Many people see it as a test of endurance and strong will. Fail it and you may end up in work the next day red-faced and ashamed, having consumed far too many calories as well! Here are our top 10 tips to help you get through the office Christmas party fun in a healthy way.
Eat a big lunch during the day
That way you won’t have an empty stomach when you hit the big bash and you won’t get too hungry during the night. This will help you to avoid snacking on unhealthy food after you’ve had a couple of drinks.
Keep a bottle of water with you and drink from it all day, so you don’t start the proceedings already dehydrated. Aim to drink at least 1.5 litres during the day.
Get your liver in shape
Take regular doses of the herb Milk Thistle a few days beforehand – it has been shown to assist the organ in processing alcohol.
Pass on the punch
Punch bowls are notorious for containing a concoction of booze that surprisingly tastes great - but is impossible to gauge how much you have actually drunk and this will come back to haunt you the next day. Punch is also highly calorific, especially if a number of juices and mixers are added in.
Eat a plate of food then put it down. Rather than standing near the buffet and tucking into it all night long – a sure way of over-indulging.
Collect canapé sticks
If it’s finger food, keep your canapé sticks to remind you how many you’ve put away - canapes are often quite rich, and have lots of calories for such a small mouthful.
Eat what you like
Only eat what you actually like – not just what’s put under your nose. Remember eating is not compulsory at these events! Although having a small meal is advised to mitigate any effects of the alcohol.
A few festive cocktails to get merry is okay – but if you start to feel drunk and disorderly – JUST STOP! That way you’ll avoid any embarrassment and limit the number of unhealthy alcoholic drinks you consume.
Hit the dance floor
Even if you’re not a natural mover it will keep you distracted from food or alcohol. It’s also a great way to burn calories.
Pick healthy mixers
Stick to spirits with healthy mixers like slimline tonic or diet lemonade. Cocktails might seem tempting, but they are often a very high-calorie option, especially any made with creamy liqueurs, fresh cream, coconut milk or cream.
And, most importantly, enjoy yourself! Think of the party as a bit of a treat - if you follow these rules, you’ll be able to have fun and avoid adding inches to your waistline.