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Friday 23 December 2022

Some Low Carb Christmas and New Year Tips !

Food and drink play an important part in Christmas and New Year traditions, which can sometimes encourage people to stray from their diet (lifestyle) plan during the festive period.

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us. Tinsel, baubles, and fake snow are out in full force as Christmas and the festive period is well underway.

For many of us, gaining a few lbs during the holidays and then making a New Year’s resolution diet is a yearly event. However, it doesn’t have to be that way this year and you can still enjoy all the festive food and treats with low-carb living. So, how do you cope with all the goodies that the festive period brings, yet still maintain a balanced lifestyle?

Find Alternative Recipes
With every holiday season comes the tasty treats that go with it – whether it’s Christmas, Easter, or the spooks of Halloween. You don’t have to swap out those indulgences completely, because using alternative recipes means you’ll never have to feel left out of the holiday feasts.

Typical Christmas Feast
Luckily, the traditional Christmas dinner is very low-carb-friendly. So don’t be shy in piling that turkey up on your plate. Get those vegetables stacked high (watch for any falling Brussels sprouts), and tuck in to the meal you’ve been waiting for all year. To stay on the low-carb living track, try swapping out the potatoes for delicious roast turnips instead, and the naughty-listed stuffing for cauliflower stuffing.

Pre-Work-Party Snack
Not only is this time of year filled with delicious treats, but it’s also the time to go out with your fellow colleagues and your work office. Whether you’re going for a sit-down meal or a buffet, a top tip is to have a pre-party snack. This way you won’t be tempted to overindulge in high-carb hors-d’oeuvres or meals with starchy sides such as potatoes or rice.

Usually, work Christmas buffets are full of antipasto foods to choose from, which are always tasty and won’t ruin your low-carb efforts. If you’re choosing set meals, then try to opt for protein-rich options such as steak, salmon, or chicken. Now, we know it’s hard when it comes to the dessert part of the night. But, guess what? That cheese and olive platter is calling your name, plus it’s low-carb – what a Christmas winner!

Christmas and New Year Tipple
We all like to celebrate the festive period with a toast and clinking of glasses. Trying to avoid alcohol or keep it to a minimum can be tricky. If you like the odd tipple during the holidays then try using mixers such as diet tonic water or a splash of sugar-free cordial.
Sticking to red or white wine, and spirits such as gin and vodka, will let you celebrate the holiday season along with maintaining your healthy balance. Remember: stay hydrated and have a glass of water for each alcoholic beverage you drink.

Throw Some Shapes
Once you’ve finished eating, take a step away from the food table and take a step towards the dance floor. Time to let loose and throw out some dance moves – not only will you be letting your hair down, but you’ll also be losing some calories along the way.
Words above (and more) from an article on site here

Some lower carb recipe ideas:

Roast Turkey:
cooked to perfection, see more details here

Stuffing - it's Low Carb and Gluten Free
see more details here

Brussels Sprouts
see more here

The Best Low Carb Christmas Pudding Ever …. well probably !
please see details here

Mince Pies
The Low Carb Way, more details here

Fruit Cake
A Low Carb Alternative - learn more using this link here

Alternative Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving / Christmas recipes
have a look here but please note not all shown in the link are low carb

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you for your great Blog Jan and Eddie.

With best wishes. God bless you and your family this Christmas and always.

Hootin Anni said...

Have a Merry Christmas you two!
Yes, I'm one to kinda throw caution to the wind on the feasting. But, in that respect, I eat everything & anything. Just know when to quit.

Catarina said...

Great tips!!
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Jan.

Hilly Nicolay said...

I think I'll put on a few pounds...?
I do have some extra tasty things.
Lots of walking in that case.

Merry Christmas!

Sandi said...

Glorious photos!

Thanks for the tips.

linda said...

Great tips, I love the sound of that Christmas pudding.

Elephant's Child said...

I hope you and Eddie (and all of your family) have a wonderful Christmas. I know it will be a delicious one.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Great blog. I enjoy reading all the posts.
Sorry for commenting sporadically.
Merry Christmas:)

Valerie-Jael said...

Thanka for the good advice you give us all the year! Happy Christmas, Valerie

Jo said...

Some good tips. I think we all like to indulge a little when it comes to Christmas.

Elkes Lebensglück said...

Thank you for these great tips for Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas!
Greetings Elke

Tom said...

...too often, Christmas isn't a low carb day.

Sue said...

Great words of advice, now where's the chocolate lol. Have a very merry Christmas Jan & Eddie and a wonderful 2023, Sue xx

Luiz Gomes said...

Feliz Natal e um ótimo Ano Novo com muita paz e saúde meus amigos queridos.

happyone said...

Good advice.
Merry Christmas to you and your family and a happy and healthy New Year.

Lowcarb team member said...

L said...
Yes, I agree with Victor, thankyou so much for all you do,,,,,Happy Christmas to you and your family! ❤️

Hello Laurie,
Lovely to read your comment both here and on previous posts.
Sending lots of good wishes to you and your family.
Have a Happy Christmas.
My very good wishes.

All the best Jan

Teresa said...

Siempre interesante y buenos consejos. Felices fiestas.

Lorrie said...

Good tips for moderation during the festive season. Happy Christmas to you and yours, Jan, with very best wishes for a Happy New Year.

William Kendall said...

Good suggestions.

Conniecrafter said...

We have had a lot of friends sick this year so we haven't been able to get together like we normally would, but I guess that has kept us from getting sick and also not having all those things that put the weight on, good can always come with bad.

Divers and Sundry said...

Our power keeps going off, but at least so far it hasn't stayed off for longer than 8 hours at a stretch. We may be having peanut better for Christmas lol

Martha said...

Good suggestions! Merry Christmas.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Beautiful tree.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I always think that at festive times we don't heap more food on our plates, it's the snacks that contribute to the excess. This becomes especially true when everyone has a new dish you "simply have to try." How do you visit someone's house and refuse to eat what they have made for you?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Happy belated holidays. I hate most fruitcake, but your recipe sounds like something I would LOVE!

Jeanie said...

These are wonderful tips. Thanks for the links to the recipes!