With the warmer weather becoming more the norm, Christmas round the corner there is a definite party atmosphere in the air. 

At this time of year our healthy habits, diet and lifestyles can easily go out the window as we overindulge in rich food and alcohol and not enough sleep.  Here are some quick ideas and suggestions so you can survive the holiday party season.

Everything starts with a good breakfast: 

Have a nutritious breakfast the morning of a planned night out. And never drink alcohol on an empty stomach. When drinking, avoid snacking on high-fat foods such as hot chips and pizza (or the dreaded kebab at 3am) and instead go for healthier snacks such as dips with crackers  and nuts. 

Everything in Moderation:

 Just because its Christmas does not mean you need to the WHOLE pudding. Ensure you moderate your food intake. On average we put on about 0.8 – 1.5Kgs over the christmas period. When it comes to alcohol try to not drink any more than you normally would. Try to avoid mixing drinks and squeeze in a few glasses of water between drinks. 

Many common hangover symptoms – including headache, dry mouth and thirst – are at least partly caused by dehydration. The best way to combat dehydration is to drink plenty of water when you are out and have an electrolyte drink before you go to bed.

If you have over indulged the night before on a few too many, a good  ‘morning after’ breakfast should include foods which are rich in  B vitamins, Vitamin C and Eggs ( which apparently are great for liver support function) and coconut water.  If you can’t face a cooked breakfast then have a smoothie made with fruits like bananas, oranges or kiwi – these are rich in potassium which helps replenish the electrolytes lost due to the diuretic effects of alcohol. And plenty of crushed ice to rehydrate yourself. 

A good-quality multivitamin daily is a good way to help replenish your body’s stocks of these essential vitamins and minerals and to protect your general health.

Try and stick to your normal gym days. You may want to alter your program if you are not feeling 100% But sticking to your gym routine will help keep you on track. It makes returning to gym in January an easier task to face.

Incidental Exercise: 

Try and increase your incidental exercise. Walk after a family lunch or dinner, rather than sit on the couch – it will also help reduce the temptation to snack between meals. 

Maintain your daily stretching routine. 

Get enough sleep.

 Plan for some early nights in, as the ‘silly’ season can cause havoc with our sleeping routines.

But most of all take time out.  Relax with family and friends. Its a great time to give the body a rest. Be social, laugh lots, be merry be safe and plan for a healthy and happy 2016.