Archive for December, 2009

Practical Tips For Holiday Eating

It’s that holiday season again and people are going to be tempted by lots of unhealthy foods. I want to offer you a few practical tips so you don’t lose any ground regarding the progress you’ve made with your health.

  • Serve Organic Vegetables
    If you’re having dinner guests at your house, serve them healthy organic vegetables (broccoli, kale, string beans, cucumbers, cauliflower, etc.)
  • Avoid starchy foods like potatoes, corn, peas and rice.
    If you must serve or eat them, do so in small portions.
  • Serve organic turkey or chicken, or beef that has been grass-fed.
    Grass-fed animals are higher in omega-3 and have less omega-6 fatty acids and therefore will not cause inflammation like regular beef does.
  • Don’t serve pork because it is loaded with parasites, even if it is well cooked.
  • Make dessert a gluten-free crust, apple or berry pie.
    These pie crusts are located in the frozen section in your health food store. Use organic apples and sweeten with stevia or sucanat, and whatever seasoning your recipe calls for. Berry pies have a low glycemic index and will not have an adverse effect on your blood sugar.
  • Keep from overeating by drinking a cup of our Sugar-Elim tea (available at our office: (954)565-4440, ext. 205) about 10 to 20 minutes before your meal. It helps suppress the appetite a bit and reduce the craving for sweets. If there is a recess between the meal and the dessert, drink another cup of Sugar-Elim tea prior to eating dessert. It’s a good way to curb your dessert portion and will probably keep you from having a second piece.
  • If appropriate, alert your host of your current dietary lifestyle in advance. You may want to graciously let them know that you are on a special diet for health maintenance reasons. If you feel that you are not that friendly with the host and that your request may be inappropriate, eat something at home before you leave and just have small portions at your hosts’ home. Remember that tomorrow is another day.
  • Get a good aerobic workout the day after you indulge and drink plenty of water to minimize any ill-effects from the food.

Most important of all is to have a good time, be thankful for all God has done for you in 2009, and prepare for a blessed 2010.

Blessings to all,

Dr. David M. Bernstein, D.C., C.C.N.
Director, Advanced Wellness Center


December 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm 3 comments