I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Felicia Stoler, a registered dietitian and author, about what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. With the holiday season coming on, we want to make sure the EmpowHER community has all the tips and tricks they need to maintain good health and a positive outlook.
What motivated you to develop a guide for the holidays?
A lot of times, people blame the holidays for why they fall off-track and off-target. I just think that there is no reason people have to sacrifice healthy habits kept throughout the year during the holidays.
For example, when people don’t eat anything all day long and then binge eat. You would not do that day-to-day, so why make the holidays an exception? You can have a little bit of everything. You can try a little bit of everything. It is not always an all or nothing mentality, it isn’t really realistic.
What are some healthy, guilt-free recipes for the holidays? And how much is too much?
I get a lot of recipes off of Pinterest and I have some great recipes in my book. I have a kettle corn cauliflower recipe that is sweet and savory. I use sustainable Malaysian palm oil that gives it a tinge of color in addition to the turmeric I add to it. I use the oil for its flavor profile. The olive oil flavor would taint the taste of the finished product.
I like making a bird; I enjoy cooking a turkey. I pat it down without any oil and it comes out delicious and amazing. I also have an acorn squash recipe. Take acorn squash, cut it in half, steam and then bake it upside down. Then, add a little bit of butter or oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and dried cranberries, mash it up and serve. I never have leftovers.
Any insight on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holidays, either from your own life, and or other extremely fit individuals?
The insight is that there is no excuse for the holidays — it is a 24/7 lifestyle.