BUT. There are some things about Christmas that in previous years leave me rolling into January like the huge potatoes served on Christmas day…. I’ve personally experienced a few different mindsets over the years, the first was last year when I was pregnant; “Ah its allowed, its Christmas” to previous years when I was sans pregnant belly and training 12-15 hours a week for triathlon “But if my Christmas dinner is 2,578 calories, then that means I need to run for 3 hours and 39 minutes Christmas morning!?” Both of which did not bring me happiness.
I wanted to share some strategies I have worked on and love; Moderation, Alternatives and Joy;
- Moderation – Christmas day and the weeks leading up to it is a decadent affair. Supermarkets stock all kinds of weird and wonderful Christmas themed produce which I’m sure reading the labels wouldn’t actually be classified as food. However, you grandma boys them, your partner brings them home and colleagues buy you them as gifts. A few little treats here and there, if they are something you enjoy will probably bring you more happiness than having to constantly deprive yourself of something you crave.
- Alternatives –
- Cook and bake yourself healthy alternatives wherever possible. Make delicious chocolate bark based on coconut oil and cocoa powder. Or raw date based balls with cinnamon and all spice for a Christmas flavor.
- Slow down your eating and chew every mouthful; you’ll be full much quicker than the mound of dinner piled up in front of you.
- Make batches of non-alcoholic cocktails; fun to make and fun to share.
- Invite people to eat with you, you control the salt and sugar content of the whole home baked food you make and get to show your generosity at this time of year.
- Joy – Share your desire to eat well this time of year, it brings you joy knowing you are nourishing your body all year round and not for just 10/11 months of the year.
Above all – have a fabulous time with friends and family, play games, light candles, sing, dance and be happy – it’s the time of the year we can all come together and celebrate the magic that is Christmas.