Hola! It’s been awhile since I wrote and I’m trying something new. I want to be a little more personal so let me know what you think!
For those who don’t know my story, here’s a quick recap to get to know me:
I moved to LA 3 months ago in April , It has been a crazy journey in such a short amount of time, hence why I have been so MIA lately. The craziness started right away getting my visa papers so I could legally be here and work. It is no easy process, even just to work here let me tell you! Don’t even get me started on finding a new home, figuring out my daily routine which consist of running around the city (and sometimes to other cities) from casting to casting, shoot after shoot, and all the while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the midst of also juggling one social event after another.
Having a healthy lifestyle is everything to me, and my goal is to motivate people (including myself) how to “stay on the healthy track” - develop great eating habits, find an exercise routine that I love and can enjoy daily. But the biggest challenge to me lately has been maintaining healthy whilst socializing. If you have ever been to a party with free champagne and fried appetizers you know what I’m talking about. The struggle is real.
Being new in town even I have fallen prey to drinking a little more than I would normally. Saying that, having a busy social life can come with a cost of drinking too much or indulging on those late night snacks that you would normally never dare to eat during the day. I think most people can relate to this, so I put together some tips and advice that I try to live by and implement myself, that everyone can benefit from.
Eat Before dinner
This might sound ridiculous to some people, but eating before going out to a social event or a dinner can help you maintain your weight and keep you away from overeating the more than likely unhealthy option that await you out.
Timing of food is important. Events and dinners are often late, so having a snack before you leave will help to avoid arriving on an empty stomach where you end up overindulging on the canapés , or just have no other option but eating the wrong foods.
3 of my favorite quick and healthy snacks I’ve been eating before going out lately :
- 2 hard boiled eggs, with sliced avocado and hummus - This combo is seriously amazing!
- Tuna and rice bowl - Brown rice with some tuna, avocado and cucumber. Dress it with lemon and olive oil. - Basic , easy and perfectly balanced.
- 1 apple with peanut butter - For the sweet tooth. This is an old time favorite.
Choosing the right alcohol
I am a firm believer in enjoying the pleasures of life - and that includes enjoying a glass of wine or your favorite alcoholic drink without having to have a detox afterwards.
Firstly, clean eating and alcohol don’t mix well. The body stores alcohol first, as the alcohol enters the digestive system it splits in to two compounds: fat and acetate. The fat is taken through the bloodstream and stored wherever your body tends to deposit fat. The acetate is taken into the blood stream and used as primary fuel. In other words this means that rather than burning carbohydrates, protein, or fat as fuel, your body relies on the acetate for energy. It completely stops burning anything else. And guess what?! The protein, fats and carbohydrates circulating in the body with nowhere to go, it ends up getting converted into FAT and stored nicely around the waistline or the butt ladies!
So lets be realistic..
If you are going to have a drink, these are my suggestions :
Spirits - Tequila, Gin or Vodka. Tequila is my personal favorite spirit. It’s gluten free , clean and has a natural sweetness that can be enjoyed with soda-water and lemon without having to add the extra sugar, fruit juice or soda, that will increase overall calorie intake dramatically.
Wine - Choose Red over white. Red has the highest amount of antioxidants and the lowest amount of sugar. Organic versions has less harmful preservatives. Having 1 glass of red wine can actually prevent and reduce the risk of heart disease, but remember everything in moderation.
Here’s some other tips when it comes to drinking:
- Dilute alcohol with mineral water or a tonic. Avoid all artificial sweeteners and overall calorie intake from sugary mixers.
- Use lots of ice. It makes your drink seem bigger without adding actual calories.
- If you have to chose between fruit juice or a sugary soda in a mixer, choose fruit juice.
- Avoid salty snacks. They’ll make you want to drink more.
- Drink as much water as possible. Try to have two glasses of water for every one drink of alcohol.
I hope these tips helps you stay healthy.
Remember being healthy is a choice that only you can make. Every healthy habit you create now will only set you up for a better outcome in life.
Peace and Love