Yes it’s that time of year. Thanksgiving + christmas just seems like one long feast of salty, sugary and fatty foods… but by god is it gooood. It’s so good in fact that it easily becomes a bit too much. Great breakfasts, incredible dinners, delicious desserts and mouth-watering treats in between. You’d have to be a tibetan monk to keep your hands off those kinds of temptations. But you know what, sometimes a little indulgence is deserved! Here’s 4 tips to keep your satisfaction up and the bathroom weight down this holiday season:
Firstly lets run through the “right” way to eat. This of course will depend on your personal beliefs and traditions, but some things are universal no matter your foody preferences. What are all foods made up of? You guessed it; carbohydrates, protein and fat. What’s the most addictive and calorie rich foods made up of? Primarily carbohydrates and fat! Examples include traditional fast food, cakes, muffins, ice cream… basically everything that’s good in this world. Now protein is of course the last man standing here, and protein is not only good for bodybuilders and weightlifters. It keeps you full and satiated for a long time (and can help pack some pounds of muscle on your rear;).
And so this leads us into commandment nr. 1: up your protein intake! Juggling between an extra portion of turkey vs slice nr. 4 of that glorious homemade chocolate cake? Your heart might say cake, but we (and your butt) say turkey. Next up on the list is sugar. Oh sweet, sweet sugar how we love you. Sugar is of course a carbohydrate, but this ain’t the main problem. If we look at it from an objective standpoint, sugar ain’t really got a whole lot of nutritional value… and it’s more addictive than season long Netflix marathons (OITNB anyone!?). But we still want to eat cake and ice cream and everything else that’s good in the world. What’s the solution?
What worked GREAT for us is lowering how much white sugar we put in things like cookies and everyday snacks and replacing it with healthier and/or lower calorie variants! Examples include honey, coconut, stevia and fruits. The difference is not as big as you would think and toying around in the kitchen with new and different ingredients + recipes is a joy in itself. When you then finally get to sink your teeth into “normal” treats and save said treats for special occasions, the payoff is just that much greater!
Lastly we just want to say that worrying about your waist measurement over the holiday season is such an easy mistake to make! The holiday season is all about spending time with the ones you love, family and friends alike, and sitting around the table worrying about your sugar intake instead of the conversations that are going on is a mistake we won’t make again. As we all know the holiday season only comes around once a year and worrying about your calorie intake in this short period of time is like worrying about 5 drops of water in a big glass. Here’s our new motto when it comes to cooking, baking and eating during the holidays: eat and feast and have a jolly time, but a little damage control won’t stop you from having a good time!