Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

healthy living ~ surviving New Year's celebrations

Wondering how to make it through this New Year’s celebrations without feeling the next day as though you want to just lie down and end it all? One thing I totally recommend~ used in my very young days when alcohol was a party staple~ is to take a vitamin B complex, for a couple of days beforehand. Alcohol drains your body of its vitamins, especially the B’s, and that is why you feel so horrid after drinking a large amount- and this is why that glass of tomato-juice in the am works wonders to make you feel better, it is loaded with B vitamins.

Here are some other tips that will help you get through this holiday with a healthy and happy ending.

 Party without the booze.
When we drink too much, we often lose control of our inhibitions which can lead to poor decision. If you feel out of place without a drink in your hand, try ordering something like a cranberry and seltzer with lime in a fancy glass. If you choose to imbibe, make sure you've had something to eat before you start drinking and match every drink with one glass of water.

 Have a green day.
Go green at least one or more days before the party. Everything you put in your mouth should be green: kale, greens, spinach, broccoli, avocados, green apples, green juices, etc. Eating green offers a hefty source of potassium, antioxidants and phytonutrients, boosts your immune system and is low in calories. Give your body a break from rich holiday foods and make sure to drink plenty of water.

 Don't arrive ravenous.
Plan ahead and make sure you've had a nutritious meal or snack before you arrive. If you can't manage to sneak in a healthy snack before hitting the party, drink a glass of water and fill your plate with the healthiest options available. Put your fork down between each bite. If your hankering for seconds, give yourself 15 minutes and another glass of water before returning to the chow.

Try a vegetarian feast.
Planning an office party or get together with friends and family? Get pro-active and choose a vegetarian restaurant or caterer instead of settling for the pigs-in-a-blanket route. It's not complicated to have a healthy and tasty party.

 Take a silence break.
Try this before an evening out or even sneak out during the party to clear your head, re-group and reflect on how grateful you are for your co-workers, friends and family.

 Dance the night away.
Don't sit on the sidelines; get out on the dance floor and bust a move. You'll burn calories (up to 250 in 30 minutes), flush the booze and food through your system and release some serious feel-good endorphins.

 Walk it off.
After a heavy meal, get the whole gang up and out for some fresh air and exercise. You'll feel better, get the digestive juices flowing and help burn off those mashed potatoes.

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