How To Stay Healthy When Socializing
Healthy things to do that don’t all involve eating and drinking out but still include having a social life. While I subscribe to the eat drink and be merry philosophy, I also like to find a balance that’s healthy and realistic. No one wants to be a deprived hermit but overindulging all of time doesn’t make us feel great either. It’s all about finding a balance and having the best of it all.
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Secrets to Socializing and Staying Slim
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.
Healthy 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, canopés and cocktails. You can even puree fresh fruits rather than using store bought mixers/juice/soda. Check out the recipe section for ideas.
More Easy Tips For Staying Healthy While You Socialize
If you travel a lot for work or pleasure be sure to check out Healthy Options And Advice When Making Food Choices on Business Travel if you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle on the road.
What do you do when you want to eat drink and be merry and social but healthy?
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Eve Dawes is a Blogger, Podcaster, Mrs. England World 2020, a WBFF Pro Diva, SAG-AFTRA actress, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics and GlamourandGains.com. Eve's also the host of BFF (beauty, fitness & fashion) segment on Spill The Tea Live! The show for British Expats. Eve has over 15 years experience in the fashion world, is an avid traveller and cruelty-free beauty advocate.