Holiday Eating Without the Guilt


Do you struggle every holiday season with eating all the food? All the sweets? All the holiday drinks? I know I do! As a Whole30 Certified Coach, I’ve helped my clients (and myself) learn how to navigate the holidays without feeling guilty for the seasonal indulging. I have a huge sweet tooth and in the past would eat a cookie, then go back for another, then another, then another (while washing it down with wine in between). I would wake up the next day feeling not only horrible physically, but I also felt guilty for overindulging. Food is neither good nor bad. It is simply meant for nourishment and enjoyment. I’m going to share my tips for helping you consciously eat and enjoy all of the amazing treats you’ll have throughout the holidays (and a fun recipe at the end):

• Drink plenty of water before, during and after your meals
• Don’t skip meals—make sure you are eating healthy meals before headed to a holiday party (don’t starve yourself just so you can overindulge)
• Be active—keep up your fitness routine and/or include your family by going on walks or hikes together
• Thoroughly enjoy the treats that have a special meaning to you, that evoke tradition, or that remind of you of a loved one that you only have during this time of the year
• Pick a smaller plate, so you don’t overfill it and then eat it all
• Sample bites of desserts instead of big heaping helpings
• Take a moment and make conscious choices of what foods are worth it to you or not
• Eat slowly and savor every bite
• Don’t feel one ounce of guilt for enjoying yourself!

Enjoy yourself this holiday season and this yummy holiday treat!

Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles
Yields 36
Yummy dairy free chocolate truffles
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
77 calories
5 g
0 g
6 g
1 g
5 g
17 g
2 g
3 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77
Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 2mg
Total Carbohydrates 5g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 10 ounces dark chocolate, 70% cacao content or higher (or buy these baking wafers)
  2. 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. ½ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut and/or ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  1. 1. Start by cutting the chocolate into small shards. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a medium bowl and set it aside.
  2. 2. Heat the coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Then, pour the coconut milk over the chocolate and coconut oil, and stir ever-so-gently with a silicone spatula to combine. (easy does it—over stirring will make it grainy)
  3. 3. Add the vanilla extract and stir.
  4. 4. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a sealed container and chill in the fridge until solid (at least 4 hours).
  5. 5. Spread the shredded coconut on a parchment-lined baking tray, and toast it in a 300°F oven for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer the flakes to a shallow bowl when cooled. If you’re coating the truffles in cocoa powder, pour some into another bowl, too.
  6. 6. Using a small (1-inch in diameter) melon baller, scoop out 36 balls of chocolate. Roll each ball of chocolate between your palms to form a smooth ball.
  7. 7. Coat each truffle in the toasted coconut or cocoa and sift the excess through your fingers.
  1. These truffles can be kept in an airtight container for a week in the fridge, or about three months in the freezer.
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo
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