[Maria’s Note: I’m excited to introduce to you Nagina Sethi today, a driven management consultant from NY who recently lost 40 pounds after having two kids. She’s sharing one of her best healthy holiday recipes for Christmas. The best part? It’s healthy and you don’t even need to cook it! That’s how easy it is! Just in time, right?]
I love the holidays, but the chocolate and Christmas cookies love me more.
Last year, I had a huge Thanksgiving meal, a generous Christmas Eve night, and an even bigger New Year’s Eve brunch. And a lot of chocolates, indulgent dinners and warm buttery desserts and fried snacks in between.
The food tasted great going down – but very shortly afterward, I would feel lethargic, bloated and heavy. I wouldn’t have enough energy to continue talking with others – instead I would look for the closest seat to rest. If I was wearing pants or a fitted dress, I would soon feel uncomfortable as my stomach pressed up against my clothing.
The next morning I would wake up filled with guilt. My body and mind didn’t enjoy the feeling after I ate unhealthy. I knew I had to change something to feel positive about myself throughout the holidays.
I wanted to feel free and enjoy myself – and I felt that meant that I had to drink cider and hot chocolates, indulge in sweets and eat large helpings.
It’s important to us to eat healthy and have energy – but we also want to feel the joy that comes with the holidays. We want to have fun and not deprive ourselves. Read More