How to Survive the Inevitable Christmas Binge December 15 2014
Tis’ the season to drink and eat lots… And lots… And then some more. And then hate yourself for it after. We all have a sort of hate/love relationship with the holidays, all the cheer and festivities- so much fun, so many calories. Between the abundance of sugary cocktails and hors d’ouvres at cocktail parties, to the big ol’ turkey dinner itself, even those of us with supernatural willpower are bound to slip a little. Well we think that’s OK! It’s all about balance, which includes allowing ourselves to indulge at certain times of the year, while being super diligent at others. That being said, there are a few party tricks we’d like to share to help you stay SOMEWHAT balanced over the next couple of weeks.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Seems simple, but don’t underestimate the power of lots of H2O to counteract bloating from all that salt you’ll inevitably consuming, and those under eye bags from lack of sleep and too much sauce (nope, not the gravy kind…)
The Rinse Cycle:
This sort of ties in to trick #1, but following each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water will help with your hangover as well as your level of intoxication (no one wants to be the girl who sat on the bosses lap and slobbered all over his tie at the Christmas party.)
Squeeze in some exercise every day:
We know- with the back to back events and hangovers to boot, hitting the gym may seem next to impossible. But even if you can squeeze in a daily power walk with a family member or friend, it will make a difference. Get some fresh air and exercise and keep your metabolism going. Bonus- a great way to get a quality hour in with someone special during all the madness!
Don’t skip meals:
A lot of people operate under the mentality that since they will be snacking at parties, they should skip dinner beforehand. This is a big NO, as you will be hungry and over eat. It’s harder to keep track of these small morsels, which seem deceivingly harmless. If you have a nice healthy (small) dinner before, you won’t go crazy on the apps. You’ll spend more time dancing, and end up consuming fewer calories throughout the night- guaranteed.
Bring a Healthy App:
Inevitably you will be paraded with an endless display of cheesy, carby, delicious appetizers at every party you attend. (Which could be 3 or 4 in one day!) So, it’s a great idea to bring along a veggie platter and some dip so you know there’s something to busy your hands with if you want to resist the temptation of the more gluttonous options.
Happy holidays from the No Sweat team to you!!!