In my mind, “the holidays” start on Saturday.  That’s when the sugar, treats and stress really start rolling in.  If you’re like me and get overwhelmed when bombarded by all the excesses the holidays bring, you’re going to want a plan.  For me, this means making a commitment to myself, planning meals and exercise and setting myself up to succeed by filling my kitchen with all the healthy foods I need to stay well and making time to exercise every day.

If you struggle to stay healthy and grounded in the holidays, take this week to start planning.

  1. Make a commitment. Example:  I will drink 20 plus ounces of water before breakfast and between each meal or I will abstain from refined sugars this week
  2. Make a Meal Plan, Workout plan and “to-do” Plan for the week.  And leave time to shop before Monday comes around!  I usually do this on Friday afternoon for the following week and then do my shopping over the weekend.
  3. Purge Your Kitchen and Replenish With Foods That Align With Your Goals. This is that “Get the Shit” out I talked about in my Thrive Through the Holidays Post.  Remember, it’s not waste, its actually saving your waist and your sanity.  I know this is tricky if you have kids with a bazillion pieces of Halloween candy.  Offer them a trade– trade their candy in for a really fun family adventure or special outing of some type.  Then, hit the store and stick to your list.  I know the chocolate is on sale, don’t buy it thinking you’ll just “save it” for later.  If its not part of your plan, you don’t want it in your house.

That’s it!  Below is my list of “staples.”  I make sure we have most of these things in our kitchen at all times.


  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Steal cut oats
  • Wildrice
  • A maranth
  • Teff


  • Red Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Variety of Squash and Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cucumbers
  • lemons
  • Greens
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Frozen Berries
  • Beets
  • mushrooms
  • Dates
  • Dried Figs


  • Raw almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
  • Raw nut and seed butters
  • Organic Tofu
  • Beans
  • Vega Protein Powder



  • Spirulina
  • Chorella
  • Hemp powder
  • Raw Cocao Nibs and poweder


  • Fermented foods– vegan kimchi, sauerkraut, beet slaw, kombucha
  • Black Strap Molasses
  • Teas and Coffee
  • Almond Milk (I’ve been making mine at home)
  • Vegan B12 and D3 liquid vitamins*

*even omnivores should be taking B12 and D3 supplements.  B12 is made from bacterias and due to modern day hygienics, it is actually pretty tough to get enough of it.  If you eat meat, you do get a little bit as bacteria in the cow’s gut produces it but most of us still need a supplement.  D3, we synthesize from the sun.  I get plenty naturally during the summer since I’m outside several hours a day.  If you live in a northern climate, you’ll need to supplement during the fall and winter months.

Want more?  I’ll send you my weekly meal/workout/to-do list as an attachment!  I put mine on the fridge on Sunday night so I have a road map for the week!  Follow the blog and send me a message and I’d be happy to send it your way!

Happy Planning!


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