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Holiday Parties SOS: Advice for the Overindulgers

It is Friday and it is legitimately wintery out there, friends! Brrr! Lots of snow came down on Thursday, enough to leave a reasonable dusting on cars, rooftops and lawns, but not enough to cause havoc on the roads. Yet. We know that is likely coming, but for now, this pretty and fluffy stuff is just fine!

If the snow puts you into more of a holiday mood and spirit, that’s great! We talked last post about finding that perfect holiday outfit – or outfits if you’re a real social butterfly. Today we’d like to continue with the party theme (we are party people after all) and provide you all with some resources for not only surviving those parties, but dealing with the aftermath as well. You know what we’re talking about…

Everyone loves a party. Or a get-together. Or shindig. Whatever you want to call it, the holiday season is the perfect time to get together with friends and family. Most of the time, these types of bashes involve food. Because what’s a party without snacks? And a lot of the time these types of bashes involve drinks. Because, as they say, a party without alcohol is just a meeting!

We’re kidding, of course. There are lots of reasons to avoid alcohol when you’re attending holiday parties, and driving is really just one of them. But, if you do partake, and you’ve got a safe way of getting home, etc. sometimes overindulgences happen.

The same can be said for food, really. We’ve all felt the “food coma” after a particularly large meal, and while the effects may not be the same as too much alcohol, it’s still an uncomfortable feeling.

Or, maybe it isn’t overindulgence that one time, it’s the cumulative effect of the holidays. You know, that work lunch, followed by that dinner with friends. Then there was the book club cookie exchange, and the Home and School Association potluck. Plus, of course you’re doing all that baking, and you have to test each batch! Oh, and that wine and cheese with your partner’s company, and, oh boy, brunch with your sisters, and…well and that’s all before you even get to the big day itself! Whew.

And of course this time of year there is much ink spilled on how NOT to overindulge during the holidays. For example, if you’re drinking, alternating alcoholic drinks with water or other non-alcoholic beverages, to help avoid dehydration and a hangover. Or, in the case of food, try to load up on the low calorie options at the buffet, such as veggies, or limit yourself to only one or two dessert items. Sometimes recommendations include going for a brisk walk between courses or eating something substantial before you head to the party, so you’re not super hungry and devouring everything you see.

Excellent recommendations all, and for those of you who are able to follow these guidelines and avoid overindulging, we salute you. For the rest of you? You might want to listen up, because we are going to talk now about how to recover WHEN you overindulge. Not if. When. Let’s do this.

Today it’s all about the food. Our friends at PopSugar? They get us. Their excellent How to Bounce Back From a Holiday Food Hangover is the list we need. Some fantastic tips here, and no real surprises, but it’s a good list, and an attainable one, we feel. Our favourite, though, is the last one:

“Let it be: After you’ve had a fun night out, don’t be unkind to yourself. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a festive meal freely, so don’t allow negative self-talk to take over. The best thing you can do is move forward with a positive attitude and happy memories of your fun.”

PREACH.

Aloha Magazine shares some similar tips and ideas, and Forbes does as well, and again, the emphasis is on not beating yourself up because you went a little bit overboard at the buffet or the bar. Society is determined to make us feel guilty for that extra slice of pizza or glass of wine, and we have enough of that coming at us on a daily basis, so it’s really nice to see these sites making it a priority to tell us to be nice to ourselves for a change!

It’s no surprise that these lists have similar ideas to help you feel better after a night (or week or two) of overeating. A lot of it is common sense, but, if we had all that common sense all of the time, we wouldn’t be in this predicament in the first place!

Bottom line? Take care of yourself. Be nice to yourself. Enjoy yourself. And drink some water too. The water thing will definitely be featured next week when we bring you Part II of this holiday helper series: the drinks.

Finally, on the lighter side, because we like to indulge, and we like fashion, take a look at Marie Claire’s What to Wear When You’ve Eaten Too Much. Haute couture for when you can’t button your pants? Bring it on!

Have a lovely weekend, friends. Indulge, overindulge, or eat and drink like normal, whatever you choose. Just make sure you enjoy yourself. See you Tuesday!

This article was posted in Food & Drink, Seasonal.
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