I sincerely hope each and every one of you had a glorious and safe holiday. With New Year’s right around the corner and overindulgence beckoning us, I thought I might give you a few tips and tricks to safely navigate throughout this week of parties.
Lest I seem like a “Debbie downer” let me preface this by saying, I do not wish to tell you not to drink at all. I would however, like you to remember that overindulging in alcohol will simply make us look tired and old inside and out. So here’s the tip when it comes to alcohol, should you choose to indulge choose to alternate each alcohol beverage with a seltzer and lime one. A little antioxidant in the lime might help that liver of yours. All kidding aside my friends, try to watch the alcohol consumption, it simply adds calories and chemicals we do not need. If indulging however, remember organic red wine is probably the healthiest choice.
Watch out for the nibbles, don’t nibble at this and don’t nibble at that. Always pick up a plate and put your food on it. It helps to remind us how much we are consuming. Many people tend to walk past appetizers and sweets and just nibble. Simply stay away from picking. Should you decide to be a nibbler, opt for veggies, fruits, nuts and dark chocolate.
Here’s another tip for times like these. With so many holiday parties it is hard to watch what we eat, therefore make your own bag of trail mix with raw nuts, seeds, dried fruit and dark chocolate morsels. Keep the trail mix in your purse or coat pocket, believe me hardly anyone will notice you reaching into your purse for a snack. And if they do, simply offer them some. Keep fruit like bananas and apples and organic peanut butter in your car, with a spoon of course. Having healthy options just an arm’s length away will keep you from overindulging in really unhealthy choices. Listen folks, I’m not saying don’t eat the party food or munch on the appetizers. I’m just saying make an attempt not to overindulgence so as not to pay the price for the extra calories after New Year’s Eve.
So let’s keep this week fun, keep the alcohol and bad food choices to a minimum. We always feel so miserable when we don’t. So let’s just remember to opt for the seltzer, nuts and veggies. In fact here’s a great mixed drink. Mix cranberry or orange juice with seltzer and add a slice of lime. It’ll quench your thirst and make you feel like you’re having a fun drink. My list tip of the day, dark chocolate of course. Buy a great quality bar of dark chocolate, keep it in your bag or car, while everyone else is munching on holiday cookies you’ll be ingesting some blissful antioxidants. Oh an by the way, if you’re looking to nibble on items on the table as you are walking around, reach for the garnishes. You cannot imagine how healthy parsley is for you, and munching on it will provide you with extraordinary breath all evening long.