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Healthy Holiday Mastery: 5 Steps, Top Tips + Food Porn

I am super proud to say that this holiday season I have stayed 100% low fat raw vegan.

Yes!

Finally…

Trust me, it’s taken some serious trial and error to get this lifestyle right.

But I keep trying.

I learn from my mistakes each time I make one.

This year, it feels pretty effortless.

I’ve followed 5 simple steps to ensure success:

  1. Selected the recipes I wanted to make.
  2. Wrote a list of the ingredients I needed to buy.
  3. Went shopping a few days before Christmas to beat the crowds.
  4. Decided which recipes I would make on which days.
  5. Made them, shared them, and enjoyed them.

Easy peasy. It’s not rocket science.

I am admittedly lucky, because I am a chef, and my family knows my food kicks *ss…always…so they let me make everything.

Total control! And as a control freak, I love this.

Sure, it’s more work, but I get to make everything, and bring delight to my own belly, and the bellies of my loved ones.

#bliss

So what are you supposed to do if you have a family who doesn’t eat like you, and wants you to cook and eat a bunch of junk food?

    1. Well, first off you love them anyway. Don’t judge them, not for a second!
    2. Follow the steps above to prep your own holiday meal.
    3. Make enough for you to enjoy, plus extra to share.

Maybe you don’t make 6-7 dishes like me, if you don’t have the time, desire, or bandwidth to do so.

Make yourself a giant salad with bomb*ss dressing, and call it a day.

Or, make your absolute favorite dish that you are usually too lazy to make.

It’s your choice.

Point is: make sure you have food that complies with your dietary and lifestyle goals, plus some to share with others.

If you still have to cook junk for your family, do so with love.

Don’t be all resentful about it.

It is your choice, even if you feel like you don’t have a choice.

You do.

You are cooking for them with love.

Top 3 Tips:

    1. Make your dish before you make theirs.
    2. Make sure you have something to snack on while making their food. Cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, and carrots are all low calorie options that work well for this.
    3. Do not taste their food, if it will trigger you. Ask the family members who will be eating it to taste it for you. You want to please their palates, not yours, anyway.

YOU CAN DO THIS!

Staying true to your goals simply requires adequate planning and preparation.

Now, here’s some food porn to prove that healthy holiday food can be just as tasty, beautiful (or more beautiful IMO), filling, hearty, delicious, and love-filled as any ole traditional holiday fare.

Mushroom Loaf dehydrating before I top it with “ketchup” glaze!

Super sweet & tangy Cranberry-Orange-Ginger Relish with freshly grated nutmeg to go with the Chipotle Yam Cakes!

Chipotle Yam Cakes dehydrating to perfection!

Scalloped Zucchini with Almond Butter Cream Sauce…scrumptious!

Mushroom-Zucchini Stuffing smelling like the real thing!

Festive Fresh Coodle Salad…coodle = cucumber noodles. They are the best!

This is Christmas Eve Dinner featuring Cranberry-Orange-Ginger Relish, Chipotle Yam Cakes, Mushroom-Zucchini Stuffing, Scalloped Zucchini with Almond Butter Cream Sauce…all 100% Raw Vegan!

Christmas Eve Place Setting…fancy!

This is Chocolate Pear Crisp AKA Christmas in a bite! Also 100% Raw Vegan!

Christmas Day Dinner featuring Mushroom Loaf with “Ketchup” Glaze, Mashed Veg with Coconut “Bacon,” Cashew Sour Cream, and more Chipotle Yam Cakes with Cranberry-Orange-Ginger Relish…again, all 100% Raw Vegan!

Persimmon Gingerbread Cookies…100% raw + 100% delicious = 200% happy!

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