Wednesday, 14 December 2011

10 Christmas Holiday Survival Tips

Get a handle on your health these holidays with our top ten festive season survival tips for managing your diet, sleep, fitness and more...

There’s no escaping this time of the year. As the festive party season begins, all those late nights, hangovers and mince pies will start leaving you feeling anything but merry. Avoid the festive free-fall by following these festive season survival tips. 

Eat before you party
More debauched parties means more early morning fast food for most of us.

Voice of Reason: Eat a balanced meal before you head out – not only will it stop you from eating greasy fried food later, but it will also stop you from overeating at parties.

Comment:  *cough* Bullshite *cough* 

Manage your indigestion
Rich foods, eating on the go and festive stress can all be overwhelming for your delicate digestive system and mean you pile on the calories and get fat too.

Voice of Reason: Try to avoid too many turkey dinners with all the trimmings, rich puddings and mince pies  Stick to protein-rich snacks like peanuts, rather than bread-based ones, to prevent feeling bloated. Take your time over meals and chew each mouthful properly to combat indigestion.

Comments:  Are you fucking shittin me?

Drink carefully
We don't plan to get completely legless and do a pole dance the work Christmas party but its a fact that we consume more alcohol over the festive season. This not only affects your weight, it also has a major impact on the way you look and feel. Hangovers aren't pretty and they are definitely NOT for sissies.

Voice of Reason:  Abstaining completely and completely unrealistic, however, you should limit your intake. Have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink, add soda water to a small glass of wine to make a longer-lasting spritzer and avoid sugar-laden cocktails or mixed drinks. Remember to call a taxi if you’ve had too much or nominate a driver amongst friends.

Comment:  Water?  Spritzer? WTF??

Rehydrate before bed
Drinking a few glasses of water before bedtime will not only reduce your hangover, but will also prevent your skin from drying out and looking like wrinkled prune.

Voice of Reason: Coconut water is an excellent alternative as it replenishes lost fluids and helps boost your immune system. A sports drink, although high in calories, also rehydrates and replaces the minerals that alcohol removes from your body.

Comment:  Need to pee?

Remove your makeup
You come out of that dark party hall looking like a battered panda cross racoon.  Don’t punish your skin further by neglecting to take your makeup off at the end of a big night out.

Voice of Reason : It may feel like an effort (especially after three bottles of wine), but this will allow your skin to breathe and regenerate while you get your beauty sleep. Use face wipes for quick removal and when all your makeup is off, apply a nourishing moisturiser to avoid a party-parched complexion.

If you wear contact lenses, don’t forget to take them out too of they will stick to your eyeballs like shit to the carpet.

Comment:  Where's the washcloth?!

Get as much sleep as you can
Party season means your sleep patterns are bound to be unsettled. Sleep deprivation has a knock-on effect on your looks, attention levels, decision-making ability and mood. In other words by the time 2 January rolls around you look 20 years older and have developed a twitch.

Voice of Reason: To ensure you get a good night’s sleep, avoid drinking alcohol three hours before going to bed. If possible, stay away from caffeine too for six hours before sleeping.

Comment:  Avoid caffeine?  Thats the only thing that keeps me alive! 
tea bags on eyes 
De-puff your eyes
Late nights and overdoing it take their toll on your windows to the soul.

Voice of Reason:  Apply a cold, moist tea bag under each eye for 10 minutes in the morning – the tannin in the tea reduces puffiness and is a cheap way to stop bags under your eyes. Avoid rubbing your eyes when you wake up as this only makes the bags worse.

Comment:  Avoid waking up.

Don’t neglect your feet
Dancing all night in those oh-so-pretty 5½ inch stilettos may buy you confidence, but your feet will feel it the next morning.

Voice of Reason:  Try not to wear killer high heels every night – and if you absolutely have to, invest in some gel cushions for those throbbing bunions. Show your feet some love by applying a good moisturiser to prevent blisters.

Comments:  How can I neglect my hooker heels during party season?

Work in workouts
Make sure you fit your workouts into your week – I hear you groaning.  

Voice of Reason:  Take the stairs instead of the lift, walk up the escalator and park further away from stores. Any exercise will help reduce your stress levels and balance out those extra snacks.

Comments:  This proves far too difficult.

Beware of the sun
You know the drill. If you live in the southern hemisphere like wee moi, you need to wear sunscreen every day.

Voice of Reason:  Not only will this be preventing skin cancer, but you will also avoid skin damage like sunburn, wrinkles and fine lines. Use a moisturiser with an SPF to save you time but reapply if you spend most of your day outdoors.

Comments:  Just do it!

Now that you're fully prepared for the festivities, go have FUN!


Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Your comments under all the tips had me rolling haha. I also found these anti-hangover pills on amazon, they're freakin amazing! You should look them up.

Mynx said...

totally with you on the sunscreen. wear it everyday. As for the no caffeine, never going to happen

Sam said...

Haha, well put. I like the part about the make-up. You right, caffeine is a life source!

Melanie said...

Sound to actually use it!

Brian Miller said...

ha good luck with stuff gils...and hope you and your fam are having a great holiday

Cyn said...

hahaha i adore you! you nailed it with the comments!

Joshua said...

Yes, the last thing I need before going to bed is to drink enough that will either have me up and down all night (That's what she said) or pissing my bed at 31. Nope.

Copyboy said...

Drink carefully is one I sadly neglect time and time again. haha

Ryan said...

Sunscreen? Wit's that??

Mike Smith said...

Drink carefully - mind you don't spill that pint...

lafemmeroar said...

I'm with you on rehydrating and removing make-up. Great tips crazy chick :)

Lovely Light said...

Really good advice! Sometimes hard to do when traveling- but it has inspired me to try!

Being Brazen said...

great tips :)

A Daft Scots Lass said...

@Sub-Radar-Mike @Sam Brilliant!

@Mynx thats something I DON'T scrimp on

@Melanie THAT'S the hard part.

@Brian I can't wait to go see my mum!

@Cyn Love you too, babe! You're my Blogger girl-crush :-)

@Joshua a large glass of water and two Paracetamol and I'm A for away!

@Copyboy ESPECIALLY this time of year.

@Ryan when you live in Africa sunscreen is like your watch, you need to wear it everyday.

@Mike beer? blah!

@lafemmeroar Amen, Sista!

@LovelyLight @Being Brazen Don't take it too much to heart 2 outta 10 ain't bad.

Babes Mami said...

I don't know how realistic these are lol. Although back when I drank a lot..A LOT..a glass of water and a couple asprin before bed meant I never had a hangover. I didn't have one until after I had was so painful!!


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