The holidays are filled with temptations. It’s easy to lose track and lose control as you get invited to back to back parties and reunions. Everyone always takes it up a notch during the holidays by serving the most delectable dishes and offering an overflow of drinks.

You’ve worked so hard this year and kept to your exercise routine and diet. It would be a shame to throw it all away by overindulging this holiday. Here are few tips to keep you on track and stay healthy this holiday season:

 

1. Say hello to good fats

Certain fats and proteins are actually quite healthy for you as long as it’s the good kind. Dishes with avocado, almonds, olive oil, and salmon are all examples of food rich in good fats and protein.

 

2. Fill up before joining the festivities

Whenever you’re heading out to a party, have a little bite before you go so that you aren’t starving when you get to the party and end up losing control. If you arrive at the party hungry and craving, you’ll end up eating more than you had planned.

 

3. The “flowing wine” trick

A neat trick to last longer when it comes to drinking wine is mixing it with a spritzer. You can last up to twice as much wine as you would normally drink and even last you several hours. It will appear as though you always have a glass of wine as you mingle through the night. Drink a tall glass of water for every glass of wine spritzer you have.

 

4. Mix it up and get creative with your cocktails

A lot of mixed drinks contains high levels of sugar which can damage your liver or cause a metabolic dysfunction. Unfortunately, turning down the offer of a drink by your host can come off as rude. You can still have a drink but still be healthy about it.

A hot toddy is a great and comparatively healthy festive drink made with apple cider, cinnamon, and brandy. Alternatively, you can bring your own drinks. Remember, cocktails don’t necessarily have to be alcoholic!

 

5. Set yourself up to recover as you sleep

You’ll be tempted to come home from a fun but tiring night of festivities and just crash into bed. But before you do, take a moment to replenish your electrolytes. Take some vitamin B complex to help break down the alcohol you’ve consumed. Have a cup of warm tea to aid your digestion. Encourage your body to recover as you sleep.

 

6. Rebalance the morning after

People deal with the effects of alcohol differently. But whether you have a high tolerance or not, the slightest amount of alcohol will have an effect on your body. Recover and rebalance the morning after with these tips:

  • Flush your system with B vitamin complex and a warm drink of lemon water.
  • Replenish your electrolytes with coconut water.
  • Blend a savory smoothie made of juice, spinach, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, lemon, green apple, and carrot to detoxify.
  • Help emulsify the fats from last night’s indulgent meal with a shot of apple cider vinegar

 

Follow these tips and have healthy and happy holidays!

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