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Making the Holidays about More than Food



It often seems everywhere you look during the holidays there is food.  Unfortunately it is often not food that is friendly to those watching what we eat no matter the reason.  You can go through the holidays feeling depressed and angry because of what you can no longer eat or you can come to the realization that life does not stop because what you eat has changed.  Neither does the ability to celebrate.  There are things you can do this holiday season to focus on other ways of celebrating.

1.  Center your celebration on the lessons or stories of the holidays you celebrate.

2.  Center your holiday party on an activity other than eating.

3.  Go caroling.

4.  Devote your time and yourself to charity and good works.

5.  Go on a holiday light tour.

6.  Attend local festivals and pageants.

7.  Engage in your favorite outdoor activity.

8.  Decorate your house.

9.  Develop your own special holiday tradition.

No matter what holiday you celebrate or in what way, don’t forget the celebrating.  Make the holidays a time of joy — sing, dance, celebrate light and life!  Remember, it isn’t always about food!

More ideas, recipes, and ways to celebrate that do not include food may be found in my holiday book Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday, available at Espirational Books and the Kindle Store.  For those looking for gluten free recipes, all of my recipes are naturally gluten free or include gluten free options.  Remember proceeds from Espirational Books go toward keeping Espirational.com and Espirational.org up and running.


Rogene Robbins is an artist, writer, student of positive thinking and spirituality and home cook who has been living and cooking gluten free for eight years. She focuses on the positive aspects of gluten free living and using creativity to improve quality of life. Rogene is the author of Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday and The Gluten Free Good Life available at Espirational Books and the Kindle Store.


Soup Weather’s On It’s Way

Wouldn't veggie chili be good for lunch? Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Wouldn’t veggie chili be good for lunch?
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

That little nip will soon be in the air and we will be wanting to warm up with a nice bowl of soup.   Bob and I love soup.  At our house soup is homemade.  If you’ve never made your own soup it’s not hard.  Here are a few of my favorite soup recipes or ideas from past posts.  Check them out!





Let’s Have a Holiday Potluck!

Let’s have a holiday potluck.  We can’t share actual food, but we can share recipes for our favorite healthier holiday side dishes and healthy holiday eating tips.

Please leave a comment to share a link to your favorite healthier holiday side dish.  You may leave you healthy holiday eating tips in the comment section or as a link.  This is one time I will allow links in comments.  This can be your recipe or a link to a recipe you love on someone else’s site, but please specify which you are doing.

I’ll start.  Since this is my blog I am posting my recipe here.  Even though I’m mostly a “from scratch” kind of cook, nobody wants to be trapped in the kitchen at the holidays. That’s why I like this easy way to serve sweet potatoes. These are pretty much mashed sweet potatoes with a little zip and zing added.  I like to serve these in my Gram’s casserole dish.

Orange Spice Sweet Potatoes

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

1 orange
3 medium sweet potatoes
enough water to cover sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Peel and chop sweet potatoes. Cover with water in saucepan. Cook over medium heat.

Zest the orange. Then cut the orange in half and juice it.

When sweet potatoes are soft mash with a potato masher or in a blender or food processor.  Add orange juice as needed to reach a soft but not runny consistency.

Stir in spices and half of orange zest.

Garnish with remaining orange zest. Serve.

Now, what are you bringing to the holiday potluck?