It’s December already! Wow, the happiest time of year. Christmas is a time of joy, cheer and connection but if you’ve been working hard towards a weight loss goal, this time of year can bring a lot of anxiety as well. That is why it is important to be aware of our mindset going into the holidays as stress can be more harmful on our bodies than straying from our goals for a few days.
The value of food around Christmas is so much more than fuel for our bodies, it brings us together with family and friends. We connect through cooking, sharing meals and feeding others. Recognizing that there is so much more to value surrounding meals during the holidays will put you in a much healthier mindset. A few days out of the year won’t make or break your health journey. If you’re still concerned about staying on track, here are a few tips and tricks to help you enjoy the traditional foods without all the guilt:
1.) Put yourself in the mindset that you will enjoy those foods while with family and friends but stick to your healthy, homemade meals the days in between. The longer you stray from your regular eating, the harder it is to get back on track.
2.) Start a new tradition. Go for a hike, have a game of flag football, play capture the flag with the kids. Get the family involved in physical activity to avoid being stagnant around the snacks all day.
3.) Make a point to always go for a walk following your meal. Movement stimulates digestion.
4.) Take digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes will help you avoid bloat and that uncomfortable heavy feeling following a big meal.
5.) Only eat during a 12 hour window every day. This helps your body turn digestive energy towards elimination and will do wonders for your metabolism.
These tips and tricks will not only help are not only to be used throughout the holidays but are small, everyday practices that encourage healthy eating habits all year round. If you have yet set a health goal but it has been on your mind, reach out to me, Jenny, at the spa. I offer free 20 minute consultations where we can dive deep into your current dietary and lifestyle habits and see if working with a Holistic Nutritionist will help you reach your health goals.
If you’re in charge of bringing the dessert this year, here’s a healthier version of the classic apple crisp. Trust me, they’ll be asking for it again next year!
1/2 cup Raspberries
1 Apple (chopped)
2 tsps Cinnamon (divided)
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Cashews (chopped)
1/4 cup Almonds (chopped)
3 tbsps Almond Flour
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tbsp Mint Leaves (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (177ºC).
Add the raspberries and apple to a small baking dish.
2. Mix half of the cinnamon into the raspberries and apples and top with coconut oil.
3.In a small bowl add the cashews, almonds, almond flour, maple syrup and the remaining cinnamon.
Mix together until evenly combined. Add this crumble over the raspberries and apples and place in the oven.
4, Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
5, Once cooled, top with mint leaves, if using. Divide evenly between bowls and enjoy!