If you’re anything like me, staying on track with your fitness goals during the holiday season can be a struggle. I mean, have you ever tried pumpkin pie or mulled wine?!
This time of year is filled with endless celebrations, which also means endless food indulgences. But, I’m confident those Friendsgivings and Ugly Christmas Sweater parties doesn’t have to make or break your health this year.
Over the past several years, throughout my own journey of health and fitness, I’ve discovered a few tips and tricks that seem to help deter those holiday pounds and keep my body as healthy as possible. Better yet, I’ve also stumbled upon a few dessert recipes that are free of grains, dairy, and refined sugar (aka free of inflammation and bloat), yet still perfect for holiday celebrations. Because, after all, it is the holiday season and I want you to enjoy this special time without added stress (or sugar).
Tip #1: Sometimes it’s all about making the “better” choice. Chances are, at some point this season, you’ll be going to a party where you have no control in the food options. Hopefully, there will be some “healthier” options available. For example, leaner meats, veggies and hummus, salads, fruits, nut trail mix, or deviled eggs. In these situations, your best bet is to choose the healthiest option available and proceed to following tip #2 below.
Tip #2: Prioritize portion control. When healthy options aren’t available (and even if they are), practice portion control. Serve yourself on a smaller plate (if possible) with tastes of each dish and ditch the second servings. By controlling your portions, you’ll automatically be saving calories.
Tip #3: Eat slow. We are practically programmed to speed eat, nowadays. Luckily, the holiday season is a time to slow down, savor, and be mindful. When enjoying meals or treats, take your time. Enjoy small bites, chew for at least 10 seconds, savor the tastes and smells, and take a few moments before each bite. By eating slower, you will become better aware of when your body is actually full, and chances are you’ll enjoy your food even more!
Tip #4: Drink a glass of water before each meal. This is a go-to for me, whether at a holiday celebration or a night out for dinner. By drinking a glass of water before eating, you help fill up and flush out your stomach. I find that drinking a lot of water before and during my meals keeps me from over-eating.
With those things in mind, the holiday season is a time to relax and enjoy, including the delicious flavors and smells on your plate. And, fortunately, there are ways to do so without sacrificing your health. By limiting grains, sugars, and dairy, you will automatically reduce the inflammation in your body. Inflammation may present itself as bloating, acne, fatigue, indigestion, upset stomach, anxiety, etc. All of which you want to avoid, especially while spending time with your loved ones.
Here are 4 of my favorite holiday recipes without grains, dairy, and refined sugar!
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars by Jay’s Baking Me Crazy
Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie by What Molly Made
Paleo Pecan Pie Bars by Treasured Tablespoons
Pumpkin Magin Cookie Bars by PaleOMG
I hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season with many yummy treats!