How to Keep Your Balance During Holidays
By Sandy Schroeder
This has been a busy year, and it’s tempting to unwind over the holidays with too much of everything, including parties, foods and toasts.
Enjoy the season, but keep your balance with a few smart steps from HarvardHealth to make every holiday a great one.
Be a wise host – If the party is at your house, keep the foods fresh and light. Serve red pepper hummus with cucumber slices or celery sticks or offer guacamole with red pepper slices. Provide lots of sparkling water, fruit juices, eggnog and coffees with fruit tarts.
Eat before the party – Take the edge off of your hunger with an apple. Then choose the healthiest foods on the buffet table, avoiding the heavy dips, fried foods and rich desserts.
Keep the water coming – Stay hydrated and intersperse glasses of water with glasses of wine. If there’s an open bar, but you are driving, make your second and third drink sparkling water in a martini glass with lots of lemon or olives.
Gear up for parties – If you know you have a string of events coming up, get extra sleep, and eat healthy in the days before a party. Allow yourself some work space, so you don’t arrive tired.
Indulge a little – When family dinners or buffets offer homemade treats, pick and choose your favorites and be prepared to blow your usual calorie limits. A few extra walks or runs can balance everything out.
When the best of plans go sideways, be prepared.
Feeling overwhelmed at the party – Step outside for fresh air and drink a glass of cold water. If you are still having trouble recovering, arrange for a ride.
Next day impact? Too much food, alcohol and late hours? Drink lots of water, and walk outside to get fresh air and increase the blood flow. Eat lightly with fruits, toast or yogurt, and avoid over-the-counter pain relievers. When added to alcohol they can cause stomach irritation or liver or kidney damage. If you take pain relievers, ibuprofen may help more than acetaminophen. Make sure you drink lots of water, and eat something. Ginger tea is especially good to soothe the system.
Stomach pain alert – Ongoing nausea, vomiting and pain after alcohol can signal an emergency such as a stomach ulcer or pancreas inflammation. You may want to call your doctor.
Stay cool. Take care of yourself and enjoy the season.
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