Surviving the Festive excess (whether you're gluten free or not)...

With all the celebrating that comes with Christmas there is always the chance of feeling a little bit below par. It may be the post-party hangover, accidental indulgence in too much of the festive buffet, your New Year party dress being a little snugger than you’d like or a general feeling of sluggishness and dehydration. At Healthy & Delicious we like to make the most of the festive season but we’d like to still feel fabulous by twelfth night, so we’re going to be following a few of these very sensible seasonal survival tips:

BEFORE THE PARTY:

Set yourself a ‘drink limit’ and stick to it. Easier said than done but it helps if you decide on one kind of tipple for the duration. You can even track your drinking on a mobile phone app if that’s your thing.

Pack a pair of pumps. Fabulous shoes can often be less fabulous when your feet hurt. After hours of standing (or dancing) you might find that slipping into something more comfortable could make all the difference.

Have something to eat beforehand. Boozy parties often mean there’s not much eating going on. Party canapés are often not enough either, so be prepared and eat a healthy light meal before you head out.

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DURING THE PARTY:

Space your drinks. Alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water. Make it sparkling water with a zingy slice of lime if you’d like it to be a little bit more interesting.

Add mixers. Ensure your drinks last a little longer - how about a white wine spritzer or champagne topped with peach or orange juice?

Watch out for hidden gluten. If you’re gluten intolerant, parties can be a minefield. Avoid mysterious cocktails which could contain grain-based ingredients and be aware that dressings and sauces often use gluten-based thickeners. Avoid processed meats as they often appear on the buffet table and all too often hide gluten - particularly pates.

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THE MORNING AFTER:

Rehydrate. A detoxifying tea, mug of hot water with a slice of lemon or even a fizzy drink can help get you back on track in no time.

Eat. A fresh and healthy meal is key. Fresh fruit and veg, gluten free grains and B vitamin rich ingredients can really make you feel better.

Get some fresh air. A walk out outside with friends and family can help to blow away the cobwebs and get your system back on track. 

Take a nap. A little bit of extra sleep before you head out to the next festive occasion will ensure that another late night doesn’t take its toll.

And if you’re planning a party, why not opt for serving up something Healthy and Delicious?

One of our gluten free celebration desserts would please everyone and we can also provide gluten free canapés or hearty Italian dishes that will make sure things go with a swing. In the meantime, we wish you a very happy, healthy and hangover-free Christmas.