It’s been a hot minute since I’ve participated in Jenn’s “What I Ate Wednesday” (speaking of did you see her latest recipe?!? YUMMO!!) – I never tire of looking at other people’s food pics. Is that just me?? I don’t think so. People love food. Speaking of which, I know there’s a TON of food anxiety associated with the holiday season and I thought I’d share my two cents.
Here’s the thing….Christmas comes once a year. I’m guessing most of my readers are fairly healthy people. You work out, you eat whole, nutritious foods the majority of the time. I think that the anxiety surrounding holiday foods is unnecessary if you keep in mind that this is a temporary season. Do you make Christmas cookies the other 11 months of the year? Do you eat poorly on a regular basis? I’d say the answer is NO (at least for me it is). My normal approach is this –>I aim to eat a salad a day, lean proteins, little dairy (it hurts my belly) and I drink at least 100 ounces of water a day. I make a point to move regularly. I don’t track calories and I don’t have food rules. I know that when I eat trashy foods, my body doesn’t function as well. Health and energy take priority over weight loss or calorie counting.
During this season of holiday parties and cookie exchanges, I think the biggest tip I’d give is stop putting so much thought into it. I know that for me personally, if I say some food group is off limits …then that’s the only thing I can think about. It’s all I want. Moderation works best. Always will. If you want a sugar cookie shaped in the form of a Christmas tree – go for it. Just pay attention to how it makes you feel. I can eat a few cookies. A whole plate of cookies probably isn’t the best.
Anywho….here’s a little glimpse of what I’ve been eating lately. Lots of greens, chicken, coffee and froyo.
^^Henry and Clara ALWAYS pick gummy bears as their topping. I can’t imagine that mixing well with froyo but to each their own.^^
^^I recently ordered two dozen Spring Sprinkle Healthy Bites. They taste like a sugar cookie but are WAY healthier.^^
^^These lasted all of two days. Reminded me of summer.^^
^^I got all sorts of Martha Stewart and made my own cinnamon almond butter. Meaning I shook a crap-ton of cinnamon into a jar of almond butter and stirred it up.^^
^^Pre-dressing. I’ve been using Ken’s Balsamic Vinaigrette lately.^^
^^Best pumpkin yogurt. Hands down.^^
QUESTION: What are your thoughts on HOLIDAY EATING??