How You Can Avoid Christmas Party Burnout

How you can avoid Christmas Party burnout so you’ll be looking and feeling your best when Santa arrives.

Your all frocked up and ready to go to your Christmas party, your excited and you feel like you have earned a big night out.

The question you need to ask yourself before any party is “How do you want to feel the next day?” This is the perfect starting position to get you mindfully thinking about how much you’ll drink, how late you stay out and what you will eat.

Before leaving for your party make sure you are not starving, especially if you don’t know what foods are on offer. Make yourself a quick snack containing fat, fibre and protein. This will help keep you full and make a nice base for the alcohol.

Some good examples of this are ham, spinach omelette or a quick scrambled eggs with left over veggies or meat from the fridge. Let’s face it we all know finger food isn’t sustaining and there is never enough so don’t go hungry.

Chew as it can really make a difference to how you digest your food, especially when you are chowing down on food that you wouldn’t normally eat. Think deep fried spring rolls, mini meatballs, deep fried potato puffs and any other finger food you can think of. It gives your brain time to catch up with your stomach so you don’t over eat.

Did you know that a standard drink of alcohol is 10 grams? The recommendations for good health are no more than 2 standard drinks on any day. Set yourself a limit and stick to it. Alternate alcoholic drinks with non alcoholic drinks especially water. Alcohol is very dehydrating that is why once you ‘crack the seal’ and go to the toilet you need to keep going. Have drinks with lower fructose content such as wine and beer and be mindful of using mixers with spirits as these are often high in sugars.

Pace yourself and drink slowly really enjoy connecting with the people you are socialising with.

Take a milk thistle supplement can help protect your liver from any damage from the alcohol. Other foods which support your liver are broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beetroot, artichoke, asian greens, dandelion greens, turmeric, artichokes, onion and garlic.

It’s important to remember that your body views alcohol as a poison and it stops digestion until your body has rid itself of the alcohol. That why you feel so awful when you have a hangover!

Get some exercise the day of the Christmas party this will make you feel good and decrease your chances of having a major blow out.

Sleep is also very underrated. It is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your health. The less sleep you have the greater the risk that you will reach for the wrong sort of foods. Things like hot chips and kebabs, pizzas as you think this will give you the energy you are craving. The body has its own built in repair cycle from about 11pm until 2am so you need to be in your deep sleep zones by this time to get the maximum healing effects.

It’s the end of the year, you have worked hard this year and you deserve to have some fun but don’t ruin the hard work you have done throughout the year and remember there are a lot of Christmas parties to get through. You want to be in great shape for when your holidays begin.

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