After what seems like months of festive feasting the end of indulgent party season is in sight. There's just one last hurrah to get through before we can all get back to normal or begin those 2013 detoxes. That’s right, it’s New Year’s Eve, the most exciting, celebratory night of the year. But if your festive season has been half as indulgent as ours there’s a chance you might be feeling a little champagne and canapé’d out.
Don’t worry that New Year’s Eve party doesn’t have to mean platefuls of party food, countless cocktails and beginning the new year with a hefty hang over and hearty fry up. Begin 2013 feeling fresh with these New Year’s Eve survival tips from Nutrition Expert at Go Coco, Ross Currie.
Treat New Years Eve like a normal day and make time for breakfast – this will ensure you’re waking your metabolism up and gearing it up for what lies ahead. A good option is an omelette or a bowl of porridge – both will provide you with energy and be filling enough to starve off any temptations in the office or home until lunchtime.
If you’re heading to a party straight from work and don't have time to eat dinner, make sure you’re not tempted to fill up on greasy take-away food on the journey by having a filling, substantial lunch such as a baked potato with cheese and beans. This is full of complex carbohydrates, fibre and protein, to give you energy to burn on the dance floor and help your body digest alcohol slower - saving you the embarrassment of “peaking to early”.
With everything else going on at this time of year it’s easy to forget the daily basics, such as drinking plenty of water. One of the most common complaints of a hangover is dehydration. Hydration levels play an important role in how well your body functions, including brain, liver and kidneys, so it’s vital to keep your water levels topped up before, during and after drinking alcohol. If plain water isn’t your thing opt for an 100% coconut water such as Go Coco, which also has the added benefits of naturally occurring isotonic properties, electrolytes and potassium - which we lose through drinking alcohol.
Avoid eating for the sake of it
This may sound obvious, but it’s so easy to reach for another mince-pie or canapé, just because they’re there. Try and be “food aware” and ask yourself, do I really need a sixth sausage roll? If there are crudités, such as raw carrot and cucumber, on offer, try fill up on those first – you’ll feel much better for it the day after.
Avoid a food hangover
Believe it or not, what you eat can affect how you feel the next day, just as much as alcohol can, making you feel bloated, nauseous and sluggish. Avoid spicy, and fatty foods that are harder for your body to digest and also try to avoid refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and white pasta, as these can affect your blood sugar levels and stop your body burning fat for energy - try and opt for a wholemeal or granary versions to avoid the crash and burn symptoms of too much white bread.
Happy New Year everyone.
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