A question I am often asked at this time every year is, “With Christmas just around the corner, how can I make healthy meals that are good for my skin and taste delicious too?”
The holiday season begins again soon but it doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of your favourite foods or be anxious about your skin breaking out!
I will share with you my personal holiday eating tips and meal ideas that will keep you on track with your Clear Skin Project! These are delicious recipes even if you aren’t following the plan.
Do NOT Skip Meals
Begin your day as any other day on the Clear Skin Project meal plan. Do not skip meals to save on calories or carbohydrates. The worst thing you can do is skip meals and then binge eat at your next meal. Try to incorporate lots of vegetables onto your plate whenever possible and limit sugar or processed foods and bread.
Eat Snacks Between Meals
Eat a protein-packed snack an hour before your holiday meal.
Don’t think of the holidays as an excuse to binge on unhealthy food. Be sure to plan in advance to make sure there are healthy options available that you can enjoy. If there are no healthy options, take some time to make some clean snacks or meals to bring along with you to the festivities. You’ll be surprised how many guests will choose fruit over dessert! Especially after a heavy meal.
When enjoying your holiday meals, make sure you are eating mindfully. Some great things to do are to take five deep breaths before you start your meal and sit next to someone you find interesting and can have an engaging conversation with. Chew your food thoroughly and slowly and put your fork down between bites.
Make Simple Swaps
You can make holiday eating more healthy by making simple swaps for healthier choices! Opt for steaming, roasting and grilling instead of frying in oil. Swap your roasted potatoes for roasted pumpkin and sweet potato. Create simple dressings and sauces using olive oil, lemon and oregano instead of sugary glazes. Include a healthy salad with all main meals and have a fresh tropical fruit platter instead of a sugar filled dessert!
Supplement With A Probiotic or Alkaline Detox Drink
We want to keep our gut happy and healthy during the Christmas period and help it to recover from any food choices we wouldn’t be making during a normal period. Have 1 tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day with lunch and dinner and have a shot of Coconut Kefir to keep the bacteria in your gut abundant. The happier you can keep your gut, the better you will feel. Your skin will thank you for it too!
My favourite brand of Apple Cider Vinegar is an American brand called Bragg and my favourite brand of Coconut Kefir is Peace, Love & Vegetables in Byron Bay, Australia.
TIP: Team up with a friend so you can keep yourself accountable to making better food choices this holiday season!
Merry Christmas x