Tips to survive the festive party season for the busy woman
December is here, once again, and you know what that means? Party, party, party! You’ve got your big THREE – the work party, the Christmas shindig with all your friends and family, and the New Year’s bash all to deal with. Last year we have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts and think it is just as relevant this year! So hopefully this list will make your life just that little bit easier, leaving you more time to celebrate the holidays. DO:
- Stay hydrated! If you’re drinking alcohol, don't forget it will cause you to wee more frequently because of its diuretic nature. Drink plenty of water in between those cocktails & bubbles – this’ll make sure you stay health(ier) throughout this festive season, as well as flushing out all those yucky toxins in your body.
- Drink champagne, and enjoy white wine spritzers (wine + soda - > not the commercial high sugar types) as an alternative to †˜hard’ drinks. Some of the DIY wine cocktails are fab too (wine + soda water (or sparkling wine) + real fruit syrup (eg blueberry or pomegranate or orange + cardamon ) crushed mint leaves+ ice + large slices of lemon or orange peel )
- Indulge in YOU. Take some time out of your daily routine and spend it on you – a few minutes of meditation or a nice bubble bath will help you concentrate on the busy days ahead, as well as helping you de-stress from all the craziness this festive season brings. (don't forget to lock the door and turn up the music if there are kids around!)
- Indulge in festive treats and don't feel guilty! The key to being healthy is BALANCE – so balance out those calories with some exercise, running and yoga. What's worse - the stress of eating too many 'sometimes foods' once in a while or the stress of depriving yourself. GOOD Q.
- Eat lots of vegetables RAW, whenever possible. They are chock-a-block filled with nutrients, so you can eat them with no guilty feelings attached. Eat far more veg (low sugar) than fruit.
- Eat lean protein foods, such as shrimp and oysters– this’ll help curb your appetite, and drive you away from over-indulging.
- Eat nuts (low or no salt if you can), dried fruit (no SO2 please), fresh fruit (some) and vegetables (more) to fill you up, without going crazy on your sugar and salt levels.
- Stay away from deep fried or icky sticky sweet food.
- Try a new exercise routine. Wake up 30mins earlier than you usually do, and go for a walk. This’ll help clear your mind, and kick start your day, with your revitalised energy. (again, if you have kids - do it while hubstar is in the shower)
- Dance! Dance! Dance! Dancing for an hour burns approximately 1000kJ, and is a great way to spend time with your friends and family, at these events.
- Have fun and RELAX! Spend time with your kids, family and friends and show them how much you love and appreciate them.
- Deprive yourself of food, because you don’t want to gain weight. By not eating, your body won’t be getting all its essential nutrients, and this’ll confuse your metabolism. (ie slow it down because it's thinking it is in a famine state)
- Feel obligated to attend every event you’re invited to. Limit your RSVP’s – that way, when you actually attend a party, you can enjoy the evening because you’re feeling fresh and lively, instead of dull and tired. Remember that little 2 letter word NO, it's very powerful.
- Go to a party hungry. This’ll help you from overindulging on those naughty, (why-are-they-always-so-hard-to-say-no-to) canapés.
- Party until the wee hours of the night. (just kidding) Your body will be regretting it later. Ensure you get at least 7 hours of sleep, at least a couple of times a week. You’ll wake up feeling fresh, and ready to face a new day.
- Try to impress or spend way over your limit. No one wants to rein in the New Year with financial woes.