5 Tips To Avoid A Holiday Hangover
When the festive season is over, will you be refreshed and rejuvenated? Or will you be paying the price for excess indulgence?
Whilst the Christmas/NY period is a wonderful time to relax and not be hard on yourself, there's some basic things you can do to minimise the chances of suffering from a holiday hangover.
Here are my top 5 daily tips to help ensure that you hit the new year with a bang feeling your best self once the dust settles on the festive season...
Feeding Frenzy - Don't Burst the Balloon
It goes without saying that most of us eat a lot more during the festive season than normal. The key is to pace yourself, not over do it (especially on consecutive days), and to not mix foods that cause chaos in your body e.g. excess meat and processed sugar together are the quickest way to cause digestive problems, fever and flu.
Start each meal with some raw greens or salad (add lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil) to take the edge of your hunger before diving into the denser foods.
Take your time when eating. You'll notice that if you eat slower, you'll eat less because as your food settles you'll feel start to feel full and you'll be less inclined to continue eating.
Drink Alcohol Sensibly
I've written before about tips to consume alcohol responsibly. But in a nutshell, limit your intake of hard alcohol (spirits) because they're way too hot for the brain.
If you're going to drink alcohol, choose quality ciders or unfiltered, preservative-free craft beers and organic, sulphite-free wines.
And if preservative-free is not available, add one drop per glass of 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide which will neutralise any sulphites in your drink.
Also, have a glass of water for every drink of alcohol you consume, and in this way, you'll rehydrate the brain and you'll be inclined to drink less overall. With beer, add fresh squeezed lemon juice to each drink to ease any stress on the liver (and it tastes awesome too!)
Increase Your Water Intake
At any time, drinking pure, clean water is fundamental to our health. But particularly when you're placing extra burden on your digestive system, upping your intake of water will help to flush out toxins in the body.
Start each morning with at least 500ml of clean water and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of nature-made salt. This will help to cleanse and rehydrate your body and keep your digestive system working properly.
Move Each Morning
Being on holidays is a great time to be rigid with your morning walk routine.
Even if it's just a leisurely stroll along the beach or in the forest, by starting your day with a 30-45 minute walk, you'll keep your metabolism functioning, activate your senses and you'll keep your body and mind energised as you start each day.
Even if you do no other form of exercise during the holiday period, make a pact with yourself to jump out of bed and get those walking shoes on before breakfast each day!
Give Your House A Rest
Once the party's over, you can get yourself back on track fast by giving your house a rest for 1-3 days.
By this I mean, a short detox on fresh squeezed juices, raw fruits and vegetables or Pulse allows your digestive system, body and mind to cleanse and restore.
This will help you clear up any holiday hangover and to kick off the new year feeling re-charged and ready for anything!
If you choose to start the new year with a 'fast', check out my 'detox and heal' page where I explain the three pathways of fasting in order to find the path that's most suited to you.
Happy holidays!'Cowboy' Don.