When I teach healthy cooking classes, I don’t focus on what “not” to eat (unless it is something so egregious that I’m already very outspoken about the “fodder” called “food”): Instead, I focus on what you should try TO eat.  For example, I’m not going to slam someone who eats dairy; but rather I educate about the nutritional benefits of dark leafy greens (hello, calcium….) followed by teaching the students how to make a tasty kale dish or salad.

I even made kale enchiladas last night.  This is one versatile, nutritious green leafy!

I even made kale enchiladas last night. This is one versatile, nutritious green leafy!

For those of you who saw my personal Facebook post today; you know how passionate I am about calling out fodder which is cloaked in the disguise of healthy food by the product’s marketing team.  Today’s rant was on something called a “Paleo Bar”. These were being passed out after a running race this morning.  I called “bulls*%$” after I read the ingredients:  Brown Rice Syrup, Cane Sugar, Maltitol were among the 27 or so ingredients listed. And since when did we believe that cavemen were eating packaged energy bars….Seriously?  Whatever happened to the simple concept as fresh fruit for a snack?

Today's fruit trio: Fuyu persimmon, Golden Delicious apple and a D'Anjou pear (no, that is NOT a tomato)

Today’s fruit trio: Fuyu persimmon, Golden Delicious apple and a D’Anjou pear (no, that is NOT a tomato)

Our holiday culture is one of overindulgence and eating outside our normal “healthy box” (and not usually in a good way).  There are more social events to attend; more cookies to sample; more merriment over cocktails to be had and less time for exercise and preparation for mindful cooking and eating. Because of this, I propose this simple challenge to you: Throughout the month of December, eat 3 pieces of fresh fruit a day.  This time of year, apples, pears and persimmons are some of the best seasonal choices.  I also  gravitate toward my staple bananas or a delicious Satusuma tangerine.  Make it easy.  Buy 21 pieces of fruit at the beginning of the week.  Make this your only diet requirement.  If you want to partake in one of those crazy juice cleanses starting January 2nd, then so be it.  LOL, you know that I love juice, but I don’t think that the holidays are the time to partake in such an extreme diet change.  Executing my simple challenge will help you stay on track during the holidays.

I’ve been able to run a little this week. Biking and swimming are going well, and Geoff, the dogs and I hiked Mount Woodson last week. I’m looking forward to a fun holiday season.

I would love to hear how everyone does with this.

Merry Merry!