Christmas Calories

It had to happen – I gained some weight on Christmas day!

My weight has been up and down a bit lately anyway. Before my big race of the year in New Zealand I was down to about 62kg and feeling trim, but whilst on holiday after the race I went a bit mad for two weeks and came back weighing around 72kg. I’d managed to get that back to a healthy 65 kg over the past two months thanks not only to getting back into my training again but also by being fairly good with my diet, counting calories and limiting myself to around an average of 2,500 calories a day.

I decided not to count the calories over Christmas though and to just go with the flow, enjoy myself and eat what I fancied. The trouble is Christmas for us is all about the letter ‘F’  – Festive, Family Fun and most importantly Food! Not just good food, but lots of it, from decadent breakfasts to huge turkey dinners, mince pies, sweets, chocolates and anything that we think looks nice as well. I started off being fairly good on Christmas day with just a single croissant and a couple of cups of coffee for breakfast, but once lunchtime came around the feasting started and then I just couldn’t stop.

I weighed myself first thing on Christmas Eve and I was 66.1kg. I’ve just woken up on Boxing Day and weigh 70.1 kg, that’s an extra 4 kgs in one day! It’s difficult to find out just how many calories the average UK person consumes on Christmas Day as every website has a different figure but it is somewhere in the range of 6,000 – 8,000 calories. Now I know I said I wasn’t going to count calories on Christmas Day, and I didn’t, it’s now Boxing Day so from memory here’s a quick breakdown of what I did eat!

Breakfast:

1 croissant – 196 kcal

2 mugs milky coffee – 60 Kcal

Snack

Honey Roasted peanuts and cashews (c. 50g) – 300Kcal

Lunch

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Dinner

Pate on toast – 230 Kcal

Huge Turkey dinner with all the trimmings – Turkey, Chicken, Duck, stuffing, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, 2x yorkshire puddings, mashed suede with butter, sprouts, sprouts with bacon and Worcestershire sauce, carrots, leeks, red cabbage with cranberries, cauliflower cheese, pigs in blankets, gravy and cranberry sauce. All cooked by Anna and all very delicious. It was quite a large lunch though, I did go back for seconds and it probably came in at around 1300 Kcal in total

2 glasses of Kir Royale Cocktail – Blackcurrant juice, White Wine and Cassis. – 440 Kcal

2 mince pies and clotted cream – 640Kcal

And so it had started. From there on in there weren’t really any set meals, just a constant stream of food, mainly sweets and chocolate but also a brief savoury moment at around dinner time. From memory it was something like this:

Stollen Bites x 6 – 450Kcal

¼ Pack Chocolate Brazils – 430Kcal

20 Matchmakers – 410Kcal

4 Belgian Chocolates – 245Kcal

2 Giant Chocolate buttons – 80Kcal

2 milky coffees – 60Kcal

Dinner

8x Biscuits for cheese – 170Kcal

Cheese – 30g each of Brie, Wensleydale with Cranberries and Shropshire Blue – 325 Kcal

Pringles – 150Kcal

Cumberland Sausage – 120Kcal

Pate – 110Kcal

Olives – 30Kcal

Pickled Onions – 15Kcal

Fruit Chutney – 50Kcal

Cherry Tomatoes – 12Kcal

Mince pie and cream – 320Kcal

Other snacks

1 mug baileys in coffee – 150Kcal

1.5 cans Pear cider – 350Kcal

Honey Roasted Peanuts and Cashews – 300Kcal

Lindor Chocolate – 80Kcal

After Dinner Ice Cream – 60Kcal

Phew, that little lot comes in at just over 7,000 Kcal, smack bang in the middle of the average persons Christmas Day consumption – When I started writing this post I thought I’d be way over that so it wasn’t as bad as I thought.

It’s Boxing day today though and we’ve yet to make a dent on the Christmas food supplies. There are leftovers galore. Loads of cold meats and cheeses, cakes and biscuits that have yet to be touched, boxes of chocolates yet to be opened, crisps, biscuits, dips, fruit and nuts, Christmas pudding, sticky figgy pudding, loads of marzipan, christmas cake and mince pies, sweets, pineapple lumps, marshmallows, epic hot chocolate, beers, wines and spirits – the list goes on, the cupbards are bursting, the fridge is full, there’s a huge chocolate house on the kitchen top and best before dates are approaching fast – the FEAST continues!

 

 

 

5 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    The food in your house sounds amazing. Here’s what I had yesterday, not sure of the calories:

    Breakfast
    Oaty clusters with raisins and nuts
    Peanuts, crisps and pistachios to snack on
    Cham

    Lunch
    Melon starter
    Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, carrots, runner beans, Brussels, roast potatoes and parsnips
    Satsuma with custard for pudding
    White wine

  2. Emily says:

    The food in your house sounds amazing. Here’s what I had yesterday, not sure of the calories:

    Breakfast
    Oaty clusters with raisins and nuts
    Peanuts, crisps and pistachios to snack on
    Champagne

    Lunch
    Melon starter
    Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, carrots, runner beans, Brussels, roast potatoes and parsnips
    Satsuma with custard for pudding
    White wine

    Later
    Trifle with cream
    Gin and tonics
    Nuts and crisps to snack on

    Didn’t go as crazy as normal, but still felt stuffed most of the day! Looking forward to turkey sandwiches and trifle for Boxing Day.

    • Alan says:

      Come Emily you can do better than that – barely enough to keep me going there!

      Although I’m now a little envious of the trifle you have planned for today, I wonder what I can rustle up to compete with that… I’ve already started the day with 2 croissants, two cups of coffee and a couple of stollen bites.

      Time for an hour on the turbo trainer now though so that I feel a little less guilty.

      Al.

  3. Emily says:

    Bear in mind that I’m only 5″1! In the end I had Christmas pudding with cream for breakfast yesterday, followed by a lamb roast with Eve’s pudding and Christmas cake for afters.

    Unfortunately I’m back home now, so will have to make my own roasts if I want one! The stollen bites sound nice.

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