Christmas is fast approaching and you might be wondering how you are going to manage to stick to your Banting lifestyle on a day that is typically filled with plenty of wine, starchy dishes and sugary desserts.
Luckily the Banting movement have developed tricks and tips that allow you to enjoy a delicious and decadent Christmas without falling off the wagon
Buy Grass-fed meat. Meat from a variety of sources is a huge part of the Banting way. It provides healthy fats and protein that are the building blocks for a healthy body and they stabilise blood sugar. Conventionally raised meat is full of antibiotic and hormone residues and the animals are grain-fed which disrupts the fat composition of their body (making it much higher in omega 6). Grass-fed meat will reduce your exposure to unhealthy drug residues and it is also much higher in anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids.
Cook cauliflower. Cauliflower has become a Banting staple because of how easy it is to cook with and transform. You no longer have to avoid wraps, “potato” salad, rice and pizza bases thanks to cauliflower! Learning how to cook with this versatile vegetable will ensure that you never have to feel deprived of your favourite carbs again!
Stock up on Banting baking supplies. We wrote about low carb high fat baking earlier this year and people were amazed to realise that you can still bake delicious treats and desserts while Banting! Stock up on almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil and Banting sweeteners so that you can make Banting brownies, cheesecake and chocolate mousse. You can use nuts to make tasty blueberry nut bombs that the whole family will love this Christmas.
Go easy on the alcohol. Wine, beer and spirits are high in sugar and hard on the liver. While it is great to indulge once in a while, you don’t want to be left feeling ill, bloated and remorseful this Christmas by overdoing it with alcohol. Try to experiment with making flavoured water by adding cut up fruit to a jug of purified water and placing it on the Christmas table for everyone to try. You can drink herbal teas, pure water and fresh vegetable juice. If you are going to drink, make sure you stick to organic wine and beer.