Holiday Survival Tips & Guilt Free Holiday Recipes

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It’s that time of year again; mountains of mashed potatoes, countless holiday cocktails, and platter after platter of cheese and desserts, followed by weeks, maybe months of uncomfortably snug-fitting clothing!

Why not try something different this year to help you sail gracefully through the holiday gluttony and chaos feeling great about your body and in control?

After all, it’s simply not worth tossing in the towel on everything you have worked so hard to maintain this year, for just a few moments of excess holiday cheer!

No matter how tempting, that extra handful of gooey cookies or slab of crumbly pie is rarely worth the day, weeks, and even months you will spend attempting to get back on track. Not to mention the damage these indulgences leave behind in their wake: zapped energy, disrupted sleep, incessant sugar cravings, bloated bellies, thick brain fog, constipation, or diarrhea. And to top it off, there’s the guilt and self-loathing you have now invested hours into as a result of the 5LBS you packed on along the way. Now that doesn’t sound so merry, does it?

Start the New Year off Right

without feeling frustrated & upset about your body!

Instead use Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas & Holiday gatherings as a wonderful opportunity to get creative, share & indulge willfully in foods and activities that truly NOURISH your body and holiday spirit!

So how do we walk the fine line between indulging in holiday cheer and still nourishing our bodies and holiday spirit?

By having a plan! By upgrading your holiday dishes & by surrounding yourself with the things and people you love!

 Here are 7 Ways to indulge & nourish yourself this holiday season without inflicting strict rules of deprivation & abstinence.


Are there foods that you only eat during the holidays like stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie, your grandma’s homemade cobbler? No need to abstain, instead reframe. Take those incredibly indulgent recipes and reinvent them or UPGRADE them by using less sugar, higher quality fats, oils and sweeteners and swapping regular flour for gluten free, almond, or coconut flour. 

Here are some of my favorites:

baconBacon Wrapped Dates





FG-cauliflower-breadsticks-recipeCheezy Cauliflower Breadsticks




Paleo-Stuffing-Cranberry-Flax-124Paleo Stuffing





mashed cauliflowerCauliflower Mashed “faux” tatoes





Bacon Braised Brussels Sprouts




thumbprint cookies

Coconut Macaroons Thumbprints with Raspberry Chia Jam






  • Avoid the temptation of fasting all day in hopes of saving your appetite and calories for your holiday feast! Fasting will set you up for disaster, hijack your willpower, and lead to overindulging.
  • Instead, start your day off right with a balanced, hearty breakfast centered on high-quality protein, Nutritious fat & mixed veggies.
  • OR make a nutrient-packed VEGAN protein shake or green smoothie for breakfast and lunch. This strategy will keep your hunger at bay and keep willpower on your side; allowing you to choose foods that nourish and support your body while at the same time preventing you from overindulging.


  • Timing is everything. Never go to a party HUNGRY!
  • Filling up on healthy food before you go. Saying “No Thank You!” and passing up an entire plate full of goodies becomes a whole lot easier one you take hunger off the table.
  • It’s amazing what happens to your better judgment when hunger is taken off the table.
  • Arm yourself with bubbly water and lime in a cocktail or wine glass. It will do two things: 1) Prevent the host/hostess from continually asking you if you want a drink and 2) It will keep your hands occupied.
  • Get out of the kitchen- grab a small plate and ask people to join you in another room away from the kitchen to avoid the temptation
  • Slow down! Pace your eating with the slowest eater in the room. Setting your fork down between bites can help you achieve this. You should find you consume much less food just by slowing down.


  • Instead of waiting for New Year’s Eve to dedicate your time to healthy eating and exercise, start those habits now!
  • Weight loss is probably a lofty and unrealistic goal during the holidays but what about maintaining where you’re at?
  • Keep yourself honest. Instead of living in your workout gear or leggings, wear your “skinny jeans” weekly to make sure your weight isn’t creeping up on you.


  • The holidays get hectic and stressfulmake sure you take time to slow down and even schedule special ways to feed your soul and de-stress this season.
  • If you don’t plan it-it won’t happen! You can manage your stress and lower your cortisol levels (belly fat hormone) by taking time to slow down. Take a walk, read a book, or sit by the fire.
  • Times of high stress is not the time to be taxing your body with intense exercise!
  • Instead: 
  • Sign up for Yoga or a dance class during the month of December.
  • Commit to taking at least 1-2 classes per week.
  • Practice deep breathing and meditation
  • Yoga and deep breathing have been proven to increase hormones like GABA, our natural valium/tranquilizer, boost serotonin, your happy calming neurotransmitter, AND lower cortisol, our stress, and belly fat hormone!
  • Try an app like Pranayama App or sign up for a class.
  • Schedule a massage or facial for yourself now!
  • Schedule a stress reduction session with your therapist or healer.
  • Limit/upgrade your caffeine:
    • Use green tea instead of coffee and trade wine and alcohol for bubbly water with lemon in your favorite wine glass.
    • Both coffee (most coffee and alcohol) disrupt sleep and drive up cortisol levels, encouraging your body to pack on the body and belly fat.


  • Make celebrating the holiday with your family and friends more fun and meaningful by coming up with activities that aren’t centered around food.
  • Plan activities for the kids such as making ornaments or completing a festive scrapbook project.
  • Play games, take a long walk, or organize an active game of flag football after dinner.
  • This is a great way to keep your hands and mouth occupied and keep the focus on what the true meaning of the holidays is all about–being surrounded by those you love!


  • No one can make you eat something you don’t want to eat! It is always your choice.
  • Just learn to say “no thank you” politely.
  • Don’t makeup excuses like “Not now” or “I’m too full” because it doesn’t discourage people from continuing to ask you to join in on dessert!
  • Simply, get in the habit of saying, “No thank you! Sadly, if I eat that it makes me feel really awful!” Or “No thank you. I feel so much better without it!“
  • Rarely will you be met with resistance and you’ll quickly realize it’s much easier to do than you believed.



Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season!



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