If you are on the ever-continuing pursuit to look and feel your best, you will know that alcohol is kinda tricky to fit with that aim.
On one hand, drinking tends to bring the potential to behave like a not so cool, not so together version of you. Plus a boozy night is often followed up feeling of dehydration, headaches, general crankiness and craving all the unhealthy food. I am most definitely not my most sassy, switched-on self after a few too many.
That being said, it can be damn fun.
One of my fave date nights is to kick back with the man and chill with a couple of glasses of wine or a cocktail.
No distractions – just us, drinks and conversation. It’s a great way to unwind, celebrate and, in the right dose, make a good time extra-special.
As a I-wanna-have-it-all kinda person, I want just the fun, free, flirty alcohol benefits with none of the gnarly side affects.
So, my overall alcohol game plan of late has been all about emulating that cool european stereotype – exuding casual elegance whilst sipping drinks. No slurring, silliness or stumbling. And definitely no hangover,
Think ‘How to Be Parisian’ but for booze.
Maximum fun. Minimum downside. Which is my basic approach to everything.
So, lets talk how to do that…
Figure Out Why You Drink
IMO, this falls into one of two categories.
- Negative Reasons
A.K.A drinking because you feel crap/are in a crap situation. This could be boredom, feeling depressed/insecure or wanting to make your date seem more interesting.
Bottom line = If a situation isn’t fun without drinking, GTFO out of the situation. Deal with the negativity and move on. Don’t start drinking to escape it, trust me, it wont help.
- Positive Reasons
A.K.A because you are feeling good, having fun and want to enhance that with a lil drink. No problem with opening the wine in this case. It is soooo much better to drink to enhance something good, rather than hide from something bad.
Identify Your Tipping Point
A.KA. How frequently can you drink and how many drinks does it take before you start to feel the negative affects of alcohol. In general, for me, more than 3 drinks leads to a downhill slide in terms of my mental faculty + how I feel the next day.
Hence, I tend to stick to 2-3 drinks and don’t drink more than a couple of times a week.
This way, I get maximum benefit, minimum cost.
Choose High Quality Drinks
I don’t mean pricy drinks. I mean choose a drink that you really enjoy.
Skip the green juice/no sugar/low cal options. They don’t make alcohol healthier, just less tasty.
If you want wine, have wine. If you want a creamy cocktail, have it. Having a little of what you really enjoy is SO much more satisfactory than half-assing it by trying to choose ‘healthy’ options.
Figure Out a Recovery Plan
Damage control is pretty damn important, particularly if you go over your tipping point. I find a BIG glass of water plus a couple of charcoal tablets before bed work a treat.
Be Cool About Occasionally Breaking the Rules
It’s pretty damn easy to let 2 drinks become 5.
I still – on occasion – wake up feeling not too pretty. It happens. Just focus on sleep and drinking plenty of water to combat the hangover.
And remember that feeling the next time you go for drinks.
Talk soon xxx