Survival Guide - Christmas Party Season

The Christmas works party season is upon us and although it might not be quite as busy as during the boom it is often a time when we let our hair down, forget our troubles and party

The Christmas works party season is upon us and although it might not be quite as busy as during the boom it is often a time when we let our hair down, forget our troubles and party

Cara Cunningham, Community Dietitian

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But if you don’t want to wake up with a big head, expanded waistline and possible vague memories of verbally annoying your boss then here are a few hints that might help:

On the day of your party eat a lunch willpower always works better on a full stomach!

If there is a buffet, get a small plate, fill it (don’t pile it up), and then move away and stay away!

Choose carefully; try to keep clear of anything deep fried or pastry covered – so it’s out with the spring rolls, sausage rolls, mini-pies etc. and in with cold meat, salads, rice or pasta salads, with salsa being a great alternative to other dressings

Only eat what you actually like, even foods that you ‘taste’ contain calories

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate it is good to drink plenty of water before, during and after any party

It’s good to move so dancing will help you burn off excess calories – just make sure it is appropriate – maybe not up on the tables!

Alcohol at parties is not just a calorie nightmare taken in excess alcohol, mistletoe and your boss may be a dangerous combinations even career threatening! A few tips to stop the binge:

Spritzers – mixing wine with diet lemonade or slim line tonic will make the drink go further

Alternating alcoholic drinks with water or a diet soft drink – your head will thank you come morning

Watch out for the punchbowl; punches are notorious for containing loads of alcohol; it might be difficult to gauge how much alcohol you are consuming, loading them with fruit does not count towards your 5-a-day!

Drinking on a full stomach seems to slow or delay the absorption of alcohol from drink this lessens the impact of a hangover.

If you do wake up next morning with your own internal woodpecker bouncing around in you head, this is really due to your body de-toxing the alcohol and being a bit (or a lot) dehydrated – the only real cure is water, water, water.

For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact:

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster Tel: (044) 9353220 or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.