For some, a new year is a time for a blank slate, a fresh start and rejuvenation, but for others it can be a dreaded time when we are forced to evaluate ourselves, our progress and our habits over the past year. Don’t sweat it! While making a New Year’s resolution or two is healthy and even encouraged, making small, daily changes can help you feel better about yourself and your life. Check out these small resolutions you can make to be a healthier version of yourself without drastic, over-the-top changes.
1. Drink less. Whether this means drinking less often or less in each setting, limiting your alcohol intake can help you lose weight, spend less money and start on a path to a healthier lifestyle. While indulging in your favorite alcoholic beverage on special occasions or to relax is great, drinking daily or drinking too much at once is dangerous and can lead to a variety of other issues.
2. Switch to lighter drinks. If weight loss is your primary motivator behind decreasing your alcohol intake, consider switching to lighter drinks. Choose light, low-calorie beer, avoid cocktails that are high in sugar and avoid using soda as a mixer or chaser, opting instead for seltzer water or other carbonated options.
3. Break up your drinks with healthy food and water in between. Everyone knows that you should never drink on an empty stomach, but this year, instead of breaking up your drinks with soda and potato chips, opt for healthier bar food like nuts to soak up your booze.
4. Drink responsibly. This probably goes without saying, but always set yourself a limit and never drink and drive. Line up a designated driver, call a cab or spend the night with friends!
Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).