This isn’t the first year that we have eaten clean at Christmas but every time a celebration comes around I pause to consider what the consequences will be for us if we dive into the “crack”, as processed foods, particularly those made with sugar and wheat, are called in our house.
A crack-fuelled Christmas would mean routine overeating, the comedown from the crack producing craving, seeking out more and more carbs through cupboard cruising. Feelings of deprivation when the crack is all gone. The only movement would be a stroll round the park to relieve the massive bloating!
A clean Christmas has an abundance of food (literally a whole trolley full of veg from Aldi. The cashier looked a bit surprised!); planning of meals to accommodate all choices as we were 2 veggies, 2 Paleo and 3 standard people round the table; lots of different activities, from the obvious walks to the amazing creation of terrariums and aromatherapy creams plus our own version of Desert Island Discs which was my personal favourite. The table expanded over the holiday to encompass our nearest and dearest who were up for a bit of plant based deliciousness and a Christmas that wasn’t all about the food.
Would I ever want to go back to sticking my head in a tin of Quality Street and only coming up for air once all those sparkly wrappers were screwed up on the floor? No.
Tell us about your Christmas, what worked and what didn’t and how you would like your next celebration to be.