Jensen November 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I would love it for me. I have struggled with finding time for fitness lately and this sounds like it would help get me back on track!


25 anne November 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

A unique and great gift for my daughter-in-law.


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My older sister is diabetic and tries to walk 4 miles
a day! She doesn’t own one of these Body Media
Fit Armband; and I know that she would really use
it on a daily basis…She is the one that I would enjoy
winning this fitness device for!
Many thanks, Cindi


27 Jennifer Rote November 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I’d love this for me!!


28 Denise M November 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

for myself actually


29 Ruth Hill November 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Being honest–it’s for me. Thanks!
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30 lana November 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

would like it for my self


31 Kayla Stratton November 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I would get this for my husband for Christmas because he has been wanting to get into shape. He is a very dedicated man, and works very hard at his job for my daughter and I. He walks an 1 and 10 minutes to work every morning no matter what the weather is like, so I know he would like to monitor his sleep too and see if he is getting enough rest at night. He would like to have this. Thank you. :)


32 Patricia Wojnar Crowley November 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I’d like this for me…


33 Brittany November 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I want it for me, but I think that my husband may steal it for himself. Thanks for the giveaway.


34 Don November 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

My wife would use this on our walks together.


35 Garrett November 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

I’d use this myself at the gym.


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id like it for myself!!


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for my spouse, he loves this stuff and always complains about gaining weight during these months! lol


38 Steph November 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I would like to win this for myself. My Striiv is on its last legs and I need something that works.


39 Ann Fantom November 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I would like the BodyMedia FIT for myself


40 Hoa Le November 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I would like to win this for myself.


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I would love this for my sister. She has really been working hard and overhauling her physical health. I am so proud of her and think this would be great for her. Thanks!


42 Chuck November 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

My wife could use this when she takes her long walks.


43 Katherine November 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I need one for myself


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I would like to have it for myself.


45 Jessica T November 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I’d love to win this for me!


46 Tamar November 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

for me and my husband


47 Tegan L. November 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

I would love to get this for myself.


48 Van November 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

For my girlfriend & myself too.


49 Kelly Blackwell November 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I really need to get back on track with keeping fit. This would truly be a benefit to get in shape.
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50 Stephanie Larison November 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

This would definitely be for me! :)


51 ACMommy3 November 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Either for myself or a close family member :-)


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it would be for me, trying to lose 50lbs


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this would be an incredible and healthy gift for my daughter. her birthday and christmas are both a cpl weeks apart.
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54 Jennifer November 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

Myself! I have an issue with eating way too much during the holidays!


55 Angela November 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

For myself, would use at the gym.


56 Lori D. November 20, 2012 at 10:44 am

I’d use this for me.


57 Jeni Lutz November 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I would give this to my husband


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for me i think


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I definitely could use this myself. I need to get back on track with my weight loss goals.
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60 Derek Timm November 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

I would like to use this myself.


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this sounds interesting.. I’d like to try it


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Awesome, I would love one of these.


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For me absolutely :)


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I’d love this for myself to kick those last 10 pounds to the curb!

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65 Alexandra Clatterbuck November 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm

This would be great for my new ‘healthy lifestyle’ =)


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id like this for my husband


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Definitely for myself. Would use to to help track my runs


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For me , this would be so helpful.


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I would like this for my husband


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me or my fiance!! shedding lbs for the wedding


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This would be for myself. I’ve always wanted one!


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I would like this for myself.


73 Marie Oetzel November 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Myself….Or my husband.


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I’d love it for myself. I am in school for massage therapy and would love to track how much more activity I do on days at school or work, plus I am trying to be healthier and this would help!


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I would like this for myself


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id love this for myself :)


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I want it for myself!


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I’d love to win this for myself. Thanks!


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I could use this one myself, thanks :)


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It would be for my husband.


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I would love this fit armband for myself


82 Danielle F (Danni Nicole) November 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Me! For sure!


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I would like this For myself


84 Christian Alejandro N. November 22, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I would give it to my mom or sister.


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