Blog: A healthy lifestyle isn’t always popular

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It’s a funny statement but in some circles it’s quite true.

Certain habits that we have such as drinking spirits are quite popular around holidays, and often many more times throughout the year. Aside from the several popular holidays most people know of what each culture will celebrate, there are also many small celebrations that are usually well known to the individuals within that culture.

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All these celebrations could pose a health risk unbeknownst to this group, especially where health isn’t  on their minds. Often they act because they follow a group of people immersed in a culturally sound reasoning without much thought whether their health and wellness has any affect.

Most of these celebrations can be dubbed as “happy hour.” Happy hour is the dieter’s perfect storm. The combination of cocktails and often snack foods also brings a deluge of calories—before you’re even aware of how much damage you’ve actually done. While you enjoy unwinding with friends, the alcohol might start to loosen your determination to keep your calories in check. Then there are the snacks, which are plentiful and readily available, which is then quenched with another drink.

That doesn’t mean you have to avoid socializing or celebrating with friends, but it does help to have a strategy for handling your drinking.

Here are a few tips:

Snack before you go

Know the calories in your drinks

Establish a limit before you go

Focus on the fun

If your “happy hour” is mainly focused on food and cocktails, it’s time to shift your attention to the quality time you’re having with your friends. Being sociable doesn’t require that you have a cocktail in your hand or plateful of snacks in front of you.

The best choice is to stick to water that can be lightly flavoured with fruits, aloe vera, or a few slices of cucumber.

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