Christmas Guide! How to cope with all the food at Christmas without counting calories or doing something stupid like a water diet!
Christmas guide – how to not eat yourself silly over Christmas whilst still having and eating all the things!
Okay so everyone knows that Christmas Is about connecting, giving, faith, love and of course pigs in blankets and any other food you enjoy, but pig in blankets!
So how do you eat 3kg of them a day over Christmas, well you don’t, you eat 1.5kg a day, you also buy the ones with the lowest calories, You don’t cook them covered in them oil, butter or any other very fatty/calorie dense foods like cheese.
You do this for all your favourite foods, you buy the Lower calorie version, if they don’t have the ‘light’ versions then buy less of it, if you only buy the 1kg packets of whatever because ‘well I’ll get through it all anyway and it’s Christmas’ yes you will get through it, it’s your favourite food/s but buy less! That way you might run out one day, may for a few days but you would of saved yourself eating another 1000 calories over per day.
Drink as much water as you can all the time! Water will fill you up so you won’t be able to over eat because you’ll be too full from the water, buy flavoured, zero calorie sparking water, this will keep you even more full and it tastes nice, there are about 10 different flavour options so don’t just say I don’t like it, try the different flavours!
Try and move as much as you can, go out for a walk in the morning if you have kids, take them to the park for an hour and run with them, take the dog for a walk, just try and move, don’t spend the days sitting at one end of the sofa and watching the home alone marathon, die hard and elf. Get it and do something! Anything is better than nothing especially at this time of year when it’s cold so you spend more time sitting around doing nothing. DO SOMETHING!
A really easy way to rack up the calories is in liquids, gin and tonic, get zero calorie tonic water, whiskey and coke get Pepsi max, Coke Zero, Diet Coke Anything zero calories! If you go out and buy all your drinks for over the Christmas period buy zero calories version option of as much as you can, that way you aren’t tempted, you have no option but to drink 0 calories options.
And the really easy way to make sure you don’t over eat is by intermittent fasting(IF), so don’t have breakfast and don’t eat anything after 8pm-ish so that will give you a decent sized window of 16 hours if you eat at 12pm and with the hustle and bustle of Christmas you probably won’t miss breakfast much, its important that when you do IF you drink loads of water and only have a black coffee in the morning, the milk and sugar will bring you out of the fast.
Fill up on high protein foods, so have extra chicken/turkey for dinner, have a protein shake if you can that way you get the fillings effects of the water and protein, just again make sure the chicken/turkey isn’t fatty, leave the skin off or put it to the side.
Fill up on high fibre foods so the same concept as protein but eat more carrots, sprouts, broccoli, butternut squat, parsnips but not potatoes, these are normally covered in goose fat, and made to be light and fluffy so they are easy to over indulge on and calorie dense!
And the last little tip, DON’T BE SO GODDAMN GREEDY! A lot of the time we just eat, we aren’t hungry, the bowl of celebrations are there, we are full but our hand still goes toward that celebration bowl and grabs more and more chocolate, stop this. Just sit further away from the bowl, put a glass of water in front so you have to put more effort into getting them, honestly it works anything that makes getting them harder to reach will work!
I hope you have an amazing Christmas and get everything you wish for, and if you don’t then be grateful you have a roof over your head, access to free health care, hot water and the ability to understand and appreciate this time of year!
The Main Author is Dan Grimes, Guest authors will be posting too.