Avoiding the Dreaded Holiday Hangover
easy tips on keeping yourself clear headed the day after
Some of us will over imbibe this weekend which mean that most of you will suffer from what is referred to as a hangover. If you simply cannot control yourself and you need that guy who hangs from the chandelier at least here's a few preventative measures to keep you from suffering so much the day after.; except of course for the humiliation.
Don't drink on an empty stomach. Have a big dinner or, if you consider yourself a professional, have a big breakfast. Even a snack is better than nothing. There's a reason bars have snacks: The more you eat, the slower alcohol will affect you, and the more you can drink. Eat before you drink and, if you can, eat afterwards as well. Think pizza or burgers, fatty foods are better, because they slow the absorption of alcohol.
Hydrate. The feeling of being hung over is the same as dehydration. Drink water one glass of water in between alcoholic drinks to make sure you aren't dehydrated when you go to bed. If you forget, at least have a nice big glass of water (or two) before you sleep.
Stay away from the sugary drinks. Sugar exacerbates your absorption of alcohol. Think of the sugar as the alcohol delivery system. Drinking cocktails heavy on the sugar will also sky-rocket your blood sugar leading to the perfect storm of hangovers the next day.
Know when to say when. How much is "too much" depends on everything from body weight to state of mind. A general rule of thumb: no more than three drinks in a 2-hour span, and no more than five in a single night.
No Added Sugar Tropical Raspberry Smoothie
Ala Low Carb, Low Glycemic, Diabetic safe, no added sugar, made with stevia
Serving Size: 1 cup
Carbs Per Serving: 6 g
Prep Time:<10 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Coconut milk adds an exotic twist to this refreshing morning shake. Be sure not to confuse sweetened “cream of coconut” with unsweetened coconut milk.
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
4 ounces (1/2 cup) silken tofu
1/2 cup fresh raspberries or berries of season, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons Fructevia, Steviva Blend or tiny dash to taste of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1 to 2 drops coconut extract, to taste
3 ice cubes
Whipped cream, for garnish
1. Combine coconut milk, tofu, 1/2 cup raspberries, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or tiny dash to taste of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder and coconut extract in a blender; blend until smooth. (If you want to remove the seeds, you can strain the mixture through a sieve, then return it to the blender).
2. With the machine running, add the ice cubes, one at a time, and blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass, and garnish with whipped cream and raspberries, if desired. Serve immediately.
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