Happy, Healthy Holiday Fare
Written by Wendy Corr on December 21, 2018
It’s that time of year, when it seems that around every corner there’s a plate of cookies, a tray of pies, and a dish full of candy – all the sugary sweets that could easily pull us off track if we’re trying to eat healthier foods. What’s your best defense? Preparation! I’m Certified Holistic Nutritionist Wendy Corr, and in today’s Wellness Tip, I’ll give you some ways in which you can defend yourself against the onslaught of holiday treats – while still enjoying yourself!
When we think of the holidays, many of us automatically think of the homemade cookies, candies and other treats that we have enjoyed at this time of year. But as we as a society are seeing a rise in diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses, many of us would be better off to avoid baked goods and confections altogether. So how do we navigate holiday parties and other events that surround us with temptation?
Well, in my opinion, the best way to defend yourself is to be prepared!
First, if you’re headed to an event in which you know there will be unhealthy treats served, DON’T go on an empty stomach! You’ll be much better prepared to say “no” to sweets if you’ve already had a healthy, balanced meal at home.
And keep your hands – and mouth – busy! Grab a glass of water or a cup of herbal tea or coffee, keep it in your hand while socializing and sip it often. You’ll be less likely to grab something off the food table if you already have your hands full.
If you’re invited to bring something to a potluck or other social dinner, that’s the best scenario! Bring an item that you know you can have, such as a salad or a healthy veggie side dish. Load up on the good green stuff, and that will help you to resist the call of the heavier, less-healthy dishes.
If you’re involved in a cookie exchange, I have found one of the greatest whole-food treats are also super simple – whole medjool dates, with the pits cut out and replaced with walnuts or pecans. They’re easy to make, they’re excellent finger-food, and they’re so rich that after just a couple of them, you’re less likely to reach for more!
But if you must indulge, most importantly, don’t overdo it, and DON’T beat yourself up afterwards! If you’ve made the choice to eat foods that are less-than-optimal for your health, recognize that one day doesn’t de-rail your whole life, and you can get back on track with your next meal.
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