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What’s your Christmas Tradition?

December 2019

I feel like every family has a Christmas tradition. In our family, it is the Christmas pudding my mum makes every year. The pudding recipe is from my great grandmother and I’ve watched my mum make it for so many years, I hope one day it’s passed onto me. It involves soaking fruit in brandy and boiling and drying/fermenting for about month. It’s a process, but it just does not feel like Christmas if it’s not the centre piece of the table.

Does your family have a Christmas tradition?

What does your family make or do at this time of year that fills your heart with love? It can be anything. It doesn’t have to be food related.

What I love about traditions like the one my family has (especially since it is food related), everyone forgets all the restrictions they place on themselves. Everyone enjoys ALL the food at this time of the year. Honestly, Christmas is like one big eating marathon and I love it. So should you.

What to do if your belly is full like Santa

So here are my tips to help you if you’ve been jolly and enjoyed yourself.

  1. Go for a little walk. I find on the day if I’m at bursting point (and it does happen!), going for a little walk around the block can really help. A slow paced meander. Or just walk around the house, doing some happy laps. Let gravity help you! Because let’s be honest, I want to create space for the pudding.
  2. Ease up on the alcohol. I know, I know. It’s celebration season. But the body uses alcohol as fuel/energy before anything else. So help digestion a little bit by just backing off the drinks.
  3. Peppermint or Lemon and Ginger tea can help settle your stomach. Try a digestive tea after a main meal if you know you tend to feel a little sluggish.
  4. Remember the word no. It’s OK to say no to the snack table. Now if I’m being honest, the snack table is my favourite place to sit around and catch up with family. But we also mindlessly eat too. So if you don’t want to fill up on snacks and miss out on the enjoying all the mains, step away from the snack table.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas, maybe this has inspired you to start a family tradition of your own. Or maybe you just look forward to the one you’ve already got. If you need me, I’ll be taking a little break, returning January 6, 2020, until then I’ll be face deep in pudding!

Until next time…x

Written by Jessica Worth, Nutritionist, Sydney, Northern Beaches, Mona Vale

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