By Linda | December 13, 2011
Tempting treats are everywhere. Chocolate gift boxes sit under the tree, dessert leftovers lurk in the kitchen and holiday cookies beckon us from festive platters. Hostesses greet us with eggnog and wine.
“Oh, have some, its Christmas,” we’re admonished. How do we survive this without looking a bit like Santa with chest pain?
Go for the fat. I know this goes against everything you’ve been told, but a close look at the science confirms this is the best way to survive the holidays (and life) with your arteries clean and waistline lean.
Recently my pant size dropped from a perfectly acceptable size 4 to a loose size 2. Have I been dieting? No. I’ve increased the butter, duck fat, foie and cheese. I also have more energy than ever and rarely get sick.
How do we love both the holiday goodies and our body? Think savory. Go for the cheese plate not the cookie platter. Eat olives and nuts, not fudge. Nosh on popcorn, not candy canes. Re-gift the almond roca and grab a handful of raw almonds. Skip the sweet mulled wine and get a glass of tannin-plush zinfandel.
Try soft herbed goat cheese in endive leaves, not on bread. Roll a slice of lox around some capers and thin slice of sweet onion.
If sugar craving are the problem, start your day savory. Have eggs scrambled with spinach and feta. Have a few slices of bacon instead of jam on toast. Skip the fruit, honey and sugared coffee in the morning and you will diminish sugar cravings later.
I already know the Christmas Eve table this year will be teaming with potatoes, sugared carrots, fruity breads, fudge, gingerbread and pies. I however, will have as much fun as everyone else feasting on the local cheeses, olives, smoked salmon, duck pate, Swedish meatballs, roasted Brussels sprouts and creamy nettle soup. I will toast the holiday with an earthy pinot noir. In the morning I will happily slip into my loose size 2 jeans and celebrate Christmas day with family. What can be more fun than that?