Cupcakes for Today’s Birthday Party
Mini Sugar Cookies- 1/2 for Tomorrow’s Birthday Party and 1/2 for us
Homemade Pizza (complete with homemade dough (Rhodeygirl‘s Recipe)
What a workout! Yesterday’s baking marathon certainly tested my patience and skills. I’m proud of how everything turned out, though.
Speaking of health, I think it is important for all of us to start the holiday season with a loose ‘health plan’. While I don’t recommend starting a rigid diet or exercise plan during this time of year (or anytime for that matter. But that’s a different conversation for a different day), there is much to be said about staying faithful to your healthful habits.
1. Start the day with a hearty breakfast despite your plan to indulge later in the day.
For example, I always start my day off with a simple, yet filling breakfast on days that I know I’m going to be attending a festive event. This way I won’t be famished when presented with platters of my favorite ‘special occasion goodies’. 1 c. (cooked) oatmeal topped with some fruit and nut butter usually fits the bill.
2.Find a way to move each and every day.
During the holidays I want to savor the beauty of the season, not spend my time at the gym. Even the most devout gym members sometimes find it hard to keep with their normal 4-5 days/week schedule. I never want to force myself to participate in a workout plan that I don’t enjoy. During the holidays I make a habit of walking instead of taking the bus as often as possible. I know its easier for me since i live in the city and am able to walk everywhere, but if you live in the country you have a beautiful course outside your door. Take a quick jaunt down the road and back or ask a friend to meet with you and go for a little jog (followed by a lovely cup of coffee or tea).
3. Allow yourself everything you want.
Yes, I mean it! It has been a long, complicated road, but finally I am at a happy weight while allowing myself daily indulgences. During the holidays, it’s no different. I allow myself to try everything I want but within moderation and balanced out with loads of the good stuff (greens, lean meat, fruit, vegetables, etc). I believe approaching decadent food in a laid back way allows me to experience the beautiful flavors and joy that comes along with it, without going overboard.
4. BYOD (Bring your own dish)
If asked to bring something to a party, I’ll usually bring one indulgent treat and one healthful option. That way, I know that there will be something healthy served that I can enjoy. This doesn’t mean I don’t taste all of the wonderfully indulgent dishes served, but I have the reassurance that if I just feel like munching on something, there is a healthful choice.
Q: What is your approach to holiday celebrations?