This might be one of my top five tips for surviving the holiday season. Learning to plan ahead. I know you just want to relax and have a great time, but spending some time planning ahead will save you plenty of time, money and carb flu.
Unsure what I mean? Planning ahead means making sure wherever you go or who ever you visit you will have something to eat or drink. Or perhaps even checking out a new restaurant online to see what you could possibly order.
For most people this seems like hard work but trust me, it will make your outing just so much more relaxed and enjoyable. Admittedly, this is second nature to us, as we need to ensure we always have something available for Little M. Dealing with food allergies and following a low carb lifestyle can be challenging at time.
Let me give you an example of how I plan ahead. Tomorrow we will have our first Christmas lunch with friends – all non low carbers. We are each responsible to bring a meat, salad, dessert and snack platter. So I already know they are making potato and butternut salad – so I will be making a loaded green salad. The meat is easy, as it will be ok for us to enjoy any of the options available. For my snack platter I am only taking low carb snacks – cheese, cucumber, carrots, chicken wings, tomatoes, olives and peppers. So I can see what they bring, but know I will be able to snack with them.
Dessert will be a challenge – I am making waffles – 3 types. Normal wheat waffles, low carb waffles (with almond flour) and special gluten and egg free waffles for Little M. I will take home-made diary free ice cream for us and normal ice cream for the others. I know many will say but this will be extra effort – to be honest, I don’t mind or care as I know we will have a great time and I won’t have to stress out about what we will eat.
So spend a few minutes planning your next outing and I can promise you, it will be worth it.