The holiday season is one that brings about excitement and joy, but it also comes with a heavy dose of stress. Between traveling to new places, getting out of your routine, and extended time with family (which may or may not be stressful) it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Below are a few tips to follow for the holidays so you can make sure that you enjoy this time fully but keep your stress levels at a manageable level.
Over the past few years, the Paleo diet has really gained in popularity. Even though some magazines and articles say that it’s “unrealistic” and “challenging”, most people can’t deny the fact that it makes them feel really, really GOOD (and spoiler alert- it’s really not that hard!). My journey to the Paleo diet started about 5 years ago. I came out of college feeling pretty rough; mostly from drinking too much, eating too little, and (literally) running my body to the ground. I went to a holistic doctor and she ran a bunch of tests. While most of my health markers came back in the normal range, my thyroid was underactive (hypothyroidism), my cortisol levels were tanked showing adrenal fatigue, and my hormones were non-existent. I left her office with a brand new protocol: stop the running, sleep more, and change your entire diet.
I often hear the question come up of “Do you really need to buy all your food organic?” Usually this is while I’m on the phone with my Dad, who sometimes just really wants the amazing looking (non-organic) fruit from Costco. And, while I often say to him “Dad, let’s be real, are peaches supposed to be the size of softballs in January?” the answer to the overall question lies in the gray area, and depends on the type of food you are buying and what your household situation is.
I used to be the queen of calorie counting. On my phone I had MyFitnessPal downloaded and every day I would track every single bite of food I consumed. I considered it “fun” and looking back it was kind of an addiction. I had a misguided goal of about 1300 calories which I would usually strive to be well under, even when I factored in working out (which I compulsively tracked as well).
This was a successful weight loss strategy for a while, but then I started to notice that I wasn’t losing weight anymore and my weight started to creep back up again. Even though I was eating the same amount of calories and working out consistently, I wasn’t losing weight anymore. What happened?
Coconut butter is my newest obsession. While almond butter will always be my first love, coconut butter has definitely been making an appearance pretty often. It’s super smooth and creamy and tastes like dessert, or it can be used in more savory dishes. I first found coconut butter over at Marshalls (random- but they have a great specialty foods aisle!) for about $10. Since then, I’ve primarily made coconut butter at home since I can make it much cheaper. Hopefully you will try it and let me know what you think!