The holiday season can pack on the pounds if you’re not careful of what and how much you eat. Not only that but being on the go day and night to get everything ready for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza…etc. & New Year’s Eve & Day can cause your body fatigue and exhaustion which is breeding ground for colds and flu. Don’t let the hustle & bustle of the season catch up with you or get you down.
A few small things you can do to help keep your spirit alive and well involve eating whole, natural foods without added sugars, salt, preservatives and other chemicals.
- When dining out choose main course salad with lots of fresh greens, assorted vegetables and healthy proteins.
- At parties choose vegetable dishes and appetizers instead of deep fried, cheesy, greasy choices. Keep dessert eating under control; have some but take small portions. Drink water between mixed drinks, beer and wine.
- Eat slowly and always practice portion control. Don’t attend any event hungry – satiate your appetite beforehand with healthy choices to help you control famished bingeing.
Relax a little and enjoy your quiet time. Take time to breathe throughout the day and though the weather is cooler, stay hydrated with water.
Fat flushing foods – Detox Soup, Detox water, Detox Main Dish
- 6 cups vegetable or homemade (or low-fat, low-sodium, organic) Chicken broth
- 6-8 cups of chunky cut vegetables
- **Carrots, celery, onion, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, turnip, kale, spinach, chard, arugula, peas, okra, peppers, tomatoes, etc. anything green, red, white, orange, yellow, purple
- 1 cup beans- rinsed & drained (kidney, cannellini, black, garbanzo, navy, any of your choice)
- 2 large garlic cloves, sliced
- 1-2 cups water if needed
- Parsley, cilantro, basil, mint, oregano, rosemary – use one or several mixed
Heat broth, add heavier veggies such as cabbage, kale, carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnip and cook for about 15 minutes on a gentle simmer. Add any remaining veggies, beans and garlic and simmer another 10 minutes. Add herbs (parsley, basil, etc.) – serve & enjoy.
- 1-quart warm water,
- lemon juice about 2 Tablespoons,
- 1-2 teaspoon ACV (apple cider vinegar)
- ½ teaspoon honey optional
Drink throughout the day.
Detox Baked-Stuffed Winter Squash
Choose Acorn, pumpkin, butternut or buttercup squash
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts cleaned and cut into quarters (use frozen if fresh isn’t available)
- 1 cup mushrooms (optional) sliced
- 1 small red onion
- 1 large clove garlic –chopped
- Olive oil
- Seeds- sesame, sunflower, poppy, ground flax, pumpkin
- 1 small apple – diced small
- Salt & pepper to taste
Cut squash in half, oil cut side, sprinkle with salt and lay cut side down on baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 45 -60 minutes until knife goes in easily. Remove from oven.
While squash is baking, sauté Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, onion & garlic for about 20 minutes.
Place each squash half on dinner plate and spoon sautéed mixture into each half – sprinkle with seeds and apple. Season with salt & pepper and serve.
*Optional: sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.
Don’t wait for the new year to begin getting your health back. Start today by taking small steps toward better health.
When you enjoy your weekends and holiday parties, take advantage of the weekday back to work schedule to detox your body. By eating detoxifying, clean, whole foods you can expect to clean your blood, your intestines, and flush fat.
Eating healthy is simple when you have the right foods on hand. Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated, sauté, bake, steam or raw is fast, easy and healthy. All you need to do is have a few good things on hand to throw together a weeknight meal in no time flat. Remember, we eat to fuel out body. Meals don’t have to be heavy, fatty or fancy to satisfy us.
The following is a quick list of things to keep on hand each week.
- Leafy greens – help clean our blood and flush fat cells
- Kale, spinach, arugula, chard, Brussels sprouts, cabbage (red & green), broccoli,
- Cauliflower, celery, carrots, snap peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes, peppers, (all great for snacking on throughout the day)
- Mushrooms, onions, garlic
- Winter squash – orange fleshed and spaghetti squash – can cut each one in half and bake it for simplicity
- Variety of beans – canned or dried – remember to always rinse canned beans well
- Herbs – parsley, cilantro, basil
- Fruit – Apples, bananas, pears, grapes
- Wild caught fish, lean meat/chicken, turkey, pork, beef (pork & beef should be on occasion)
With a combination of these foods you will be able to build or create a meal in minutes. Use various spices, seeds, nuts, oils and vinegar for flavoring.
Make enough dinner meals to take a small portion of leftovers for lunch the next day.
Drink plenty of water and herbal & green tea throughout each day.
Eat well, feel well, feel alive!