UPDATED December 4, 2016
As the holiday season is upon us, I thought to myself, what could I possibly add to the sound advice and fantastic recipe ideas of my wonderful friend and esteemed nutrition expert Joy Bauer and so many of her other knowledgeable and dependable colleagues Ellie Krieger, Bonnie Taub-Dix, Liz Weiss, Janice Newell Bissex, Janet Helm, Monica Reinagel, Rebecca Scritchfield, Kathleen Zelman, Elizabeth Ward, Hillary Wright , to name a few of my favorites? These experts (and wonderful women) deliver practical, empowering and consistent messages about good eating and good health, unbudged and undeterred by fads du jour , not only during this holiday season but every day throughout the year!
Having said that, honestly, WHAT could I possibly add? Not much! They have it covered and, frankly, much more thoroughly than I ever could. What I can however contribute to this “space” is this simple advice:
My husband, David, wrote a fantastic article about this a few years ago and it really still resonates with me. His point is this: if, most of the time, you really do eat well and exercise, it really doesn’t matter all that much if you indulge yourself a couple weeks out of the year.
Now, this is not to say to go crazy here! By all means, during this holiday season, DO take the advice from my “colleagues” (in quotes because it would be presumptuous of me to pretend that I am of their caliber but we are indeed colleagues in our shared mission of caring and improving the nutrition and health in people) and apply it.
It really will keep you in check while still allowing you to enjoy the festive gatherings and the joy of sharing wonderful times together around food without making food the enemy!
So, in addition to this advice, here is what I would like to reiterate now about the rest of the year:
“Calories in (eating), calories out (physical activity), in balance, and just eat good food! The rest will take care of itself ! By good food, I mean not only nutritious but also delicious. These two attributes have to go hand in hand so that a person, a family, can sustain eating well without needing to obsess over it.
We know (and actually can all agree on) this very simple premise: the diet that will help us over a lifetime consists of vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and wholegrains – with or without seafood, lean meat, dairy or eggs. THAT’S IT! It is that simple. You can decide how to combine the dishes to fit your own preference, be it vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or omnivorous (you won’t find red meat in Cuisinicity because we just don’t eat it in the Katz family–a topic for another day, but grass-fed organic meat is also OK in moderation).
My emphasis in Cuisinicity is about wholesome foods. Put together, they can control satiety–lots of fiber, volume, non-competing flavors stimulating the appetite center in the brain (I elaborate on this topic on my blog entitled “simplify” last week here) so that the end point is feeling full on fewer calories, without having to worry about counting calories per se.
In other words, allow yourself the unencumbered pleasure of good food that you love and….it will love you back!
I am featuring some recipes on my home page that are more geared toward the holidays, from desserts (you HAVE to check out my gluten-free Pumpkin Pie, Flourless Chocolate Cake, my Vegan Creme au Chocolat, my latest masterpiece, my Vegan Chocolate Lave Cake!!) and my beautiful Fresh Fruit Trifle which is absolutely spectacular as a centerpiece on a dessert Holiday buffet table!–REALLY, go check it out, if only to see the photo!) to breakfast for your overnight guests with my yummy Pumpkin Cinnamon Walnut Pancakes, Banana Hazelnut Pancakes, or any of my luscious easy scones with no added sugar! yep, you heard right, no added sugar! here they are: Pear Fig Walnut Scones, Apple Date Walnut Scones, Pumpkin Raisin Walnut Scones.
Just don’t obsess about food, listen to sound advice, and during this holiday, let the good times roll!