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Happy holidays?

25/11/2013

Want to stay calm and relaxed over the Christmas period?  a few tips:

Have a good breakfast on Christmas day  and the days leading up to Christmas – include protein like scrambled eggs and smoked salmon (no added cream), or scrambled tofu with mushrooms and grilled tomatoes or greek yoghurt, ground flaxseeds, oats and berries. Balancing blood sugar levels first thing may help everyone cope with the stresses of planning Christmas and on the big day itself.

Have some raw nuts, in their shells,  and fruit to nibble on before dinner is served, don’t put your hand in the roses tin.

Why not make your own chocolate coated Brazil nuts, a Christmas favorite in my house.  Melt some organic dark chocolate and add in your nuts (all nuts are good with chocolate) put them onto some parchment paper and cool.  They are really tasty and rich.  Because of the protein and fat they satisfy us and keep up going (low in sugar and carbohydrate).

Dinner:  make sure you have 1/2 your plate made up of vegetables, 1/4 carbohydrate – that’s the roast potatoes and 1/4 protein – either goose or turkey or nut roast (lobster).  Take your time, chew and enjoy.   Eating too much carbohydrate can unbalance your blood sugar levels, leaving you craving for turkey sandwiches within an hour and may help curb any potential mood swings or outbursts (apparently Christmas arguments are common in some families!!)

Dessert: Moderation is the key word here.  If you are making or buying your pudding add some extra nuts for protein.  If you are in charge of Christmas food, use smaller dessert bowls and maybe wait a little while before you serve dessert!

Raise a glass of bubbles and enjoy a nice long walk to the local pub or friends house to walk off those extra calories, or at least walk somewhere with your friends and family, a walk round the block will do.

Happy Holidays

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