Healthy Eating After the Holidays

Healthy Eating After the Holidays

Did you eat as much as I did over the holidays?  You can’t help it, every visit to family and friends included delicious food. And you think, I can always get rid of it afterwards.  You are  now ready to get back to healthy eating after the holidays.

It is not easy, so take it at a healthy pace. If you have been following the blog, you will know that I cut back my sugar intake.  I am determined not to diet, but to eat well.  I have found some amazing and inspirational sites that help you do just that.

Last year I found myself trying out all kinds of delicious breads, in fact, my shopping cart looked like I was going to feed a baseball team.  I also started to feel achy, which was unusual because I am usually in good health, and exercise regularly.  Even though I am lactose intolerant, I thought I could still eat  hard cheeses, such as cheddar, and Stilton.  I had read somewhere that this was okay as hard cheese was better tolerated, as well as goat cheese.  Did I mention ice cream and smoothies.  Most of the Ice cream these days does not contain much milk only “milk products” whatever that means. So I indulged as I had always done.

Then it hit me, this was no longer me.  Something else as driving my body. I was feeding the addictions to the foods, not feeding me. I researched.  I used to be one of the those people who could eat anything and always looked the same.  It does not work that way anymore  in midlife your metabolism slows down.  I came to the conclusion that I have to eat for who I am today, not who I used to be.

Hold the Gluten and Dairy

Goodbye cheese, you were my favorite go to snack, along with cut veggies.  Goodbye breads,  hot fresh from the oven and slathered with butter.  In fact,  goodbye gluten.  It is hard, but I have to do what’s best for me. If I write about what is best in the Empty Nest, I have to set an example.  I am not perfect and not so strict on myself that I will never touch  anything with dairy or gluten again. However if I do it will be with full knowledge about what it will do to my body.  I will pay for it.

Last time I tasted bread, it seemed to have a lacklustre taste, not appetizing at all.  Below  I have listed some local favorites to go to for healthy recipes, some of you may know them already,   One thing that they prove is that healthy food does not have to be boring.  It can be creative and delicious.

People Who Inspire Healthy Eating

1.  Julie Daniluk,  TV host and Nutritionist – She has led the way with books that outline meals that heal inflammation. Her latest offering is latest offering is: Julie Daniluk’s Meals That Heal TV: Holiday Superfoods

A great recipe from Julie Daniluk



2.  Marni Wasserman, Certified Natural Chef, Culinary (Holistic) Nutritionist CNP, Health Strategist, Author and owner of Toronto’s first plant-based cooking studio. her web-site and business is about all things plant-based.

Try Marnie’s  Yam Pecan Cranberry Breakfast Loaves, so delicious.

Good luck on your journey to eating what’s right for you.  Let me know how it is working out for you.


J. L. James
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