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8/21/12

Can Dieters Have a Night Life?

Many of you are now, most likely, at the point in your life where you begin to notice your metabolism slowing, your tolerance lowering, your sleep decreasing and your want for a healthier existence increasing. After working 7 years of 9-6 in a stressful industry, my body began to tell me it wasn't enjoying my "go go go" mentality. In my opinion this was happening entirely too early in life, and made me feel like a hypocrite. However, it is clinically proven that your body actually does start to produce less energy in your late twenties. Scary. With my realization came the need to start exercising regularly and more importantly, changing up my diet. I could no longer get away with my unhealthy, not to mention unconscionable, poor eating habits.
I began with a calorie counter. This was not necessarily because I wanted to lose weight, more so I wanted to keep track of what I was consuming on a daily basis to understand habits and exactly how many calories I needed to fuel my body for an entire day.
After using the calorie counter and exercise diary, (MyFitnessPal on iPhone) I began to realize my areas in which I could improve and/or eliminate and which areas required more focus. So I began to make little changes and swaps here and there. For my sweets and baked dessert, I decided to go gluten free. I still enjoyed the taste of the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix and deduced that switching was a good choice. Next, I switched all of my breads to whole wheat, including bagels. Simple changes here and there not only have me energy, but allowed me to make healthier choices without starving myself.
During my "swapping" stage, however, there was one area that was stumping me...alcohol. I had always heard of certain drinks and alcohol being better for you in terms of calories and carbohydrates, but most of them I didn't enjoy.
That's when I started my research. The last thing I wanted to do was ask the bartender for my usual Chardonnay and then ask him how many calories and carbs were in it. Nor did I want to sit there and Google how many calories I was consuming while trying to enjoy my night out with friends. Then I found this wonderful website: www.getdrunknotfat.com The website breaks down carbs and calories as well as alcohol percentage!  It wasn't all good news, I did find out that my Disoronno contained 1008 calories per 12 oz. It was a sad day. 
But what the discovery of this site, amongst the plethora of other sites dedicated to the cause, really showed me that one could in fact enjoy a night our without having to offer the services of designated driver solely because I was trying to watch my figure. I am a firm believer that staying at a healthy state and weight does not have to consist of a combination of vigorous exercise and starvation diets. It really boils down to your ability to listen to what your body is telling you it can handle, paying attention to what you put into it, and refusing to give up on your social night life due to a fear of high calorie mixed drinks.


Here is one of my favorite low calorie drinks for summer: ENJOY!
Calories: 100 

Ingredients: 
1 oz. Tequila 
3 oz.
Watermelon
0.1 oz. Simple Syrup 
0.1 oz. Soda water 
5 Cilantro pieces 
Squeeze of lime
1 Bamboo spike



Directions: Muddle the watermelon with the cilantro leaves in a cocktail shaker. Then add ice, simple
syrup, and tequila. Shake vigorously and pour all contents into a rocks
glass. Garnish with a piece of watermelon in a bamboo spike. 

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