As we approach celebratory times we can indulge a little without gaining a lot. Holidays are a time for fun and family, and food can be a healthy part of any celebration. Here are a few ways to enjoy your parties without lasting reminders of what you ate.
o Choose wisely! Don’t eat anything that isn’t absolutely delicious to all your senses. Why waste calories on fake and artificially colored candy and processed desserts. Make something yummy from scratch with real whole ingredients. Your body will appreciate it much more and not give you fanatical cravings afterward.
o Enjoy it thoroughly. So you ate it, now feeling guilty is not going to help, it’s going to confirm every bite turns to fat! I am adamant that we get what we think about, so instead know that the indulgence will be easily burned off.
o With that being said.. if you are attending a party in the evening do your workout earlier in the day and focus on lean proteins and un-starchy veggies. Have some protein and a big plate of fiber-full veggies right before the party to fill your tummy.
o Bring a dish that you know you can enjoy.
o Just say no thank you! To extra invites or food or beverages you know will add stress to your life. We don’t have to go to every party out of obligation. Choose the few you know will be delightful.
o If you eat it, it goes to waist twice! If you don’t eat it, it’s still not going to feed hungry children. Don’t join the clean the plate club.
o Chew slowly, be mindful and be thankful for the wonderful bounty that is all around us.
1 small sugar pumpkin
2 cups un-sweet soy milk
2 cups low- sodium stock
1 cup carrot juice
1 T. coconut oil
4 organic chicken sausages
1 fennel bulb
1 medium onion
3 stalks celery
1 T. grated ginger
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. curry powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. sea salt
Bake pumpkin in oven on 400 for 2-3 hours until very tender. Chop apple, fennel, chicken sausage, celery and onion into small pieces and sauté in coconut oil until tender. Add spices, garlic and ginger and sauté for a few minutes longer. When pumpkin is done, cool and puree with soymilk and broth and transfer to large pot. Add sautéed mixture and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Mix in carrot juice. Add more liquid if necessary to desired consistency. Makes about 8-10 servings. Freeze half, now you have lunch for the future!
Don’t wait until the next year to get on a Health Kick… If you make your wellness a priority now you will ease through the hustle and bustle with lightness and peace knowing your body is running optimally.
I have appointments available in Snohomish, Lake Stevens or Stanwood. Let’s get you feeling good today.
Happy Holidays! I have much gratitude for the opportunity to serve the community and for all my current clients and their new found wellness.
Cheri Soraparu, MS, CN
Certified Clinical Nutritionist & Personal Trainer