How To Survive The Aftermath Of Christmas On A Diet

Being on a diet around Christmas is one of the most hardest things to do. You’re surrounded by deliciously unhealthy food, you’re gifted SO much chocolate and don’t get me started on the alcohol… If you’ve read my previous post you would have noticed I’m trying to lose weight. I knew before Christmas had even started I was going to eat what I want on Christmas day and Boxing day, but that was it. I was going to be back ‘on plan’ every day afterwards. This was the case until I remembered how much chocolate and food is left over after the big day has happened. How the hell do you survive all of that food whilst on a diet?!


We hosted Christmas this year in our new house which meant we had to buy most of the food and drink. I am the WORST for figuring out how much food and drink to buy for a large amount of guests. I always go overboard which, of course, I did this year too! On Christmas day we had my parents, brother and his boyfriend for the day, and boxing day we had my in-laws, my brother-in-law and his girlfriend, and a flying visit from my husbands grandparents. This, to me, is a lot to buy for. For Christmas we had the traditional turkey dinner and lots of snacks throughout the day. I didn’t do too badly here. We’d bought the right amount for the dinner and not too many snacks either. Boxing day is where I failed. I bought SO much food. I didn’t even end up cooking it all!

By the end of Boxing day we were left with 3 plates of food still waiting to be eaten, one big box of food not even cooked yet, half a trifle, half a box of chocolates, a couple of bags of crisps and half a box of mince pies. This sounds like not a lot was eaten, but trust me, a lot was eaten during the day, I just bought way too much food! I’m sitting here, the day after boxing day, trying not to eat any of it. Will I manage the whole day without eating any of it? Probably not. Will I eat lots of it after I’ve weighed in at my Slimming World group at 5:30pm? Yes. Yes I will.

I have a few ideas in my head of how I’m going to survive the rest of this week whilst on a diet with all the food in our house. Whether I’ll stick to them, I do not know. But I’m going to give it a darn good try.

Give Food To Family And Friends

I’m seeing my parents this evening and I’m planning to give them a couple of plates of food. This way the food is at least out of our house and I can’t reach it. This doesn’t work for all the chocolate I was gifted unfortunately.

Eat It All At Once

This is my plan for all the chocolate I was gifted. I’m not going to give away the chocolate I was gifted, so I’m going to eat most of it today. I read somewhere ages ago that scientifically you can only put on 1lb a day. I don’t know how much I believe this, but I want to believe it! Surely if I eat all the chocolate in one day I won’t put on a stone or 2 in a few days, right?!

Make Your Partner Eat It All

This needs a bit of will power, but hopefully my partner will eat most of the left over food at our house. He’s trying to lose weight as well, so I feel bad about doing this, but he seems more up for eating the leftovers more than me. Hopefully he’ll eat most of the food before I get my hands on it!

Bin Food

Like I said, I won’t be getting rid of any chocolate I’ve been gifted, but after a while we might have to bin some of the cooked food we’ve got (due to food going off). I absolutely hate doing this, but the food will soon go bad and they’ll be no point keeping it. I just wish I could gift the food to someone who needs it before it’s too late. I’m unaware of any charities or places where I can gift food soon after cooking it, but if anyone knows of anywhere where I can give cooked food to families who need it, please let me know! Binning food is my last resort, but we might have to soon.

If you’re in the same position as me, on a diet, I feel for you! It’s so hard to eat well over Christmas. Just remember to not feel bad about it. As my Slimming World consultant always says; It’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Year, It’s what you eat between New Year and Christmas that’s important. Give yourself a little time off if you need it. I’m going to try and eat as good as I can this week, but I’m not going to be too hard on myself if I eat a few bad things here and there.

If you have any tips or tricks on how to survive this week whilst on a diet, please send them my way! I’d appreciate all the help I can get!


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  1. Jasmin N
    27/12/2017 / 12:45 pm

    Hahah oh dear, I love your plan for chocolate!
    Don’t take too much stress about it 🙂 everything will go just fine!

    lots of love, Jasmin

  2. Rachael
    01/01/2018 / 8:02 pm

    Can you freeze any of the cooked food so not to waste it?

    • Sarah Pears
      01/01/2018 / 9:40 pm

      I never thought of that actually! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  3. 02/01/2018 / 9:35 pm

    I am the worst at estimating how much food is enough food as well haha! Whenever my boyfriend comes to stay with me, I buy waaaaay too much! However, the freezer is my best friend for food I’ve already cooked – I pop any leftovers I won’t be able to eat promptly in there and then reuse another day because it really helps prevent food waste! Love the plan to eat all the chocs at once though, I’m so on board with that haha!

    Abbey ?

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