By Kristina Maxwell
‘Tis the season for numerous holiday parties. Typically, holiday parties involve too much booze, overeating and staying out later than usual.
If that sounds like your impending party plans, you now have all the ingredients for some post-holidays illness. While the holidays are a great time to spend with loved ones and treat yourself a bit, it’s important to still be good to your body so that you don’t spend the early part of the new year sick in bed.
Here are some easy ways to stay on track at your holiday parties:
• Pace yourself — Think of your holiday party as a marathon, not a sprint. You’re likely to feel full before you’re painfully full if you nibble as you socialise versus sitting over a large plate. The same goes for alcohol. Sipping a drink will allow you to feel your limit coming much easier than throwing one back.
• Eat before drinking — Most of us know that we should never drink on an empty stomach and we often snack as we drink. However, prepping for a night of drinking should start earlier than at the event. Start with a hearty breakfast. Alcohol is primarily absorbed in the small intestine so make sure to eat lots of complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat pancakes and/or oatmeal. Also don’t skip the protein. Protein and fats take longer to digest so their anti-intoxicating magic will stay with you longer.
• Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate — Alcohol is a diuretic so it causes you to urinate more. This can lead to dehydration, which is the reason that hangovers usually come with a headache. Try to drink one glass of pure water for every alcoholic beverage you consume.
• Be rested — Getting a good night’s sleep or taking a nap before a holiday party will help you twofold. Firstly, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself and stay out later if you’re not exhausted and secondly, you’ll get less intoxicated as well. In addition to being a diuretic, alcohol is also a depressant. Consuming alcohol when tired only serves to manifest the worst effects of alcohol.
• Supplement — Exhaustion and increased drinking usually result in a depletion of B vitamins. Since it’s always best to get vitamins from natural means, you can increase your B vitamin intake by eating lots of leafy greens, fruits, whole grains and legumes. You could also take vitamin C to boost the immune system.
To find out more about how to achieve your rehabilitation/wellness goals, contact a healthcare professional at Align Wellness Studio.
Kristina Maxwell is a doctor of physiotherapy at Align, a wellness studio with an integrated approach to physical rehabilitative treatments and preventative care.
This article originally appeared in the December 2019 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline “Surviving the party season.”