Preparing your body for party season

Preparing your body for party season

Party season is in full swing, and the last thing we want before Christmas is to not be feeling our best. Alcohol works as a depressant on the body, and combined with the current grey skies and cold temperatures, it’s no surprise that many of us start to feel a bit down as we nurse hangover after hangover. But it’s not all doom and gloom from here on in, if you ensure you eat the correct foods, packed with vitamin D and liver-supporting goodness – you’ll be feeling perkier in no time.

  • Oily fish: rich in vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, eating oily fish such as salmon, trout and mackerel will make you feel great, and its brain-boosting powers will improve your ability to concentrate and focus at work, even when you’ve had little sleep…
  • Egg yolks: there’s no need to be separating these. Think of the yellow yolk as a nucleus of goodness; containing all the healthy benefits you need to boost your diet and wellbeing over Christmas.
  • Green veggies: supporting your liver through nutritional goodness needn’t break the bank. Some of the best foods to consume over the Christmas period are our very own home-grown vegetables; broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and Brussel sprouts.
  • Beef Liver: a slice of beef liver supplies the essential amino acids, protein and vitamins that your body needs to function at its best.
  • Cereal and milk: as long as you choose your cereal wisely – and avoid any that are loaded with sugar – this typical breakfast dish is fortified with vitamin D, meaning you can start your day the right way.
  • Garlic: incredibly beneficial for the immune system and low in calories, a little dose of garlic every now and then will help you fight off any unwanted colds or viruses this festive season. It’s probably best to avoid eating this right before a party, as you never know who you’ll meet under the mistletoe…
  • Herbs: just a sprinkle of ginger, cumin, cinnamon and turmeric is a great way to add a little boost to both your mood and your meal. Ginger especially is such a nice warming addition to so many drinks and smoothies.

While many of us are guilty of neglecting our bodies and our nutrition during the festive period, supplementing the above foods into your diet is all it takes for you to be feeling great day after day, and for you to be the life and soul of the party. Remember that drinking more water and moderating your alcohol intake will help too!


About the Author
Nick Owen is a qualified nutritional adviser, holding a Diploma in Non-Medical Nutritional Advice. Nick uses nutrition to support a wide variety of client goals including weight management, fat loss and muscle building, general health and well-being; and improved energy levels, concentration and complexion. Nick’s approach is practical and realistic, starting with an analysis of current eating patterns and lifestyle, making recommendations for change and then working over a series of consultations to support achievement of the desired goals.

ymca | 18 December 2014