“What do you eat?”
I get asked this question on a weekly basis but I had a lot of people asking me about Christmas.
My basic answer is, I eat whatever I want! Christmas honestly doesn’t change too much at all from the foods I choose to eat on a daily basis.
My diet consists of nutritionally dense foods, because I want to fuel my body the best I can. I enjoy eating these foods! And I like the way they make me feel after eating them, as opposed to feeling sluggish or bloated. This doesn’t change on Christmas for me.
But let’s cut to the chase…
Christmas for the Murray Family (and Simpson)
This year my Christmas was split over 3 days. Day 1 was spent with Kyle’s (my partner) Dad’s family, Day 2 was Kyle’s mum’s family and Day 3 was my family. I thought I would share what I ate/drank over the holiday periods..
Day 1: Christmas Eve
We went to Patty’s Hotel for dinner so I had a steak with chips and vegetables. To be honest, I hardly ate any of my meal. It was huge so I ate my vegetables and then picked at my steak and chips
Day 2: Christmas Day
Breakfast: Buckwheat pancakes with peanut butter, blueberries and maple syrup. (If you haven’t tried this combination on your pancakes, you definitely need to!)
Lunch: Meat (Ham, turkey, chicken), baked vegetables, quinoa, vegetables
Dinner: Meat (Ham, prawns), fried rice, salad
Dessert: No dessert- not because I was restricting myself but I actually didn’t feel like any of the desserts so I didn’t have any.
Drinks: Water, soda water with lime, peppermint tea (For those that don’t already know this, I don’t drink alcohol these days. No I’m not pregnant, but I become quite unwell after having a single drink)
Day 3: Boxing Day
Breakfast: Toast and a banana smoothie
Lunch: Meat (ham, turkey, prawns), roast vegetable salad, potato salad
Dinner: Meat (ham, turkey, prawns), roast vegetable salad, potato salad
Dessert: GF DF Chocolate tort and fruit salad with lunch and a piece of DF rocky road for dinner
Snacks: Orange bliss balls, carrot and hummus
Drinks: Water, soda water and lime
But in all honesty, my Christmas meals didn’t always look quite like this. There have been times in my life when I use to go crazy at Christmas. I would eat a bucket load of food at lunch, plus an overflowing bowl of dessert. This would be shortly follow by a Christmas Food Coma, where a nap was a necessity in the afternoon.
Sound familiar? Here are my 3 “don’t” tips to getting back on board with you health post Christmas celebrations:
Don’t feel guilty about the foods you have eaten!! At the end of the day, one meal does not define your health!
Don’t engage in restrictive eating to compensate for Christmas. Restrictive eating leads to overeating and so the cycle will continue. Instead, jump back on board with your nourishing mentality.
Don’t wait until January 1st! Start today! Make a decision today to improve your health. What habit can you focus on today that can improve your health tomorrow, next month, next year and the many years to come!
I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and I wish you and your families all the best for 2020!