The holidays have arrived girlfriend, and I can bet you’re already in sugar-cookie, shortbread and eggnog latte mode! Now before you give me that sheepish, guilty look because I called you out on the holiday indulgence – relax!
The holidays are a time when we’re most likely to indulge in festive traditions that go against the usual gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free routine. And that’s perfectly fine in short-term moderation- as long as you enjoy these foods without the guilt.
Other than the unnecessary guilt, you might be feeling a little tired, bloated, constipated and sluggish- which could be the sugar, wheat and dairy talking. The reason why I suggest having these foods in very small amounts (if at all) is because of the negative impact they can have on your digestive system, your energy levels and your mood. White sugar also strips your body of the vitamins and minerals you get from the healthy foods you do eat that support your immune system, digestive system and overall health.
Plus, how can you REALLY enjoy the holidays when you can’t poop properly, have a food baby the size of mars and feel the constant need to take a nap or go get that second gingerbread latte for the day? It’s not so festive knowing you’ll be wearing your lulu’s to dinner rather than your cute new curve hugging black pleather skirt.
So.. while I’m not one for restricting foods, just keep the 80/20 rule of moderation in mind, drink extra, extra water to help promote healthy elimination and gentle detoxification.. and substitute for healthy Christmas recipes wherever possible- such as this candy cane chia seed pudding recipe.
Candy Cane Chia Seed Pudding Recipe (makes 1 serving)
Soaked chia seeds make the perfect breakfast or mid-afternoon hormone balancing snack. Because chia seeds are so high in fibre and omega 3 essential fatty acids, they help provide you with energy, make your skin glow, promote gentle detoxification and cleansing of your intestinal tract AND keep you feeling full for longer.
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla nut or rice milk
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- few sprigs mint, chopped
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
Place chia seeds and unsweetened nut milk in glass jar. Add peppermint extract and vanilla extract and stir. Leave in fridge for 4-6 hours or until chia seeds form a jelly-like, pudding texture. Mix in coconut sugar, mint and strawberries. Top with extra berries and mint if desired.
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