Make merry without worry
- Pay for your party. Yes, you heard right! If you know you are going to be gorging on some high-fat foods at the party, do a good workout both in the morning as well as the evening to ensure the fats you consume don’t end up on your hips or belly.
- Before you head out for your fun night out, drink a glass of buttermilk or skimmed milk. If you think it’ll end up as all-nighter, have your main meal before your set off. It’s easier to wave away off those cheesy, deep fried Hors d’oeuvres when you’re not feeling famished.
- Avoid breaded, crumbed or potato based snacks. Instead, nibble on protein packed treats like chicken satay, sautéed prawns, fish, paneer tikkas and stir fried veggies.
- Want a tipple? Stay away from sugary cocktails and opt for red wine instead because it contains resveratrol, an anti-fungal compound found in grape skin that increases HDL (the good cholesterol) levels and inhibits LDL Oxidation (the bad cholesterol). However, if you’re prone to migraine or acidity, avoid wine altogether.
- Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Have a glass of buttermilk or a small snack before heading to the party. By lining your stomach, you can slow down the absorption of alcohol and reduce its unwelcome side effects.
- It’s also a good idea to nibble while you’re drinking. Munch on freshly cut salads or a fistful of nuts. If you are on a weight check, then pick at high protein snacks such as chicken tikka, tandoori chicken, hara bhara kababs or moong dal vadas.
- Have a bowlful of yogurt at the end of your evening. The yoghurt will line your stomach and slow the rate at which alcohol enters your bloodstream.
- Avoid sweet drinks (and sugary foods) while you drink. The forced metabolism of sugar and alcohol by your body accelerates the depletion of B vitamins and makes the hangover worse.
- Alternate alcoholic drinks with a fresh lime soda (salted) or water to avoid getting dehydrated. Rule of thumb: one glass of water for every glass of alcohol you consume.
- If it’s a long evening, space out your drinks to just one drink every hour. One drink equals a large peg of 60 ml vodka/whisky/wine/rum or a one pint of beer.
- Drink at least 250 ml to 500 ml of water before going to sleep. That means about two full glasses of water.
- Drink plenty of water as soon as you wake up in the morning.
- Have a high-carb drink like lime water with sugar and salt or a sports drink like Gatorade.
- Drink coconut water to replace the lost fluids and potassium.
- Have a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or eat a bowl of papaya.
- Bananas are great hangover fruit. Not only do they provide instant energy but they replenish potassium blood levels.
- Desist from a cup of coffee no matter how much you crave it. Caffeine will only dehydrate you further, worsening the headache.
- Even if you over indulged last night, have some fresh fruit and yoghurt the morning after. Skipping breakfast will just make you feel worse.
Beer (300 m): 150 k calories
Spirits like Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey, Scotch (60 ml): 133 k calories
Margarita: 413 k calories
Bloody Mary: 164 k calories
Mojito: 136 k calories
Long Island Ice tea: 457 k calories