In Nourishing Concepts

It’s a Delicious Time of Year!

The holidays are filled with celebration and abundance.  It is a time for treats, traditions and SO MUCH FOOD!  Whether you rejoice in this fact or are dreading the abundance of the season, I would like to offer some tips for celebrating the season without side-tracking your health goals!!

  1.  Bring or Serve a Healthy Option.
  • Bring a charcuterie style plate with nuts, berries, goat cheese, prosciutto, olives, and seed crackers.
  • Veggie plate & fruit tray – a classic and welcomed addition to any holiday spread!
  • A healthy dip like homemade hummus, bean dip, or kefir ranch dressing.  Serve with cucumber slices, carrot chips, or veggie sticks.
  1. Don’t Go to a Party Hungry
  • Eat lightly during the day of the party. Make sure you have breakfast, lunch and something light before you go.
  • Avoid chip bowls and candy dishes. Instead, treat yourself to a small portion of the desert that you most want to try or the savory appetizers that appeal to you.
  • Limit foods that come from a box in favor of something that is fresh or homemade. This will help you avoid additives, extra sodium, unhealthy fats, etc., that often come in processed foods.
  • If you are having a buffet, choose the smaller size plate. Look at all the choices first.
  • Remember to do a gentle self-check by asking yourself “How am I going to feel after I eat this?”.
  1.  Let the Holiday Spirit Move You
  • Aim to be active every day.  It will give you more energy to cope with stress and compensate for some of those delicious holiday treats.
  • Take a 30 minute walk, go for a hike, a skate, or go sliding.  This is a great way to shed stress, connect with a friend or do something a little different with family.
  1.  On the Topic of AlcoholWhen raising a glass here are some suggestions to help you join the fun while still being kind to your body.
  • Try a non-alcoholic spritzer or a virgin Caesar
  • Alternate alcoholic beverages with water to stay hydrated.  Sparkling water with a wedge of lemon or lime provides hydration and vitamin C!  Avoid Diet Sodas and sugary beverages.
  • Red wine has excellent antioxidants. Choose red wine over beer or spirits and savour a  small pour.
  • Hangover cure – fresh air and fresh fruit….Skip the greasy hangover meal the next day….if the night got wild, leave it in the past and start fresh! If dehydrated you may be craving salty foods – try tomato juice or V8.
  • Have some fresh fruit cut up and ready to go.  Berries, oranges, red grapes, pineapple, mango, cantaloupe, are all excellent choices for helping you boost detoxification!

 

 

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