Making it through the holiday season without a little indulgence is practically impossible. It’s easy to start the new year with a long list of resolutions to address the damage you’ve done in the past two months, but it’s also just as easy to enjoy the holidays without overdoing it. Keep reading to find out how it’s done!
The best way to survive a holiday party is to know what you are walking into. How many times do you check ingredients and menus before a work lunch? Being similarly prepared for your holiday parties allows you to make decisions ahead of time and stick to your guns. Be a detective: Will there be a full meal or passed appetizers only? Will there be beer and wine or a full bar? Is it a potluck? If so, you’re in luck! Bring a guilt-free plate.
Make a pact with yourself that you will work out the day of the event and the day after. A little hangover can throw you off your game and get you out of your healthy routine. The perfect time to work out would be two to three hours before the event, followed by a protein-based snack, then hair and makeup. If you don’t have time to work out right before the event, no sweat; try before work or midday. It is all about staying active and making room in your muscles to suck up the extra holiday glucose.
The easiest way to hydrate and take a deep breath is to make your first drink alcohol-free. Grab a soda water with lemon or flat water, this technique allows you to work through the first few party jitters without sucking down a cocktail too quickly. It is also nice to survey the party and recommit to your game plan; you might even decide that you don’t want to waste a boozy night at this party. Starting with water is also sometimes easier than trying to put the wine down. Find what works for you; a water intermission or double-fisting (water and cocktail) are both great strategies as well.
At beWELL, we encourage our clients to make a choice between alcohol and dessert. Many clients are also surprised when we suggest a small piece of dark chocolate over a fruit plate. Partygoers who choose fruit allow themselves a pretty large portion when one bite of chocolate would hit the spot without the added fructose. Unfortunately, 100 percent of fructose is metabolized in the liver, and with alcohol and fructose both filtering primarily to the liver, we are taxing the body with a heavy post-party detox.