How to survive the festive season

This guest article is by our nutrition expert Sam Waterhouse.

Girl with canape and a drinkSeason of mixed blessings

For most of us the festive season comes with mixed blessings, with short, cold, dark days that can lower mood and an abundance of tempting food and drink is everywhere you look. This can be a time of year where overindulgence of food and drink can leave you feeling drained and depleted.
This puts a real burden on your body particularly the liver at an already stressful time of year. Alcohol is a depressant and even though it can temporarily raise your spirits – it will be short lived particularly if overindulging in alcohol makes you do things that you regret…most of us have been there.

Here are some tips to survive the festive season:

Know your limit and stick to it!

This actually gets harder the more you drink, so setting a ‘drink budget’ before you start drinking can be helpful. There are also some pretty cool apps now so just add your drinks to the diary each time and then you are aware of how much you are drinking.

Spacing your drinks

Have a non-alcoholic drink every other round – therefore cutting your consumption by half! Try sparkling mineral water with freshly squeezed lime as a refreshing spacer.

Add a mixer to lengthen the drink

This may help you cut down the amount you drink over a period of time. Try Champagne with fresh peach or orange juice topped with sparkling water or a white wine spritzer.

Eat before alcohol

Have a healthy well-balanced meal before or during the event. Canapé parties can be particularly lethal here. Ensure you have adequate ‘good fats’, quality protein and complex carbohydrate that can slow the absorption of alcohol and protects you from ‘going over’ too quickly. See some recipes here.

Abstain completely

If this thought had never crossed your mind you might be in for a pleasant surprise! It is possible to have just as much fun without drinking alcohol and you may feel a sense of achievement that could surprise you. If you are worried about what people will say, just state you are driving or on antibiotics and you won’t be bothered again.


Sam Expert Nutritionist from Divine DeliciousIf you have overindulged try to repair the damage immediately…and I don’t mean the hair of the dog. You may be tempted to reach for starchy, high carbohydrate foods but try to resist. Instead, try a super-green minestrone soup or a healthy fry up.



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