New Year’s Eve Preparation

It’s that time of year again. We’re all a bit tired from working and/or studying, so we’re having a break. At least, I hope you’re having a break from study and if you’re working, I hope you’re being well-paid!


As we approach New Year’s Eve, are you prepared? Have you given any thought to how you are going to survive New Year’s Eve and wake up feeling good on the first day of 2016? It would of course be much better to wake up feeling fantastic, but I’m being realistic here! We do tend to drink a little too much at this time, so let’s  try to reduce the severity of  a possible hangover on January 1, 2016. Here are my suggestions:

1. Have a big dinner before you go out. Include protein: steak, chicken, lamb, or fish.

2. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or juice. Try to have a jug of water handy.

3. Drink lots of water before you go to sleep. Coconut water is even better. Coconut water and sports drinks are great for hydration and at replacing the minerals that alcohol destroys.

4. Prepare healthy food to keep in your fridge. I love Nigella Lawson’s Antioxidant Fruit Salad. It’s bursting with goodness and will help you recover if you have a few too many drinks on New Year’s Eve. The recipe below is from   Click on the name NIGELLA LAWSON if you would like to listen to and watch her on YouTube preparing this recipe (approximately six minutes in) and other Feel Good Food. She speaks English beautifully.

Nigella’s Antioxidant Fruit Salad


  • 1 mango
    1 cup blueberries
    1 pomegranate
    2 teaspoons lime juice


Cut the mango in half around the stone, and then criss-cross the flesh of the mango halves with a knife into 1/2-inch squares.

Push the diced mango flesh outwards and then slice off the squares from the skin into a bowl.

Tumble in the blueberries, then halve the pomegranate and bash out the seeds with a wooden spoon over the mango. Finally squeeze over the lime juice and serve.

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