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A Shot of Health

By Lauren Ford
Posted On Jul 01, 2016
A Shot of Health

Want to have a great time but don’t want it to interfere with your health goals? The this article is for you! So we are here to teach you the healthy way to party!

 

Before You Drink

Three words: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The key to preventing a hangover is hydration. Drink plenty of water before you start drinking. Also, eating before regulates blood sugar levels, helping to avoid a large spike and drop, which is common while drinking.  Try to avoid salty foods because they will make you thirsty, in turn making you drink quicker while you are out.

Party Time

  1. Always ask if the drinks are fresh or from a mix, and avoid premade mixes. They’re loaded with sugar, calories, and usually artificial coloring. A margarita made from a mix can run anywhere from 300-450 calories.
  2. Avoid caffeinated mixers like energy drinks or cola that will worsen dehydration.
  3. Add seltzer and ice to all drinks. This will dilute the calories while hydrating. Vodka seltzer is a health nut’s favorite- weighing in at 60-80 calories. If that is too harsh for you, throw in lime wedges or a splash of juice.
  4. Avoid tonic. Tonic is carbonated water with quinine and almost as much sugar and calories as soda. Most people think its an equivalent to seltzer, but it is NOT!
  5. Avoid cream based drinks. So no Mai Thais, Pina Coladas, Bailey Creams, and White Russians. These have over 500 calories and lots of fat.
  6. Simple syrup is a fancy name for sugar. It’s half sugar and half warm water. It’s no better than refined white sugar.
  7. Ask for all drinks light on the sugar. To replace the sugar, ask for more citrus or opt for a tart drink.
  8. For every alcoholic drink ordered, have one glass of water.

The Day After

First things first, drink 8-10 ounces of water the minute you come home! Try your best to not overeat. Most of the time our bodies misinterpret thirst for hunger, so we think we are hungry when we are really just very dehydrated. So instead of getting fast food on the way home, try drinking water first. Also, don’t leave tempting foods waiting for you at home. Try and stock up with healthier snacks like whole grain cereal, pretzels, grapes, yogurt, etc. So when you do have that 4 am food binge, it’s healthier snacks you are eating rather than crap. Oh, and don’t forget to take your vitamins the next morning.

We hope these tips treat you well and have you feeling even better the next day!