How to party AND be healthy.
Celebrations can easily lead to overindulgence. Despite our best intentions, it’s common to consume that extra chocolate truffle or cocktail, or both! And end up feeling ill, pudgy, or both!!
Here are some actionable tips which might help you party well & minimise any harmful effects on bodymind.
1. Drink a glass of water when you first arrive.
Quench any thirst you may have. That way you can slowly sip your first alcoholic drink, rather than scull it down because you’re thirsty. Also, sometimes hunger masquerades thirst.
2. Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones.
Sparkling mineral water, soda with fresh lime or Norfolk Punch mixed with sparkling water, are all super refreshing alternatives to reach for. Maybe you can’t drink 1 for 1, so try for 1 glass of water for every 2 bevvies, particularly if the weather is warm.
3. Be aware of “Eyes-bigger-than-belly” syndrome (EBTBS).
(I made that acronym up. Unlikely it will catch on, but you never know…) There is no need to sample everything on the smorgasbord. In the spirit of abundance, it’s easy to pile up too much food. Perhaps this is some subconscious survival mechanisms from our time on the savanna, or an inherited memory from the Great Depression. Assure yourself, you will have the opportunity to eat again.
4. If you can’t remember how many alcoholic drinks you’ve had, you’ve had too many.
Binge drinking has been defined as 4/5 standard drinks (women/men) in any one session. Binge drinking causes brain damage. It’s your brain, you decide how you treat it. If you decide and can’t stop, check out Hello Sunday Morning for some awesome resources to empower your over alcohol’s impact.
5. Use a small plate.
Recenty, the studies showing that using a small plate reduces food intake in normal life have been questioned. However, if “eat everything on your plate” was a mantra of your childhood, then it stands to reason to put less on it. Using a smaller plate or bowl does this, as you can’t put as much on it (as per point 3), and consequently you will eat less.
6. Celebrate, savour and enjoy special treats.
Admire, smell, be sensuous, and be present with eating and drinking celebration foods. If you’re busy socialising, you won’t be so present with what you’re consuming, so why not leave the high fat, high sugar or high energy ‘naughty’ treat, until you can give it your full attention? That way you can enjoy it to the max.
7. For every event you attend, make the primary objective be celebrating the people there.
Contemplate the quality of communication and connection you want to develop. Think how you might contribute in a positive manner to others’ experiences there. Make your interactions the primary focus for your enjoyment. Celebrate your colleagues, family, friends and new friends!
8. There are many foods and supplements that can help.
Many supplements and foods can support your gut lining and microbiota, boost your digestive power, rebalance your brain post alcohol intake and help quench free radicals generated from excesses. Things I regularly recommend include coconut water, Vitamin B complex, soft poached eggs, St Mary’s thistle seed and Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in water. You could try any of these, to see if they work for you. A good idea is to have personalised direction from your friendly, local naturopath to have a prescription that benefits you the most.
Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy and celebrate each and every moment to its upmost!