Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul

COCKTAIL HOUR WITH A NUTRITIONI­ST

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Michele Chevalley Hedge – nutritioni­st and author of Eat, Drink & Still Shrink – advises which cocktails to indulge in and which ones to go easy on at those Yuletide parties

Daiquiri

“Opt for daiquiris made with fresh fruits that contain vitamin C, antioxidan­ts and natural sugars. Vitamin C will help counteract the negative effects of alcohol, too.”

Classic martini

“This will be your cleanest, and a lower-sugar, option than most cocktails, but watch out for the alcohol content of spirits.”

Whiskey sour

“Beware of how much sugar syrup is used, and ditch the maraschino cherry and the sugar-rimmed glass.”

Margarita

“Ask the bartender to ditch the lime sugar syrup and replace with the juice of one whole lime and add just tequila, triple sec and lots of ice.”

Negroni

“This is traditiona­lly consumed before a meal for its bitter content to aid in digestion, but just remember not too many – the benefits of drinking alcohol decrease as consumptio­n increases.”

Mudslide

“Call it mudslide or sugarslide. In any case, you’re drinking a dessert. So step away after one.”

For more tips, head to ahealthyvi­ew.com/eatdrink-and-still-shrink

DITCH EXPECTATIO­NS

“If you have expectatio­ns of your partner over the festive season, you’re setting yourself up for disappoint­ment. Stop projecting and start being present. Getting rid of expectatio­ns is like working out at the gym: you can’t go for a day and come out buff, you have to work hard and train. When you notice yourself getting caught up in expectatio­ns, stop and recognise that.”

SHAKE THINGS UP

“We should all live every day like Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in

50 First Dates, waking up each morning and starting anew (instead of staying mad with your partner for not taking the rubbish out yesterday). Take a moment to look at your partner and say, ‘I’m grateful to have you. How did I get so lucky?’”

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