I'm wishing for a happy, healthier Christmas

Christmas.

I love it.

I love it because of all the traditions that make it so special. Decorations and the tree. Sending and receiving Christmas cards. Buying and getting presents. Seeing the joy and surprise on my kids’ faces when they rip back the wrapping paper. Meeting family and friends, some whom I probably haven’t seen since this time last year. The smell of warm, mince pies. Enjoying that first, sneaky slice of ham on Christmas Eve. Looking forward to a lovely dinner the next day.

But I hate knowing that I’ll be sporting a Santa stomach by the end of it from the sheer volume of food I’ll eat. Not to mention the tin of sweets that will always seem to be within arms’ reach, just beside the TV remote control. As for the kids, it’s just as bad. Selection boxes seem to be a default stocking filler from others for our two boys. And as for chocolate-filled calendars, I think we have enough for the next 5 years.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bah humbug blog. I just wish there was a bit less temptation around and less battles about sweets, even before breakfast! 

I also wish I could be more sensible when it comes to what I eat and drink myself at Christmas. Maybe it’s the once-a-year thing; because we don’t celebrate it every week or month. As an adult, maybe it’s because I know what a let down January is after the excitement of December that entices my ‘eat, drink and be merry’ side and encourages me to buy that slab of fizzy drinks, just because they have a jolly Santa on the label.

Scrooge has a lot to answer for as well, because none of us want to be lumped in with him as being tight-fisted and miserly, especially at Christmas. But even Eberneezer saw the light and grew to be a big fan of Christmas.

It is possible to have a healthy Christmas simply by making tiny changes to the way you’ve always done things. If you can, ask people not to give your children sweets and avoid buying sugary drinks in bulk. If you’re cooking (like I will be), you can do small things like using some honey on top of carrots instead of butter, or having a breadcrumb stuffing instead of a meaty one. Olive oil works on roast potatoes too instead of butter.

If you’re looking for more inspiration for your children, why not check out our 'Christmas Food Fun' Pinboard, which has lots of fun ideas.

For more tips on a healthier Christmas, click here.                     

Hope Christmas is special for you and yours.

Posted: 13/12/2013 17:08:08 by Dermot Moriarty
Filed under: Children, Christmas, Food, Obesity


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Dermot Moriarty
Hi, I’m Dermot Moriarty and I’m the communications manager for safefood. My background is in advertising & public relations and I work on our awareness campaigns, promotional activities and market research. I’m also an occasional blogger. In my spare time, I’m a fan of history books, sport and cooking (though not all at the same time) and am trying to get back into running. I live in Co. Dublin with my wife and two young boys who are growing up way too fast.