We’ve survived the first part of the holidays! Now, as we approach New Year’s Eve and all the festivities that go along with it, I began to think about all the drinking that happens during this time of year (if it hasn’t already happened yet over the holidays, of course). So I just want to give you a few tips to help drink smarter and for you to make the best choices when it comes to drinking, and for being in control of how you’re going to feel the next day.
Healthy tips for drinking alcohol:
- Some people have asked me which alcohols are the worst and best for weight loss. When it comes to liquor, you want to avoid the drinks with the added sugars – like those syrupy pre-mixes. But, alcohol percentage is also important as well. The alcohol with the highest percentage will have the most amounts of calories, so I would suggest you go for something that is lower in alcohol, such as those low-carb and low-calorie beers that have a lower alcohol percentage.
- It’s a good idea to drink non-alcoholic drinks between your alcoholic drinks. My number one suggestion is that you pour a big glass of water before topping up your wine glass. Or, you could also make a nice drink of soda water with fresh mint and lemon to enjoy between alcoholic drinks, or you could make a drink of soda water, lemon and bitters. You could also buy a few bottles of kombucha to have on hand as these are a great alternative to alcohol. Try to sip on something non-alcoholic in between your alcoholic beverages (and try to make it healthy… drinking pop doesn’t do your body much good either). Your waist-line, your organs, and your head the next morning will thank you!
- Opting out of drinking alcohol but you still want something yummy to sip on throughout the night? You could make a healthy “ice slushy” drink by blending watermelon, frozen strawberry, lime juice, and mint!
- If you decide you do want to drink some hard liquor, I think the best drink you could have is maybe soda water, lemon or lime wedge, and a spirit because you can control how much of the vodka you add into it. For example, you could do half a shot instead of a full shot.
- Lastly, it’s important to remember that when you drink alcohol, your body sees alcohol as sugar, so your blood sugar levels and insulin will rise. This can then lead to sugar and snack cravings. To help keep your blood sugar levels balanced, I recommend you have a really good meal before you drink. Make sure it contains quantity protein, healthy fats, veggies, and unprocessed carbs. For example, this could be a big chicken salad with avocado and sweet potato (yum!)
How to avoid getting a hangover, and how to cope with one if you do:
I think we can all agree the worst part about drinking is the hangover the next day, and with that hangover comes bad food choices, laziness, etc. Here are a few tips for you to avoid getting a hangover:
- Before you go to bed, drink A LOT of water. Most hangover symptoms are usually just dehydration.
- Start your day off with
lemon wateras this will hydrate you and also help to kick startyour liver into detoxmode.
- Get up in the morning –
no matterhow hungover you are – and exercise. It doesn’t need to be anything crazy, just go for walk and get some fresh air. You will honestly feel so muchbetter!
- Make sure you
replenish yourelectrolytes (potassium & magnesium) because alcohol is a diuretic and you end up peeing most of yourelectrolytes out. I recommend trying to have a banana with a handful ofnuts before you go to sleep so that you replace those electrolytes. Coconut water is also great as it naturally contains electrolytes so will reallyhelp to hydrate you. (Note: just make sure you get 100% coconut water when buying from the store). Drink itbefore you sleep and also when you wake up.
- Add antioxidants to
your breakfastbecause alcohol causes a lot of inflammation. A good way to start your morning if you have a bit of a hangover is to make a smoothie with banana, spinach, almonds, coconut water for electrolytes, a handful of berries that will act as anti-inflammatory, and maybe also add a little bit of turmeric as this will also act as an anti-inflammatory and help the liver with detoxification.
- If your stomach feels a bit sick the next day I would avoid
high fatfoods. It is commonly thought thatyou should cook up a big fatty breakfast when you’re hung over, but I think you should definitely keep your meal lighter so that it is easy to digest– especially if your stomach is feeling off.
Regardless of what you choose to do for your New Year’s (or during your get-togethers all year round), remember to treat your body kindly based on what you ingest. Your body (and lack of pounding head) will thank you in the morning!
Finally, Happy New Year!
We wish you a wonderful 2019 filled with love, laughter and lots of blessings!
And if you’d like to start your new year off in a healthy way, you should join us on Tuesday, January 1st from 1 pm – 2 pm for a “Set Your 2019 Intention” class!
We will be doing some gentle yoga, learning about Holistic Nutrition (specific to detox and digestion) and setting our intentions for the New Year. It’s a pay-what-you-can class, and there is no registration necessary!
Here’s to a great year ahead!