CosBeauty Magazine #86

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CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The 2019 Christmas Gift Guide
- City Skin Detox
- Fool Proof Steps for Party Survival
- Diet is a Dirty Word
- Hair Trends from Catwalk Zimmerman
- Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors

Pick your battles

FEATURE

It’s neither fair nor feasible to maintain a strict diet

all the way through the party season. Choose two

or three occasions when you will allow yourself

to indulge and then revert back to healthy eating

for the remainder of the summer. For example,

sticking to a salad and a mineral water at the office

Christmas lunch might do more to damage your

relationship with colleagues than a blow-out would

to your waistline. No one likes a party pooper.

Christmas calorie

catastrophes

The old-fashioned Christmas feast with roast turkey, hot

vegetables and Yorkshire pudding, all smothered with

lashings of bread sauce and rich gravy is a delightful idea

for those dining in the chilly Northern Hemisphere.

However, for those celebrating in the sunshine of an

Australian summer, it just doesn’t make much sense.

Follow the lead of clever Aussie families by abandoning

hot and heavy Christmas lunches in favour of a summery

selection of seafood and salad. In terms of calorie counting,

a light lunch of lobster, prawns and salad doesn’t even

compare with the old-fashioned Christmas fare. Make sure

you have some treats for guests who aren’t worried about

their weight. A cheese board is a great idea, as it can be left

out from the time guests arrive until the end of the day. As

a guide, include a good cheddar, a creamy Brie, a mild blue

vein and perhaps a hunk of something strongly flavoured.

Accompany that with some sliced pear, dried fruits, quince

paste and a selection of crackers.

For dessert, put out platters of seasonal summer fruits

such as strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar, sliced

melon, mango, kiwifruit, pineapple and paw paw and big

bowls of cold grapes in different colours. Set out a couple

of dipping bowls of King Island Creme Fraiche for a bit of

extra indulgence.

If you’re hosting the festivities, get rid of the leftovers

when your guests depart. Often it isn’t Christmas Day that

adds the extra kilos; it’s the week that follows of grazing

endlessly on all the goodies left in the fridge.

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