Good Morning Everyone!
And welcome to the last week of 2010.
I bet you think this installment is about re-focusing on your fitness goals for 2111. Nope. That was last year’s installment. Today, I am gonna help you get through next Friday night. Or, should I say, next Saturday morning. Yup! I do know that many of you will be overdoing it with the alcohol and I am gonna help ward off any lingering effects normally experienced the next day such as horrific headaches, deadly dehydration and flat-out fatigue.
First, when choosing your poison, research shows that brandy, whisky and red win produce more severe hangovers than vodka and gin. So I guess the old adage that, “wine is fine and liquor is quicker” doesn’t pertain to hangovers. Also, the lighter the beer equals hangovers that are less severe. Sorry, Most Interesting Man in the World, but for your friends to stay thirsty, they should be drinking lighter beers than XX (Dos Equis).
Next, eat something, anything before you drink. When food is in your stomach, alcohol is absorbed more slowly and thus lessens the potential of a hangover occurring. In for a penny, in for a pound, literally. Don’t worry about limiting calories by not eating when you’re out partying. You may pay more dearly for it the day after if you do.
Try mixing your drinks, not your alcohol. There is no rule that says, once you start drinking alcohol, you have to keep drinking alcohol. Why not knock back a few non-alcoholic drinks during the night? It will help keep you hydrated and fill you up as well as slow down the alcohol’s absorption rate.
Lastly, before you turn in (or pass out) for the evening, down a few glasses of “the good stuff”, aka water, to replenish any lost fluids resulting from the diuretic effects of the alcohol.
I can’t make any promises, but if you follow most of these “rules” when partying like it’s 1999, you should be able to get up for your training appointment on time.
Thanks, as always, for reading. And thanks for a great year!