This party favorite deserves more attention. If you drink, do so in moderation. Alcohol decreases your inhibitions and increases your chance of overeating. It is also high in calories which tend to be stored in the abdomen. Alcohol is a depressant and depletes the brain’s serotonin, a chemical that maintains normal mood. Now who needs that party pooper!
- Stay away from high-fat or sugary drinks. Stick with wine and better yet – make it a spritzer to cut calories in half.
- Always, always, always have 1 glass of water, mineral water or seltzer for every glass of alcohol you consume. This will cut down on the amount of alcohol you consume and counteract the dehydrating effects of alcohol.
- To counteract the effects of increased alcohol and sugar, be sure to include magnesium-rich foods in your holiday season diet. Magnesium helps the body control the production of cellular energy and promotes heart and nervous system function. When you consume extra alcohol and simple sugars, your need for magnesium increases considerably.
Good food sources of magnesium include: whole-grains, lean cuts of meat, dark green leafy veggies, some root veggies and almonds.
A good supplemental source of magnesium is magnesium glycinate chelate. Many people report that it helps normalize their body’s response to alcohol and sugar during the holidays.