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The extra days off over Christmas and New Year this year are a great time to celebrate any good things that have happened during the year. It’s a fact that being grateful for everything we do have, rather than focussing on what we don’t have, has a positive effect on our mental state.

It’s also a good time to reflect on anything that didn’t go so great or relationships that aren’t what you’d like them to be. If you’re dragging: anger, resentment, guilt or any other negative feelings with you into the future then this will have a detrimental effect on your future health. Trust me you don’t need these added burdens on your body and soul.

If your fitness and health comes under the “not so great” category for 2016, then it’s probably wise not to make big changes in this week of festivities, unless you’re super keen to get started.

I think overwhelmingly the evidence says that stressing about what you didn’t do, is completely counter productive and therefore worrying about a little over indulgence this Christmas is equally illogical!

That said, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t think twice about what you consume, gluttony is always gluttony no matter what time of year it happens. Snort!

Keep plate and glass sizes to “as normal” as possible, as well as the frequency at which you eat and drink. Over indulging is a nice way of saying “poisoning your liver” so don’t throw common sense away just because it’s Christmas.

Here is our suggestion of how to make your Christmas Turkey as healthy as possible…

Ingredients:

  • 5lb turkey or Chicken
  • Tbsp Coconut oil
  • Handful sage
  • Handful thyme
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 onions

Directions:

  1. Rub turkey with coconut oil inside and out
  2. Cut onions into quarters and add half onions and herbs inside the bird and break up the rest around the outside of the bird.
  3. Rub in salt and pepper
  4. Tip! Add a little water in bottom of dish. This will steam the bird as well as Cook to make it more succulent. It also helps make gravy.
  5. Add preheated oven 180 degrees and cook for 1 1/2 hours
  6. Once cooked transfer to a platter and cover with foil and leave to rest for 10 mins while you make gravy.
  7. To make gravy- with a spoon scrape around the bird dish and mix together all the juices onion and herbs. Add a organic chicken stock cube and a splash of water.
  8. In a separate glass mix together a teaspoon of corn flour or plain flour with a splash of water to make a paste and add to the dish. Gently bring to boil stirring until it becomes thicker.
  9. Carve the bird and serve with gravy.
  10. It’s been calculated that it takes on average 3 months to lose weight put on over Christmas. So most importantly don’t overdo it, and if you do…”Don’t Panic”!

Christmas Recipe

Find out more ways to use your coconut oil here.

I’m going to be adding a week long Free Plan, to my Fitness Ladies website during January which will give a really easy insight into what making the change to a healthy lifestyle would feel (and taste) like.

So be kind to everyone over Christmas, especially yourself, and let’s make 2017’s future regrets never happen.

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If you’d like to get started the right way in January have a look at my new personal journal.

Keep your head high and your squat low

Love C x