How To Stay Healthy When Socializing
Friends, Fun & Fitness
It's not easy having a busy social life and making smart food and drink choices; it's all too easy (and fun) to meet for happy hours, cocktails, brunches and decadent dinners. All of which are harmless enough once in a while, but can add up if they're an everyday or frequent occurrence such as when you have guests stay. Doing workouts or classes together maybe fun but you can't really talk to each other during that time either.
Living so far away from my family and the friends I grew up with, I often have people stay for extended periods of time. Going out to lunch and dinner everyday for a couple of weeks really starts to pile on the calories, even when making smart food and drink choices, as the portions are often way bigger than we'd eat at home. Besides the obvious e.g. choosing organic or restaurants that offer healthy options, here are a couple of 'eating' alternatives to help manage your lifestyle when out without taking away from the enjoyment.
Eating Out Alternatives
- Organic juice bars instead of lunch
- Dine-in cinemas, so they can eat and you don't have to, without the awkwardness of sitting watching them.
- Cute one-off coffee shops and juice bars to sit and chat, which is often more social than trying to catch up in a noisy bar anyway.
- Hosting dinner or drinks, that way you're completely in control of food, drink and portions.
- Mani-Pedi's or spa days
With local friends, I don't need to show around and play tour-guide to, I love having them over so that way I'm completely in control of what we eat and drink. I make everything from scratch from the guacamole, dips, crudités, canopes and cocktails (I love pureeing fruits rather than using store bought mixers/juice/soda). Check out the recipe section for ideas.
If you travel a lot for work or pleasure be sure to check out my article:
If you are going out, here's a few tips to help not undo all of your hard work with a few smart choices: Eat This Not That
What do you do when you want to be social but healthy? Leave your comments on how you stay healthy when socializing below to help inspire others.
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