Nutrition: STOP Worrying About Holiday Weight Gain


2. Enjoy some family recipes untouched.

True, I sometimes change recipes around to swap out ingredients that I know can be substituted with something healthier without compromising taste. For example, I may use oil instead of the chicken fat (better known as schmaltz) that might have appeared in one of my grandmother’s recipes. Or, I may use almond milk when baking a cake for vegan guests.

But some traditional recipes should go untouched because not only do they pass along a family treasure, but they also connect you to family members in past generations who may have shared a similar dish. Focus on listening to older relatives’ memories rather than stressing over how many calories are in your great-grandmother’s casserole.

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