No More Figgy Pudding (and a holiday eating plan)
Does anyone else feel like you have eaten too much figgy pudding this past week? No, I didn’t really eat figgy pudding for Thanksgiving, but I did eat some of the family fudge and chess bars. What is figgy pudding anyway? I had to google it and discovered it is actually more of a cake than a pudding, but whatever the case, it’s a dessert for sure!
Now that Thanksgiving feasting is over, it’s time to focus on healthy eating until Christmas! While weight loss is sometimes a benefit of eating correctly, the greatest and most important benefit is health and wellness. I love to cook and am surrounded by many wonderful cooks in my family and church. In other words, there is never a lack of good food, especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. And yes, I for sure splurged this past week because it is important to enjoy treats and snacks at times. My taste buds would love to enjoy sugary goodness all the time, but I have seen the health benefits of limiting sweets and personally feel much better when I don’t eat them.
This past year I experienced some health problems due to taking an antibiotic. (hope to tell more about that story in a future post...) While my health issue had nothing to do with what I was eating/not eating, I did make some major changes to my diet and discovered that I felt much better. The little saying “you are what you eat” has some significance!
So, my plan for the second stretch of the holiday season is mapping out in my brain as I type! Chances are, if you have read this far, you are probably interested in setting some eating goals for the holiday season as well, so I will share mine with you to give you some ideas and to help keep myself accountable!
Holiday Eating Plan…
- Limit Breads and Cheese… These are two of my favorite foods that I have to limit! My excuse for eating bread is that God gave manna to the children of Israel! Yes, it was probably somewhat different from our bread today, I know, but bread in moderation is okay in my book, and sometimes a quick and cheap meal like a peanut butter and banana sandwich fits the bill! I could eat extra sharp cheese by the pounds, so it’s best to limit those purchases at the store!
- No sweet treats until 12/17 and 12/24 and 12/25…These are special event days, so I can splurge and enjoy the snacks!
- Drink Water…For the most part, I don’t drink much besides water. I’m not a soft drink person, and sometimes I drink 100 percent juice, so that will be limited as well. Looking at the big picture, hadn’t you rather eat your calories than drink them? I typically try to drink eight glasses of water a day, so I will continue on this plan. For tea, I drink decaffeinated and sweeten with stevia.
- I plan to drink plenty of green juice, and for those times when I have a craving, I’ll do my very best to stick to a banana with peanut butter.
I follow a regular exercise plan, so stay tuned for more about that in a future post! Happy post-Thanksgiving and let’s roll in Christmas! Please comment and share your holiday eating plans!