Getting over a wine induced hangover.

With Christmas and the new year firmly in the rear view mirror, we all may feel that the risk of the dreaded hangover is out of the way for a while. But with birthdays, anniversaries and all manner of other celebratory occasions throughout the year; there is always the risk that we end up drinking too much.

Instead of regretting enjoying yourselves, be sure to check out these tips over on I love wine. They will be sure to help you with getting over the night before.

Getting over a hangover – I love wine.

Here you will find a few good tips on the best ways to look after yourself if you wake up feeling a bit worse for wear.

While there why not check out some of the other content available on I love wine?


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My food day.

There is a lot of press around these days about what you should and should not eat. Warnings about the levels of fat, or salt, or sugar or whatever else may have some negative effects; maybe. I will absolutely not argue that a diet of wine, cheese and processed meats is not great for you. What I will argue however is that there are benefits other than the easily measurable physiological ones. The joy of eating a grilled cheese sandwich, or some chocolate for instance; will leave you feeling happy. Something that has a high level of value, for me anyway. That isn’t to say that I don’t think you should try to be healthy with your food, just that there are more things to think about.

I eat a very small amount of red meat during the week in general, in part because of living on my own and the difficulty in getting reasonable portions for one person. But I have no issue in eating red meat, in fact I enjoy it greatly. Every Saturday my parents come around for chilli con carne, which of course contains beef.

Below is an example of a typical day’s food for me.

Breakfast

Smoked salmon and cream cheese on crumpets.

A glass of fruit juice and a cup of coffee.

Lunch

I rarely eat much for lunch when I’m not at work, I’ll usually stick to something quick and simple such as Soup and crusty bread.

Dinner

If I only had a small meal at lunch time then I will have something more substantial for dinner. Some sort of pasta dish is common, often with some variety of fish.

Snacks

I do of course get hungry between meals on occasion, and although I do like things such as chocolate I try to avoid eating them too often.

One of my favourite go to snacks is houmous with either carrot sticks or sugarsnap peas.

This is just an example of what I would eat on any given day. I’m not saying it is the best diet, nor is it something that would work for everybody. It just happens to work for me.

I think the best thing for anyone to do when looking at their diet is to pay attention to what your body is telling you. The recommended diet is designed for the average person, and in my experience the average person doesn’t exist. Eat and drink what you like, in moderation. If you notice yourself putting on some unwanted weight, change things. The same if you find you are not feeling well, or if your physical performance is suffering.

No one knows your body better than you.

Green tea. Is it better than water?

Green tea has many of the same benefits as water, which you can read about here: The benefits of water according to science. But, it also has many other benefits.

Many of the plant compounds found in the tea leaves make it into the final drink, these compounds contain many important nutrients.

There are large amounts of catechins, which are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage as well as providing other benefits.
EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) is found in green tea, and has been found to treat a number of diseases.

Green tea, like all teas, contains caffeine; this is known to increase brain function. Where caffeine has been shown to increase conditions such as anxiety in some, the amino acid L-theanine is known to reduce it. Green tea contains large amounts of this important amino acid, which negates this potential downside of caffeine.

The combination of caffeine and L-theanine has been proven to have synergistic effects. The combination of the two being particularly potent at improving brain function.

Much like water, green tea is known to aid in fat reduction. It has the added benefit of the physical performance improvement gained by the caffeine.

So, if you are after a healthy drink that is not just plain old water. Give green tea a try.

Are there carbs in wine?

You often hear about the dangers of drinking alcohol when trying to control your weight, but is there actually any science behind this?

Of course, for a large variety of alcoholic beverages it is know to be the case that they contain a large number of calories. Beers and spirits being prime examples. But what about wine?

Check out this article from I love wine to find out.


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The Post House, Derby

On a recent trip to Derby, to visit my brother and his girlfriend, we went out one evening to The Post House.

“The Post House is a new and exciting independent restaurant & bar and is an industrial looking environment whereby the customer will have a choice of local artisan, organic foods and drink. “

At the time of writing The Post House is comprised of eight independent local food and drink businesses, showcasing a wide range of different cuisines. These businesses include a micro-brewery, a cocktail bar, burger restaurant and coffee shop. There is something oddly satisfying about having king prawns in a samphire and oyster sauce for a starter, followed by a bacon cheeseburger and dirty fries and finished off with a chocolate brownie and homemade strawberry milkshake.

I would seriously recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in the Derby area.

The Post House, Derby