Holidays tend to test even the seasoned dieters and I have to admit, it can be tricky to stay on track if you celebrate your holidays with a family or a large group of people. So today, I would like to share my take on it and give you some tips.
Remember your goal
Most trainers and people around you will tell you that it’s O.K. To “live a little” and “indulge here and there”, but I am here to remind you that YOUR GOALS HAVE VALUE AND A PRICE. I strongly believe that we have to remember our promises we gave to ourselves and the reason why we started the journey. Diet will always be associated with a punishment if you don’t turn into a lifestyle. And the only way to achieve that is to remind yourself that food will always be there and that holidays are there to celebrate occasions with family and friends. Holidays are about creating beautiful memories and food choices should be made based on your goals.
Be mindful and slow down
The holiday table is full of delicious food and loud conversations. Talking while eating doesn’t let your brain focus on the food and that’s why very often we realize we overate only after the dinner is over. So pay attention to your food, savor the flavor and portion control.
Eat a small healthy meal before going to dinner
This trick works every time. Eat something healthy before you go to dinner. This way you will be less likely to over-indulge in foods that are not so good for you.
Start with best-for-you offerings first
Veggies, soups, salads are great to start with. They take up space in your stomach and fill you up with fiber (or water in case of a soup).
Bring your own
Bring a healthy dish with you, this way you contribute to the gathering and also have something healthy to eat yourself. And in case you don’t know how to make a healthy version of staple dishes, here is a recipe of a low carb stuffing.
Low carb bread
- 100g almond flour
- 80g coconut flour
- 30g chia seeds
- 7 eggs
- 80g butter (melted)
- 3 Tbsp heavy whip cream
- 1/4 tsp dry garlic
- 1/4 tsp dry onion
- 1/4 seasoning of your choice
- 1 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350F and oil the bread loaf pan. Misk dry ingredients together first. In a separate bowl wet ingredients and whisk for 2-3 minutes. Add dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir until well combined. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 30-40min or until knife/toothpick comes out clean.
Once done, let the bread cool down a bit and then cut it into cubes.
- 1/2 white onion, chopped
- 1cup chicken or beef broth
- 6-8 celery sticks, chopped
- seasoning to taste
In a small saucepan cook all ingredients for 5-8min on a medium heat. In a baking dish add bread cubes, and the cooked veggies, stir and bake for 15-20min at 350F.
- Heavy cream can be substituted for almond or coconut milk
- You can use coconut oil or ghee instead of butter
- If you don’t have chicken broth you can use natural bullion cubes, just make sure to account for the salt content and use a bit less in your bread.
- I like cheese on everything so I added some to my stuffing, it is totally optional. But who doesn’t like cheese!!
I hope you have a great holiday season this year and create a lot of new memories with your family and friends. Stay healthy and focused on your goals, my friends.
Talk to you soon,