Social gatherings are finally possible at least to some degree in 2022 and that is certainly a blessing in more ways than one. However, they tend to be very disruptive if you follow a diet (keto, Mediterranean, etc.), or if you practice an overall healthy lifestyle. After all, no social gathering is complete without a healthy dose of booze and salty food!
Does this mean that you will either have to break your diet and go out of your healthy lifestyle, or avoid social gatherings altogether? Luckily, no such drastic measures are necessary, as we are about to share five tips with you, which will go a long way to reassuring your mind and your health.
Pay short visits
If you can help her, keep your visits short and sweet. This will help you avoid overeating or drinking too much at a social gathering. Arrive late and leave early if the gathering in question does not require a longer stay.
Be the host
It might seem counter-intuitive for a health-conscious person to throw the party, but it’s the best way to eat and drink healthy, even at a large social gathering. You can eat and drink as you wish as it is your own home! Stick to these keto friendly wines and follow your diet like you
would do at home, because you will be at home! There’s no better way to earn social popularity points and stick to your healthy lifestyle than this little trick.
Less consumption, more mixing
Parties aren’t just about drinking and eating things you know you shouldn’t, unless you’re a teenager throwing the first party of your life! It’s more about chatting, chatting, meeting new people, building new relationships, and enjoying the whole experience of being around other people after so long. Make sure you don’t forget what the purpose of the meeting is. Eat and drink only when you must, and that too, in small amounts.
Be a little picky about what’s on the menu and you might be pleasantly surprised. For example, if the gathering is in a lounge or restaurant, you should be able to find at least a few healthy, relatively high food value foods on just about any menu these days. Also talk to the waiter and preferably the chef afterwards to let them know that you are looking for a healthier version of whatever you have chosen from the menu. Since a healthy diet is
always easier to cook than their commercial versions, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be happy to oblige a paying customer.
Know common healthy dishes by heart
If you really want to lead a healthy life, you should at least know how to cook simple and healthy meals at home. This knowledge will come in handy when trying to choose a dish from just about any restaurant in the country. For example, here are some of the healthiest and most common menu items found in most American restaurants:
- Grilled chicken/fish/shrimp variations with brown rice and vegetables
- Stir-fried seafood/fish/chicken with mashed potatoes and assorted vegetables
- Grilled salmon with broccoli
- Vegetarian salads with cilantro, avocado, cucumber, tomato, strawberry, carrot,
beets, quinoa, kale, bean sprouts, lettuce, sesame seeds, nuts, peppers, etc.
- Non-vegetarian salads containing grilled chicken/seafood/fish, as well as plant-based foods
already mentioned above
Not that this is an exhaustive list, but you should be able to find items very similar to these in most American restaurants. They will probably have their own fancy names and personal touches added, but Grilled Lemon Salmon with Broccoli is just that, whatever name they decide to give it.