How to Survive Christmas Parties

Dec 16, 2015 | Eating Right

There’s holiday cheer in the air and your social calendar is full.

Be it your work’s annual Christmas lunch or your neighbour’s wine session, the parties and holiday gatherings have started in full blow.

With Christmas almost upon us, here are some fool proof tips to survive the silly season, without damaging your liver and integrity.

  1. Pace Yourself
    It might be an open bar, but remember to stay elegant and not over-indulge. It’s not a drinking competition and you’re not a teenager anymore; just because it’s free doesn’t mean you lose it. Make your wine into a spritzer by adding lemonade or sparkling water, and see if you can stick to the same drinks.
  2. Hydrate beforehand
    Keep a bottle of water on your desk, and drink from it all day pre-party, so that you don’t arrive already dehydrated and parched. Aim to drink at least 1.5 litres during the day, so you can indulge in a few alcoholic beverages at night.
  3. Beware of the canapé attack
    Canapé’s are risky business – you never know how many you’ve had until you get home and regret the belly bloat the next morning. My tip – hold on to the canapé sticks so you know how may you’ve consumed all night and know when to stop.
  4. Show up for work the next day
    Say you did have a massive afternoon/night and your head is about to explode the next morning, irrespective, you have to go to work the next day. Reason being – dignity! If you stay in bed the next day, your colleagues and boss will know you had a little toooo much and they might talk about you. Save yourself from all the office politics, pop a Panadol and go to work.
  5. Hangover cures
    Oh the head hurts! Understandable. To ensure you reach work the next day, give yourself enough time to squeeze in some shut eye post-party and in the A.M., have a hot shower and get oatmeal with walnuts and banana for breakfast.




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