Holiday navigation tips!


simply well with Holly Niles


I was recently asked to write an article about surviving the holidays.  This is a time of year where survival skills seem necessary as people feel pressed with gift giving, family and social events and indulgent food/drinks everywhere. A good place to start the navigation is to think about how you want to feel in 2017.  Rather than creating New Year’s resolutions in January after holiday transgressions, to eat healthier and get more exercise, start now so you will begin the New Year off and running.  Along with the holidays comes the start of flu and cold season as well so making healthy choices during the holidays helps set the tone for your health over the winter season. The simplest tip is to avoid SUGAR at all costs as it is the biggest challenge for most people as the holidays are filled with treats. Sugar suppresses our immune system, creates inflammation and keeps us craving more with its’ addictive nature.  Avoiding sugar is your best strategy to thrive in the holidays. One way to approach this is to be sure to eat regular meals with some protein so you are not over-hungry and tempted. Another trick is to choose a delectable treat once/week or at a specific event and skip all the ordinary cookies, candies and treats.


Simply Easy Tip:

Create a holiday food survival kit to keep in your car so you won’t show up hungry to a party or event. Nuts, low-sugar bars, preservative-free jerky and whole grain crackers with nut/seed butter are a good foundation.


Simply Supportive: Green Tea

As the weather cools, warm drinks like green tea feel comforting.  Green tea has been shown to be very high in anti-oxidants that support the immune system.  Try our green tea-it makes a great gift as well!

Still have more questions? Schedule a 15-min free consult with our nutritionist, Holly Niles, to learn more about the best choices for you.


Simply Delicious: Pumpkin Pudding (egg-free & dairy-free)


1 can full-fat coconut milk

3 teaspoons gelatin

1 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree*

1/3 cup honey or maple syrup

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

* Trader Joe’s Organic can, but you can try homemade as well


Pour half of the coconut milk in small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over top. Allow it to bloom (or soak up the liquid) for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining coconut milk, pumpkin puree, honey, and pumpkin pie spice in a saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

Pour in the gelatin and whisk until completely dissolved. Do not let it boil.

Pour mixture into a large heatproof bowl, and press a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the liquid. This will prevent a gelatin ‘skin’ from forming on top.

Place it in the refrigerator for 6 hours or until set. The pudding will be almost solid when chilled.

Remove the plastic wrap and use hand beaters or a stand mixer to beat for 3 to 5 minutes on high, until smooth and creamy.

Optional: Serve with gingersnap cookies or you can use it as a pie filling!

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Simply Well Newsletter #54: Holiday navigation tips!