1. Plan ahead. It’s no surprise that (American) Thanksgiving falls on the 4th Thursday of November every year, and Christmas is roughly one month after that. So… why in the world do we procrastinate, panic and stress out year after year? Stop putting yourself in crisis mode and plan ahead. Figure out what you’re making/bringing and get whatever ingredients you can get ahead of time…. before the rush hits and everyone comes out of the woodwork to get that last can of pumpkin puree. Don’t get caught up in the last-minute rush this year!
2. Work smarter, not harder. If you have services like Kroger ClickList, Amazon Prime NOW, InstaCart and Costco 2-Day Delivery available to you, this might be a great time to utilize them! If you’re an Amazon Prime member, check availability for Prime NOW in your area– you can get items from both Amazon and Whole Foods delivered. To. Your. Door. Delivery is free but there is a tip added, which you can scale up or down as you see fit. And Costco…. if you have a membership, did you know that with a $75 minimum order on 2-Day Delivery items, you can have those items delivered to your doorstep? Let’s be real, you’re getting TP, paper towels, tissues anyway, so stock up, add in your organic coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and other bulk supplies and save yourself the time! (And maybe a few calories bypassing the sample carts..)
3. Make healthy swaps to your recipes. Okay, Aunt Myrna’s casserole has been in the family for 75 years and the holidays simply can’t happen unless her dish graces your table. But….. you can make swaps to make that dish (and pretty much every other one!) way healthier– and your body and your family’s bodies will thank you! Imagine a holiday meal that doesn’t leave you feeling bloated, foggy, anxious, nauseated, dizzy, with skin issues, headaches, etc. It is possible! Opt for far less processed ingredients– try subbing almond or coconut milk for regular, pasteurized milk and your guts will thank you! I’ll go over easy swaps in a future post.
If you’re ready to take your holiday meals to the next level, these are all great places to start!!
And if you want a lot of the hard work done for you check out our Clean Holiday Meal Guide! I’ve shared 18 tried & true recipes that I’ve put together for our own holiday feasts.
We hope these tips help bring a bit of sanity and joy back to your holiday season- stay well, practice gratitude, eat clean, train mean and be well!