Christmas is all over once again and we are left with the memories and photos. The family came together at my niece, Kirtsy’s home and we had a very happy Christmas lunch together. She put together a very pretty table for us. It was bright and summery despite the rain that had chosen this day to arrive after weeks of sunshine. But it didn’t dampen our spirits and the sun arrived a little later on to finish the day in style.
Even though we have summer at Christmas time in New Zealand, we still have all the traditional hot foods and traditions that our fore-bearers brought here from England – turkey and stuffing, ham on the bone, steamed plum puddings and a Christmas fruit cake. My mother always makes the plum puddings and this year she made three – just in case we were hungry – and one had a surprise glace orange inside.The Christmas tree is a must, of course, and Kirsty and her two beautiful wee daughters had decorated it with delightful decorations and few sweet ones made by the children. I wish I had taken a closer up shot of some of the decorations.
As for being on a low FODMAP diet at Christmas time, I did reasonably well and avoided the obvious trigger foods like the stuffing (which has wheat and onions) and the cake and plum pudding, which are both filled with dried fruit – a serious fructose overload. The only mistake I made was to drink some fruit juice even though it was well watered down with soda water. I was thirsty and drank too much before I realised what I had done. But I only had mild symptoms, fortunately.
The only dessert I ate a little of was the beautiful chocolate log in the top photo. And it was delicious. For the main course I ate the turkey, the ham and the two salads I had prepared myself, because I knew they were low FODMAP. None of that was a problem and I wasn’t hungry afterwards. So, Christmas is very possible on a low FODMAP diet.
It is always about making the right choices. I have never had a situation where I have ended up hungry. But it is always important to be clear about what is in food. The only times I have suffered have been when I have been distracted or when I was misinformed about what was in food – reading those labels is so important.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and didn’t overindulge. The New Year is approaching in great leaps. How many of you have a dozen things on your New Year’s resolution list? Perhaps if we do that, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Truly, how many of us can make a number of changes at once? One at a time is quite doable so let’s make one New Year’s resolution this time. That way we are more likely to keep it.
And here is one last photo of us all at the table. There are 16 of us and 4 generations. Nothing can beat a family get-together.