Now that Thanksgiving is over…time to detox a little (…or alot…) to get ready for all those Christmas Goodies. This doesn’t have to be super intense but it would probably be good to have a plan….(smiley face)
This post, however, is about managing all those delectable goodies and treats that are sure to come your way during this Christmas season.
The holidays always throw a kink in my regular lifestyle of trying to eat less refined carbs and more good fats and quality protein.
Here are some hints to make it through the next 4 weeks a little easier
1. Eat Less Refined Carbs —-
- When baking, try to substitute more wholesome ingredients (like honey, maple syrup, nuts, seeds, coconut /almond flour, wholegrains, etc.) in place of refined carbs.
- Limit your treat portion sizes to a ‘reasonable’ amount. Don’t eat it ‘just cause it’s there’…
- Choose 2 or 3 days a week (preferably not in a row) to ‘splurge’ with your treats.
- Keep your sweetened drinks (even fruit juice) to a minimum.
- Consume low carb snacks (carrot sticks, celery, etc.) in place of refined snacks full of sugars.
- Cut back on breads (I tell myself: ‘If you are going to ‘cave’ then make sure it is worth it…’)
- Watch the starches – get veggies instead of potatoes or bread when you go out to eat…
2. Eat More Good Fats —-
- Extra-virgen olive & virgen coconut oil are good for you & help satisfy cravings
- Eat eggs (boiled or cooked in butter)
- Drink whole, raw milk
- Avocados are also a good source
- Avoid products that contain corn, soy, canola, safflower, or other processed oils
3. Eat Good Quality Protein —-
- Cage-free, pasture=fed eggs
- Pasture-fed, hormone-free poultry & beef
- Raw dairy products
- Other sources: quinoa, chia seeds, lentils, nuts, tempeh. edamame