Ever won­dered how the ex­perts en­joy food, keep fit and have fun dur­ing the hol­i­days? It’s eas­ier than you think…

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Nu­tri­tion ex­perts re­veal how they do it

One of the great things about sum­mer hol­i­days is be­ing able to re­lax and let go of your usual rou­tine (good­bye peak-hour traf­fic, so long school drop-offs!). But that doesn’t mean you have to aban­don the healthy habits you’ve built up all year.

our nu­tri­tion ex­perts share their top health tips to help you feel rested and recharged into the New year, and you'll be happy to hear it's not all soda wa­ter and car­rot sticks!

Skip the chips and other junk food. Par­ties always seem to have big bowls of chips. Even if they’re lentil chips or corn chips they’re al­most always fried in the wrong oils. They’re just highly mor­eish salty snacks that pack in kilojoules. Dr Joanna McMil­lan The sum­mer hol­i­days are the peak sea­son for stone fruits, so they fea­ture heav­ily in my diet. Cher­ries are my favourite and are a de­li­cious way to get the rec­om­mended two daily serves of fruit. Dr Tim Crowe Keep up your ex­er­cise over the hol­i­days. Hit the gym, take a longer walk or run, find a yoga class, download and fol­low a work­out app, or play golf and dance at a party! When you don’t move you feel rub­bish — it's true! Dr Joanna McMil­lan I always have a spare pair of walk­ing shoes, swimwear and sun­screen in the car, so I'm ready to seize the op­por­tu­nity for an im­promptu dip or hike. Karissa Woolfe I like to take a break from so­cial me­dia and the diet cul­ture to remind my­self that I am, and we are all, enough – just as we are. Fiona Suther­land

I beat the heat of a sum­mer’s day (and the UV rays!) by tak­ing a beach stroll with my hus­band at sun­set, en­joy­ing the glo­ri­ous hues. Karissa Woolfe One of my favourite things to do is to wan­der the streets and get lost in a new city. Pack your sneak­ers and hit the pavement. You’ll not only clock up the steps, you might even un­cover some hid­den gems. Joel Feren Sum­mer weather is per­fect for fresh sal­ads, ei­ther eaten out or home­made. Water­melon, cu­cum­ber, feta and mint make a re­fresh­ing com­bi­na­tion. Matt O’Neill 9 Hol­i­days are a time to con­nect with loved ones over de­li­cious food and drinks, while hav­ing some time out on my own to do … what­ever I want! Fiona Suther­land Take a cricket bat and ball to the beach or when you go to a back­yard bar­be­cue. It’s a great way to so­cialise and burn o some fes­tive food! Brooke Long­field

Treat your­self! You’re on hol­i­days, right? It’s not a li­cence to go over­board, but en­joy that ge­lato in Italy or the saganaki in Greece. Just don’t in­dulge ev­ery day. Joel Feren I see hol­i­days as an op­por­tu­nity for more ac­tiv­ity, not less, so I walk every­where and get my steps up to 15,000–20,000 a day. Susie Bur­rell Eat a light snack, like yo­ghurt or av­o­cado on toast, be­fore you go out. When­ever I turn up to a lunch or a party hun­gry, I end up overeat­ing! Brooke Long­field Steer clear of liq­uid kilojoules over the hol­i­days (cock­tails, wine, fizzy drinks). One way to slow your drink­ing is to sip a glass of wa­ter in be­tween each alcoholic drink. Catherine Sax­elby I always take my food on a flight. Plane food is gen­er­ally high in carbs, so I pack a cou­ple of wraps, vegie sticks and snacks so that I always have healthy op­tions. Susie Bur­rell

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