Giving Thanks

Good morning! And happy Monday,

We are days away from Thanksgiving, and for today’s Motivational Monday I’m sharing some holiday tips and recipes to help bring health and nourishment to your table.

It can be challenging to stick with your fitness goals this time of year. Big feasts, parties and events can bring temptation to your best intentions. It’s important though, that you not throw all your hard work away! Thinking you’ll start again in the New Year is a recipe for disaster. It is estimated that the average person gains approximately five pounds during holiday season, loses about three when it’s over and holds onto two. Do this year after year and you’ll be 10 pounds heavier in just 5 years!

Strategize rather than surrender. To keep your weight steady and stable, make sure that between events you stay true to your nutrition goals. Have a balanced snack before a gathering so that you’re not famished when you arrive. This will allow you to have more control over the mashed potatoes and stuffing. Load your plate with vegetables and salads and then sample one or two of your holiday favorites. Forgo the bread and have one dessert instead of three. Taking a walk after dinner can help facilitate digestion, offsetting food hangovers.

Below are some recipes that’ll make your holiday table healthier. If you’re going as a guest, do your host a favor and offer to bring a dish. I am sure they will appreciate the gesture.

A great way to include pumpkin without the pie is with Thai Pumpkin soup. It’s easy, wholesome and nutritious. Use homemade stock for a heartier flavor. You can also make pumpkin croquettes for a delicious appetizer.

If corn bread is your thing, here’s my version made with almond flour. I made this after my trip to Nepal, where corn bread was part of every breakfast and I ate it in hungry gratitude. J

Aromatic apple compote goes really well with turkey or you can have it for a light dessert. For a richer dessert option try truffles.

Forgo coffee and finish your meal with homemade chai tea. The spices in chai can help promote healthy digestion, which you’ll appreciate after a big meal.

I hope you enjoy these recipes! Drop me a note if you try them and let me know how it went.

This year I am grateful for so much. I am lucky to have the love and support of family and friends. I am happy to be celebrating three amazing years with Fozzy. I am honored to work with wonderful clients whom I learn so much from. I am grateful to live in New York City, a culturally diverse and inclusive city that never disappoints me in its generosity of spirit. I wish more places in the world had the tolerance and big heartedness of Manhattan.

And of course, I am grateful for all of you! It’s a great pleasure and privilege to connect with so many of you around the world. I am humbled by your support.

Wishing you all, wherever in the world you may be, a happy and healthy holiday season free of fear, sadness or strife. May all beings everywhere be happy and free.

With love and gratitude~