PUT DOWN YOUR KIDS HALLOWEEN CANDY (I said to myself). It’s that time of year! Sugar and indulgences are everywhere, and they are here to stay for at least 2 more months. Instead of writing off our health for the next 60 days with the idea that we will “get it back together” in the new year, let’s stick to our goals as we navigate the most difficult-to-resist months of the year.
Everyone has a different approach when it comes to staying healthy during the holiday season. Some may make healthy substitutions, while others may have willpowers made of steel, while others still might avoid tempting situations altogether. None of these describe my approach to staying healthy during the holidays.
That last word there in the last paragraph? I think that’s the reason most people pack on pounds at the end of the year. HolidaySSSS. They last for days and days and days. Halloween candy gets picked at until Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving leftovers last a week. Then there is Christmas, which basically lasts a whole month. And so you might as well just write off that last week until the New Year and go crazy because January 1st is when $h!t gets real again.
So here is where I challenge you to make it a Holiday (singular) again. Indulge, guilt-free, for one day. Then the next day, accept that the holiday is over. Yesterday I ate my fair share of processed, sugary, non-organic, allergen-laden, mass-produced candy (KitKats, you kill me!). Because it was HALLOWEEN. But now, I’ll leave my kids candy stashes for them to enjoy a little at a time. For someone who lacks a lot of willpower when it comes to sugar, I find this approach surprisingly easy. It’s less about willpower and more about having a new mindset. For Thanksgiving, I make smaller batches of everything so there are minimal leftovers (or send the leftovers home with someone else!). And for Christmas, well, I choose a couple of key events leading up to the big day, and try to keep my merry eating contained to those specific days. And my family knows now that I prefer just a little high-quality dark chocolate if I’m going to get a Christmas treat in my stocking.
If you find yourself needing a short reset during the holiday season, check out my 7 Day Sugar Detox. And if you want a little sweet treat that can still fit into a healthy lifestyle, check out my raw truffles recipe below. They will satisfy your sweet tooth, are made with REAL food, and they make a great holiday treat to give out to the neighbors too!
Raw Superfood Chocolate Truffles
- 1 1/2 cups raw pecans
- 1 cup pitted dates, packed
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1/4 cup cacao, or cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
Add all ingredients to food processor and process until everything is broken up into tiny bits and dough sticks together when pinched between your fingers. Roll into small balls, wetting hands with water as you go to prevent sticking. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.