Let’s face it: the holidays can be stressful. Not only can all the baked goodies wreak havoc on your diet plan, but you also have to worry about juggling multiple parties and get-togethers. Relax, take a breath, and get a massage to lower your cortisol levels. Once you’re de-stressed, use Dr. Gullo’s diet plan strategies to map out a healthy eating strategy for the holidays. Holiday parties and potluck dinners don’t have to ruin your diet plan. Whether you’re hosting a potluck or bringing a dish to share, you can challenge your family and friends to a “healthy cooking contest.” Assign the guests to categories of foods (appetizers, salads, etc.) so that you don’t end up with a table full of desserts. You might also consider sharing your favorite low-fat, low-cal recipes. And by preparing a healthy dish yourself, you can exert greater control over your food choices.
Seven-Layer Salad (This salad is jam-packed with a variety of veggies, uses nonfat yogurt for a dressing, and has just 84 calories per serving; make it even healthier by using soy bacon instead of regular)
Greek Vegetable Salad (With just eight calories per serving, this healthy dish will fit perfectly into your diet plan)
Curried Squash Muffins (Skip the obligatory white flour dinner rolls and try these instead; they use soy milk and vitamin-rich squash for a healthy kick, with a hint of cayenne pepper to satisfy your taste buds)
Lemon Veggie Couscous (Remember to use low-sodium chicken broth and whole wheat couscous for a side that’s superior to butter-drenched potatoes)
Roasted Root Veggies (Roasted veggies make a great potluck dish; lightly sprinkle veggies with olive oil and roast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit until tender – try parsnips, carrots, and squash)
Braised White Beans (White beans have 13 g of fiber and 19 g of protein per cup)
Garden Vegetable Crustless Quiche (This recipe uses egg substitute, reduced-fat cheese, and fat-free cottage cheese to keep the calorie count down; if you’re not a fan of zucchini slices, substitute your favorite veggie)