My Sugar Free Christmas Day!
I know there will be some people out there, who will interpret my sugar free Christmas Day as being silly. Thinking maybe that I’m hard done by, obsessed with eating healthily and not being able to let my hair down when it comes to food and drink. This is simply not true at all as I hope this blog will prove!
Over the last 5 years, I’ve completely dropped my sugar intake, it happened more accidentally than anything else, but as my fructose consumption went down (the most addictive type of sugar) I naturally stopped wanting it. In addition, as my stress levels went down, I didn’t crave sugar so much and as I worked on my mindset, the ‘treat’ need I used to have disappeared. I also increased my essential fat and raw food intake massively which gives me all the nutrients I need and as sugar is one of the biggest nutrient robbers, taking it out has helped my body function so much better.
I don’t want to come across as the food police, but my passion is to help people realize that they are more addicted to the sweet stuff than they realize and that the less you have the less you want. Sugar actually feels very weird in my body now – I can look at people tucking into chocolate brownies and I just don’t bat an eyelid, I had one pudding throughout the entire 2014, which was 2 scoops of ice-cream at a famous French ice-cream shop in France this summer, I didn’t even enjoy it!
I think people believe that a life without sugar and puddings and desserts would be an awful one, but as a former sugar addict, I know it’s not the case, plus if I can cut the sugar out, anyone can!
On Sunday, I held a UK Christmas Day as I’m heading to Oz in a few days time and we had the best day ever! Lots of flavor-some food, some nice wine, even some cheese, but there was no sugar in sight -apart from the naturally occurring 4.8% of lactose sugar found in small amount of dairy I had and the small amount of naturally occurring sugar in some of the vegetables I prepared. There was no added sugar and I was not hard done by, neither were my guests, trust me!
Here’s what I ate:
- 7am black coffee – I like to have just one a day
- 8am Vegetable juice made with spinach, celery, cucumber, carrot, lemon and lime. With a shot of turmeric on the side and some lactobacillus acidophilus capsules from www.purebio.co.uk
- 9am 1 x small piece of rye bread, scraping of full fat organic butter, some full fat hoummas and sliced fennel with olive oil
- 12pm 1/2 x glass of dry white wine as I was making the canapés and snacks
- 1230-2pm Crudites and hoummas, sundried tomato, basil and organic feta sticks and one a glass of white wine
- 2pm Turkey breast, 2 roast potatoes, spring greens, sprouts, small portion of stuffing, a little bread sauce and bisto gravy (I don’t like animal fat in my gravy, not because of caloriess but I just prefer bisto!), half a glass of white wine.
- 315pm A small plate of 4 types of cheeses, but no biscuits / chutney etc and a small glass of red wine
- 6pm Had some other friends over and I had a small glass of red wine and a little nibble of cheese (I only eat cheese on my summer holiday and at Christmas time!)
- 830pm Small bowl of vegetable soup
- 9.30pm Bed after an Epsom salts & lavender bath and I also drank 2 litres of water and also went for a power walk in the morning.
I was not deprived in the slightest, I was completely satisfied, had really nice, tasty food spread out throughout the day, but no bread, heavy carbs or sugar in sight. We all had a lovely day, without the food coma and guilt which many have at Christmas.
The next day, I had the left over crudités for breakfast. Again, some people think I’m weird for eating vegetables for breakfast. And the difference between having veg for breakfast and fruit for breakfast is what exactly?!
The WHO have recently advised that adult sugar consumption should be no more than 5tsp a day now, excluding whole fruit and vegetables. So 5tsp in total per day, from fruit juice, cakes, biscuits, sweet drinks, sugar added to tea / coffee, jam, sauces, sugar added to cereal, chutneys, chocolate being the main culprits.
Weekly eating, let alone Christmas time is now laden with this stuff and let’s not forget that Christmas used to be for treats people couldn’t have all year round – either because people couldn’t afford it or because it was unavailable. But in our modern society, we can have most things, all of the time. I was talking to a client last week who said her Dad went for his first meal out when he was when he was 29! I eat out twice a week typically and I’ve already had 6 Christmas dinners this year, so tucking into a Goose or Turkey doesn’t have the same impact is it would’ve done 50 years ago.
Same for kids, Christmas used to be about receiving chocolate that they just couldn’t have throughout the year, it really was a treat. Yet the modern day treat mentality is having what some children used to have once a year, every week or even every day in some cases now.
Now don’t get me wrong, indulging at Christmas is an individual choice and I personally believe that it’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Year, but what you eat between New Year and Christmas. I certainly eat a little more than I usually do, and perhaps have a little more wine. But I stick to my food principles 90% of the time (so very low to no wheat / dairy / sugar / but lots of raw food, essential fats and veggies) and by not having sugar and fructose, most indulgences have minimal impact on how my body functions, meaning I have no uphill struggle in the New Year and I feel good too .
Now for anyone thinking ‘ But she had wine!”, wine is actually classed as low sugar – approx. ½ tsp of sugar per glass of white wine and ¼ for red. I still had less than 5tsp recommended by WHO on this day which was fairly indulgent booze wise. Obviously I don’t recommend drinking like this all the time, but it was a special occasion where I could let my hair down and I’ve followed it with some booze-free days. The trouble is for most people, Christmas is about food and drink, so for me, I follow my either/or strategy – and it has worked for so many of my clients because you don’t feel hard done by.
For those who want to know more about my passion for helping people reduce their sugar intake, check out some of my sugar blogs from earlier in the year…
If you need help with festive food and drink management, then you might want to try my Festive Food Management Made Easy webinar series or if you really want to make 2015 the year you learn to beat sugar, try my 28 day Sugar HIIT bootcamp which starts on Monday 12th January.
In the mean time, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. I’ve had such a great 2014, but I can’t wait for 2015, where I’m looking forward to inspiring even more people reach their full health and life potential!
Have a great break and remember Christmas doesn’t need to all be about food! Kick back, relax, have fun, do some exercise, get some fresh air, turn your phones off and be with the people you love and create some happy memories!