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Tips to Thrive This Holiday Season

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Are you ready to thrive this holiday?

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With the holidays come a few challenges such as, 1) All the traditional foods and family favorites which can leave you feeling deprived if you don’t have a plan and a good mindset as they near, and 2) Concern about navigating it successfully when you’ve worked so hard all year to move toward a health-promoting lifestyle.

Today, I’m going to give you some tips to help tackle these challenges so that you can create a permanent shift in your Thanksgiving traditions that are sustainable for years to come.

Tip #1: Eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal

Food plays a major role in Thanksgiving celebrations. No Thanksgiving Day would be complete without the traditional meal. I suggest you modify your traditional Thanksgiving must-eats with new versions that would align with your long-term goals.

Stuffing/dressing
Modify your recipe to a low-carb version by replacing the bread with cauliflower. Or find a new favorite stuffing recipe by searching for ‘cauliflower stuffing recipe’ online. If you’re a PHD client, we have a Bacon and Cauliflower Stuffing posted in the recipes in the client area. There are also a lot of delicious lower carb sausage based stuffings to try.

Roast turkey
Stick to your portion size and don’t overeat. You can choose turkey as your protein option for days to come – there is no urgency. And don’t forget, you can eat turkey all year round 🙂

Cranberry sauce
Omit the cranberry sauce altogether and drink a zero-carbohydrate cranberry beverage with your meal instead. Think Spindrift’s Cranberry Raspberry sparkling water or La Croix’s Razz-Cranberry. Or create a cranberry mocktail like the one we’ll be doing in our Holiday Cooking session with Tiz on November 15th.

Green bean casserole
Switch to blanched French green beans with butter and herbs instead of doing another rich dish like green bean casserole. Green beans are pretty low carb anyway so if this dish is a MUST just choose a recipe that doesn’t have fried onions or breading.

Mashed potatoes
Introduce your family to mashed cauliflower. Very quick and easy to make and the flavor will not disappoint. Search online and you’ll find many recipes. PHD clients will find a delicious Cauliflower Mash recipe in the client area.

Brussels sprouts
Like the green beans, keep them simple. Slow roasted in the oven with salt, pepper and garlic; they bring enough flavor on their own.

Pumpkin pie
Replace your pumpkin pie with a crustless version that is not sweetened with sugar and contains no grains. We’ll be showing you how to create one in our upcoming Holiday Cooking session on November 15th – so, please join us. Another idea is to make pumpkin pudding instead of a pie. We created one last year with a custard base and then whipped pumpkin puree and cream into the custard (recipe below).

Tip #2: The food doesn’t have to define the celebration

Let your family and friends gather round the table to celebrate together. Make them the centerpiece of this annual holiday. Take to heart that the food doesn’t define the celebration, but rather the people you are surrounded by.

Tip #3: Join a Turkey Trot

A Turkey Trot is a footrace held on or around Thanksgiving Day. It can be a competitive race or a fun run/walk. Why not start off your morning with a fun run/walk with your family and friends? See which Turkey Trots are in your area. Five and 3-milers are popular distances. In Charlotte, N.C. there is the Tot Trot (26.2 yards) which is specifically for children, six-year-olds and younger.

Tip #4: Take stock of your harvest

What have you harvested this year that you’re grateful for? Write your gratitude list at some point during the day as you reflect on the past year. Share your highlights with guests at the dinner table. Makes this your centerpiece of focus over the food.

Tip #5: Take a nap

If you don’t have the type of schedule that ever allows you to nap during the day, why not indulge in a little power nap at some point during the day? Consider this as a self-care ritual for the day. If you’re not a day-time napper, why not go to bed early at the end of the day and get eight hours of rest?!

You’ve got this! I am here for you, your PHD team is here for you, and we are all cheering you on!

Wishing you a thriving holiday season,

In health,

~Dr. Ashley

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