6 October

Feast and famine

If Christmas really was just one feast, we wouldn’t end up with “Christmas weight” around our waists in January. In reality, Christmas can be a long series of parties, catch-ups, shortbread and brandy and, if you’re not careful, it won’t just be the memories of the festive season that you’ll carry with you forever.[1]

So here’s Sensible Eating Strategy #1: If you know you’re going to be chowing down on seafood cocktails and cranberry danishes for much of December, keep your everyday menu firmly in the sensible range – plenty of vegetables at dinner and go easy on the confectionery. And keep up your exercise.[2]

Here’s Sensible Eating Strategy #2: Apart from Christmas Day itself, stop eating at the “Okay, I’ve had enough food now” stage rather than the “You’ll have to roll me home” stage. Yes, do this even if there’s a bowl of chips right in front of you and even if there are three savouries you haven’t tried yet. To help you achieve this, if the food on offer is going to be predominantly the sort of party treats that it’s smart to minimise, consider having a healthy snack before you leave home so that you don’t wolf down a kilo of cheese crunchies the moment you walk in the door.

And here’s Sensible Eating Strategy #3: Drink plenty of water. Drink it instead of sweet drinks and drink it between alcoholic drinks. You’ll feel the better for it.

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Christmas lites.

Wendy told me that Gertruda has been spending Wednesday afternoons at Mrs Kowalski’s nursing home, teaching the chef traditional Polish dishes.

“She’ll be doing her own cooking for a good decade yet,” I said. “She should teach the apprentice instead.”

“Good point,” said Wendy. “I’ll suggest it to her.”

[1] Don blames his spare tyre entirely on his mother’s almond roll but I think the cheesecake and pav he teams it with at Christmas may also have contributed.

[2] Part of my cousin Russell’s strategy is to keep the ice cream in the freezer of the beer fridge in the garage, so that he has to walk fifty metres for every bowl.

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