The holidays are a special time for us to enjoy with our loved ones, making memories, and eating great food. However, it can be an arduous occasion for those who are worried about overeating. While we always recommend allowing yourself to indulge every so often, it can be easy to go overboard. If you’re looking for ways to stay on track during the holiday season, we have a few easy tips from our Nutritionists at Hudson to help you avoid those extra holiday pounds.
There are definitely ways to eat healthier versions of traditional holiday foods. These are easy to implement if you’re the one doing the cooking and if not, you can always make these simple suggestions to family members. For example, if you’re cooking a traditional stuffing for Thanksgiving, swap out regular flour for nutrient-dense almond flour, white bread for gluten-free bread, regular butter for ghee or grass-fed, and conventionally raised eggs for pasture-raised eggs. These small differences can have a big impact on your health! Read on to learn more from our Nutritionists on healthy holiday food swaps:
1. Plan Ahead
More often than not, it’s recommended to get comfortable cooking so you know exactly what is going into your meals.
2. Home-made vs. store-bought
Try making home-cooked meals rather than getting take out or pre-made foods from the store. Most pre-made foods are loaded with sodium and other additives.
3. Alcohol alternatives
Instead of going overboard on liquor or soda this holiday season, opt for wine spritzers or sparkling water instead.
4. Ingredient swaps
For heavier meals like green bean casserole, switch to coconut milk or nutritional yeast instead of cows milk and regular cheese to make it lighter and easier to digest!
5. Carb overload
Skip the bread, or opt for gluten-free when you can. This will help lower inflammation in your gut and help decrease the holiday bloat.
6. Watch out for sugar
For all desserts, try switching white flours and sugars with coconut or almond flour and maple syrup. This will help mitigate the pro- inflammatory responses that white sugars/flours have on our system.
Consuming heavy meals or a lot of food at once is standard during the holidays, but can be a burden on our digestive system. To aid in the process, try taking 1-2 digestive enzymes before meals or consuming 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar diluted in 8 ounces of water before meals.
To learn more, schedule an appointment with our Nutritionist.
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