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Welcoming 2020 Without Damaging Your Health

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  • Avoid skipping meals prior to a party. Not only will this make you feel so hungry that you invariably overeat, but also people with congenital health disorders, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, could be placing themselves at risk of exhaustion, low blood sugar levels or fainting.
  • Make sure you wait at least 2–3 hours before going to sleep after a party as this will help you avoid acid reflux and fat accumulation around the abdomen.
  • Those with underlying medical conditions should always carry their medications with them, and consult their physician for advice on how best to regulate their illness before attending a party

 

Welcoming 2020 Without Damaging Your Health

We hope that 2020 brings you lots of reasons for celebrations, be it relationships or work achievements, or whatever it is your heart seeks. As you enjoy a year of happiness and fun-filled festivities, be sure to show gratitude towards your body for the good health you have, by taking care of it. Avoid the excess as excess of just about anything…you know the rest.

Too many days and nights of unprepared partying is a common reason many suffer from health problems. One common issue is weight gain, which is often associated with increased risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. Those who drink heavily may expose themselves to possible liver damage. Even dancers may be enjoying themselves so much that they start jumping around and swiveling their hips, completely forgetting that they suffer from a hernia. People with significant illness must pay particular attention to their health to avoid a severe deterioration of their condition.

Prepare Well for a Party

  • If you think that the food being served at a party may arrive late, you should try to eat something light before going out. Choosing a fruit that is low in sugar, such as an apple or guava, is one way to do the trick. Diabetics should eat something before going out as this will help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent them from dropping too low.
  • Drink water, herbal beverages or low-sugar drinks around 1–2 hours before going out to prevent dehydration. This can keep you from drinking too many sweet and/or alcoholic beverages often found at parties.
  • Wear clothing that is neither too tight that you struggle to breathe, nor too loose to fool you into thinking you have much more space for food.
  • Exercise regularly to ensure a strong body that is capable of partying late.
  • Be sure to bring along your regular medications to the party.
  • Undertake a health assessment which will provide vital information regarding your physical capabilities. People with significant health conditions should consult a doctor for advice on the most effective ways to manage their conditions.

Exercising self-control when partying

  • Remind yourself that there is no need to try every dish on offer. Despite eating only a little of each dish, the truth is that one or two bites of each can eventually add up to more than you would consume when eating a single main dish.
  • Select healthy foods, such as salads with healthy dressings, or unsalted nuts, instead of oily dishes like fried chicken, french fries and pizzas.
  • Drink water or herbal drinks instead of carbonated and sugary beverages.
  • Be careful to serve yourself a moderate amount rather than taking extra for others to share. When everyone at a party takes this approach, there is sure to be extra on every plate, which often results in overeating.
  • Eat slowly and chew food properly to aid digestion.
  • Always be sure to ask yourself whether you are full before taking more food. The message from our brain telling us we are full usually takes around 20 minutes to reach our stomach.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol. For those with liver disorders, drinking alcohol should be strictly avoided.
  • Be unafraid to say “no” and explain to others the limitations on partying due to your health condition. This can help avoid misunderstandings regarding your refusal to eat certain foods or join in some activities. For example, diabetics should not eat foods high in carbohydrates, people with high blood pressure and kidney problems should avoid salty foods, people with liver disorders should avoid alcohol and hernia patients may not be able to dance as energetically as they used to.
  • Be sure to wait at least 2–3 hours before going to sleep after a big meal to avoid acid reflux and fat accumulation around the abdomen.

A new year brings with it new hopes, new dreams, new accomplishments and better relationships. We hope 2020 gives you all this and more. May you have multiple moments to celebrate the arrival of new experiences and meet up with friends and family. Just make sure that if you do have medical disorders, to adequately prepare before the party so you can fully enjoy and indulge without harming their health. Happy 2020 everyone!


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