Healthy for the Holidays: Nourishing Foods for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years Celebrations

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A functional and vegan pie with cherries on top.


Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

I can't believe that it's almost Christmas? I'm really not ready at all!  I haven't started shopping, writing cards or even finished putting up my tree.   My family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, bringing together the best of my husband's family traditions and mine.  And  Hanukkah is just a few days away.

I used to bake a lot for the holidays, but since I no longer eat sugar, flour, butter and all the ingredients of my old favorite recipes, and I prefer to eat raw and living foods,  I had to develop new recipes.  My favorites were for cookies, especially gingerbread, cranberry bread and pecan pie.  My new recipes taste as good or even  BETTER than my old favorites.

The foods that used to fill my  holiday plate did nothing to enhance my health and did everything to clog my arteries, raise my blood sugar, expand my waistline and left me feeling sluggish, bloated, and foggy headed.

When I eat the foods I make using my new recipes,  I feel great! I no longer feel bloated or exhausted after eating my favorite Christmas cookies and pies.

Even if you've been dedicated to vibrant health for a long time, staying strong and true to your health commitment is a challenge when you’re surrounded by the smells and tastes that remind you of past holidays and connect you with family and friends. You may have even learned to equate these foods with love.

The pressure from friends and family to eat the old favorites can be overwhelming, especially if you've only recently adopted healthy eating habits. Add to that the magnitude of the long holiday to-do list (shopping for, wrapping, and exchanging gifts; sending cards; decorating; and making food) and it's only natural for you to become overly stressed or anxious.

You may have grown up using food to comfort and soothe you.

Certain aromas may remind you of the comfort of grandma’s house on a special holiday, or a special person or feeling that you became connected to early on in your life.

Rather than giving in to temptation, or depriving yourself of tasty foods and feeling angry and resentful about it, you can learn to recreate your favorite holiday meals in ways that are delicious, nutritious and fun and easy to make.

Since I've been married to Scott, I've learned to make Hanukkah foods, too, like latkes with homemade applesauce and dairy free sour cream.

I've been working on putting all of these recipes together and finally have them ready in the form of a book. By the time I finished putting in all the recipes and tips for creating low stress holiday celebrations, the book ended up being over 160 pages!  And the recipes are all gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, and made with whole, fresh, plant-based, raw and living foods.

I've put together a couple of very special packages that include my new book, “Healthy Holiday Traditions: Nourishing Recipes for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's Celebrations”and I'm ready to share them with you!

So go on over to

and reserve your copy. The book is in e-book format, so you can download it instantly. I'm working on getting a printed version available too, and those who purchase the e-book during the next couple of weeks will be offered the print book at for a nominal upgrade fee.

I'm so excited about this.

I've added some juicy new bonuses, for a limited time only, and a very special “Deluxe Holiday Toolkit”. When you order the e-book, one of the bonuses you'll receive is access to an online video of me making some of the recipes.

Here's a comment from someone who watched the Holiday Video when I offered it with the Thanksgiving Feast book:

I just watched the Holiday recipe video…OMG, it was WONDERFUL!!!! And so helpful! I bought the e-book, but it makes such a difference to actually see you putting the elements together!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CREATING THIS VIDEO!!!!

I look forward to hearing from you.  The message I'd like to hear is how you stayed healthy throughout the holidays, had lots of energy and enjoyed the connection with your loved ones while eating delicious foods and having a blast.

Please comment below and let me know what your favorite holiday foods are.  If health enhancing versions of them  are not already in the book, rest assured they'll be in version 2.  And if you contribute a recipe or idea that makes it into the second edition next year, I'll be sure to send you a free copy.

Go ahead and let me know what foods you really love  and have a healthy and happy holiday season.

Love, Health and Gratitude,

Dr. Ritamarie

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