9 Proven Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

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It’s the 11th hour and you’re scrambling to finalize your gifts and preparations for the holidays. Ah the holidays – a time of family, food, gifts, parties and fun. And if you’re a human being, all of those things probably also have some pretty stressful aspects to them too. These can come in obvious forms as well as very subtle forms. Holiday gatherings and parties can be occasions where people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together or really understand eachother get together and spend hours and hours on end together. Then there’s the shopping and the crowds, the cold weather, the party-planning and the list-making, and a lack of time to get it all done to the level of perfection we desire, all while messing with our normal daily routine. Sound familiar?

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Your Plan for A Healthy Holiday Season!

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Holidays are a great time to spend time with family and friends and share some amazing meals.  So many of our holiday traditions and family memories center around the food!  On average, a person will gain approximately 2 pounds during the holiday season, and many don’t shed it once the season is over.  But these celebrations don’t need to mean that we shove aside our healthy nutrition goals and indulge in all rich foods, overeating and all the consequences.  Remember, during the holidays the only two things that need to be stuffed are birds and stockings!

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How to Avoid Hidden Sugars During the Holidays

This is not a post about healthy holiday recipes. It is not a post about how to stick to portion control at the holiday buffet (although we do have one about that too). The holidays are a time where people cook up a storm and put time, love, and care into creating delicious and yes, indulging, meals and desserts. And we believe that we all have a right to enjoy these holiday goodies and to indulge in what the season has to offer!

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Shortbread Snowball Cookies (GF, V, SF)

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We love Pinterest this time of year, not just because there are so many mouth-watering holiday healthy food photos and recipes that are being shared, but also because it gives us an opportunity to connect with like-minded people and eaters. This is how we discovered Xander Friendly Foods, a blog written by Nicole Dawson and inspired by her son Xander’s severe food allergies.

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Pumpkin Persimmon Bread (GF, DF, SF)

persimmon-bread.jpgThe “cold” weather in LA (yes 50 degrees is considered cold here!) has prompted me to embark on a new spate of baking, and even though Thanksgiving is over, I still can’t let go of pumpkin-flavored sweets (she writes as she sips her decaf Pumpkin Spice Soy Latte). I still really have until Christmas until the pumpkin theme is completely out of style, right?

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