Sure, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you won’t occasionally encounter a less-than-festive moment during the weeks of celebration. Here’s how to stay in fine fettle while enjoying all the fun!
You want to raise a glass (or two) of good cheer
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Before you hit the bar, eat a filling meal that’s rich in carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats such as those in avocados and nuts, to help slow the body’s absorption of alcohol. Continue to nibble as you drink. Stick to clear or light-colored beverages (vodka or white wine, for example) rather than dark ones, which contain larger amounts of congeners, chemicals that can leave you with a raging headache. Avoid add-ins such as sour mix—they pack preservatives (which can make hangovers worse) and sugars (which spike blood glucose and then send it crashing, leading you to crave more alcohol). Stick to one cocktail per hour so you give your body time to break down the alcohol; alternate each drink with a glass of water to combat alcohol’s dehydrating effect.
Had one too many? Rehydrate before bed with a sports drink or coconut water and down another in the morning along with 400 miligrams of ibuprofen and a breakfast that includes bananas, eggs and fruit juice. Those foods help restore electrolytes that your alcohol-assaulted body needs.