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  • Felicia Newell, Sustain Nutrition

4 Tips for Smarter Drinking

It's May 2-4 weekend! Yes, it's almost over, but many of us don't work tomorrow, so the relaxation and/or fun continues this evening. Of course you want to relax and unwind on a long weekend. However, calories from alcohol can really add up. If your one to partake in a few alcoholic beverages, but want to feel a little better the next day (and avoid total caloric overload), follow these tips:

  1. Keep Hydrated. Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink. Or, just try to keep as hydrated as possible. Vodka and water, anyone?

  2. Avoid mixes, especially sugary ones. Many mixes have added sugars, which can lead to a stronger hangover the next day. The less ingredients the better. If you do choose a mix, choose a low calorie/low sugar one such as tonic water, zevia, etc.. Freshly squeeze juice whenever possible to avoid added sugars, colours and preservatives found in many store-bought varieties. Squeezing fruit close to cocktail time preserves more of the nutrients.

  3. Get those electrolytes in. Try drinking electrolyte-packed coconut water (either as a mix, or as a night cap). Coconut water has become a hangover staple for many a partygoer, so why not get a jumpstart on the rehydration process? At just six calories an ounce and available in a variety of fun flavours, there’s no reason not to. Just be sure it’s the all-natural kind with no artificial additives. Watermelon water is a new alternative to coconut water. Give it a try! Vodka and watermelon water, anyone?

  4. Calories add up. If you're trying to choose a lower calorie drink (so you can have a few more, right?), choose one of the lower calorie options from the chart below.

Overall, relax, enjoy yourself, and drink responsibly. Whether or not you follow these tips, as with any time you unwind and put the healthiest choices on the back burner, just pick yourself back up tomorrow, and get back on track. That's all any of us can do - we're all human!

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