Hello lovelies! Here we are the day before the day before Christmas (Eve-Eve?). I hope you are soaking up family time, cheesy Christmas music, twinkly lights, and time to pause. Daniel and I are back in Little Rock with family for the next week or so, and are taking full advantage of it. 🙂
One thing that’s been on my mind a lot the past week is balance around the holidays. I’m sure it’s something a lot of people wrestle with as they seek to keep their goals but at the same time enjoy themselves and the season. (So much good food!) For someone like me, with a history of an eating disorder, the question is even more pertinent. Before my recovery, the holidays were one of the most stressful times of all, and I was constantly in a panic about all of the sugary and fatty food that was always around, along with social expectations that I partake. I agonized about every cookie, every calorie, and felt profound guilt when I did “give in”. (Can anyone relate?)
Now, several years later, my relationship with food is so much better. I’m happy and healthy. But the holidays can still create some tension when I’m used to eating a certain way at home and then all of the control is taken away and I’m not the one preparing the food. Here are a few things that help me to navigate and enjoy the time without spending every precious thought and minute worrying about what to eat or what not to eat! I try to relax about it as much as possible. I don’t want to overthink things and miss out on the fun of Christmas.
- Remember that it’s temporary. Weight gain comes from long term eating habits and months and months of poor eating; a week or two of eating more than you normally would won’t cause you to balloon out!
- Focus on relationships. This special time is often when you have a lot of people together that you don’t get to see all the time. How cool! Try to savor the relationships and interactions and the joy of being with people you love.
- Practice Gratitude. Take some moments in the day to be grateful. For: family, abundance, Jesus, love, joy, recovery.
- Do a few things that you love + that make you feel great. I make sure to practice things that make me feel healthy and calm amidst all the festivities: I do yoga, I drink herbal teas, and I read great books I enjoy.
- Wear something that makes you feel beautiful. All of that pie + turkey + cookies, etc. may have you feeling a little bloated. Totally normal. It helps me a lot to wear something loose and comfortable that I feel great in. (This is not the time for your tightest skinny jeans people!
Okay, onto the recipe. This apple streusal muffin from Practical Paleo really hit the spot for me the other morning! (Side note, this book is amazing! Super informative, bomb meal plans, and gorgeous pictures!) They came out light, sweet, and satisfying. There are 9 eggs in the recipe (makes 12 muffins), so they are packed with protein! The original recipe called for granny smith apples, but I just used the ones I had in my kitchen ( Gala I think?) and they tasted great!
- 2 large apples of choice, cut into ½ " pieces
- 3 Tbsp warm water
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
- 1½ tablespoons butter or coconut oil (to make it dairy-free), melted
- 9 eggs
- 3 tablespoons coconut milk
- 1½ tablespoons coconut flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350F & put muffin cups in tin, or grease it.
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, sautée the apples, water, 1½ teaspoons of the cinnamon, and butter or coconut oil. Cook until apples are soft and juicy. (Will resemble apple pie filling).
- In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, butter, coconut milk, coconut flour, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, baking soda, and salt until it's all mixed up.
- Add the apples, setting aside ¼ cup for a garnish.
- Spoon egg and apple mixture into muffin tins—1/4 cup each. Gently spoon about one teaspoon of the remaining apple mixture onto the top of each muffin.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes.