Nutritional Training to Beat Holiday Stress
Follow this food plan to celebrate in good cheer.
Dinner to Relax You
Meatless marinara and pasta with veggies thrown in
Slice of whole-grain bread
Chinese steamed veggies and rice, sauce on the side
Spinach burrito with plenty of salsa
Couscous with falafel
If you wouldn't know a couscous if it bit you back, Duyff has
other suggestions for making the three-meal-a-day obligation easier during the
holidays. "Make everything quick and easy," she says. "You need
time to chill with your family." Pick up a cookbook full of five-minute
And, of course, indulge in some comfort food. Without stress,
comfort food would not have been invented and we would all be the poorer for
it. "When you're stressed, you want to go back to the time 'when'" --
when life was simpler, when things tasted better, when you didn't know what you
do now. This can vary by generation, Duyff points out. Comfort food for a baby
boomer might be meatloaf, for a younger person, sushi or pizza.
If you like creamy soups and chowders, cut the damage a little
by using evaporated skim milk or canned pumpkin as a thickener. Substitute
apple juice for sugar or fluids in cakes.
If you can't cut the calories and fat without desecrating your
comfort item, dish up a serving in advance and put the rest away.
Just keep your eye on the prize. You and your family will feel
more cheerful during the holiday fun -- and when you do stop in front of the
shellfish platter on the buffet table, you will be glad you had tuna with
sunflower seeds for lunch. More room for stress-free lobster! Yum!