Reset to Amazing Week 14: let the (holiday) buffet be thy healer

We’re going into Week 14 (again) of our Team RLEI Reset Program to Live Amazing that restarts every 100 days. This time around we are sharing weekly tips on how you can improve your score and health numbers. (Take the Shaklee HEALTHPRINT for your wellness assessment.) Follow along and transform your health! It’s REALLY tempting to go overboard on the holiday eating and drinking. It seems like there are related activities, celebrations, and parties for 3 months straight. And it also seems like some of the most delicious foods and drinks are all around you in that same period. Unfortunately, once you give in a little too much and postpone worrying about it until the New Year, you start to put yourself in a compromising position. You can gain weight and slow your metabolism, stress out your detoxifying organs like liver and kidneys, tax your adrenal glands and pancreas, and compromise your immune system. And the craziest part about it is that you can still indulge in some of those same seasonal goodies but without going nuts. (Actually, nuts and seeds are a good choice.) Here are some healthy holiday superfoods to incorporate to tis’ the season right: 1. Sweet potatoes are among the healthiest vegetables around — so long as they don’t get doused with high-calorie holiday sabotage. If roasted — which keeps the flavor very intense without adding fat — sweet potatoes burst with fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and phytochemicals, which stave off aging, cancer, and arthritis. 2. Because beautiful cranberries are naturally low in sugar, many recipes call for large doses of added sweetener. Steer clear of all that sugar and, instead, try adding a sugar substitute like Splenda to keep this side dish healthy. 3. You can indulge in the pomegranate’s benefits by simply buying a bottle of its juice to add to your favorite recipe, or sprinkling the pretty seeds over a salad. 4. Pack your stuffing with nuts, dried fruits, carrots, and celery, and you’ll benefit from fiber and a range of vitamins. And use a low sodium vegetable broth to keep it low in fat. 5. Pumpkin is packed with heart-healthy fiber and vitamin A. Because pumpkin is very moist, you don’t have to add lots of unhealthy ingredients to make it taste flavorful yet still be low-fat (sub in plant-based milks and egg substitutes to make any recipe healthier). 6. Sprinkle pecans instead of baking in a pie. Use this star nut over salads, add it to your stuffing, or snack on a few as a precursor to the meal. Pecans are a great source of vitamin E and magnesium, which supports muscle strength. Plus, they’re packed with protein, fiber, and the same “good” fats as olive oil. 7. Preparing leafy collard greens in a steamer, you’ll leave out the unnecessary calories and gain a ton of vitamins and antioxidants. 8. Nutmeg, with its nutty, earthy flavor, and cinnamon, which shines with its sweetness, can do a whole lot more than garnish eggnog. Mixing these spices into fruit or vegetable sides can help you lower your cholesterol and maintain insulin levels in the blood. 9. While wine and cocktails can add needless calories to an already over-the-top meal, wine delivers heart-healthy properties in exchange for its calorie count (about 100 calories per 5-ounce serving). All wine is naturally heart-healthy, but red wines will provide the most antioxidant bang for your calorie buck. And take note: the dryer the wine, the higher the concentration of those disease-fighting properties. To keep your calorie count to a minimum, ask your host for a spritzer — half wine, half calorie-free seltzer water. 10. There’s a reason for the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples don’t needed added sugar either to be yummy. Bake them with spices (no dough needed), like cinnamon and nutmeg! (Some excerpts from fitnessmagazine.com.)

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