The holidays are filled with yummy food. For centuries, family holiday traditions have all used meals as a connector for loved ones, bonding over the dinner table.
Today there is a collision between commercialization, dieting culture, and the holidays. This perfect storm has created an unholy trinity and a lot of stress around food during this time of year. This holiday season and beyond, we need to dump dieting and the shame that comes with it. Your body is a gift that has taken care of you. Celebrate the gift you have been given this holiday season. Love yourself enough to nourish your body with good food medicine.
The key is to eat consciously and rationally during the holidays and all year around. If you choose to eat the Christmas cookie, eat it rationally and move on. No more bingeing, no more shame. If you want to indulge in decadent food, do it mindfully. Are the foods you are eating making you feel great or bloated and fatigued? Growing in awareness of how foods make us feel is the genesis of food freedom.
The cool thing is you can have super-delicious foods this holiday (and anytime!) that make you feel good and taste good! You don't have to decide between taste and your health. Below are the three breakfasts I often eat before a busy day of seeing patients at my functional medicine center. They're designed to make you feel amazing, with balanced blood sugar and an awake, alert brain—plus they taste delicious, so you won't feel like you're missing out on any holiday fun. Eat these, and then you can feel better about enjoying the rest of your day—treats included!