Monday, December 30, 2013

Celebrate Smart and Ring In a Healthy New Year

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to set goals that will help you live a healthier and happier life. Whether you are just beginning your healthy-living journey or you are looking to take your wellness to the next level, it’s important to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Having a party plan can help you limit the number of calories you consume when welcoming in 2014 without missing out on any of the fun!

1. Alcohol calories are easy to ignore- Alcoholic beverages pack a big punch when it comes to calories- alcohol has 7 calories per gram plus all the calories from sugary mixers. Sip smart and choose a cocktail mixed with soda water and fresh citrus- be sure to stay clear of sugary syrups and juices. If beer and wine are your only choices, stick with red wine and get a healthy dose of antioxidants while you sip! It’s also a good idea to set yourself a drink limit- after two drinks switch to water for the rest of the night.

2. Drinking leads to poor eating choices- The willpower to steer clear of high-calorie foods diminishes with every drink. If you are going to a party, it’s a good idea to eat before you go, this way you will be less tempted to snack on foods high in sugar, fat and overall calories. Eat a high-protein, fiber packed meal before heading out the door to keep you feeling full for longer. It’s always a good idea to have food in your belly before sipping on any alcoholic drinks as it helps slow the absorption of alcohol by the body.

3. Waking up with a hangover sets the wrong tone- 1 or 2 drinks can easily become 3 or 4 and before you know it, you’re waking up with a hangover. Guard yourself against a hangover and wake up on New Year’s day feeling great and ready to tackle your goals. Drinking plenty of water before and during the party keeps you hydrated and can help limit the number of drinks consumed throughout the night. Drink a glass of water in between drinks and down two tall glasses of H2O before going to bed.

Have fun celebrating the New Year and make 2014 your healthiest year yet with our party-smart tips. Happy New Year from all of us at!

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