‘Tis the season of overindulging and, let’s face it, when it comes to delicious food I have about as much self control as Charlie Sheen around women.

The beauty of clean eating is that it’s guilt-free. You’re nourishing your body and you feel (and look) amazing for it. But as December rolls around, so does temptation! You’re faced with the reality that your typical steak-and-three-veggie dinner just won’t cut it.

Making healthy choices when you’re out of your usual routine is tough. Especially when you go to a wholefoods store and get charged $22 for the measliest chicken salad you’ve ever seen (NOT. HAPPY. JAN). Next thing you’re seeing 50 SHADES OF HANGER, you’re emotional, breathing fire and blowing steam from your ears, which just burns more energy, making you even hungrier and wanting to eat everything in sight.

Suddenly you’re Missy Elliot, you’ve lost all control. You’ve downed the leftover cake, lollies and entire wheel of Brie in one sitting. This got me thinking: is there a way to eat your own bodyweight without actually storing it?

Okay, so I may not have the answer – if I did I’d be a billionaire, sipping piña coladas in Bora Bora right now.

But my own experience (based on years of overeating) has taught me that no matter whether you’re training for Spartan, working on that summer body or just enjoying getting out and about, overindulging and subsequently relaxing without pants is inevitable.

If Serena Williams can take a taxi to the finish line of her own charity fun run – pause for reaction – we can cut ourselves some slack and reach for that extra chocolate ball.

As long as you eat some form of protein with each and every meal (you’ll stay fuller for longer), eat food made from real ingredients (stay away from things with numbers in the label) and try and do some form of activity each day, any holiday baggage you happen to put on will drop off the minute you step back into your routine.

As promised, below I’ve included a recipe for delicious chocolate balls, thanks to the Organised Housewife. They’re made from real foods, so you won’t feel the guilt (or the constraints of shrinking pants). They’re the perfect treat to bring when you’re told not to bring a thing. Plus, then you’ll definitely have a healthy dessert option.

I added a little vanilla extract because I’m just not sweet enough, but feel free to leave it out. You’re welcome.

Have an amazing holiday break! I hope Santa spoils you all rotten. If you’d like to give the gift of a donation, please head to Alzheimer’s Australia to help make a difference to families all over Oz.

Girl on the Go, Becky

xo

Chocolate Bliss Balls

Ingredients

– 2 cups fresh, soft Medjool dates, pitted
– 1 cup almonds
– 1 cup hazelnuts
– 1/3 cup cacao
– 1 cup desiccated coconut
– 2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Add dates and nuts into a food processor, process on high speed for 20 seconds.
  2. Scrape down sides of bowl and add in the vanilla extract, cacao and coconut, process on full speed for 40-60 seconds or until mixture combines together (this may take a little while, keep blending until it happens).
  3. Roll into bite-sized balls.

Store in the fridge for up to one week.