for Successfully Navigating Holiday
- Take the time to plan your meals and menus.
rush of the holiday season if you don't have a plan when it comes time
to eat - highly processed junk foods will be the first thing you reach
for. Time is often of the essence during this busy time of
and quick and easy to prepare foods are what most of us need.
Healthy foods are often very quick and easy if you have the right foods
in your pantry and a plan of action.
- Stock up on high
- Foods which are high in fiber help keep our blood sugar in check and
our cravings to a minimum. Plan your meals to include a good
selection of beans and vegetables and you will probably find that foods
which may have tempted you in the past have no hold on you
- Eat before you go
- One way to avoid the temptation to over indulge in poor
choices is to fill up before you attend that holiday
Oftentimes I will eat a full healthy meal before we leave for the
party. A full tummy keeps me from eating those dishes I
don't want and wouldn't eat any other time of the year.
- Stock your pantry
with fresh and dried fruits and nuts and seeds.- When I am in a hurry
trying to meet all of our holiday obligations I am often tempted to
grab a quick snack on the go. If I have Cheetos in the house, that is
what I will reach for. If I only have fruits, nuts and seeds
that is what I will reach for when I need a quick energy pick-up.
- Skip the sugary and
- An exceptionally easy way to avoid extra calories is to drink water
rather than sodas, punches and alcoholic beverages. A nice
of bottled water will keep your energy high and your waistline small.
- Freeze ahead
- I love having a fully stocked freezer for super quick
Those nights when I have the time to make a meal, I make a double batch
and freeze half. That's my idea of "fast food"!
- Keep meals easy
- This is not the time of year to spend a lot of time experimenting
with exotic and new dishes. This is the time of year when
menus are the best. Think lots of "side"dishes rather than
dishes and you will find that kitchen time is kept to a minimum.
- Use your crockpot
- There is nothing like walking into your kitchen at the end of the day
and having dinner already ready and waiting for you. Find
good soup and stew recipes that you can prepare in your slow
cooker. It's much easier to avoid fast food when you already
some waiting for you - healthy and hot at home.
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inbox is suddenly flooded with reminders that the holidays are rapidly
approaching. Thanksgiving and Christmas are our family's favorite time
of year. We love to spend time together planning, preparing
simply enjoying the holiday season. Along with the holidays
the traditional increase in eating and weight that most people face
between October and December. We often feel helpless to stop
over-indulging and splurging on all of those traditional holiday sweets
and dishes. It doesn't have to be that way though.
show that the vast majority of people will gain an average of 1.5
pounds in these last 3 months of the year and only be able to lose
about 0.2 pounds the following year - leaving us with an overall weight
gain which adds up from year to year. However, studies have
shown that those individuals who continue to consume a low fat, high
fiber diet through the holidays will NOT face the temptations and
weight gain. Now, to most people a low fat, high fiber diet
sound dreadful and depressing, I am here to help you see that it's
not. There are so many good and healthy recipes and
for "traditional" dishes that there is no reason to feel deprived
during the holidays. There are very few recipes that can't be
modified to include whole, plant-based foods instead of highly
processed, animal-based ingredients. A little creativity and
willingness to experiment are crucial - as well as a little
While preparing your Thanksgiving menus you may find the recipes
listed here to be helpful. Remember that there is
to "indulge" a little if you simply build in a little margin in your