Monday, 29 December 2014

Surviving Party Season

"I know December is tough when mince pies are in abundance, your social calendar is packed with alcohol-fuelled Christmas parties and the finale promises to be a feast laden with meat, stuffing, potatoes and decadent puddings. However, when it comes to alcohol there are a few simple measures you can take to help you survive the festivities and feel much better afterwards too." says Calgary Avansino. See her advice here.

Make a plan

Decide what you intend to drink, how much you plan to drink (one drink per hour is always a good guide - sipped, not gulped), and what time you plan to go home - and book a minicab to ensure it.

I know it sound easy, but I find it hard to believe that people are that organised at xmas. It's a festive season, so all I can suggest is - TRY NOT TO GET DRUNK EVERY DAY! Make sure to drink a lot of water in between drinks.

Balance Out The Booze

While it might be your routine to have a glass or two of bubbly while you are getting ready to go out, these are quite often forgotten units of alcohol and calories. If you know that you will be going out and having more drinks later on, then use this time before to balance everything out with some goodness. Nibble on some healthy fat and protein, which will stabilise your blood sugar levels and prevent alcohol from being absorbed too quickly into your bloodstream.

Choose Your Poison Wisely

The decisions made when looking at a drinks menu should be similar to those made when reading a food menu. How healthy is it? Can I find a better alternative? Will I stick to just one or am I going to end up wanting more? Of course, all alcoholic drinks are highly calorific, but you can make smart choices. The best advice I could give is to keep your choices simple. Sticking to a glass of wine (red has lower sugar content on average than white), which contains anywhere between 100 and 150 calories, is much better than a mixed drink, which can be loaded with hidden sugars and unwanted calories.

I tend to drink one type of alcohol, but it's hard to have one or two glasses of red. I LOVE wine, so at least I'm drinking a lot of water in between. Hope you guys are better than me;-)
Staying hydrated will really help you drink less alcohol, and if you can, snack throughout the night on the healthiest options available


Post-Party Detoxing


It has been clinically proven that alcohol inhibits sleep, yet when you get home from a fun-fuelled party, often your bed is the first place you want to go. Before letting your head hit the pillow, there are a few important things you need to do to kickstart the detoxification process and help the morning's hangover. The most important thing to remember is that a hangover is caused by dehydration, so now is the time to give your body everything required to prevent this from happening. 

She is right, you better off have a pint of water. Or I love the most coconut water. I will help to restore the minerals you've just washed out with your alcohol:-)

Restore Your Body


Because alcohol has a diuretic effect, you can lose a lot of vitamins and nutrients while drinking it - most importantly, vitamins B and C. It is important to restore your body with these the next day.  (...) While some believe eggs are a good option, others suggest fructose-containing foods like apples, bananas and pears. Another camp believes bland, simple carbohydrates such as rice and toast are the best option.

Well I would start my day from feeling sorry for myslef first:-p, then brekkie and off I go for a walk. Although you feel like staying in bed and munching a fast food, fresh air will clear your head.

Have a lovely day xxxx





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