A day off for Christmas……..

A day off on Christmas day (But being a bit careful all the same)

This is an honest account of a real person’s food diary on Christmas Day, many of you will chuckle as some of the entries may resonate with you

6.00 a.m.

Kids woke us up so we had

  • 2 mince pies and clotted cream and a glass of sherry (Santa not eaten so rather than waste)                                         

6.20 a.m.

  • Chocolate Tree Decoration  (Fallen off tree onto the floor if the dog had eaten it he would have been ill)

6.30 a.m.

  • Handful of chocolate Brazils (I was passing the dish)

7.30 a.m. Breakfast

  • Large slice of Pork Pie                                                                      
  • 2 slices of cooked ham and pickles                                      
  • 2 glasses of bucks fizz                                                                       

8.30 a.m. 

  • Broken bits off the pork pie as I was clearing it away             

9.00 a.m.

  • Fry’s chocolate cream  (Son gave it to me out of his selection box because he doesn’t like)

9.30 a.m.

  • Half of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange         (Well it is fruit)        

Feel a bit sick, it must be all the excitement.  I won’t eat anything new to make room for my Xmas dinner.

11.00 a.m. 


  • 3 Sherries and 2 glasses of wine   

11.15 a.m.  

  •  2 handful of peanuts  (Felt a bit tipsy, too much booze on an empty stomach)

1.00 p.m.

  • Turkey skin and crispy streaky bacon rashers (Turkey just out of the oven and I couldn’t help myself)

Works beautifully to the 12 Days of Christmas if you want to sing along!

2.00 p.m. Xmas Dinner

  • 5 large roast potatoes                                                                 
  • A good dollop of mashed potatoes                                                                        
  • 5 roast parsnips                                                                                   
  • Lightly fried sprouts and chestnuts                                               
  • Butter glazed carrots                                                                        
  • Cabbage and butter                                                                          
  • Suede mashed with butter                                                              
  • 4 pigs in blankets (sausage in bacon)                                          
  • 3 balls of stuffing      (Aunt Bessie’s pork sausage meat)         
  • Large serving of Turkey                                                                                            
  • Cranberry sauce                                                                                 
  • Gravy                                                                                                      
  • Bread sauce                                                                                                                                             

And for pudding

  • ¼ large luxury Christmas pudding                                               
  • Served with double cream      (1 tblsp)                                        
  • and brandy butter                                                                     
  • 3 glasses wine                                                                             
  • 1 liqueur                                                                                      
  • Coffee with cream                                                                     
  • 3 After dinner mints                                                                  

5.00 p.m.

  • Shared a box of continental chocolates with my husband 

Xmas prezzy so couldn’t not eat                                      

5.30 p.m.

  • Mixed nuts and nibbles                                                                                            

6.30 p.m. Tea

  • Turkey sandwich & mayo                                                                 
  • 2 sausage rolls – only cocktail                                                        
  • 2 Vol-au-vents                                                                                    
  • Piece of quiche                                                                                  
  • 4 sausages on sticks                                                                         
  • Cheese & crackers                                                                            
  • Pate & dips with crudités                                                                
  • 2 mince pies & cream                                                                      
  • Last of the Christmas pudding & cream                                      
  • Small piece of strawberry cheesecake and cream                  

What can I say – it was all there and everybody had some and it is Christmas!

8-12 p.m. Evening

  • 5 black Russians (Tia Maria, vodka and  diet coke)                
  • 2 liqueurs                                                                                       
  • 1 of each flavour Cadbury’s heroes                                           
  • 1 of each flavour Cadbury’s celebration                                     
  • Assorted crisps & nuts                                                                       

Had to try them all to see with I liked the best –no surprise I liked them all



  • A large slice of Christmas Cake (Well it wouldn’t be Xmas without the cake)
  • Oh my god I nearly forgot 2 Satsuma’s (You couldn’t let Christmas pass without eating at least 2 Satsuma’s)

Exercise I walked the dog twice (It’s 25 yards to the park and I stood while the dog ran around for ½ hour and then walked back)

Traditional Christmas leg over – didn’t feel well so I said no.

I think the Satsuma’s were off

This is a genuine account, the moral behind the story is….it was ONE day- this person focused on healthy eating until it was weigh day and the best present was…..1/2lb weight loss!!

One bad day of eating choices will not kill your weight loss!

But it will if you let the one bad day stretch to a week/year/decade!

jackie and sonya

4 thoughts on “A day off for Christmas……..

  1. Totally agree. I will be having lunch out today and a drink and nibbles with a couple of neighbours tomorrow night but then straight back to normal until Christmas day. Probably won’t have a great weigh-in on Thursday mind as only one day of normal in between! I won’t be eating snacks and nibbles on Christmas day itself but will have a nice roast dinner, not over the top as I just can’t eat huge amounts, and some Christmas pudding but I will get over it by January!

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