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Getting Through The Holidays

by Sunnie Sabol

Getting Through the Holidays, Tips you can use now!

Holiday weight gain is real! A new study out of Finland researched over 3,000 people, they looked at weight patterns for over a year. The conclusion, most of us gain weight starting as early as October and the worse part is it can take over 5 months to loose the extra weight! 

I wrote these tips for my patients, so they would not be one of those statistics. These tips also help you enjoy the holiday season with out filling deprived! Some of them may seem simple but if you make them a priority to add to your routine during the holidays, you will feel and look better for it. 

Tips For Surviving The Holidays

·     Make your workouts or walking a priority. Continuing some kind of movement during the more stressful times of the holidays is crucial to keeping you on track physically and mentally!

·     Drink Water, Hydration is important. Drink a minimum of 80oz a day.

·     If you are following a more ketogenic lifestyle, add a pink of Pink Himalayan salt to few glasses of water during the day.

·     Before going to a holiday party or dinner, have a protein shake to help curb your appetite.

·     Drink a shot (4/6 oz) of apple cider vinegar daily, this will help with digestion. You can also do a shot before each meal.

·     Make drinking 2 Ketones a day a priority.

·     Choose your alcohol wisely! Drink Vodka with seltzer and lime. Try to stay away from beer and wine.

·     At the party or dinner, skip the carb loaded bread! Look for veggies with full fat dip, sausage and cheese skip the crackers.

·     Use Natural Sweeteners like Stevia or Xylitol.  Switch out sugar in your holiday baking recipes for Swerve or Coconut Sugar.

·     Switch out white flour in your holiday baking also for almond or coconut flour.

·     No vegetable oils, margarine, corn oil, canola oil, hydrogenated oils, crisco, or peanut oil.

*Eliminate Carbonated beverages. They block calcium absorption and slow digestion

*Eat Salad with lunch and dinner. Eating a salad made with fresh vegetables helps to stimulate digestion and adds fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar.  ** Extra tip, sprinkle salad with whole food fiber, this will help you stay fuller longer and decrease your craving to over eat.***
·     Acupuncture, continue or incorporate acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture resets your cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and also helps to regulate blood sugar.

I hope you found those tips to be of help to you. If you are looking for more ways to stop the holiday weight gain or for better overall health, please click on the make appointment button, I would love to meet you and help you form a healthcare plan that is right for you. 

I have one more tip for you all, as a way to say Thank you! I am often asked what do I eat?? well I have to admit I have some favorite holiday dishes I don't want to give up, so I did some experimenting in the kitchen and came up with a keto version of my favorite holiday side dish...Stuffing. The recipe is below. I hope you enjoy it! 

A Keto Stuffing

Ingredients:

Loaf of Keto Bread ( I purchased from Amazon, Thin Slim brand. I also found keto bread at whole foods market or can make your own cloud bread)

1 cup Celery

1 cup Onion

1 Apple (optional)

2 cloves of Garlic

1 teaspoon dried Sage

2 packets of Better Broth Keto Thyme (by Pruvit)

1 packet of MCT 143 (By Pruvit or other high quality oil)

1 cup of Organic Chicken Broth

Salt / Pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

·     Cut bread into cubes

·     Spread cubes on a large baking sheet, drizzle with a little MCT 143.

·     Toss packet of Thyme Better Broth over bread cubes, mix to incorporate

·     Bake bread @ 400 in oven till its toasted.

·     While bread is toasting in oven, begin to cut up onion, celery, and apple.

·     In a sauté pan drizzle a little MCT 143 on medium

·     Add onion & celery cook for 2-3 minutes

·     Then add, apple, garlic, sage & salt pepper continue to cook mixture until onions are clear and soft.

·     Once bread is toasted to your liking, remove from oven and allow to stand.

·     In a mixing bowl add Chicken broth, and packet of Keto Thyme Better Broth, slightly stir to mix.

·     Add Bread Crumbs & onion celery mixture to bowl. Gently mix all ingredients together till completely incorporated. (if needed add more broth, until bread moist but not soggy)

·     Transfer to baking dish, if needed coat dish with oil or butter to prevent sticking.

·     Cover and bake @350 for 30-40 minutes, I removed cover for last 5 minutes to brown the top a little.

·     Serve with Turkey and enjoy