Ok so you’ve just started your gluten free (dairy free) food plan, you’re feeling great, bags more energy, your waistline is shrinking before your eyes and your skin is glowing.
Suddenly the festive season has arrived and all that good work is imminently at risk of being thrown away as we are caught up in the feeding frenzy that is Christmas!! So how do you negotiate the plethora of Christmas buffets, family dinners and Christmas parties without putting the brakes on your fantastic success so far?
Arm yourself with my Top Tips for a Gluten Free Christmas and you will be ringing in the New Year with a happy healthy body, mind and soul.
Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy, Prosperous New Year to you. x
1. Full English Breakfast – start the day with a high protein English Brekkie. Everyone knows this is the most important meal of the day; you will be less likely to gorge on naughty snacks if you start the day with a full tummy. Buy good quality organic meat and enjoy this traditional English feast guilt free.
2. Make your own truffles or chocolates - Simply follow my recipes and you will have rich dark yummy chocolates that contain only the best raw organic live ingredients. They are so tasty that you will only want a couple so great for your waistline too!
3. Don’t go empty handed – take your own tasty Gluten Free goodies with you when you are visiting friend and family over Christmas. Most of us don’t like to arrive empty handed anyway so kill two birds with one stone and take a selection of your favourite unpasteurised goats cheeses and gluten free crackers.
- 4. The Christmas Buffet – the obligatory Christmas buffet will be brimming with breads, crackers, cakes, cheeses and chocolates. Make life easy for yourself and take a few extra bits you know you can eat and add them to the table, or head for the salads, cold meats, pate and veggie sticks. You can always settle your sweet tooth when you get home with some of your beautiful homemade truffles.
5. Eat before you go – if you know you are going somewhere where you will be tempted, have a snack before you go, there is nothing worse than and empty tummy and a bulging table of naughty nibbles to make your will power weak and your mouth salivate!
6. Be Prepared – If you have booked a festive meal out then be prepared and phone ahead. Any decent restaurant will be more than happy to cater for your needs and it saves the awkward embarrassment at the dinner table as you scan through the menu desperately trying to find something you know you can eat.
7. Opt for Organic Red Wine or Champagne if you want to have a tipple. They do not contain chemicals or sulphites which can lead to hangover symptoms. Remember it is the dose that is your poison so activate your quantity control!
8. Be the Hostess – this way you are in complete control, simply ask your guests to bring a bottle to contribute to the cost.
- 9. Hydrate – with all the best will in the world the festive season is a time where we will indulge our taste buds more than we should. Be sure to support your detox pathways with plenty of fresh clean water daily to minimise the ‘damage’ caused.
10. Chill out – if all else fails and you eat something you know you shouldn’t, just relax, life is for living and while it may not serve your greater health stressing over it will only make things worse!!