This guest article is by our nutrition expert Sam Waterhouse.
Season of mixed blessings
Here are some tips to survive the festive season:
Know your limit and stick to it!
This actually gets harder the more you drink, so setting a ‘drink budget’ before you start drinking can be helpful. There are also some pretty cool apps now so just add your drinks to the diary each time and then you are aware of how much you are drinking.
Spacing your drinks
Have a non-alcoholic drink every other round – therefore cutting your consumption by half! Try sparkling mineral water with freshly squeezed lime as a refreshing spacer.
Add a mixer to lengthen the drink
This may help you cut down the amount you drink over a period of time. Try Champagne with fresh peach or orange juice topped with sparkling water or a white wine spritzer.
Eat before alcohol
Have a healthy well-balanced meal before or during the event. Canapé parties can be particularly lethal here. Ensure you have adequate ‘good fats’, quality protein and complex carbohydrate that can slow the absorption of alcohol and protects you from ‘going over’ too quickly. See some recipes here.
If this thought had never crossed your mind you might be in for a pleasant surprise! It is possible to have just as much fun without drinking alcohol and you may feel a sense of achievement that could surprise you. If you are worried about what people will say, just state you are driving or on antibiotics and you won’t be bothered again.
If you have overindulged try to repair the damage immediately…and I don’t mean the hair of the dog. You may be tempted to reach for starchy, high carbohydrate foods but try to resist. Instead, try a super-green minestrone soup or a healthy fry up.