Sometimes it seems that Thanksgiving puts us in an endurance race, running until we hit New Year’s Day. Patients often share that they feel pressed and stressed with gift giving, family and social events and indulgent food/drinks everywhere. It’s so helpful to be proactive in thinking about how you want your holidays to be and feel before you get to those New Year’s resolutions. Be realistic since it’s not likely that joining a gym in December will be an easy change. But there are things you can do to take care of yourself. Start with food: the simplest tip is to reduce and limit SUGAR 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. Make your choices count with something that is unique and especially delicious. Start with a small portion of a treat, often 2-3 bites are enough to make you feel satisfied. Plan ahead and be sure to eat regular meals with some protein so you are not over hungry and tempted.
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.
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Simply Delicious: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups almond meal or almond flour
1/4 cup coconut oil , softened (non-vegans can use butter)
3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond meal, salt, and baking soda, then add the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix well.
Fold in the chocolate chips, then drop batter by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat, or parchment paper.
Bake at 350F for 8-9 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then serve warm or allow to cool to room temperature.