healthy holidays: eating tips & strategies

thumbprint cookies with raspberry preserves - original recipe by wholly nourished

thumbprint cookies with raspberry preserves - original recipe by wholly nourished

How do you navigate Christmas parties and family gatherings that are guaranteed to have endless amounts of food, Christmas cookies, and desserts? Perhaps this is your strategy, it's definitely been mine in the past: there are so many sweet during the holidays- I'm determined not to have a single bite. I'm going to be "good". Let's be honest, this not realistic nor is it fun. You try to totally restrict yourself, your willpower will eventually diminish and more likely than not, you'll indulge more than you would have if you allowed yourself a few treats. To beat waffling between being too restrictive on what you can eat and going overboard on the sugar load, I'm sharing my top 3 eating strategies below that I find particularly helpful to find a happy medium during the holiday season.

rice cracker toffee- original recipe by wholly nourished

rice cracker toffee- original recipe by wholly nourished

1. Be picky

Don't accept every Christmas cookie that is offered to you on the basis that it's within an arm's reach. Hold out for the best of the best and prioritize your favorite holiday treats. This will automatically put a filter on how many sweets you eat over the holiday season, making you feel much more in control and satisfied with the delicious treats you did indulge in.

2. Everything in moderation

It's best to go by the classic "everything in moderation" motto. Like I mentioned before, complete restriction is setting yourself up for failure and unwanted feelings of guilt. If there is entire plate of Christmas cookies before you, choose 1 or 2 at a time instead of eating them like you'll never get the chance to again. Chances are, there will be more tomorrow.

3. Make your own healthy Christmas cookies and desserts

To some extent, sugar is sugar and a treat is a treat. Even healthy desserts and cookies should be eaten in moderation. However, most Christmas treats are full of refined sugars, flours, animal fat, and sometimes food coloring. It is my philosophy to always use wholesome and natural ingredients in any recipe. I love making Christmas cookies and desserts using unrefined sugars, unrefined flours, and healthy fats. This is one of my favorite ways to keep a healthy, balanced diet over the holidays. Try some of these recipes below to get you started: