Christmas Party Time from The Wine Monster🍷

A lot of people think if you’re into nutrition and natural health, you’ve got to be perfectly “clean” (or at least pretend you are on social media). My Dad calls me The Wine Monster - “never knowingly turned down a glass of wine” - so you might guess I don’t belong in the obsessively pure-clean-living camp. I believe that you can enjoy the delicious things that life has to offer, and still look after your body! Enjoy your Christmas party and delight in good food and drink because you deserve it; this year’s been difficult.

Is Detox a real thing?

Below, I’ll share my well-tested party survival plan. First, a few thoughts about the controversial idea of “detox”. There’s quite a media backlash against the idea that juices, diet plans, teas, etc, are needed to remove toxins from the body. There’ve been a number of articles asserting that these products and advice are phony, because our body naturally removes toxins without assistance.

While it’s true that your organs of elimination are carrying out their vital work constantly, it’s also true that plenty of essential nutrients are involved in that. Phases of the liver detox process basically depend on nutrients including Magnesium, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, and Glutathione.  N-Acetyl-Cysteine is a nutrient I love because it replenishes Glutathione levels. It’s possible that we can run low on those nutrients due to a higher toxic burden from lifestyle issues (pollution, poor food choices, alcohol, smoking, drugs).

That being said, I don’t agree you should buy into extreme detox protocols such as juice fasting every time you have a very merry Christmas. It’s easy to support your body through good food choices topped up with quality supplements when enjoying holiday excess.

Christmas Party Protocol

Here’s what I’ll be doing if I get invited to any parties (I don’t have any office Christmas parties and my husband hasn’t invited me to his, I wonder if I showed too much interest in meeting his colleague known as ‘Handsome Doc’): 

  1. You know the drill: drink at least a glass of water to match every alcoholic drink.

  2. Eat (food, not just peanuts). The worst hangovers follow a drink on an empty stomach; you get carried away and forget to have dinner. Eating something with protein and carbs before bed helps too - but please, not ‘meat’ that looks like a giant poo on a stick.

  3. Before bed: 2 capsules of Pollution Protection – it’s all-in-one B Vitamins, Zinc, Vitamin C, N-Acetyl-Cysteine – and 2 capsules of Magnesium.

That’s my plan, how about you? Know any real hangover cures?? Have any embarrassing work Christmas party stories?