I eat super healthy. Like super-duper crazy healthy.
It didn't start out this way. I grew up like most people I knew, with bread and cheese as the staples of my diet.
Quesadillas, mac 'n' cheese, grilled cheese. cheese pizza...bread and cheese all day long. And sugar cubes. I actually used to hide in the closet and eat sugar cubes when my mom wasn't looking (sorry, Mom!).
But then things started changing. It's a long story full of epiphanies and books and cancer scares and other ah-ha moments, so I'll skip ahead to today.
Now, I eat a primarily raw vegan diet (what!?). If you think raw food is bonkers, that's cool. I did too.
When you start eating a super-clean diet, you feel out-of-this-world amazing, but then there's this new problem you never had before. When you eat junk again you realize how terrible it makes you feel.
Generally, this is a lovely reminder to stick to your new-and-improved eating habits. So, why do I call it a "problem"?
The first couple of years of my new "health nut" identity, I became scared of food. I know you know those people, and they probably drive you crazy! Controlling everything that enters their mouths, scrutinizing labels, and bringing their own crunchy-hippie snacks with them everywhere.
I tell you all of this because we are approaching "the Holidays," a beautiful time of decorations, celebrations, friends, family, and lots of yummy food.
It's also a stressful time of shorter days, higher rates of cold and flu, and the time when Americans collectively gain the most weight.
I often get asked how to enjoy the holidays and stay healthy at the same time. Most people expect me to tell them all the things they should not eat and what to eat instead, how to inconspicuously eat nothing but kale or show up full to every party. But that's not what I say.
From an ultra-healthy eater and all-around happy person, here are my top five recommendations for a happy and healthy holiday season: