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Free Yourself from Calories This Christmas

“With celebrations, come the calories,” that’s what they say, right? We “pre-destine” by decreeing to the universe that we will gain pounds. If that wasn’t enough, we take a vacation from the gym, hoping that our New Year’s resolution to “lose weight” will come true. This is an error!

Change your “chip.” Give yourself a new lifestyle that avoids excuses, so that you can live without dieting, healthier, relaxed and happy.

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My recipe is easy to follow and applies to every day of my life, including the holidays. It will help to free you and to taste everything without feeling like you’ve committed a huge sin.

How to Avoid the Extra Calories

  • When you go to a party, eat beforehand so that you don’t eat everything when you arrive. You don’t know if the options will be healthy, delicious or freshly made.
  • If you have attendees, cook and avoid processed foods. In addition to having typical meals, add vegetarian and full-of-protein alternatives. Remember, it’s not to stop eating what you like, but to cook freshly and eat balanced.
  • Hydrate yourself with water constantly, especially if you are someone that enjoys a little bit of alcohol. Cut out those artificial sodas and juices from your life. Avoid drinks that contain them. These calories are “un-burnable.”
  • Watch out for the punch, eggnog and coquito, which have all the calories, sugar and fat in the world. Enjoy them cordially or for dessert and in a glass of Tequila so that the sin is less.
  • Stay active. An exercise routine can be just as important as brushing your teeth.
  • Color is necessary on the table, but I’m not talking about decorations, but of vegetables. Serve them raw, roasted, sautéed, in soups or stews. Look for ideas in my book and on my website.

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  • The event is social, so eat slowly, enjoy every taste and don’t eat the entire tray. Eat to live, not live to eat.
  • Start a dance, keep a happy spirit, active for God and all the saints, avoid staying seated during the party or falling asleep too soon after eating.
  • Watch out for desserts. Try them, but do not try each one. More celebrations will come around.

Be good and stay balanced. Remember, cook more at home, bring fresh options to your plate, watch your portions, drink lots of water, exercise and have a good dance. The best gift you can give yourself is to follow this recipe all year. You can do it! Happy Holidays!

Doreen Colondres is a celebrity chef. Author of the book The Kitchen Does not Bite. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @DoreenColondres and visit,

About Doreen Colondres

Doreen Colondres is a tireless world traveler with a fresh and charismatic vibe. Her mission is to convince us that cooking is a heritage and a tradition that is fun, relaxing, easy, romantic, but more importantly, healthy. Her background of family cooking values motivated her to create La Cocina No Muerde and The Kitchen Doesn’t Bite. Doreen’s first book was published by Random Penguin House (2015) achieving the #1 best seller regional and international and she is also the food and wine editor for more than 10 Hispanic publications. She frequently hosts cooking segments on “Despierta América” from Univision and hosted cooking shows on FoxLife/Utilísima, airing in 16 countries for 4 years. Since 2013 Doreen is also a Chef for Novo Nordisk pharmaceutical, a leader in diabetes care. Yearly, she hosted more than 30 live cooking shows around the US, to increase awareness about obesity and diabetes. In 2013 she became the first Hispanic Celebrity Chef for the Bordeaux Wine Council, the most prestigious wine region in the world. She studied in culinary schools in NY, CA, graduated in FL and also has a BBA in Business & Marketing.

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