Christmas Eating: Jolly not Clueless

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It’s time to update a blog I did a few years ago on Christmas eating because we have a whole set of new rules, here are 5 to consider.

1. Why bother to pick on the poor eggnog when every day of the year you drink a Mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. The eggnog has 312 calories in a 355 ml (12 oz.) serving, versus 390 in your specialty coffee and you only drink the eggnog once a year!
2. Festive Salads; Stop trying to eat healthier at Christmas, that’s how you get into trouble. Sure Kale is one of the ingredients but by the time you’ve added the cheeses, the nuts and seeds, the croutons or fried crispy things and the creamy mayo-based dressing you would have been so much better off with the roasted turkey breast, gravy, Brussels sprouts and a potato.
3. Shortbread or Gingerbread? Trust me go gingerbread.
4. If you close your eyes tightly enough and just worry about food you should be able to block out the fact that most of your calories and fat are coming from alcoholic beverages. But, if you are thinking of facing reality, alternate each alcoholic drink with a tall glass of sparkling water with fruit of your choice: lime slices, orange twists, lemon wedges, sprigs of mint or whole fresh cranberries. Remember, Vodka is clear, but not clear of calories. Irish Cream, the clue is in the name. Champagne, those calories won’t just bubble away …..
5. Is Canadian fruitcake really an issue for you? I’m working on the assumption that you are planning on re-gifting it anyway. If it’s Caribbean rum fruit cake, made with dried fruit that has been soaked in rum (screech) for one year, then see my note above and know this is the one alcoholic beverage you will actually chew.

Finally, remember that for those of us who have always struggled with our weight the goal is to be the same weight December 1st, 2015 and January 1st, 2016, there really is no point setting any other goal this time of the year.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Dressing   Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men Recipe - Spicy gingerbread men.  This is the only recipe we have ever used.  Melt - In - Your - Mouth Shortbread Recipe and Video - This quick and easy shortbread will literally melt when you take a bite. Great for Christmas parties with a little bit of decorating.

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Welcome to my website. My name is Maisie Vanriel and I am a Registered Dietitian. I am a graduate of The University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutritional Science and a Diploma in Food Safety from the Guelph Food Technology Centre. I realized a few years ago that some of the best times I have had in my career as a Dietitian have been those times when I was writing. For many years I was part of the Editorial Advisory Board of Diabetes Dialogue Magazine (The Canadian Diabetes Association) which afforded me the opportunity to write articles and editorials on diabetes. I contributed to the first Ontario Healthy Eating Manual and recently reviewed the lesson plans in the updated version launched this March 2012. In May of 2011, I won the Toronto Star’s MoneyVille section Next Blogger’s contest beating out 265 other contestants for the chance to write on nutrition and sensible shopping. My winning Blog was entitled: 5 things your grocery store won’t tell you. Writing is one of my favourite ways of communicating and like cooking it relaxes me; so in some ways your allowing me to communicate with you will contribute to my health and I hope in return I can contribute to your health and wellbeing. The inspiration for this website is my grandmother who lived 97 years and enjoyed excellent health for almost all of those 97 years. She believed in healing power of herbs, a plant-based diet and in paying attention to the type of fuel (food) that she put in her body. So my postings will be less about the constant stream of research and studies around what and how to eat and more about reminding us that we have always known how to eat. We just need to get back in tune with our bodies and focus on providing it with the best possible fuel, quality foods.

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