I’ll get back to my natural remedies in their natural food form at my next post, first a quickie Christmas eating survival guide. Listed from best food/beverage choice to worst:

  1. Turkey. Roasted lean meat, even with a little skin it’s a good choice
  2. Vegetables, steamed or oven roasted and Salads made with vegetables. It’s not a salad if it is mostly cheese, nuts, potato and pasta. Use any salad dressing just not creamy ones. (Ranch)
  3. Cranberry Sauce*. Make it at home, it’s really easy and throw in some apples or pears to boost nutrients and fibre
  4. Mashed Potatoes. Try mashing with a little chicken broth instead of milk and use less butter
  5. Rice dishes like Rice and Peas. Don’t use solid coconut cream, use coconut milk and dilute it with 2% milk
  6. Gravy. A couple of tablespoons won’t do you any harm, it’s the floating sea of gravy that we fear
  7. Pies. Fruit pies like Apple or Peach are at least doable. Cream or Nut pies will astound with the fat and calories increase, stick with the fruit
  8. Eggnog. One 8 ounce cup can set you back 290 Calories and 11 grams of Fat. Fat intake for an adult for an entire day is 65-75 g., better not have a second cup!
  9. Stuffing. Sausage meat, giblets, oil soaked bread, no pretenses here!
  10. Cream Liqueurs. 327 Calories and 13 grams of Fat in 100 ml, that’s less than ½ a cup! Just a reminder that during the holidays we are drinking our fat.

Final thought, aim to weigh the same amount on January 1st as you did back on December 1st that way you won’t start the new year with more guilt.

*See my favourite cranberry sauce recipe in the Featured Recipes Section

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Welcome to my website. My name is Maisie Vanriel and I am a Registered Dietitian. I am a graduate of The University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutritional Science and a Diploma in Food Safety from the Guelph Food Technology Centre. I realized a few years ago that some of the best times I have had in my career as a Dietitian have been those times when I was writing. For many years I was part of the Editorial Advisory Board of Diabetes Dialogue Magazine (The Canadian Diabetes Association) which afforded me the opportunity to write articles and editorials on diabetes. I contributed to the first Ontario Healthy Eating Manual and recently reviewed the lesson plans in the updated version launched this March 2012. In May of 2011, I won the Toronto Star’s MoneyVille section Next Blogger’s contest beating out 265 other contestants for the chance to write on nutrition and sensible shopping. My winning Blog was entitled: 5 things your grocery store won’t tell you. Writing is one of my favourite ways of communicating and like cooking it relaxes me; so in some ways your allowing me to communicate with you will contribute to my health and I hope in return I can contribute to your health and wellbeing. The inspiration for this website is my grandmother who lived 97 years and enjoyed excellent health for almost all of those 97 years. She believed in healing power of herbs, a plant-based diet and in paying attention to the type of fuel (food) that she put in her body. So my postings will be less about the constant stream of research and studies around what and how to eat and more about reminding us that we have always known how to eat. We just need to get back in tune with our bodies and focus on providing it with the best possible fuel, quality foods.

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