I have been using a simple holiday strategy for the last 7 years that helps me enjoy festive foods, but still keep my health amid a sea of processed goodies.
The problem with processed foods is that they are full of GMO by-products, glyophosates, petrochemical flavorings, and heavy metal residue. Commercial food is not healthy. It's why so many of our dear ones have dementia, cancer, heart disease, and degenerative diseases. To me it is not worth a few (or a lot) of bites of junk just to "celebrate" with loved ones. Being hospitalized with a serious disease down the road is not worth it. I've been bed-ridden and I know what it takes to rebuild my body. Prevention is much easier, let me tell you.
Holidays can be tricky when visiting family and friends. You don't want to eat toxic food, but you don't want to be perceived as being insulting either. People at holidays seem to think that nothing counts -- calories, toxins, or cacinogens. But rest assured, your body knows and will let you know one day or another.
I have a two pronged approach: first strategies and second superfoods. When I know what I am going to do and know what I am going to eat, Thanksgiving and Christmas become a joy again.
- Eat organic food before you go to a party or dinner
- Make sure it is protein and vitamin rich.
- Go hydrated on clean water
- Keep up on your probioitics
- Taste a bite or two of special dishes
- Offer to bring a dish so you have something safe to eat
- Invite people to your place where you can offer more quality food
Realize that some people love to rib healthy eaters. Stand your ground. I understood while rebuilding my mitochondria in the early 2000s that taking advice or being pressured from such people was stupid. It's like taking financial advice from someone in debt. Don't do it! Instead realize you are worth fighting for and ignore their jabs. In the end they will be inspired by your health and come asking for advice down the road. This has happened to me on numerous occasions.
Here's what I eat more of during the holidays (all organic):
- Coconut oil
- Pastured raised beef and eggs
- Veggie juice with beets
- Broccoli sprouts