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What I’ll be eating on Christmas Day

I know some weight loss experts tell their patients that they mustn’t deviate from their diets even for a day. I think that’s crazy. Below is my honest estimate of what I’ll be eating this year. A leisurely breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs will be a treat. I love nuts (which are full of nutrients) so I’ve allowed myself a generous portion of my favourites, Brazil, almonds and plain cashews. I also love a mince pie but I’m making myself wait for one until the evening. I can’t get the rest of my family to eat Christmas pudding so I’ve allowed for a treat of apple crumble and custard or chocolate sponge and custard. The key to a successful Christmas Day is to work out what your indulgences are going to be beforehand. I’ll not want any supper after such a massive lunch but I will probably pick at the turkey so I’ve allowed for that – and my mince pie!


As you can see, my total for the day is 2,720 kcal. Now my daily calorie requirement is around 2,000 calories (excluding physical activity). But with a brisk afternoon walk of around an hour and half I can use another 500 calories, bringing my total for the day to 2,500. I still have a small excess of around 250 calories – but I’m not going to worry about that on one day of the year. But remember, if I did it on every day of the year, at the end of 2011, I would be carrying 26lbs more fat than I am today!

Breakfast

Smoked salmon (2oz)
Scrambled eggs x 2 with milk
1 slice wholemeal toast and butter

 

Pre-lunch
1 glass champagne
Mixed nuts (50g)

 

Lunch
Roast turkey (100g)
Roast potatoes (100g)
Heaps of carrots/sprouts/red cabbage
Homemade stuffing
Cranberry sauce
1 chipolata
2 (120 ml) glasses red wine

 

Apple crumble or chocolate sponge
Custard  

 

Supper
Leftover turkey pickings
More cranberry sauce
Mince pie

 

TOTAL FOR THE DAY 

Calories*

80
300
100
480

 

90
280
370

 

170
150
75
230
40
75
160
930

350
150
500

 

170
40
230
440


2,720 

* Calorie estimates taken from The Calorie Carb and Fat Bible published by www.weightlossresources.co.uk

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