Woman & Home (South Africa) - - The Life Edit -

No nib­bling on left­over mince pies or drink­ing al­co­hol be­fore lunch, or you’ll be on an en­ergy roller coaster – not ideal if you’re al­ready over­wrought. In­stead, set your­self up for a suc­cess­ful day with a break­fast of salmon and eggs that con­tains pro­teins to steady your blood sugar. Meal tim­ings de­pend on what you’re go­ing to cook. The book Nigella Christ­mas is bril­liant, as the cook­ing is mapped out hour-by-hour, from Christ­mas Eve.

If some­thing goes wrong, don’t ‘aw­fulise’ things. Christ­mas snags are rarely real hor­rors. As Dr He­len Nightin­gale re­calls, “It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. One year our elec­tric­ity went out and we couldn’t cook, but we had other food in the cup­board, so we adapted.” Good enough is good enough. You’re not a pro chef, so don’t put that pres­sure on your­self. STRESS BUSTER When things get fran­tic, put it all in per­spec­tive. Ask why you’re do­ing this. Is it to make the best Christ­mas lunch in his­tory or to bring loved ones to­gether?

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