5 ways to have a healthy Australia Day
Barbeques. Lamingtons. Thongs. Tank tops. Sunshine. And beer. Lots of beer.
For many, this is exactly what Australia Day consists of. And hey, why not? These things are quintessentially Australian after all. However, because we’re all for celebrating in a healthy manner, we’re suggesting you remember to implement these top health tips this long weekend…
5 WAYS TO HAVE A HEALTHY AUSTRALIA DAY
#1. Work with your body, not against it.
“Aim to only drink one glass of alcohol per hour,” says Jan McLeod, nutritionist, health coach and founder of Mad for Health. Your body treats alcohol as a toxin, so when you drink the liver diverts all its attention away from its usual activities to focus on metabolising and eliminating alcohol from your system.
#2. Watch the size of your glass.
Did you know many wine glasses hold as much as 750mL? If you compare this to a standard size glass of wine of 100-125mL, you can see why we’re always trapped into drinking more. To avoid going overboard, Jan suggests investing in a set of smaller standardised wine glasses.
#3. Limit your intake of spirits.
When you use soft drink as a mixer, you’re adding between 10 to 14 teaspoons of sugar to your alcoholic beverage. This will not only exacerbate the negative impact alcohol has on stable blood sugar levels, but it also drastically increases your kilojoule intake. “Adding soft drink as a mixer often means you consume your alcoholic drinks more quickly, too,” adds Jan.
#4. Combat post-drinking fatigue with healthy food.
Eating a nutrient-dense, balanced meal that includes foods rich in B vitamins (read: leafy greens, vegetables, bananas, grains, legumes, chicken and fish) after a day of drinking is a wise. Why? “Alcohol not only undermines stable blood sugar levels, it depletes our B vitamins, which are essential for energy production and our body’s detoxification systems,” explains Jan.
#5. Lay off the booze the week before.
So, that means this week. “Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, putting you at risk of high blood pressure, liver disease, some cancers including breast cancer, heart disease, infertility, stroke and brain damage,” says Jan. Think that’s bad? It gets worse. “Short term it can result in poor sleep, anxiety, weight gain, memory loss and undermine digestion.”
What are you doing for Australia Day? Will you be drinking alcohol this long weekend? What are your tips for drinking responsibly?