“On Christ­mas Day I don’t stop eat­ing un­til I go to bed”

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Joe WiCks, aka the body Coach, lives in lon­don with his girl­friend rosie Jones and their daugh­ter, in­die, whom they wel­comed in July. grow­ing up, my par­ents used to put out three dif­fer­ent piles of presents, one in each cor­ner of the room, for me and my two brothers. then Mum would use flour to cre­ate foot­prints on the floor, com­ing from the chim­ney. We used to be so ex­cited, wak­ing up on christ­mas Day to see if Fa­ther christ­mas had been.

i re­mem­ber one dis­as­trous Christ­mas though – i was 10 years old and mum

cooked the din­ner. she doesn’t mind me say­ing this, but she’s a ter­ri­ble cook and she left the tur­key in the oven for hours! It was like a dried-up old boot by the time she took it out. to­tally ined­i­ble, so we just had veg­eta­bles in­stead!

the most un­usual tra­di­tion we fol­low in my house is al­low­ing our­selves one present on Christ­mas eve. We choose a small gift each and open it be­fore din­ner. It’s lovely be­cause it gets every­one ex­cited for the next day.

peo­ple al­ways ask how to stay lean at Christ­mas, my ad­vice is don’t –

it’s Christ­mas, have a blowout. I do a mas­sive roast plus loads of pud­dings, such as cho­co­late fon­dant and christ­mas pud­ding. then we’ll move onto the cheese plat­ter and loads of choco­lates. I don’t stop eat­ing un­til I go to bed.

the one thing it wouldn’t be Christ­mas

with­out is loved ones. this year is our first christ­mas with In­die and I can’t wait. every­one has fallen in love with her, so hav­ing all our fam­ily to­gether is go­ing to be ex­tra spe­cial. Joe’s 30 Minute Meals by Joe Wicks (Blue­bird) is out now.

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