How can you possibly diet at Christmas? Surely it’s impossible unless you have such an iron-clad willpower that you’re not quite human? Well with Paleo it’s easy peasy pudding and pie – so long as you leave out the pudding and pie of course!
Mind you, I confess I DID have a mince pie the other day. Warmed it up in the microwave, took the lid off, poured some brandy into it, and added thick whipped cream. Yum! Okay so not Paleo – apart from the cream. And the fat in the pastry. But I’ve never been all that keen on pies or pastries so I know I can have the odd one and it won’t knock my diet sideways.
Lovely diet for Christmas
Truth is, Paleo is a lovely diet for Christmas. All that meat! And fish too. All that fat, fruit, cream, cheese. All you have to do is go easy on the chocolate and booze and you’re fine! So long as protein and fat forms the biggest share of food on your plate, you can Paleo your way through Christmas. And if not lose weight, not gain too much – if any!
So yes I’ll have a roast tattie or three with my Christmas dinner (chicken, should you care) and yes I’ll have some pudding (chocolate bombes and yule log). A glass or three of chilled champagne too and yes, it WILL be proper champagne. I won’t say what my favourite is as they hardly need the publicity from the handful of people who read this blog. But let’s just say it’s got a yellow label. And Sainsbury’s (bless ‘em!) sell it in half bottles for a reasonable price. I’m not a big drinker so I can splash out on a bit of the very best sparkling. And I’ve got the Nectar points to pay for it anyway.
I was delighted to see the term “stressmas” being used on Twitter. Not exactly trending – yet? – but it’s definitely a term others recognise. I thought I’d coined it myself years ago when I used to write articles for magazines urging women not to panic at Christmas. I was wasting my time. Which is why I don’t write articles like that anymore so look, go ahead if you want to and panic your Christmas away, panic your life away, get out there with the rest and PANIC! Feel that knot in your stomach churn and churn as you hear constant messages of “ARE YOU SHOPPING YET? WELL, ARE YOU!!!!” And “ARE YOU BUYING ENOUGH, WELL ARE YOU?”
Men and woman at Christmas
Or do as I do and do as little as you can possibly get away with. Men have been doing this for years and it doesn’t seem to do them any harm. Don’t take MY word for it. See this piece here from the fabulous Parenting Solo website on how Christmas means 24 extra jobs for mum – and just FIVE for dad!
Might be why quite a few men get a rather nasty shock when their wives and live-in girlfriends decide in January that they’re tired of being in an unequal relationship when she gets all the work and he gets all the fun so she’s off. But how many wives and girlfriends who decide they’ve had enough in January simply replace the previously unequal relationship with another? Do second and third wives put their feet down in subsequent Christmases or do they just experience another miserable Stressmas – with a different but equally selfish man?
Just say no!
It really doesn’t have to be like this, no, it doesn’t! You don’t have to panic. You can just say no, no, really, trust me, YOU CAN! Your roof won’t fall in – unless it was going to anyway – and your life will go on if you refuse to panic and join the hordes of terrified shoppers out there. What are they so scared of? That just ONE DAY of their life might go wrong? They might forget a present, buy the wrong thing or the supermarket runs out of something considered essential for The Perfect Christmas? Take it from me and all the REAL problems I’ve had this year, and previous years. Not getting Christmas right is not life threatening. Cancer is. So let’s get some perspective. Please!
A merry not Stressmas
So have yourselves a merry LITTLE Christmas! They’re the best. Trust me, they really really are.