Celebrate Without The Hangover!
Celebrate This Summer Without The Hangover!
With the rest of summer upon us, there seems to be endless reasons to celebrate: barbeques, floating on the lake, vacation time, pool parties, and post-work patios… For many of us these activities have one thing in common – a cool alcoholic beverage in hand!
As a Holistic Nutritionist, I understand the important role that celebrating and enjoying life have in our overall health. On the flipside, I also understand the negative impact that alcohol can have on the body – it adds to the already heavy load for the liver, meaning it cannot do its other jobs as effectively; it depletes the body of vitamins and minerals; it dehydrates the body; it increases insulin secretion which can lead to weight gain, especially around the stomach.
Because alcohol and celebration go hand-in-hand in our society, it’s important to know how you can enjoy alcohol while also maintaining your health, minimizing the damage, and feeling good about it.
Here are some tips for celebrating summer without the hangover:
- Alternate your alcoholic beverages with water or hydrating non-alcoholic beverages. This will both help you stay more hydrated and drink in moderation.
- Be sure to get your nutrients! Alcohol depletes vitamins and minerals, notably the B-vitamins and magnesium. Taking a B-complex supplement and some magnesium both before and after drinking can help lessen the effects of alcohol. However, this isn’t your permission to drink without any negative consequence’s!
- Remember that you don’t have to drink! It’s sometimes expected for people to drink in some social situations but you always have the choice to enjoy an event 100% sober if you want to. Don’t give in to the pressure and don’t worry about people not understanding; you know your reasons for it.
- Stock up with plenty of hydrating drinks in your cooler! Alcohol dehydrates you and makes you feel thirsty – and the answer is not more alcohol! See the recommendations below.
My favourite non-alcoholic beverages are ones that feel a little extra fun and fancy, while also being super hydrating, tasty, and even having some awesome health benefits!
These are the ones I regularly opt for (these are also great for just staying hydrated on a regular day too!):
Virgin Berry Mojito:
Handful of fresh mint
Juice of half a lime
2 fresh strawberries or a few fresh raspberries
In your glass, muddle the mint, lime and berries. Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour sparkling water overtop. Enjoy!
Kombucha Spritzer: when I want to enjoy several glasses of kombucha throughout the day, I like to dilute it with sparkling water. The result is a super fizzy, lightly flavoured drink that you can sip on throughout the day! Kombucha is a fermented food, meaning it provides probiotics, which are important for gut health and mood!
Kombucha in your favourite flavour
Fresh fruit (optional)
Add about ½ cup of kombucha to your glass. Add ice cubes and fresh fruit, if using (I like fresh mango, pineapple, or berries) and fill with sparkling water. Garnish with a lime wedge if you want some extra pizazz!
Strawberry Basil Infused Water: This is the perfect way to stay hydrated! I like to keep a pitcher of this in my fridge all summer long. Feel free to mix up the ingredients! You can add any fruit or fresh herb you like! Lime, Lemon, Mint, rosemary, and lavender also work well.
Handful of fresh basil
1 cup of fresh strawberries, washed and sliced
Add the strawberries and basil to a pitcher and fill with water. Let sit in the fridge for several hours to let the flavours infuse into the water and to make sure it’s nice and chilled. Enjoy!
By: Ali MacBoudreau
Ali is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant. Her mission is to help you discover just how vibrant and amazing you can feel, by giving you the tools you need to make lasting changes. (Hint, it involves delicious food!) To learn more about Ali and holistic nutrition please visit her website https://www.holisticali.com/about