How to avoid a Holiday Hangover

Just like that, it's December! The end of the year crept up so quickly that it's time to draft your New Year's resolutions. Whether you relish in the ugly sweater parties or decide to cuddle up with a good book near a fireplace during the winter, it can be tough to pass up some pretty tempting (and tasty!) treats during the holiday season. The willpower to stick to your carefully planned routine amid office parties, family gatherings, and festive happy hours dwindles by the day.    

When you celebrate the season this winter, follow these helpful tips to avoid derailing all your hard work throughout the year.   


Be proactive 

If you know you'll be partaking in the holiday fare at an upcoming event, do what you can to boost your nutrient intake 24 hours before to offset anything that's out of your normal dietary routine. Whether that's loading up on fresh fruits or veggies, doubling your vitamin intake, or adding supplements to your morning smoothie, do what you can to prevent any food fatigue the next day. 

Drink (lots of) water


Between the egg nog, hot cocoa, and apple cider this winter, your beverages will carry more than a few extra calories. Pair each beverage you grab at the office party with a glass of water to help feel fuller faster and curb the temptation to over indulge. 

Walk it off 

So you went for the second plate of food at dinner, then had dessert, and now you just wanna veg out and lie down. Wait! The best thing you can do for your body in moments like those is to take a brisk, 15-30 minutes walk. Actively moving immediately after a large meal will assist digestion and help speed up your metabolism. Take a family member or friend with you to burn off some of those extra calories (and maybe discuss those resolutions :) ) 



Christine Williams
Christine Williams


Christine Williams is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York.