Okay, I admit it…if I have lots of Christmas goodies in the house, I do a lot of grazing. That’s why I try to give the goodies away as quickly as I make them. This year we’re also doing something a little different to stave off those dangerous munching impulses. We’re drinking a LOT of fresh juice.
Several years ago, I found an old Champion juicer for sale (in a barn!) for only $15. I knew those juicers are built to last forever so I snapped it up. The Champion juicer is a true workhorse and we’ve been working it hard this month. My husband has been doing a ton of reading about the benefits of juicing and has learned some fascinating information. My main focus has just been on the fact that this month it is ALWAYS easier to grab a cookie or a piece of fudge than it is to grab an apple. Drinking freshly made fruit or vegetable juice makes that temptation easier to resist. It’s as simple as that.
I plan to write more about juicing after the New Year, but for now I’ll just mention that we’ve been juicing:
- sweet potatoes (!!!)
- and a few others that I’m not thinking about right now
It’s really amazing how much a small glass of freshly made fruit and/or vegetable juice will take the edge off of compulsive holiday nibbling. I highly recommend it.
If you live in the NC High Country, I also want to recommend that you visit Allen at Veggies, Fruit, & More on the corner of State Farm and Hwy 105 Bypass (545 Highway 105 Extension, Boone, NC 28607). He has the BEST prices on produce in the county and his stuff is FRESH. Allen also has beautiful fresh Christmas trees for $20 and a variety of very cool gift baskets. They have a Facebook page too, with updates on what specialty items they’re carrying each week. Check it out!
Most people don’t try to diet during the holidays; January is usually reserved for that! But it really does help to eat a more moderate, healthy diet DURING the holiday season when you’re sipping on homemade juice a couple times a day.