Maintaining a healthy eating regime is especially tough during the holidays. To help you keep the holiday weight off, we enlisted seven LA foodies to share their tips for indulging the healthy way.
Michael Stebner, Sweetgreen’s Director of Culinary Innovation: Enjoy Foods You Love in Moderation
"Most of the dishes we serve at these meals can be healthy, because they are made from whole ingredients from scratch. Less is more. Know when to exercise restraint when cooking and when you are eating these wonderful dishes. Try cutting back on the sugar and fat by 20 percent in the recipes that call for them. Don't eliminate or substitute some fake fats or sweeteners. Use the best quality ingredients you can."
Nicole Granato, Holistic Wellness Expert: A Shot of Apple Cider Vinegar Will Aid Digestion
“One of the most important things to remember while staying healthy and fit through the holidays is proper supplementation and sticking to a routine. I like to do a shot of apple cider vinegar in diluted water every morning to aid digestion, fight fat, increase energy, and promote glowing skin and weight loss, [taken] along with a multi-vitamin.”
Jennie Miremadi, Integrative Nutritionist: Use a Smaller Plate to Savor Your Food
“Use a salad plate instead of a large one, which can help you eat less. If you truly enjoy what you are eating, you are more likely to stop when you are satiated. Focus on the physical hunger levels in your stomach, and not your brain or your taste buds signaling you to eat more. It takes time for your body to recognize that it is full. Eat slowly, taking small bites of your food."
Meryl Pritchard, Nutritionist and Owner of Kore Kitchen: Start Your Day with Warm Water and Lemon
“You've probably heard of this morning ritual for cleansing or detoxing, but it is great to do on a daily basis and especially before eating a large meal. This tonic helps wake up and kick start your digestive system so that it is fully functioning by the time you decide to dump a bunch of food into it. This will help you stay energized, and not feel lethargic immediately after eating.”
Sophie Jaffe, Philosophie Founder: Get Enough Sleep Before a Holiday Party
“The night before your holiday gathering, make sure to get in a full night of sleep. When you deprive yourself of rest, you throw off hormone levels that regulate appetite and energy use, making yourself much more likely to crave foods that are higher in fat, sugar, and sodium. In the morning, blend up a nutrient-rich smoothie packed with coconut water or nut milks, leafy greens, fruits, plant-based protein, and super foods such as goji powder, spirulina, or cacao. This will prevent your body from entering starvation mode and slowing down your metabolism to conserve energy.”
"During the holiday season, I don't want to deprive myself of all the incredible food and beverages at family parties, so rather than being overly restrictive, I let myself enjoy everything in moderation and just ramp up my workouts. I set a goal of burning an extra 500 calories a day, and in addition to taking extra classes at Burn60, I'll take our poodle Buster out for a walk at night. It's the best holiday gift for both him and me."
Stacey Sun, dineLA Director: Cut Out Sugar and Carbs Beforehand
"A couple of weeks before the holidays, I like to cut out all sugar, which also includes carbs. It’s rough, but it allows you to go all out at your holiday meal. This doesn't mean going too crazy, of course. It's important to still enjoy everything in moderation.”