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Festive Fixings

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Festive FixingsThe countdown to Christmas is on. It’s just over a week away! Are you feeling the (time) crunch? I wish I could say my to-do list was ta-done leaving me free to ease into feeling festive. But it isn’t. And I imagine I’m not the only one in holiday-hustle mode, so I’ll get straight to the point.

This month’s missive is a collection of Festive Fixings. These recipes offer fast fixes to the dilemma of what to serve alongside the centerpiece of your holiday feast, be it turkey, ham or what have you. I’ve included a few suggestions each for appetizers, salads and yummy vegetable side dishes. I hope that one or more of these Festive Fixings finds a place on your holiday table! Sign up to my newsletter to receive my Festive Fixings recipe collection and all recipes to come. And read on for some re-gifts from last year.

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a few re-gifts

I thought I’d re-gift last year’s collection of Healthy Holiday Recipes, too. As well as sides, it also includes some main course ideas, brunch items and a few dessert treats. Click here for the link to the post and scroll down to the final section called “A tasty gift“.

Before you scroll down, however, I encourage you to read (or re-read) the analogy in the same post, the section titled “You only get one car“. It asks you to imagine how you’d treat your car if you knew you could only ever have one and it had to last you a lifetime. And then it asks you to consider your body in the same way. I find the perspective it offers helps me make better choices when navigating the holidays. My wish is that it turbocharges your motivation and gives your willpower enough traction to keep you on the healthy high road over the holidays.

One thing that has worked for me is being honest with myself as to just how much I am eating. If I eat it, I own it. Same goes for alcohol. We tend to underestimate our alcohol consumption. Consider wine for example. One drink is 5 ounces, not a full glass regardless of the glass size. There is a photo in this article that shows what 5 ounces of wine looks like in different glasses. So when you fill up your glass, you’ll at least be aware of how many servings you are actually drinking.

And I’ll wrap up by offering a few tips on how to Feast Festively without Piling on the Pounds.

Staying healthy involves making good nutritional choices but it also means prioritizing exercise, rest/recovery and mental health. As the years tick by, I find that my body is less forgiving than it used to be so I’m better off avoiding the “potholes” in the first place! After all, a healthy body (and mind) is the greatest gift ever.

I hope you enjoy my Festive Fixings.  And I wish you a happy, healthy and delicious holiday season!

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