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    Tis the Season!

    Tis the Season!

    This year has brought tremendous focus on health and wellness and made us recognize the value of family, friends and positive relationships. The pandemic with its many restrictions has led to weight gain for many. As the new year looks close, it is time to make our resolutions yet again.

    So let us begin to work towards our goal of health, wellness and beautiful skin right now, during the Holidays!

    Healthy meals might not come to mind when you think of the holiday season. Many of us enjoy rewarding ourselves with foods that are full of ingredients that taste good which may not be the best for our overall health.

    However, there are easy ways to enjoy foods that bring you comfort and joy but are better for you! Here are some simple changes you can implement right now AND keep in mind through the season:

    Use more spices – Plan on taking your dishes to the next level by adding more seasonings that improve the skin and body! Spices like cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, ginger, rosemary, and curry powder pack a powerful punch of antioxidants that benefit your health. Using these will also help you use less salt and butter too.

    Make veggies the main dish – If you choose to eat meat during the holiday season, consider making a smaller portion and feature colorful vegetable dishes as your main course of the meal. This will not only give your body the nutrients it needs, but also help fill you up more quickly so over-eating is less likely.

    Choose whole grain over white – In many cultures, bread, rice, and pasta are common staples around the dinner table, and white bread is filled with refined carbohydrates, which can contribute to inflammation and other health problems. Pick whole grain or sprouted grain bread, brown pasta, and brown rice instead!

    Swap sugary drinks for kombucha – Celebratory beverages like sparkling wine, soda, and even some sparkling water, contain too much sugar. Kombucha is a better option! This fermented drink contains probiotics which are great for your microbiome. Its sweet taste makes it a great substitute. Read the label before purchasing, however, as some brands contain a significant amount of sugar and even a tiny percentage of alcohol. Remember this!

    It’s so easy to get discouraged when you’re trying to lose weight or clear up your skin.⁣ Stick with your plan, and if you give it enough time the changes will come.⁠ ⁠ Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year to LeReve’s Patrons and your loved ones! ⁠

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