’Tis the Season…
December 4, 2013
Two months ago I sulked. Big time. I got very grumpy and was properly petulant. The reason? My local supermarket had stopped stocking their ready-made coleslaw mix. I love it.
Shredded red cabbage, carrot and onion… all sliced and ready to add to my pitta bread without a hint of mayonnaise or oil in sight. It made my summer sandwiches lovely and crunchy, ticked a good number of my “five a day” boxes and saved me the hassle of having to do battle with a cabbage and a sharp knife (trust me.. all too often it doesn’t end well).
So I sulked. I was very unhappy that the summer season was drawing to a close and many of my sunny-day-favourites were disappearing from the shelves.
But I had forgotten one very important thing. Christmas was just around the corner which, in my world, means only one thing… SATSUMAS! (Sometimes it really doesn’t take very much at all to make me happy…).
I have to confess that I can’t recall when Clementines first appeared in the shops - as a child it seemed that it was just Tangerines in stock (and in the toe of my Christmas stocking every year without fail). Then things changed with Satsuma’s becoming the seasonal favourite (and I have to admit to me they were as tasty as tangerines without the bother of having to hunt out pips). Now, I struggle to find Tangerines even in December whilst Clementine’s appear to be available all year round….. but Satsuma’s are still a “seasonal special”.
It made me think about what other festive fare is available.
At the moment it seems like I can barely get my trolley round the supermarket without bashing into a mince-pie pyramid at the end of every aisle or tins of chocolate covered sweets stacked round every corner… and the mountainous displays of cake-based treats are, quite frankly, astonishing.
I have to admit that whilst I am partial to all of the above, this year I have decided to limit my intake and instead turned my attention to other alternatives. Whilst I was in the fruit section gathering several nets of Satsuma’s (I’ve discovered that they are a great snack at my desk if I feel like I want something sweet), I also realised that delicious sticky dates were also back in stock… and then sitting next to them were the “nets of nuts” which are a real favourite of Lovely Husband. I picked up a couple of nets for him and realised that, at all other times of the year, my default setting is to pick up the pre-packed already-shelled selection of mixed nuts…. yet at this time of year I really enjoy getting them in their natural state and doing battle with the nutcrackers in order to get to the tasty treat within. So why, after the festive season is finished, do I revert back to the pre-shelled pre-packed version? I know my local whole food store stocks mixed-nuts-within-shell all year round so why do I only buy them at Christmas?
The Christmas and New Year season is a time when we do like to tickle our taste buds with something different, but for those of us en route to shedding some pounds and changing our shape it can be a challenging time. We are faced with all manner of goodies which many of us sometimes see as “the baddies” …. the enemy that will throw us off track, but this doesn’t have to be the case.
As Christmas draws closer, and you find yourself writing a shopping list of your festive favourites think about all the possibilities - from delicious dates and festive figs to cheeseboards and chutneys... The fact of the matter is that the odd festive treat here or there will not be a deal-breaker. No one food item is “good” or “bad”… it is the quantity in which we consume it that determines the effect it has on our weight loss journey. Eating a the entire contents of a blue tin of sweets is not recommended but treating yourself to one of your favourite “Big Purple” chocolates is very easy to factor into your daily sensible WLR eating plan.
And that’s the beauty of WLR… the choice is yours. You can consider all the possibilities and stay in control which means that, with a little planning and preparation, it is possible to stay on track and still enjoy some Festive favourites.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have a shopping list to write and a supermarket trolley to steer…
With a Hug