January: you can afford a little luxury!

As the fervour of last week’s New Year’s resolutions start to wane and the sight of yet more fruit, 2 litres of water a day and camomile tea poultices lose their appeal after five days of purging we are recommending a change in diet...not a diet as such. That’s what the experts say you have to do after all.

Yes you have to eat more healthy things – fruit, veg and grilled fish and cut out the sweeties, the burgers and pints of beer – but we reckon that if you stick to a sensible diet during the week you deserve one day off at the weekend when you can enjoy yourself with a few treats but not over do it.

For example, if you eat half as much carbohydrates as you would normally tuck into and if you have a sweet tooth think about poaching fruit (see the simple recipe below) you will notice a difference by the end of the month.

When it comes to drinking the least calorific wines you can enjoy are Champagne (...oh, dear!) and dry Sherry (the hottest drink around at the moment). If your budget does stretch to the fizz or Sherry is a step too far, look for wines with a lower alcohol level – a fruity German Riesling like our RK Riesling 2008 from the Mosel (usually around 9-11%) or a light Italian white, we like Folonari Pinot Grigio on which is on offer at the moment at £3.99. Lower alcohol means less carbohydrates and sugars therefore less calories.

Also you can use the same principle with wine as with the potatoes and pasta – enjoy half as much. That way you still get to enjoy but you feel like you’re being virtuous as well. As Christopher always says, “Drink less but better.”

What are your recipe tips for losing weight in January - share your recipes with us here?


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