Editor’s Note: We’re thrilled today to introduce you to our new healthy living contributor, Carolyn Brown, M.S., R.D., a registered dietitian from Foodtrainers, a private nutrition practice in Manhattan, and a certified yoga guide. Brown completed her masters in clinical nutrition at New York University and holds her undergraduate degree from Tulane University. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, CNN, and CBS New York and has been interviewed by a number of noted outlets, including the Today show, FOX, and more.
Spring is here—hallelujah! With that itch to get outside come more cocktail hours, parties, and all manner of enticing foods and drinks, which inevitably can get us off track from our health living endeavors. Being a social butterfly doesn't have to sabotage your wellness or weight goals, though! Here are three quick tips to keep your social life in check this spring.
1. Pre-eat before parties.
It may sound counterintuitive, but eating at least 100 calories before a party (20 pistachios or a piece of fruit) can save you hundreds later. We all know the feeling of a drink or two, and suddenly… What willpower? So set yourself up right by not heading into a sticky situation absolutely starving.
2. Detox while you retox.
Hopefully soda is already out of your diet (although seltzer is fine), but in addition to cutting the sugary stuff, you can also hydrate or help your body detox while you retox. Either sip on a spritzer (50/50 sparkling water and wine) or go one-to-one: For every cocktail you have (I'm loving Tanteo jalapeño tequila on the rocks right now), order a water, too. This helps you slow down and stay hydrated. Tomorrow will thank you.
3. Stay away from snack sabotages.
Don't stand yourself next to the cheese plates or chips bowls: That is asking for a struggle! Instead, make it easy to reach for crudités and guacamole or hummus. Commit to one or two "happy apps" and stick to those the whole party.
Interested in reading more diet-survival tips? Pick up a copy of Foodtrainer founder Lauren Slayton’s book, The Little Book of Thin.
Happy Spring! What's your favorite seasonal food or drink? Tell us in the comments below.