Are you dreading the holidays and all the temptations that will come your way?  There are many ways to make smart choices that will allow you to avoid the illegal foods and excess calories while still enjoying your meal.

Eat this:

  • Make SCD homemade cranberry sauce. You'll cut half the calories of store bought . . . and be eating safely!
  • In place of illegal chips and dip . . . opt for crunchy vegetables dipped in salsa. You will still be able to enjoy the satisfying crunch and flavor.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with a small piece of almond flour baked goodie topped with honey-sweetened yogurt.
  • Enjoy almond flour baked bread that contains lots of natural fiber.
  • Substitute almond flour for the cornbread in your favorite cornbread stuffing recipe.
  • Enjoy a glass of red wine, filled with polyphenols!

If you’re eating somewhere other than your own home, inquire in advance what is on the menu and tell your hostess that you must follow a special diet for health reasons and offer to contribute an SCD legal food or two to the mix.


Portion Control

It can be tempting to take super-sized portions when eating family style holiday dinners.  Here is a helpful guide to keep you from overeating. One serving of...

  • Meat is equal to the size of a deck of cards
  • Nuts and/or dried fruit is the size of a golf ball
  • Cheese is the size of your thumb
  • Vegetables & fruit are the size of a rounded handful. Eat a variety of 4-5 per day!
  • Almond flour desserts or yogurt is the size of ½ a baseball

Think About What You are Eating


  • Be mindful of what and how much you are eating.
  • Eat slowly... take the time to appreciate the company of those around you.
  • Notice your portion sizes as you put them on your plate.
  • Savor each bite. Take a moment to really taste the flavors of your food and enjoy it.

Most of all . . . Be Thankful!


Be thankful that you can still enjoy eating delicious food and that your body is healing! Think about the pleasure of having your loved ones close to you to celebrate this day. Enjoy the company of your family and friends, and really take a moment to think about all of the special things that you are thankful for; including a warm and welcoming home to celebrate the day in. And always be mindful and thankful for the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.

Let go of that weight on your shoulders, and think about the positive things in your life. Take a few minutes to take a deep breath, let go of any stress you may be feeling, and smile.


I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas!!!