It’s that fabulous time of year where you get to celebrate the last 12 months with family, friends, work colleagues at all different types of parties and events – and this usually involves lots of food and alcohol! It’s important to enjoy yourself at these events but these are some tips to keep at the back of your mind to help balance out the festive fun so you can still feel your best to keep going on to the next event.
Water is essential every day of the week, but with this summer heat and throw a cocktail or two into the mix and suddenly you can get quite dehydrated. Getting enough water into your body on a daily basis is key to fueling every single cell and help you to feel your best as it’s necessary for metabolism. Try having a glass of water between drinks to space them out, and don’t forget to keep a bottle of water with you on the trip home (and even next to your bed)! You’ll feel better the next morning as well.
(2) Veg it up
Add plenty of delicious veg side dishes if you’re hosting Christmas lunch or choose lots of veg side dishes to help you fill up on the good stuff, and will definitely stop you feeling sluggish this party season. Veggies are bursting with essential vitamins and minerals as well as fibre keeping your tummy happy too!
(3) Fruit for dessert?
I am the first one to jump onto a dessert. But I also really enjoy some fruit as a dessert, or fruit-based desserts to help break up all that rich chocolate-y goodness. Try serving up a fruit platter after Christmas lunch and in this heat, the refreshing tropical fruits will definitely help you cool off! It’s a beautiful centrepiece for the dessert table as well.
(4) After dinner strolls
Why not go for an after dinner stroll to look at the Christmas lights in your local area? Or enjoy a game of backyard cricket with the family? Being active can be a fun addition to your Christmas traditions! My family favourite is a classic water fight. If you’ve got that food baby happening and can’t even roll off the couch to go for a walk just yet, then maybe make it a morning stroll down to the coffee shop instead.
(5) Don’t stress about it
‘Tis the time of the year to enjoy food and drink with family and friends, and your holiday eating shouldn’t be a source of stress or guilt in what seems to be an already stressful time of the year. Be with your friends and family and eat and drink the good stuff! Remember, you can always eat better tomorrow!
Wishing you all the best over the holiday season!