Here’s What Doctors Say About Preventing Hangovers

Don’t let nasty hangovers get in the way of achieving your New Year’s resolutions! Our friends at YourTango give us the top five ways to prevent a hangover before it even starts.

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You can’t wait to kick 2015’s ass out the door, and plan to do so with a drink in each hand. Isn’t that what New Year’s Eve is all about: celebrating with a grown-up beverage?

If only partying didn’t come at a price. No one enjoys having a hangover the next day after indulging in a little too many cocktails or too much wine. Symptoms of a hangover include headaches, trembling, nausea, tiredness, sensitivity to light, body aches, and that’s just the physical symptoms. You can also feel depressed, angry, anxious, and full of regret.

But luckily, an article on Medical Daily has a few suggestions for stopping hangovers before they start. Yes, the holidays really are full of magic.

1. Drink water, water, and more water.

You may notice that when you’re drinking you need to go to the bathroom more often. That’s because alcohol consumption causes dehydration. When you wake up hungover, it’s a good idea to replenish your body with water, but did you know that it’s a good idea to drink water not only before you start imbibing but during as well?

If you drink a few glasses of water during the day and glasses of water between drinks, you’ll probably spend even more time going to the bathroom, but your body will stay hydrated longer. Plus, if you’re breaking up the drinks with a little H2O, you’ll probably drink less, too.

Don’t forget to drink a glass of water before bed and have a spare on your bedside table for when you first wake up or if you need some in the middle of the night. Bonus: by drinking all that water, your skin is going to look fantastic in the morning.

2. Abstain from sugary substances.

“I will avoid sugar and desserts as much as possible because sugar taxes the adrenal glands and the immune system,” Dr. Carolyn Dean, medical advisory board member for the Nutritional Magnesium Association told Medical Daily. “When adrenal function is impaired or weak, a person may suffer from low blood sugar, low blood pressure, low body temperature, and a fatigue/exhaustion.” Sounds like some typical hangover symptoms to me.

3. Eat the fried fatty foods you usually avoid.

The worst thing you can do is drink on an empty stomach, so have a meal before you start celebrating. By eating a burger or some other fatty food, you can help to insulate your stomach, preventing alcohol from being absorbed into the stomach lining and blood stream.

4. Don’t forget to take your vitamins.

Drinking diminishes the nutrients in your body including B12, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, proteins, minerals and especially magnesium.

5. Pick your poison carefully.

Remember the old saying, “Never mix, never worry”? Well, it’s partially true. Never mix or you’ll get a horrible hangover, but you still have plenty to worry about. Choose one kind of drink and stick with it. And when you’re doing the choosing, don’t pick champagne because the bubbles will only hasten the absorption of alcohol, or red wine since it has too much sugar in it.

Pick a light-colored liquor like vodka, as the darker ones have a larger amount of congeners (a substance other than alcohol produced during fermentation). Congeners will affect the flavor of the alcohol and how immense your hangover will be.

If you follow these tips, you may actually be able to have a happy New Year’s Day not just a happy New Year’s Eve.

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5 Reasons New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How to Fix the Issues

With the end of the year just days away, it’s inevitable that many of us are looking ahead and hoping that we’re better versions of ourselves next year than we were in this one. We want our successes to be be bigger, our failures to be smaller, and all our effort to amount to something meaningful. But before you set out to draft a list of resolutions to get you there, consider that some of your ideas about goal setting might need to be revamped. Here are five myths to watch out for as you prepare for your best year yet.

1.Myth: Prepare yourself first.

Truth: Start where you are. Preparation is overrated. “Ready” is elusive. As author Jon Acuff says, “Ready is a myth and fear is a liar. Just start.” Too often, we use the tasks of preparation as a stall tactic. We convince ourselves that if we research the best training programs, have one more big night out, make more lists and develop a better plan, that we’ll be more likely to succeed. During all that preparing, though, we’re just wasting time. It will never not feel intimidating to start, no matter how “prepared” you are. Start now.

2. Myth: Gather the best tools for the job.

Truth: Use what you have. There is no place in goal-setting for “If only I had______.” A new activity tracker or cute workout gear might seem like an enticing form of motivation, and they might work . . . for a week or so. But the shine will wear off. The idea that “If I only had [fill in the blank], I’d be guaranteed to succeed” is appealing for two reasons. It offers a consolation for any past failures (“I just didn’t have the right gear!”). And, seconldy, it takes the focus off what matters most: you. New gear is hardly ever the answer. You already possess the most important components for success. Dig deep into your desire. Practice perseverance. Summon your support system. You have yourself, and you are enough for this.

3. Myth: Reach for the stars.

Truth: Do what you can. Admire the stars, but don’t necessarily reach for them. Reach for what’s just beyond your grasp. Challenge yourself, but set yourself up for success. If you’re new to running this year, perhaps a marathon is not the best New Year’s resolution. What feels close enough that it makes you a little nervous? That thing that you keep wondering about, but you’ve been a little too nervous to commit to just yet. Your first 10K race? A 5K in under 30 minutes? Don’t focus so much on the marathon that you might run one day, focus on what’s next. Just do the next thing.

4. Myth: Treat it like a job.

Truth: Do it with love. Your workout routine should not feel like punishment. Meaningful relationships take work, and the relationship we have with our body is no different. When we approach it from a place of gratitude for all that our bodies have done for us and all they allow us to experience, taking care of ourselves is truly an act of self-love. Find an activity that you enjoy, and consider your time spent doing it as a love letter that you’re writing to yourself.

5. Myth: Failure is not an option.

Truth: Keep starting. Sociologist and author Bren¨¦ Brown writes, “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.” The road to achieving any goal worth working towards is paved with a multitude of tiny little “failures” that tempt us to doubt ourselves and throw in the towel altogether. Don’t beat yourself up over one missed workout or one splurge meal. Put it behind you. Start again. Start fresh. Momentum takes time. Start again every day if you have to. Some amount of failure is inevitable ¡ª the trick is simply to not let it be the last word. Just let your number of starts always be one more than the number of failures.

Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can, do it with love, and keep starting. You’ve got this.

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5 Reasons New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How to Fix the Issues

With the end of the year just days away| it’s inevitable that many of us are looking ahead and hoping that we’re better versions of ourselves next year than we were in this one. We want our successes to be be bigger| our failures to be smaller| and all our effort to amount to something meaningful. But before you set out to draft a list of resolutions to get you there| consider that some of your ideas about goal setting might need to be revamped. Here are five myths to watch out for as you prepare for your best year yet.

1.Myth: Prepare yourself first.

Truth: Start where you are. Preparation is overrated. “Ready” is elusive. As author Jon Acuff says| “Ready is a myth and fear is a liar. Just start.” Too often| we use the tasks of preparation as a stall tactic. We convince ourselves that if we research the best training programs| have one more big night out| make more lists and develop a better plan| that we’ll be more likely to succeed. During all that preparing| though| we’re just wasting time. It will never not feel intimidating to start| no matter how “prepared” you are. Start now.

2. Myth: Gather the best tools for the job.

Truth: Use what you have. There is no place in goal-setting for “If only I had______.” A new activity tracker or cute workout gear might seem like an enticing form of motivation| and they might work . . . for a week or so. But the shine will wear off. The idea that “If I only had [fill in the blank]| I’d be guaranteed to succeed” is appealing for two reasons. It offers a consolation for any past failures (“I just didn’t have the right gear!”). And| seconldy| it takes the focus off what matters most: you. New gear is hardly ever the answer. You already possess the most important components for success. Dig deep into your desire. Practice perseverance. Summon your support system. You have yourself| and you are enough for this.

3. Myth: Reach for the stars.

Truth: Do what you can. Admire the stars| but don’t necessarily reach for them. Reach for what’s just beyond your grasp. Challenge yourself| but set yourself up for success. If you’re new to running this year| perhaps a marathon is not the best New Year’s resolution. What feels close enough that it makes you a little nervous? That thing that you keep wondering about| but you’ve been a little too nervous to commit to just yet. Your first 10K race? A 5K in under 30 minutes? Don’t focus so much on the marathon that you might run one day| focus on what’s next. Just do the next thing.

4. Myth: Treat it like a job.

Truth: Do it with love. Your workout routine should not feel like punishment. Meaningful relationships take work| and the relationship we have with our body is no different. When we approach it from a place of gratitude for all that our bodies have done for us and all they allow us to experience| taking care of ourselves is truly an act of self-love. Find an activity that you enjoy| and consider your time spent doing it as a love letter that you’re writing to yourself.

5. Myth: Failure is not an option.

Truth: Keep starting. Sociologist and author Bren¨¦ Brown writes| “If we are brave enough| often enough| we will fall.” The road to achieving any goal worth working towards is paved with a multitude of tiny little “failures” that tempt us to doubt ourselves and throw in the towel altogether. Don’t beat yourself up over one missed workout or one splurge meal. Put it behind you. Start again. Start fresh. Momentum takes time. Start again every day if you have to. Some amount of failure is inevitable ¡ª the trick is simply to not let it be the last word. Just let your number of starts always be one more than the number of failures.

Start where you are| use what you have| do what you can| do it with love| and keep starting. You’ve got this.

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The Drinking Mistake That’s Costing You Pounds

You know that drinking enough water every day boosts your immune system and helps keep you looking young, but did you know it can also help in your quest to lose weight? That’s because many people confuse dehydration with hunger, causing them to eat more when all their body is craving is a tall glass of water. Drinking enough H2O is an easy way to help your belly feel satisfied without overeating.

Drinking water helps your waistline in other ways, too. A recent study showed that dehydrated people did fewer reps and felt tired faster when they were exercising, which can mean hundreds of fewer calories burned. Also, making a habit of drinking water with lemon throughout the day helps many people feel less bloated ¡ª hello, flat abs!

Want to use water to your weight-loss advantage? The next time you feel like snacking, have a glass of water first to see how hungry you feel afterward. And when you sit down at a restaurant, make sure you drink a glass of water before ordering those deep-fried appetizers. You can also keep a big pitcher of lemon, mint, cucumber, and ginger water in your fridge to help you detox and debloat all day long. In the meantime, print or pin this poster to help you remember to drink more water, and check out our other reasons why you’re not losing weight.

The Drinking Mistake That’s Costing You Pounds

You know that drinking enough water every day boosts your immune system and helps keep you looking young| but did you know it can also help in your quest to lose weight? That’s because many people confuse dehydration with hunger| causing them to eat more when all their body is craving is a tall glass of water. Drinking enough H2O is an easy way to help your belly feel satisfied without overeating.

Drinking water helps your waistline in other ways| too. A recent study showed that dehydrated people did fewer reps and felt tired faster when they were exercising| which can mean hundreds of fewer calories burned. Also| making a habit of drinking water with lemon throughout the day helps many people feel less bloated ¡ª hello| flat abs!

Want to use water to your weight-loss advantage? The next time you feel like snacking| have a glass of water first to see how hungry you feel afterward. And when you sit down at a restaurant| make sure you drink a glass of water before ordering those deep-fried appetizers. You can also keep a big pitcher of lemon| mint| cucumber| and ginger water in your fridge to help you detox and debloat all day long. In the meantime| print or pin this poster to help you remember to drink more water| and check out our other reasons why you’re not losing weight.

3 Healthy Habits You Should Always Do Before Leaving the House

This post was originally featured on The Fit Foodie and written by Sally O’Neil who is a part of POPSUGAR Select.

Let’s start the day the right way. No matter how busy your day is there are some things you should make time for in the morning, to set yourself up for whatever the day may throw at you.

So how do you get the most out of your morning? Nutritionist, chef and Vitasoy ambassador Zoe Bingley-Pullin says: These are my top three healthy things to do before leaving the house; they’re so easy and I find they make the world of difference, especially for the really on-the-go days!

    DRINK 1L OF WATER

    I like to drink at least 2L of water each day, to help keep your fluids in balance, flush out toxins and keep your skin looking hydrated, but individual fluid requirements do vary.

    We all know that it can be tricky to remember water when you’re on the run. To set myself up, I like to drink about 1L of water before I leave the house every morning, so I know I’ve got a head start on my 2L for the day. Try keeping a 1L water bottle beside you bed so you can grab your bottle and start hydrating as soon as you wake up ¨C just fill it up the night before, and you’re set to go. You can even add lemon or lime to the water if you prefer, for a zesty antioxidant burst in the morning!MEDITATE OR STRETCH

    Setting aside just 5-10 minutes of time for meditation or stretching, or both, is such a beautiful way to start your day. Not only will it help give you some sacred ‘you’ time, it will also help you start your day on a calm note.

    You don’t need to be an expert to meditate either. I recommend finding a quiet space; sit down and just focus on your breathing. You could even take this time to think good thoughts; this is such a great way to start your day on a positive note. List off three things you are thankful for, happy about or looking forward to. Even the smallest things are significant.EAT BREAKFAST

    If you skip breakfast, you’re missing out on vital nutrients and energy, not great news if you’re running an on-the-go schedule.

    When you wake up, it’s important to eat, to wake up your metabolism and refuel your brain for the day ahead. Breakfast is the first opportunity for you to fill your body with fuel and energy for the day; there’s a reason it’s called the most important meal of the day!

    If I know I’ve got a busy week coming up, I’ll often prep my breakfasts on the weekend, or night before. You could try overnight oats with blueberries, or vegan breakfast muffins with banana. You can also chop and freeze ingredients for a smoothie! I love strawberries, blueberries, mango and chia seeds blended with Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite. It’s high in calcium and made using Australian-grown whole soybeans. It’s perfect for smoothies, and I love its great milky taste.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography

3 Healthy Habits You Should Always Do Before Leaving the House

This post was originally featured on The Fit Foodie and written by Sally O’Neil who is a part of POPSUGAR Select.

Let’s start the day the right way. No matter how busy your day is there are some things you should make time for in the morning| to set yourself up for whatever the day may throw at you.

So how do you get the most out of your morning? Nutritionist| chef and Vitasoy ambassador Zoe Bingley-Pullin says: These are my top three healthy things to do before leaving the house; they’re so easy and I find they make the world of difference| especially for the really on-the-go days!

    DRINK 1L OF WATER

    I like to drink at least 2L of water each day| to help keep your fluids in balance| flush out toxins and keep your skin looking hydrated| but individual fluid requirements do vary.

    We all know that it can be tricky to remember water when you’re on the run. To set myself up| I like to drink about 1L of water before I leave the house every morning| so I know I’ve got a head start on my 2L for the day. Try keeping a 1L water bottle beside you bed so you can grab your bottle and start hydrating as soon as you wake up C just fill it up the night before| and you’re set to go. You can even add lemon or lime to the water if you prefer| for a zesty antioxidant burst in the morning!MEDITATE OR STRETCH

    Setting aside just 5-10 minutes of time for meditation or stretching| or both| is such a beautiful way to start your day. Not only will it help give you some sacred ‘you’ time| it will also help you start your day on a calm note.

    You don’t need to be an expert to meditate either. I recommend finding a quiet space; sit down and just focus on your breathing. You could even take this time to think good thoughts; this is such a great way to start your day on a positive note. List off three things you are thankful for| happy about or looking forward to. Even the smallest things are significant.EAT BREAKFAST

    If you skip breakfast| you’re missing out on vital nutrients and energy| not great news if you’re running an on-the-go schedule.

    When you wake up| it’s important to eat| to wake up your metabolism and refuel your brain for the day ahead. Breakfast is the first opportunity for you to fill your body with fuel and energy for the day; there’s a reason it’s called the most important meal of the day!

    If I know I’ve got a busy week coming up| I’ll often prep my breakfasts on the weekend| or night before. You could try overnight oats with blueberries| or vegan breakfast muffins with banana. You can also chop and freeze ingredients for a smoothie! I love strawberries| blueberries| mango and chia seeds blended with Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite. It’s high in calcium and made using Australian-grown whole soybeans. It’s perfect for smoothies| and I love its great milky taste.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography

5 Things You’ll Learn About Yourself When You Go on a Cleanse

5 Things You’ll Learn About Yourself When You Go on a Cleanse

Feeling tired| bloated| and lethargic from the holidays? Many people think going on a cleanse in January is a good post-party solution for dropping unwanted pounds fast. But going on an elimination diet u2014 where you remove certain foods| like anything with gluten| dairy| caffeine| and alcohol and focus on eating only fresh| whole foods u2014 is more than about fitting into smaller jeans. While all-juice cleanses can be calorie restricting| a proper elimination diet ensures you eat enough of these nutritious foods to stay healthy (read more about what to expect on an elimination diet here). So if it’s not about weight loss| why should you cleanse? Read on for reasons to try an elimination diet!

| Gives You More Energy

Most people who do a cleanse-like elimination diet report feeling more energized after following the program for a few days. Although elimination diets forbid normal energizers like caffeine| eating a diet full of leafy greens and whole foods can supply your body with the nutrients it needs to keep you energized. Also| if you have sensitivities to certain foods it can make you feel foggy-headed and sluggish as well.

| Beats Cravings

Your taste buds get accustomed to fatty| salty| or sugary foods. As you remove these unhealthy items from your diet| your cravings for these foods will diminish.

| Opens Your Culinary Mind

Cooking on a strict diet plan has its downfalls u2014 you can’t just reach for your go-to recipe on a busy weeknight. But instead of thinking of your new diet as a hindrance| view it as a challenge to get creative in the kitchen (or when you dine out). You may find you have a passion for being trying new nutritious ingredients.

| Tests Your Self Control

Two weeks without a cup of coffee may sound like a ridiculous feat before you set out on your elimination diet| but once you start on your journey it can be a way to prove to yourself that you’ve got all the self control you need to reach your normal dieting goals.

| Identifies Food Sensitivities

If you think that you have certain sensitivities to something in your diet| an elimination diet is one of the best ways for you to find out which types of foods you should be avoiding. Once you are done with the program and want to get back to your regular eating| slowly reintroduce eliminate gluten| dairy| alcohol| and other formerly forbidden foods to see if you can identify foods you should be avoiding.

5 Quick Morning Habits You Need to Start Now

Want to make the most out of your morning, no matter how late to work you are? These morning tricks will set you up for success. Altogether they’ll just take up five minutes of your time, so you can add them into even the most hectic morning routine.

1. Don’t snooze: It’s easier said than done, but trust us, this works. Forgoing the snooze button and getting up as soon as your alarm goes off will help you feel less tired.

How to do it: Set your alarm for the time you want to get up, not an earlier time just so you can hit snooze. Using a fitness tracker or smartphone app that tracks your sleep cycle can help rouse you out of slumber when you’re not in your deepest sleep.

2. Stretch: Feeling groggy? Try waking up your body with a few stretches that will also aid digestion and help you become more flexible (an important aspect of staying injury-free, no matter how active you are).

How to do it: The good news is that you can do these soothing, energizing stretches right in bed to ease you into your morning routine.

3. Set an intention: Even the most meditation-averse among us can benefit from thinking positively. No need to spend five minutes trying to concentrate on thinking about nothing (although, if you want to, it works) ¡ª a pause to think about what you want to accomplish during the day is all you need to help you start off on the right foot.

How to do it: Use this positive affirmation guide as a starting point for finding a thought and setting an intention.

4. Breathe: You can try this while you’re saying your positive affirmations to save time, but whatever you do, start the morning with a few deep breaths from the diaphragm.

How to do it: Use this breathing technique when you’re lying in your bed before you get up.

5. Hydrate: The first thing you should think about when you wake up is water. Overnight, your body loses hydration, so replenishing fluids helps wake up your body (and metabolism) while flushing out toxins.

How to do it: Drink an eight- or 16-ounce glass of cold water in the morning as soon as you get out of bed, or opt for a mug of hot water with lemon.

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5 Quick Morning Habits You Need to Start Now

Want to make the most out of your morning| no matter how late to work you are? These morning tricks will set you up for success. Altogether they’ll just take up five minutes of your time| so you can add them into even the most hectic morning routine.

1. Don’t snooze: It’s easier said than done| but trust us| this works. Forgoing the snooze button and getting up as soon as your alarm goes off will help you feel less tired.

How to do it: Set your alarm for the time you want to get up| not an earlier time just so you can hit snooze. Using a fitness tracker or smartphone app that tracks your sleep cycle can help rouse you out of slumber when you’re not in your deepest sleep.

2. Stretch: Feeling groggy? Try waking up your body with a few stretches that will also aid digestion and help you become more flexible (an important aspect of staying injury-free| no matter how active you are).

How to do it: The good news is that you can do these soothing| energizing stretches right in bed to ease you into your morning routine.

3. Set an intention: Even the most meditation-averse among us can benefit from thinking positively. No need to spend five minutes trying to concentrate on thinking about nothing (although| if you want to| it works) a pause to think about what you want to accomplish during the day is all you need to help you start off on the right foot.

How to do it: Use this positive affirmation guide as a starting point for finding a thought and setting an intention.

4. Breathe: You can try this while you’re saying your positive affirmations to save time| but whatever you do| start the morning with a few deep breaths from the diaphragm.

How to do it: Use this breathing technique when you’re lying in your bed before you get up.

5. Hydrate: The first thing you should think about when you wake up is water. Overnight| your body loses hydration| so replenishing fluids helps wake up your body (and metabolism) while flushing out toxins.

How to do it: Drink an eight- or 16-ounce glass of cold water in the morning as soon as you get out of bed| or opt for a mug of hot water with lemon.

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