It is the holidays! My favorite time of year! The weather has cooled (well, everywhere but the desert) and the earth is giving us a bountiful harvest full of pumpkin, squash, potatoes, cranberries, oranges, collard greens, apples, and fowl game. Along with this wonderful bounty is the urge to eat quite a bit, and although we are supposed to put on a winter layer of about 5 pounds (~2.5 kg), we all are thinking, “How can we make this holiday season a little bit healthier?”
Here are a couple tips:
- Plan ahead. Write out the day’s or week’s schedule…or even the month’s; be prepared by seeing what lies ahead, and then you’ll be less stressed and you won’t forget the details.
- Substitute applesauce for butter one-for-one (it seems to work in all recipes except cookie ones; for those, consider using unmelted coconut oil instead)
- Get to the gym. If you’re a procrastinator, do it early in the day when self-will and self-control are the highest. If you have a hard time remembering, set a reminder bell on your cell phone or put your gym bag in the front seat of your car
- Get a gravy separator if you prefer to use drippings for your scrumptious, homemade gravy
- Eat small meals. Pack your own lunches and snacks instead of eating out or buying on an urge when you get hungry
- Around the holidays, actually eat breakfast and snacks before the turkey/ham/goose/duck dinner is served; also consider limiting alcoholic beverages as this increases the amount of food one eats–as it is, alcohol is empty calories, at 7 g/cal, the second most loaded source of calories behind fats
Here are a couple healthy alternatives to some seasonal favorites:
I hope you enjoy the time spent with family and friends! I personally cannot wait to see my parents, who are traveling down to see us this year. Yay! May you have good will, good cheer, and great health this holiday season!