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Christmas special  


We all love the festive season, time off work, sleeping in, if we’re lucky enough a holiday, beach and catching up with family and friends! 


But, there is also the darker side to Christmas, getting out of your routine, skipping meals, eating late at night, alcohol (lots and lots of alcohol)  and of course the volume of food we consume around Christmas time.

The crazy thing about Christmas is that we plan to overeat, and we think this is quite normal as that’s how we celebrate. If we don’t indulge, we feel like we’ve missed out.

Remember, Christmas is one day and one day only. Don't undo all the hard work you put in during the year. The occasional splurge is fine, but not when it lasts for two weeks or two months.


To help you through the break, I have come up with a few helpful hints and a few nasty calorie reminders to hopefully minimise the damage that Christmas can do.


  • Don’t skip meals. It doesn’t matter if you wake up late; still eat your breakfast a later lunch and then a light dinner.
  • If you know you are going to eat out for lunch or dinner, try and eat sensibly for the rest of the day.
  • Just because you had something naughty, doesn’t mean that you must blow it for the rest of the day, or week.
  • With all the spare time you will have over the holidays, why not go for extra walks? no excuses!


This Christmas, don’t turn into Santa…

  • Fruit mince slice 150g, 1 slice = 446 calories
  • Shortbread cookie = 40 calories
  • Fruit cake1 small slice = 139 calories
  • Fudge= 117 calories and 20 grams of sugar
  • Brie cheese = 76 calories for 25g
  • Crackers = 128 calories for 25g
  • White dinner roll = 130 calories
  • Pork crackling 100g = 544 calories
  • Bacon- fried 1 rasher 34g = 126 calories
  • Champagne 150ml = 123 calories
  • White wine 150ml = 127 calories
  • Red wine 150ml = 119 calories
  • Beer 375ml = 144 calories
  • Beer low carb 375ml = 106 calories
  • Vodka 30ml = 70 calories
  • Egg nog= 350 to 400 calories per cup and up to 40 grams of sugar
  • Mulled wine= 170 to 230 calories per cup


Recipe of the month:

Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Men

(Makes 30 cookies, depending on the size of your cutter).     



  • 240g butter
  • 80g coconut sugar or unrefined raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 240g plain flour or buckwheat flour for gluten free gingerbread men 
  • 60g good quality dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100g dark chocolate pieces
  • 100g good quality white chocolate for decoration (optional)


  1. Combine butter, coconut sugar, vanilla and sea salt into the mixing bowl, beat on medium speed for 5-8 minutes until light and creamy.
  2. Combine plain or buckwheat flour, dark chocolate pieces, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients to the creamed butter and mix through lightly until combined.
  4. Scrape the dough onto a piece of baking paper and flatten slightly. Wrap up the dough with another piece of baking paper and place into the fridge to rest for at least four hours.
  5. Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F) fan-forced.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll between two sheets of baking paper until the dough is ½ cm thick. Cut the cookies into your desired shapes and place them onto a lined baking tray.
  7. Bake for 20–30 minutes or until cookies are cooked through. Remove cookies from the oven and cool completely. Decorate the cookies with melted white chocolate, if you desire, or serve on their own. Enjoy! 


Quote of the month: 

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it!




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Till next year...Evie

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