Go Plant-Strong!
The Daily Beet: Tips, Advice and Stories

Plant-Strong Holiday Survival – Day 1

From now through the New Year we will be helping you survive the holidays and keep things plant-strong!

Eat before you go!

You are about to head out to Aunt Mildred’s anual Holiday “Eat till you drop” party. Aunt Mildred LOVES to cook and she remembers how much you used to love fried cheesecake and her famous deep fried bacon wrapped ham bits. Aunt Mildred aims to please, and you haven’t told her that you’ve traded bacon in for kale and cheesecake for bananas.

So what to do? You really love seeing the family, but you don’t know if you’ll be able to say no to all of the Holiday death-traps treats.

One simple thing you can do is to eat before you go. It is a simple strategy, but an effective one. Be sure to fill up before you head over to temptation city. Have a nice hearty meal filled with whole grains, vegetables and beans.  For dessert have something sweet, like a bowl of strawberries before you are met with the charming, but deceptive smile of dear Aunt Mildred.

This strategy is a must if Aunt Mildred becomes upset if you dare to bring your own food. Be sure to compliment her on how nice the house looks and how great every thing smells, and distract her from the fact that you are not eating every thing in sight.

Have a plan, before you head to your Holiday events! If you are not sure you will be able to keep things plant-strong, have a bite to eat before you go, when you get there scout out the veggie and fruit trays and fill your glass with water!

And as for Aunt Mildred? Maybe you should give her a copy of Engine 2 this year.

About the author

Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

5 Responses to “Plant-Strong Holiday Survival – Day 1”

  1. Carly says:

    Will keep this in mind:) Would love some snack/food ideas for toddlers, also, any chance of getting a video of Rip’s kitchen/fridge? Have been trying to eat this way and am finding it hard to store all the greens and food properly so they will stay fresh :)

  2. fried cheesecake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved that visual!!!!!!!

  3. jan bonnivier says:

    Good to be reminded that this is a hard time of year with not just visiting but I have so many well meaning clients bring in their wonderful homemade goodies. The temptations are endless! I just thank them and I am appreciative of their thoughts and efforts. Then later I pass them out to my co-workers who are happy with white flour and sugar!
    And thanks for the tip on the Green Bags will check that out as I too find storage of all my veges a (good) problem.

  • About Engine

    The Engine 2 blog will feature tips, plant-strong success stories, how to make plant-strong work, answer your questions and feature special guest experts. Our goal is to provide you with the tools to help you become and stay plant-strong. Please be sure to jump in the conversation by leaving comments on each post!
  • Categories

    • No categories
  • Contributors

    Lindsay Nixon Caldwell B Esselstyn E2XAnne
  • Recommended read

  • Ann and Jane’s New Book

    My dance card to following a plant-strong diet started by reading Rip’s first scribe, THE ENGINE 2 DIET (Grand Central Life & Style, 2009). If [&hellip

    Hatch Pepper Breakfast

    We love Hatch pepper season! These delightful peppers are only available for a short time each year.  Look for them at your market today! Great [&hellip

    Where Did the Summer Go?

      Vacation is over. I am not sure where my summer went, but it evaporated. I’d like to bottle a summer from my third-grade, where [&hellip

    Carrot Kale Muffins

    Start your day with these hearty muffins! A slight sweetness from the carrots, raisins and spices makes a great pairing with the kale and the [&hellip

    Summer’s End

    If you’re a teacher, the summer really ends the first week of August. As a former teacher, I always looked forward to the return of [&hellip

  • Twitter