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Eating Successfully this Holiday Season

You made it through the Thanksgiving celebrations—were you successful in eating well? I know that I had to try all three pies! Seriously, this season is brutal on healthy eating. The amount of sugar that is going to be given as gifts, devoured at schools, parties and work will be off the charts. I also know that January is coming and I really do not want to arrive there with extra holiday pounds to have to try and lose (now that I am 50 those pounds are a lot harder to chase away). So I have decided to share with you my strategy for avoiding those extra pounds, feeling better and having more energy (a.k.a. not feeling stuffed or lethargic) during the next four weeks. I invite you to join me in making eating healthier a little easier this holiday season.

Use this simple guide to eating successfully this holiday season:

  • The first thing we have to do is admit it is going to be hard! Shake your head back and forth, sigh and then say, “It is going to be hard, but I can do it!”
  • The second thing we need to do is get on the scale, yes the scale! Record your weight ________.
  • Next, write down where you want your weight to be each week. The only rule is that it can’t be more than 5 lbs in the wrong direction and it can’t be more than 10 lbs. in the right direction. This is what I call a BRAG (Best Realistically Attainable Goal). What is your holiday BRAG for weight _______? Even on the scale or a few pounds less is my BRAG for the next four weeks.
  • Choose real food first (e.g., fruits, vegetables, meat and cheese) at family gatherings or holiday parties.
  • Bring real food to parties, someone else will really appreciate it too!
  • Next, skip the treats at least once a day (saying “no” gets easier the more you practice).
  • Eat your veggies, they won’t show up on the “scale” like cookies, donuts, etc. will.
  • Drink water, smoothies or fresh pressed juices.
  • Keep getting your Box of Good Staying out of the grocery store this season will not only save you money, but limit your temptation to buy those treats.

Remember, enjoying ourselves, plus feeling better and having more energy are the real prizes this holiday season. The “scale” will only serve as a reminder that we won!

Cheers to your success!


Tristan Klesick

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Do the words of thankfulness come rolling off your tongue like a swift flowing stream or do you have to pause and reflect like a calm beautiful pond? Is your list brief or overflowing? Does your list include immediate loved ones, friends, your employment or retirement? Does it include your pets or the environment? Are you thankful for our Government or parts of the government, like fire fighters, police officers or politicians? Are you thankful for everyday conveniences, like hot and cold water, electric heat and ranges or overflowing amounts of food year round? Are you thankful that you have the freedom to vote, exercise free speech and run for elected office?

I think if each of us were intentional about our thankfulness, took a few minutes and began to log what we are thankful for, the list and its length might be very surprising

Thankfulness is a perspective—it is a choice. I know that this year has had many challenges for many families—hard things like cancer, death, job loss or loved ones moving away. But, if you are reading this newsletter right now, you are still “in the game” and right now it is your turn to bat.

As the pitch called Thanksgiving approaches your plate this week, are you going to swing with all your might and hit a homerun? I believe you can, in fact, I know you can, because hitting a Thanksgiving pitch is the easiest one to hit. It starts out like this, “I am thankful for….” Then watch joy begin to flood your heart and a smile appear on your face, and that joy and that smile, well, they are downright contagious. Before you know it, there will be more genuine smiles all around—smiles that begin with your thankful heart.

May this Thanksgiving be the best because we all have so much for which to be thankful!


Tristan Klesick

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The Week Before Thanksgiving

The next six weeks are going to be brutal! For those of us who are trying to navigate the “Standard American Diet” (aka, S.A.D.) food system by making good food choices, it doesn’t get much harder than Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s! And since the high fat and high sugar groups have hijacked our food system, it can be really hard to eat well. Thankfully, this Thanksgiving can be more successful than ever, if we implement a few simple strategies.

Strategy #1:  Avoid the grocery store! Most of you already are successful at this because you get a box of good delivered—saving both time and money

Strategy #2:  Avoid the middle of the grocery store—saving more time, money, and calories.

Strategy #3:  Practice, Preach and live Portion Control—preventing the “I ate too much” feeling.

Strategy #4:  Think about how good dessert will taste—helping you not eat too much at dinner.

Strategy #5:  Repeat strategies 1, 2 and 3 for dessert—making your own desserts or ordering them from us.

Sure this is a little tongue-and-cheek, but if we don’t have a PLAN for Thanksgiving and this holiday season, it will own us! And at our daily “weigh in” we will be wishing (and feeling) we had a little less to eat. And it won’t be the fruits and vegetables that did us in either! It will have been ourselves (don’t you hate the truth). Really, I am responsible for eating well, no one else. Yep, it comes down to the person in the mirror to make the choices. You can do it!

Holiday Donation Boxes
Consider partnering with us to alleviate hunger this holiday season. It is still not too late to order a Holiday Donation Box. Every week, we partner with you to get healthy produce out to eight food banks in our community, but at Thanksgiving we want to send even more good food to and through our local food banks. We make it ultra-simple: you order, we pack and deliver. And this season we are sending a Matty Ride Christmas CD, titled I would be fine with Christmas as a thank you for partnering with us.

Thank you,


Tristan Klesick

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Planning for your Thanksgiving Meal

Planning for your Thanksgiving holiday meal, plus your easy Thanksgiving order form PDF!      

Klesick Farms is grateful for the opportunity to help you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Just the thought of you and your loved ones gathered around the dining room table, sharing good food and good stories, warms our hearts. Perhaps more than any other holiday, Thanksgiving captures the true meaning of a box of good.

Our Special “Holiday Box” Traditional Meal Items

We are excited to once again offer our special annual Holiday Box ($40). This special box of traditional holiday produce can be purchased in addition to or in place of your regular order. You can also purchase a box even if it is not your normally scheduled delivery week. See pre-order form, below.)


Holiday Box Contents:

Yellow Onions, 1 lb.

Yellow Potatoes, 3 lbs.

Yams, 2 lbs.

Carrots,2 lbs.

Green Beans, 1 lb.

Organic Bread Cubes for Stuffing, 1 lb.

Granny Smith Apples, 2 lbs.

Cranberries, 8 oz.

Celery, 1 bunch

Delicata Squash, 2 ea.

Navel Oranges,2 lbs.

*Due to the special ordering necessary for this box, menu items cannot be changed or substituted.


Delivery Schedule:  Holiday Box deliveries will be made November 3rd through December 5th. The week of Thanksgiving, all deliveries will be made Monday through Wednesday. Please check the newsletter that comes in your box of good for your alternate delivery schedule the week of the holiday.


An Opportunity to Give! ~ Sending a Holiday Donation Box to Neighbors in Need

If your celebration includes helping the less fortunate who live in our community, we make it easy for you to give. For the discounted price of $32, you can purchase a Holiday Donation Box for us to deliver to a local food bank prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. How good and easy is that? Plus, for every Holiday Donation Box you purchase, we will send you Matty Ride’s Christmas CD as a gift (a great stocking stuffer)!

Donate a holiday box to the food bank today! Click here to add the Holiday Donation Box to your cart, or call our office at 360-652-4663 and we’ll be delighted to add that for you!


Thanksgiving Week Pre-Order Form PDF

You can leave this order form out for your delivery person, mail it to us,email a photo of it to us, or use it as a guide when emailing or calling us:

[email protected]    360.652.4663

Thanksgiving Holiday Box Order Form_2015

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Fall is Here

We’re in it now, aren’t we? Fall, I mean. I say that as I look out my rain-covered window and see a few leaves still clinging to the branches of my dogwood. Down the street another tree flaunts its ombre hues, beginning with a brilliant red cap until red fades to green underneath. Three little pumpkins stand as soldiers leading to our front door where I just waved goodbye to two football players and a bat as they headed off to school and on to their harvest party.

Yesterday, while squash, beets, and carrots roasted in the oven, I candied lemon and orange peel to dip into bittersweet chocolate. Today there are plans for a Brussels sprout salad, a gratin of squash, and white beans laced with nutty Gruyere. So, basically, I’ve fallen deep into the fall clichés and I couldn’t be happier.

That’s the beauty of living in the Pacific Northwest – we get to enjoy the seasons. Each one comes with its own pleasures, and just when the doldrums of one season start to sink in, we start another. I know from experience that today’s rain won’t feel cozy and inviting come February and March, but at that point I’ll be distracted with thoughts of spring gardening.

The point is, seasons come and seasons go and in them there are things we love and others we don’t, but for right now I’m relishing the new season, sipping my spiced cider with giddiness and delight, as I plan for pumpkin muffins and apple cakes.

Ashley Rodriguez

Chef, Mom, Food Blogger, Author