5 tips for a guilt free new year’s eve
With the excitement of Christmas over, enjoy new year’s eve without making mistakes that may affect your health.
Accredited Practising Dietitian for Lite n’ Easy, Ashleigh Jones gives her best tips to have a great time over new year’s while staying on track of your goals. You’ll be heading into the new year feeling fresh and you won’t be nursing a sore head.
1. Eat before you attend a party
Avoid going to parties hungry as you’ll be more likely to overeat when you arrive. It can be hard to resist the looming charcuterie board if you’re starving! Make sure you have a healthy and filling meal in your belly prior to leaving home to help you eat more mindfully at the party. If you’re a serial snacker then fill up on lighter options such as vegetable sticks or olives and avoid anything that’s deep fried.
2. Drink plenty of water
Alcohol contains more calories per gram than protein or carbohydrate! Cocktails are particularly lethal because of their high alcohol content and sugary mixers. If consuming alcohol, opt for lower alcohol drinks, and choose calorie free mixers such as soda water and fresh citrus. Pace yourself by drinking a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink. Choose sparkling water so you still feel like you’re part of the fun! It can also slow down your drinking and help you wake up feeling fresher the next day.
3. Choose the right restaurant
If you’re planning on going out for a nice meal for new year, do some research about those that include healthy options as well. Look for steamed, baked or grilled options and watch out of dressings and sauces that can contain hidden calories. Don’t be afraid to ask for extra vegetables! Avoid the buffet and share a dessert so you can still share in the fun without sabotaging your goals.
4. Treat yourself (just not all the time)
Decide ahead of time which item you really want to treat yourself to. Dessert? An espresso martini? While keeping the rest of the night on the healthier side, allow yourself to have something you’re really looking forward to. Then, when the moment comes, consume it slowly and savour every drop (or crumb!).
Starting off new year’s eve with your choice of exercise will help set the tone for the rest of the day. Try going for a walk or get a sweat on with a session at the gym. This will help to put you in a good mood to enjoy the evening ahead, and you’ll also feel more relaxed, which is important during the silly season.
Ashleigh Jones is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive dietetics experience working across hospitals, corporate health, private practice and the food industry. A published researcher, she has collaborated actively across several disciplines including genetics, multiple sclerosis and sports nutrition. Ashleigh specialises in endocrine disorders with particular interest in weight management, pituitary and thyroid disorders, and management of diabetes. Ashleigh is passionate about promoting healthy habits, especially for busy people and offers simple and sustainable nutrition solutions.