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November 27, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving beautiful friends!
Preparing Thanksgiving dinner and getting ready for the holidays reminds me of a story that makes me laugh every time. Do you remember when the “Spiralized Honey Baked Ham” first came out and was available through mail order? You’re probably not old enough, but if you happen to be around my age, you’ll probably remember. It was the eighties and my husband Wes and I were newlyweds. We had invited my sister and her boyfriend to spend Thanksgiving weekend with us in our studio apartment in St. Louis. I was so excited to be serving this amazing delicacy and to not have to do anything besides buy a pie and make some side dishes to go with it. As the weekend approached and Wednesday afternoon turned into Wednesday evening, I had faith that the UPS guy was just busy and that our special delivery would come late, perhaps before grocery store closing hours.
Our visitors arrived on Thursday morning and all grocery stores were now closed! I can laugh now, but it was not funny then, especially when the ham showed up a month later on a sunny Friday afternoon, bloated and menacing, in that supposedly vacuum-sealed pack, which now resembled an oversized basketball!
The holidays are a funny time of year. We go to extremes to please our guests and family who visit from out of town. Some of us look forward to the hustle and bustle and others dread everything the holidays represent, but one question that always comes up is: How can I eat healthy during the holidays? More specifically, how can I eat healthy and not gain weight during a time when all roads seem to lead to a two to five-pound weight gain? We’re all familiar with that holiday eating that leaves us foggy-brained, fatigued, bloated, and feeling like we need to hibernate until Spring.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! You can have your turkey and enjoy it, too. Here are 15 ways to help you stay on track and stay slim and trim during this jolly time of year:
These strategies are all designed to help you avoid weight gain during the holidays, but they also apply to any other time of year. They are timeless principles that we can apply anytime, however, if this is difficult for you and you would like to seek coaching around improving your health, please reach out to me at email@example.com. I’d love to help your reach your goals.
Guilt Free Baked Apple Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
5 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
1-2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Lemon zest from one lemon
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1 Tbsp. coconut sugar or locally sourced honey
½ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup fresh cranberries
2 Tbsp. grass-fed ghee
Coconut ice cream or coconut whipped topping (optional)
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Trying to decrease sugar in your diet seems like a daunting task when you don’t know where to start. It’s easy to get overwhelmed because sugar is found in so many foods.
The objective is to a eat whole food diet that has easy-to-digest foods that include a protein source (meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts/seeds or organic non-GMO tofu), fiber (lots of veggies) and some healthy fat to help delay the release of natural sugar from the rest of the food into the bloodstream. Remember, the key here is to delay the release of sugar into the blood.
These are 5 simple steps to help you feel prepared and in control of your weekly meals:
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