Hey! Thank God it’s Friday! That is the popular expression to celebrate that the week is over, and that the weekend has begun!
Years ago, every time Friday came along I would daydream about Happy Hour, even on the other side of the world. I craved that yummy bar food specials, and asked myself what drink would get my party started!
Today I have become more smart and conscious on how to survive Happy Hour, sounds unbelievable huh? Here are 10 tips to enjoy your social life without the extra tons of calories, with no need of breaking your piggy bank, and still have the opportunity to socialize and network with your friends.
- Always eat a small snack or meal prior to the happy hour. This way you will avoid binge eating on fattening food that your body has no need for.
- Offer to be the designated driver, this way you vanish peer pressure right away.
- If for some reason you were not able to eat, look over the menu for healthy options. Some options might be chicken skewers, grilled shrimp scampi, , hummus and pita bread, sashimi appetizers and if you go for a salad, remember to get the dressing on the side! Avoid fried, creamy and cheesy stuff. You know what I’m talking about!
- Trick your friends by making them think you are having a drink. Be the one ordering the drinks at the bar and ask for grapefruit juice on the rocks with soda water, garnished with a lime twist.
- If you had a heck of a day and need to have a drink, choose a red or white wine over hard liquor. Sip on your wine slowly, and after every sip chase it with some water.
- If you find yourself with a big crowd, interact with different people. Avoid getting stuck with a boring person that might make you want to have a drink. Remember happy hour is for you to be happy, not for you to overdrink and be unconscious and the next day’s “hot topic” your fellow coworkers might talk about.
- Program your mind that happy hour only lasts an hour, not all night long!
- Keep the “Virgin Drinks” in mind. Such as the margaritas, and daiquiris. Don’t overdrink them though; remember they have lots of sugar in them.
- Manage to choose the right people and place to have happy hour with. Not having self-control can bring many problems along, including losing your willpower.
- Last but not least, remember the point of happy hours is to spend quality time with those who you care about the most. Alcohol and fattening foods are only the “extras” brought to the table. Have a great time, and have fun tonight. I you decide to drink, remember just DON’T DRIVE!