Are you getting ready for the holidays?  And, is part of that preparation setting yourself up for success nutritionally? Below, I’m sharing a video about including healthy fats in your diet to stave off hunger pangs for the many carbohydrate-rich treats that can be found so easily around the holidays.  Below are other ways to stay on track this holiday season.

  • Start the day with a filling, protein-rich breakfast.
  • Eat your veggies first and fill up as much as you can on them.
  • Have buddies that support you in your healthy eating decisions.
  • Know the impact of what healthy food does for your body and how it makes you feel!
  • Keep treats out of sight.  They are more tempting if they are out in the open, so keep them tucked away.
  • Splurge on your favorite treat or two and skip the other treats.
  • Stay active.  Your body will feel better and you’ll be less tempted to splurge.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption and stick to options like red wine orvodka soda with lemon.
  • Keep track of what you eat.  You’ll be less likely to overindulge this way!
  • Keep healthy snacks available. High-fat snacks like nuts are easy to have around and might curb your desire for mid-afternoon treats.

As you keep these tips in mind throughout the holidays, also make sure to include some nutrient-rich foods in your daily nourishment.  The beet and ginger juice below (as well as other vegetable-based, freshly pressed juices) would be great to incorporate into your diet.

Liver Rescue Smoothie

by Medical Medium

I’m taking time to focus on my own health for the next few months and started by doing Medical Mediums 9-day liver detox.  Here’s a great smoothie I’ve been making as part of this cleanse.

Some Notes: I’ve found that the recipes are quite large.  Also, I was able to find the most affordable red dragon fruit as a dried option via Amazon.  You soak it in water to reconstitute and then use it in the smoothie!

Yield: 1-2 servings

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas or 1/2 Maradol papaya, cubed
  • 1/2 cup fresh, 1 packet frozen or 2 tablespoons red dragon fruit
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:Place all of the ingredients in the blender and blend. Blend in additional water (up to 1/2 cup) to reach desired consistency.