RULE 2: Choose your treats
I'll just have a handful of chips, a couple of glasses of wine, a little taste of trifle, a small piece of cake, oh I must try your mince tarts, I can't resist a few pieces of brie, steal a few fries off your plate, just one glass of soft drink and a little pudding and brandy custard for dessert.
All in moderation, right? Well sort of... this common phrase needs a slight tweak. Especially at Christmas time. You need to think of all your ‘special treats’ as one group. This includes sweets, chocolate, cakes, fatty meats, pastries, alcohol etc. Enjoy your ‘treats’ sometimes and in small amounts.
What are your very favourite treats? What are the things you just really, really, really enjoy? Don't waste your calories on someone else's favourites. Don't waste your calories on cheap chocolate or wine. Save your calories for the things you really love, save your calories for the really good stuff!
Prioritise your treats. Create a hierarchy. Do you prefer cheese cake or is chocolate your favourite. If there is only chocolate cake today, save your calories for some delicious cheesecake that will be on offer tomorrow.
Get specific. What is your favourite wine or chocolate. Which brand? Which type? Do you prefer Lindt dark chocolate balls or would you rather a piece of Toblerone? What is your favourite wine? Don't settle for less, save your treats for the best!
Eating with awareness is important at Christmas time. Look at a table of desserts and chose your very favourite or if they are not your absolute favourites, wait for tomorrow's selection. Remember desserts, drinks, many snacks and fatty meats all count as treats.
Now that we have chosen our treats, how do we eat less but enjoy those treats more?
Part 3: Eat slowly and enjoy is next week.