I know many people give up diets over Christmas, I fact many eat loads just to start again in January. I know this because I did this… For many years. This year I did not. I was really unsure how I would go with staying within points but decided to give it a bash anyway. My pan for Christmas was to have designated drinking and indulgent days and to try and eat normally around that.
Prior to Christmas I did a big shop, as do most people, but my shop was for heaps for fresh fruit and veg, lactose free milk and my extra treats were gluten free, dairy free minced pies and lactose free cream. I decided that I wanted healthy food to eat around the treats and so those options were easily available. So far I have eaten 1 minced pie and frozen the rest and used none of the cream.
Each day I have had breakfast, lunch and dinner. Over Christmas I have had 2 weddings, 2 family Christmas days and other celebrations. Each occasion I had 2-3 drinks over the course of a day. I ate a fodmap free version of the dinner. I ensured I had a good breakfast first so I didn’t arrive starving, I had a healthy lunch and then off I went. Over Christmas I didn’t have many treat snacks, except a little chocolate, as I saved my points for these days. I also tried to exercise to buffer any extra eating. I stayed within my points and I think I lost.. Over Christmas… Unheard of.
So as help to you and a reminder to myself for years to come my tactics are….
Planned days for blow outs.
Healthy eating around these occasions and a well stocked fridge to allow this.
A blow out beng the one meal concerned and not writing off the whole day.
Fodmap free at these meals.
Exercise to buffer points
In these so called blow out meals, they really weren’t that bad. I ate, ate slowly and stopped when I was full. So I didn’t eat more than normal just more indulgently than normal. I also found my body regulated itself.
Case in point… The biggest meal of the season was a wedding… I had prawns and salsa to start ( about 4-6 pp), grilled barramundi, mash and salad for mains (8-10pp) and plain pavlova for dinner as I couldn’t eat the topping (4pp) lets say that’s 20 pp and I had an 8 pp breakfast ( which I did, coffee, scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes and a piece of bacon) that’s 28 pp. 1 pp over. The meal was at lunch and I found I was not hungry for dinner.
Another wedding On an evening. That day I had…
2 pieces toast and jam and coffee 8 pp
Chobani snack 3 pp
Bacon salad (7 pp)
Which left me 9 pp..
I had 3 wines or spritzers (15pp)
Chicken starter (4 pp)
Roast chicken mains (8pp)
A total of 18 pp over. That night I played 3 hours of lawn bowls and in the morning I had swum (12pp exercise) so I only used 6 of my weekly points… And let’s face it this is what the weeklies are for.
My approach was each occasion at a time, each day and a time and each week at a time. Although I did try to save weekly points for the designated occasions no other planning tha listening to my body was needed.
I am delighted with this as it shows me I really have learned.
how did you go with diet this Christmas? Any tips?