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Thursday 7 December 2023

Some Helpful 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

Christmas Chocolate Log With Blueberries
A low carb recipe, 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


Tom said...

...this is a tough season!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Though holidays can be a challenge for those of us that eat low carb, you have given many good ideas. Thank you for all of the inspiration!

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por los consejos y las recetas. Te mando un beso.

Linda said...

I could eat turkey every day. After Thanksgiving I ate turkey for all three meals one day.

Christine said...

Yummy list!

Elephant's Child said...

Thanks for the tips.

Lorrie said...

Moderation is important, especially during the Christmas season! Good tips!

Anonymous said...

Some timely, welcome advice.

Margaret D said...

Interesting Jan.

eileeninmd said...

Thank you for the tips!
Take care, have a great day!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful article full of good advice. Best wishes.

God bless, Jan.

Jeanie said...

These are all really good tips, Jan. It's something I really need to pay attention to so I don't undo all my good work so far!

Snowbird said...

Great advice! Loving the sprout Christmas tree. I must try the vegan chicken hotpot and lentil loaf!xxx

Bill said...

Excellent tips.

baili said...

I am feeling the excitement of the season 🤗

CJ Kennedy said...

Some very nice substitutes

Giorgio said...

As you mentioned, Christmas dinner is very low-carb. But the main problem is Christmas cakes :-)

Great post, Jan!

peppylady (Dora) said...

I have never made a Christmas log.
Coffee is on.

happyone said...

Some good tips for us. Thanks.

Conniecrafter said...

I have already been bad, hoping I can get back on track and not overdo things.

Maria Rodrigues said...

Fantastic tips.
Many thanks

Carla from The River said...

We do the Pre Work Party snack... yes, one can arrive hungry and eat/drink way too much.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Jan :=)

Thank you for the tips, but I can't resist the traditional deserts, and champagne, but will try to be good .:)

Teresa said...

Por estas fechas siempre se come demasiado. Besos.