It’s that time of the year again and most of us will be attending parties, events, special meals and drinks parties long before the actual day of Christmas itself. This makes for a lot of extra eating and drinking alcohol – it is never about one single lunchtime meal, is it? So how do we look after ourselves during this mammoth assault on our moderation?
Drinks parties: firstly try and be the driver – that way you simply cannot drink alcohol and can stay in control of what you eat and drink. But if that is not an option, apply the 1 for 1 rule. For every alcoholic drink you have, take a same-size (or bigger) glass of water. Drink it from a wine glass, it is more party-like! Ask for a water refill every other time; it is easy to remember, quirky (and may even catch on) and will keep you hydrated and slow down your alcohol consumption rate. Hopefully!
Soft drinks: don’t think because it has no alcohol in it that a soft drink will be a healthier option. Soft drinks are full of sugar and enemies to your waistline as well as your appetite. Drinking sugary drinks – and this even includes pure fruit juices as well as the manufactured drinks – will stimulate your appetite because it messes with your blood sugar levels. A glass of sparkling water or plain soda with ice and lemon can look like a vodka and tonic and fool everybody (especially if you act a bit silly, too!).
Eating: if you are facing a big company ‘do’ and it involves lots of courses, substitute a light protein shake or veggie juice for breakfast and lunch on the day and if you can, the day before too. Try to remember that once you start eating sugar, you will want to keep on eating sugar. Nobody craves a salad after a dessert but they often crave more dessert or chocolate mints…
Drinking large amounts of water throughout the Festive Season will help your kidneys cope with the huge workload that rich foods and drinks will bring them. Flush, flush, flush!
Don’t get constipated, try Oxyklenz or Miralax (osmotic laxatives, the safest kind) before bedtime to gently soften your bowel movements and make them easier and more efficient. Again, flush, flush, flush!
If you get it all wrong and end up drinking too much, drink a pint of water before going to bed and some people find a couple of drops of the trace mineral Molybdenum (Bio-Care) to really help – it helps your liver to break down alcohol products and speed up your recovery from a hangover. But remember, you recover even more quickly if you don’t get it in the first place!
Enid Taylor ND BSc(Hons) Psych is a Naturopath and Clinic Founder/Director of the Taymount Clinic.
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