You’ve worked out and worked hard all year round and now it’s time to cut loose and slink into that little black dress ready to party with your besties and fabulous FFF’s
What you don’t want to do in a concentrated 2 weeks of high octane festive frolics is un-do all the hard work of the last 12 months! As we all sadly know and have probably experienced, what’s easy to put on is so much darned harder to get off, particularly when you are in your 40’s.
I love to party as much as anyone so I’m not about to go all holier than though. Instead a few wise words from the well experienced on how to party proof yourself! I’ve collated some tips on how to protect your body before, during and after indulging in the season of good cheer.
Steer well clear of the super sugary Christmas cocktails. Not only do they cause a spike in blood sugar levels which will give you the raving munchies, they also generally have a lethal combo of spirits which will have you feeling like Grinch the next morning.
A great go to drink is vodka, soda and fresh lime. Clean, hydrating and refreshing.
Red wine is also a good option, full of anti-oxidants and far less sugar than other alcoholic drinks. It’s my own particular drink of choice these days. Its anti-inflammatory and a recent study by Oregon State University found that people who drink red in moderation burn fat better than those or don’t. It’s all to do with ellagic acid. What I hear you cry? BOOZE ASSISTED FAT BURNING! Hell yes!
Now I’m just throwing this out there but………… TEQUILA!!! If you do insist on the obligatory round of shots to keep the party vibe going, then tequila is the cleanest one around. Good tequila mind!! And remember, ALWAYS DRINK IN MODERATION! Yeah right!
Line your Stomach
I always used to have a glass of milk on a Friday night before I headed out to do what was called the “Westgate Run” with my school mates. We started at one end of the high street and made our way to the other. It was brutal and only for the brave (or the totally daft!) That glass of milk was a life savior on many an occasion.
I’m a nightmare when it comes to this but always try and have something to eat before a drinking session, preferably something protein based. Not only is it going to help soak the alcohol but will also stop you heading straight over for the cocktail sausages and disease ridden bowl of manky peanuts! All those dirty little fingers grabbing those nuts!
Get as much protein from as many varied places as you can into your diet. It’s going to help combat party fatigue, keep those lean body goals in check and hopefully stop you from snogging your co-worker over a game of pass the ice when you’re too pissed to care. Normally it will be your favourite female co-worker. Even pissed you prefer your female FFF’s.
Do not let your regular exercise regime slip. It’s easy to make excuses at this time of year but do your best to juggle all those important appointments around to make time for your regular Pilates or gym class. Yes, you need to be waxed and preened to perfection as it’s likely you’ll be getting lucky, lucky, lucky, but try and keep releasing those lovely endorphins through some exercise as well as the drunken sexercise. Crank up what workouts you can squeeze in to get the most benefit from them. Try throwing in some additional burpees, press ups and tuck jumps. Your body will thank you for them.
Look after your digestive health
An increase in alcohol and a more rich and varied diet will unfortunately lead to the dreaded bloat! You need to really take good care of your digestion at this time of year and supplementing your diet with something like magnesium citrate before you go to bed can be a great way to combat the paunch!
Try waking up to a cup of hot water and lemon to get your metabolism all fired up for the day and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar post meal is also great to easy all that over indulgence.
Dandelion root tea is also a great option for keeping the digestive tract moving. I have some vague childhood memory of my mum telling me not to pick dandelion leaves because they made you wet the bed. Either that or I was just a pissy pants but anyway, I think the point is that dandelion encourages “movement”!
The morning after the night before
Swerve the full English! The best recovery breakfast is porridge. Oats actually breakdown some of the toxins associated with alcohol and if you mix with Manuka honey which has fabulous antibacterial properties and a couple of slices of banana your liver will thank you most kindly for your support in assisting it swiftly back onto the road to recovery and ready to get you back on that festive party pony.
Head in hands hangover hell? Reach for the ibuprofen. It doesn’t upset the stomach the same way as aspirin can and there is research to suggest that drinking does in fact hinder the effectiveness of paracetamol. Make ibuprofen your go to drug of choice.
So there you have it – you are all prepped and ready for the party season. Now go out and have some fun fellow FFF’s. You bloody well deserve it.