So, if you have a family like mine, Christmas Day usually begins with a Champagne breakfast. I’ve probably just had most of you exit your browser now due to this probably not being all that relatable at all and listen, I know what you’re thinking, and my only explanation for you is that I’m Australian. Which also leads me to state the obvious which is that it’s no where near as luxurious as you’re thinking. So I’ll paint you a picture. It’s the $10 kind of champagne from Dan Murphy’s accompanied by barbecued bacon and egg rolls and two boxes of Cadbury favourites. Truly a wonderful time.
But this year, some of us – me – aren’t wanting to gain another 1-1.5kg to add to the baby-weight we’re – I’m – still trying to lose. Plus, for as long as I can remember, I’ve pigged out on party wieners, ham and pasta and as a result spent the evening feeling a lot of regretti about that extra serve of spaghetti. Which got me thinking, how can I make better choices for myself this year?
So here are some tips I have for you this holiday season. I’m going to try my hardest to follow them myself of course, but Christmas occasionally brings out the “meh I’ll do better in the new year” in me. I know, I’ll fix that attitude come January 1st.
However, without any further rambling, here they are!
- Don’t drink your calories. This means both drink and drink drink. If you want to fill up on Christmas goodies without overdoing it, choose zero calorie beverages to accompany them. I’m personally not wild enough to go for a sugar free mineral water, Pepsi Max will do.
- Don’t stand near the food table. This one is probably more a piece of advice for me than it is for you. Every year I strategically park myself near the sweets end of the table and have myself a merry old time. I need to not do that.
- If you’re the chef this year, try to make healthier alternatives for popular dishes. It’s as simple as putting the word “healthy” before any recipe you’re looking for online (though, that being said, my buzzword is usually “mouthwatering”). One time I found a recipe for chocolate mousse made from avocados – it was ahhh-mazing, if you can get past the fact that you know its avocado mouse. You don’t have to tell the kids that, though.
https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/dairy-free-avocado-chocolate-mousse/33f015f8-5a87-4b9d-a1fc-91f9e04fa72c <– I wasn’t joking.
- Keep active! Go for a walk around the neighbourhood and look at Christmas lights (or be like me and drive to the areas participating in local Christmas light competitions and walk their streets instead, helloooo land of Doctors and Lawyers.) If that’s not for you, play a game. Each year we play backyard cricket. There’s a video of me last year hitting the ball into the neighbouring vacant lot – After a few wines I concluded that the best and only solution was to have two of our largest men hoist me over the fence to get it back, how I’d make it home was unfortunately not taken into consideration so a lot of panic from all parties followed – ah, the reminiscing for years to come.
- Get enough sleep. This one seems out of place here, but science says if you’re sleep deprived, you’re more likely to reach for the sugary treats. A 3pm nap doesn’t aid my self control (or lack thereof) when egg nog is within drinking distance, but, it may just work for you!
Okay, so hypothetically you’ve ignored me and you’ve over indulged. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty about it! Take that serving spoon and beat those negative thoughts away. At the end of the day, one bad meal (or day) isn’t going to matter in the long run. What really matters is that you’ve had a good time and made new memories to look back on fondly with the people that mean the most to you. (Here’s your reminder to take lots of pictures! I scold myself every year for not taking enough)!
I hope you found some of these to be helpful because I tried really, really hard.