The Holidays are Here – Now, What Do I Eat?

By Dr. B.J. Hardick, Kimberly Roberto, and Dr. Ben Lerner

Most people call this time of year “The Holidays.”  Unfortunately, because it’s “The Holidays,” people tend to get irresponsible and careless.  While everyone should love this time of year, many North Americans fear it because they know what it can do to their health.  

When you’ve done so well through the year to make positive steps forward in your health, why back-track over “The Holidays” by eating mass quantities, putting all sorts of horrible food and drink into your body, exercising less (if at all), and putting off self improvement initiatives until January?

If you add together the months of November and December (since most of us start the downward spiral around Halloween, and live off cookies and egg nog starting November 15th), plus all of the other times it is easy to completely neglect your health (parties, weddings, birthdays, vacations, long weekends, etc.), it becomes all-too-simple to be irresponsible for your health 3 full months out of every year.   Big deal or no big deal?  Well, living this way, by the time you turn 40, you will have spent 10 years doing serious, possibly irreparable damage to your body.  That’s not good.

In Maximized Living, we know there is a better way.  There are plenty of meals you can make right out of the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book that will satisfy your holiday cheer … and not only will you not suffer the consequences of the unhealthy alternatives, you’ll likely introduce someone new to the 5 Essentials and transform their life forever.  Start right with Thanksgiving:

Family Feast
Starter – Butternut Squash and Leek Soup – seasonal and delicious!
Main Course – Holiday Roast Chicken – it is the herbs in this recipe that will have your house “smelling like Thanksgiving”
Sides – Smashed Sweet Potatoes or Mashed No-Tatoes (you can use drippings from the Roast Chicken for “gravy”), and Green Bean Almandine (the more fiber you get in during your meal, the fewer snacks you will crave later)
Dessert – Pumpkin Pie – pumpkin is actually quite good for you, but not when it has to compete with “anti-nutrients” like sugar which rob your body of many other health “gains!”  Try this sugar-free and grain-free version, a favorite out of the book.
If you have family staying the weekend, serve a Holiday Brunch featuring Mini Onion Quiches, Grain Free Pancakes w/ Strawberry Sauce, and Super Easy Egg Nog.  All these choices are acceptable on both the Core and Advanced Plans (as are some favorite “treats” out of the book, including Chocolate Bark, Brownies, and the Amazing Almond Cookies).

So, it’s time to look at “The Holidays” from a new perspective!  Don’t fall prey to the old Italian Saying, “Sono divencete veccio, Troppo presto, ma Furbo troppo tardi” (I got old too soon and smart too late).  Instead, have a wonderful, healthy, maximized Thanksgiving!