Good morning readers!
Ever wonder what a holistic nutritionist eats on Christmas? Do we secretly stuff stuffing into our mouths when no one’s looking or do we come equipped with celery in our purse and chia seeds for dessert?
This is your little sneak peek into my holiday eats to see just what it was that I treated myself to and how I go about the holidays in the most holistic way possible with loads of insights and tips and tricks to keeping both happy and healthy with the food on your plate! But first and foremost; what is my philosophy behind such occasions?
I absolutely agree, holidays are a time of indulgence! But thankfully, you don’t have to stray from your diet to do so. I believe in moderation not deprivation. So I come prepared with healthy alternatives to staples such as dips and spreads that are dairy, gluten, soy and refined sugar-free. However, if I see something I really want that includes these things, I enjoy, just in moderation.
It was two years ago that, in true Suzanne fashion, I awoke Christmas morning and, forgetting about gifts entirely, I sprang from my bed and leapt down the stairs thinking souly of one thing: food! Christmas breakfast! And luckily, as I drew closer, the lack of mouth-watering aromas sparked the reminder that there were gifts crowded beneath the tree that I was not yet intended to see and so back up the stairs it was!
This year’s breakfast was sweet, light and wholesome.
Our Christmas breakfasts always begin with half a grapefruit that we recieve in our stockings every year.
This was followed by a small buffet of exotic fruit bowls & platters. We always mix in some fruit that we don’t normally purchase for a special treat such as this Pitya (dragon fruit) and Asian pears. We also had clementines, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple and fresh figs.
Turns out my cutest little gift this year, Aussie, loves Asian pears too!
You could say I “pigged” out on Christmas, but did manage to enjoy and savour the food in moderation. Muffins and yogurt are present at the table as well but I opted out of those and ate my weight in alkalinizing, juicy, fresh fruit which left me satisfied but with plenty of room by the time lunch had taken over the table.
My lunch plate included a good helping of fresh-cut veggies with almond butter instead of the sour cream based dips.
Holistic life hacks: nut and seed butters are easy to carry, need no preparation, and are fantastic as dips. Add a little apple cider vinegar or olive oil and they become great salad dressings too!
I also had some gluten-free crackers and decided to treat myself to a bit of cheese. This cheese I know to be high quality and I opted for the aged goats cheese which is much easier for the body to digest than cows milk. I also took a digest dairy pill to further assist my body in breaking down the lactose.
We are so spoiled in that my grandparents’ garden supplies most of our vegetables including bizarre ones (which are always the most fun) such as:
- Jerusalem artichoke
- Spanish radish
- Beets in all different varieties
- Two-toned purple carrots with orange inside
There was also a bowl of grapes present. Normally I would leave fruit completely alone when eating other food as this could lead to poor digestion and bloating but in this case, grapes are harder on your body to digest, taking it longer and making them acceptable in small portions. Bedside, I love grapes!
In between lunch and dinner, I brewed a mug of tea for the gift opening. It was an herbal blend with peppermint which aids digestion.
Dinner was a plump roasted turkey that was free range; anti biotic and hormone free, organic and grass-fed. Quite the mouth full! There was no gobbling down though, we ate slowly once everyone had sat down and served their own portions. This was after I had stolen hunks of turkey off the plate in the kitchen… to make sure it wasn’t poisoned of course!
The succulent turkey was served with Brussels sprouts, a turnip and potato mash and gluten-free rice stuffing that was surprising delicious! Of course gravy and cranberry sauce are staples but not on my plate, with cranberry sauce laden with sugars and gravy rich in fat that has been heated beyond its limits and dosed in corn starch as a thickener. The best is to leave both of them out. I, myself, love them both and so served up a very small taste of each to have my fill. The food was certainly flavourful enough as it was.
For dessert I skipped the ice cream and opted for a few medjool dates and a slice of my fudge. Got some leftover almond butter? Stuff it in the dates for a delicious treat!
After family dinners, we leave time to sit and digest before dessert and brew coffee and tea in the meantime. I skip the caffeine which hinders digestion and opt for herbal teas with peppermint which boosts digestion. Having this alkalinizing and rehydrating tea after your meal will also help you to reduce sugar cravings so you can go easy on the sweets!
So there you have it wellness junkies! So simple to indulge without overstuffing and with keeping your body as grateful as your taste buds, a nice little gift to yourself on these occasions and you can keep these in mind as we head towards the New Year!
Wishing you all the merriest of holidays,