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  • Writer's pictureMaureen Diaz

Holiday Hacks: How to survive the holiday season

How to survive the holiday season without derailing your quest for health!

We all know how difficult it is to eat clean and healthy during the holiday season, but it need not be so difficult. Here are a few hacks to help you stay the course!

Never go to a party hungry. I get it: we’re all so rushed, why bother taking the time to prepare food before heading to a holiday party when of course we can control our impulses and only make wise choices at the buffet table? The answer of course is simple: we arrive hungry and lose all resolve once we see, and smell, the temptations spread before us, calling our name! Even if nothing more than frying up a couple of eggs in plenty of butter or ghee, adding a slice of cheese or hunk of salami, or making a quick smoothie with raw milk, cream, whole eggs, and frozen fruit; we set ourselves up for success if we arrive with stable blood sugar and dampened cravings.

Always bring along a healthy offering or two to share. Our family has practiced this for years. Whether attending a party or a potluck, it is always wise to bring along something to share that is both delicious, and healthy. You might consider a charcuterie and cheese platter, deviled eggs with pastured eggs and homemade mayo (or a healthier store-bought mayo such as Sir Kensington’s avocado or olive oil); or meatballs made with healthier ingredients. Homemade cookies made with sprouted or non-grain flour, plenty of ghee and/or coconut oil, and made less sweet with honey, yacon syrup,, or monk fruit can satisfy the sweet tooth. Homemade eggnog is a treat for everyone, preferred over the more common store-bought variety, can also be made with raw milk & cream, and alternative, healthier sweeteners. Let you imagination run wild, but utilize healthy principles to combat the plethora of poor choices laid out before you!

Linger amongst the crowd, away from the table. Focusing on fellowshipping, rather than food will help you, and those you choose to spend your time with!

Consume a tablespoon of coconut oil, or coconut oil mixed with ghee, before arriving. This helps considerably in curbing appetite while also aiding weight loss and stabilizing blood sugar; a real win win!

Carry enzymes and high quality probiotics with you. Enzymes are very helpful when you’ve eaten something that may be excessive or problematic. Like, too much, or difficult to digest foods. Or gluten when we are gluten sensitive. Probiotics fortify the gut and help it to deal with the nasties while also helping to clear “debris”.

And last, take a moment to pray before arriving. When we are overly stressed and having difficulty “sticking to the program”, it is always helpful to give thanks for God’s provisions while reminding ourselves that, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13

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