{Your Healthiest Holidays} Tip 1: Know Your Go-To’s

The holidays are upon us! In this month’s series by Certified Nutritional Therapist Jessica Biber of Taste of Health, we’re sharing a weekly tip to navigate the holidays healthfully so you can be your most nourished, social and confident self.

Last weekend, I hosted a Halloween party and celebrated in full costume, surrounded by cakes, cookies and candy galore. Even the otherwise-healthy apples were dressed in a tempting caramel sauce, rolled in chocolate morsels, and placed innocently amid the middle of the spread. But you know what? Even with all those delectable treats calling my name, I still found a way not to fall for their tricks — and this holiday season, you can too.

The trick is to simply know your go-to’s. Walking into a party or perusing a restaurant menu, it can be hard to see anything but the deep fried dishes, creamy sauces and boozy beverages. But I’m a firm believer that any restaurant, happy hour or holiday event can be made healthy; you just have to know what you’re looking for.

No matter where you are, your surest bet is on real foods that you can say in a word or two. Things like vegetables, fruit, meat, beans, fish, poultry, cheese, nuts, olives, and olive oil. For example, if your upcoming holiday party is at an Italian restaurant, the entire menu may be mostly pastas, creamy sauces and breads. It’s hard to know all the ingredients hidden in those dishes, or whether some are processed. However, there are likely a few dishes that are full of flavorful meat, grilled veggies and fresh seafood. All one-word, clean ingredients that will leave you looking and feeling your best.

Sometimes, it’s worth enjoying those delicious little holiday desserts… But when you’re looking for healthier options, just remember your go-to’s. That way, when you do indulge, you’ll enjoy it even more for what it is: a treat. And the rest of the time, you’ll feel healthy and nourished — holidays and beyond.

P.S. If you’d like recipes for healthy versions of fall desserts, make sure you check out this fun, free email series starting November 6. And check back here next week for the second bite-size tip for making your holidays even healthier.

Jessica Biber

Jessica Biber

Jessica Biber is the founder of Taste of Health and a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She helps people break free of fad diets and find ways to make healthy habits stick in busy lives — so people can have more energy, freedom and joy when it comes to food, and all the things they love.
Jessica Biber