A question I am often asked at this time of year is, "With the holidays just around the corner, how can I make healthy meals that are also delicious?"
Yes, the holiday season begins again in just a few short days, and with it comes the usual anxiety over packing on the pounds. Perhaps you've already resigned yourself to the fact that you will gain weight this winter and reverse all your hard-earned success. But what if I told you this year would be different, that you could keep those extra pounds at bay? The holidays won't bring diet disaster if you are equipped with the right tools and have a plan in place. The power is in your hands. All you have to do is choose not to be naughty this year.
To make this easier, I want to share with you some healthy and tasty menus that align with the goals of The Blood Sugar Solution program. These are excellent and delicious options even if you aren't following the plan.
Advanced Plan Menu 1
Artichoke Dip with Raw Veggies
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Dr. Hyman's Raw Kale Salad
Sauteed Spinach with Watercress
Cauliflower Mashed Pseudo Potatoes
Roast Turkey Breast and Avocado Cream on a Bed of Greens
Like these recipes? Find more to get you through the holidays in my new cookbook.
- Begin your day as any other day on the plan; do not skip meals to save calories or carbohydrates.
- Eat a protein-packed snack an hour before your holiday meal.
- Don't think of the holidays as an excuse to gorge on unhealthy food. Plan in advance to make sure there are options available that you can enjoy.
- Scan the spread before putting anything on your plate. Choose wisely!
- Set an intention for how you would like to feel after the meal and hold yourself accountable by sharing with a close friend or family member. Or write it in your journal.
- Start the meal with a soup, fresh vegetables, or a salad, and avoid any refined flour pastries or sweet appetizers to prevent the cycle of craving.
- Drink two glasses of water with lemon before the meal.
- Plan an activity to look forward to after the meal -- a group walk, visiting with other friends or family, a group game, or playing with younger family members. Or try offering to clean up and help your host!
- Eat Mindfully:
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD is a practicing physician, founder of The UltraWellness Center, a six-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international leader in the field of Functional Medicine. You can follow him on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn, watch his videos on YouTube, become a fan on Facebook, and subscribe to his newsletter.
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