Surviving the Christmas party season: All you need to know!

Published Sunday, Nov 25 2012, 16:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
The Christmas party season is almost upon us, meaning people everywhere will be donning their best clothes and dancing the night away.

The only problem is, in most cases the festive office bash often results in a monster hangover the next day. Gross!

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But help is on hand, as nutrition expert for Go Coco coconut water, Ross Currie, has come up with some vital tips that should help combat feeling green and sluggish once it's all over.

What you eat beforehand plays a massive part, so pay attention to what Ross has to say!

Ross' Christmas tips

- Despite there being an endless offer of food during the festive period, make time for breakfast. This ensures you're waking your metabolism up and gearing it for what lies ahead. Good options are an omelette or a bowl of porridge, as both will provide you with energy.

- If you know you're heading to a party straight from work and may not have time to eat dinner, make sure you're not tempted to fill up on greasy take-away food on your way home by having a filling, substantial lunch such as a baked potato with cheese and beans. This is full of complex carbohydrates, fibre and protein, to give you energy to burn on the dance floor and help your body digest alcohol slower, saving you any embarrassment of "peaking to early".

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- Stay hydrated. With everything else going on, it's easy to forget the daily basics such as drinking plenty of water. One of the most common complaints of a hangover is dehydration but it's vital to keep your water levels topped up before, during and after drinking alcohol. If plain water isn't your thing opt for an 100% coconut water, which also has the added benefits of naturally occurring isotonic properties and electrolytes.

- Avoid eating for the sake of it. This may sound obvious, but it's so easy to reach for another mince pie or canapé, just because they're there. Try and be "food aware" and ask yourself, do I really need a sixth sausage roll? If there are crudités, such as raw carrot and cucumber, on offer, try fill up on those first – you'll feel much better for it the day after.

- Believe it or not, what you eat can affect how you feel the next day, just as much as alcohol can, making you feel bloated, nauseous and sluggish. Avoid spicy, and fatty foods that are harder for your body to digest and also try to avoid refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and white pasta, as these can affect your blood sugar levels and stop your body burning fat for energy - try and opt for a wholemeal or granary versions to avoid the crash and burn symptoms following a white bread binge!

How many Christmas parties are you going to this year? Tell us below, as the best comment from across the website each week wins £50!

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