With Christmas comes the onslaught of brightly coloured wrappers and decorated boxes adorning chocolates, biscuits and sweets. For some, this represents dietary abandon with the resolution to bring it all round in the New Year. But some of us have had enough of that swing and prefer not to feel like we’re lurching from a sugared-up state that leaves us feeling sluggish, bloated and, well, a bit dirty to somehow suddenly having the willpower to give it all up come Hogmanay. So let’s unpick some of those Christmas habits in order to maybe evolve some healthier ones.
While original yuletide feasts were designed to celebrate coming together as communities to nourish and fuel for the winter months, human’s love of the sweet stuff seems to get a free pass at Christmas. It can even seem conspiratorial when, if you politely decline the third round of mince pies of the day, you can receive sideway glances that make you feel like you’re Scrooge.
Personally, a few years back I reached the limit of feeling like c*&p after each Christmas Day finally arrived – sluggish, head-achy, tetchy and with raging sugar cravings – and longing for when all the so-called ‘Christmas food’ was finally gone. I have a tendency to want to hoover up sugar just to get it out of the way, so this can seem endless with so much around!
Let’s look at why we binge at Christmas…
It is good to remember that Christmas in Britain was historically a time to see in the winter and prepare for the colder months to come. The difference between then and now is the availability of food; when we relied on what the land gave us – what we grew and raised – every calorie was precious, especially those from fat, the best compact source of energy to see you through the winter. Now calories are too abundant and living in centrally heated homes, we have removed the need to produce as much body heat from fat. The motivation of a feast at the height of winter no longer fits with the way we live.
Taken from Charlotte’s eBook, A Calm and Conscious Christmas for a Happy New Year: recipes, nutritional advice, mindful living & self-enquiries for the whole festive period. You can purchase this eBook via Amazon or Charlotte’s website.
The eBook features exercises, movement ideas and includes the following recipes:
- Hot Gingerbread Drink
- Almond Pastry Mini Mince Pies – low sugar and grain free
- Coconut Truffles
- Cashew Nut Gingerbread Ice Cream
- Parsnip and Brazil Nut Loaf
- Salmon Cakes