9 ways to stay healthy while being social and not lame

As a part of today’s Ohio Blogging Association‘s Cleveland November Blog Swap, I’m happy to introduce you to Julie from Wearing Mascara. On this day, bloggers from around the Northeast Ohio area are guest posting on one another blogs as a way to help to get one another in our blogging community. For a full listing of blog swap participants, please visit Poise in Parma today.”  Be kind and enjoy!

Hello everyone!

Major thanks to Jenn for letting me take over her blog today!

Muhahaha, oh the possibilities.

Anywho, HI! I’m Julie and I blog at Wearing Mascara {dot} com.

I just moved back to Northeast Ohio (Lakewood, specifically). For the past five years, I’ve lived in Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, PA, and Lancaster, PA. Whew – it’s been a whirlwind, that’s for sure.

Since I just moved back, I am focusing on one thing: staying healthy while being social. It’s a challenge, because I do not want to turn down invitations because I am trying to meet people and establish a core group of friends.

In order to help you, and myself, I’ve created a list of nine ways to stay healthy all while being social and not completely lame.

One: Eat Soup

I love eating out. Give me a restaurant, exotic food and drinks, and a good friend and I’m a happy camper! This can be dangerous though, because in my experience, everyone wants to order appetizers, on top of the delicious entrees! One healthy living tip I’ve tried before is to order yourself some broth based soup while everyone is digging into their fried mozzarella sticks. This will keep your mouth and hands busy all while helping you eat less throughout your meal. Plus, you won’t feel left out of the appetizer munching.

Two: Exercise with friends

Exercise does not have to be a lonely chore. Find a running partner, exercise group, or join a group fitness class! You are guaranteed to make at least one new friend and exercise does not seem like such a bore. Some of the best gossip sessions I’ve had was walking or running with a gal pal.

Three: Embrace alone time

This is an area I am struggling with right now. The fact of the matter is that I do not have plans 24/7 and I need to embrace that time for myself. It’s unrealistic of me to believe that I will always have plans and friends to lean on when I’m lonely. When you’re alone, take that time to do something you love to do! For me, it’s shopping. I love to shop alone because I know exactly where I want to go and what I want to buy.

Four: Nurse a beer and get some water

It’s Saturday night and you and your girls are going to West 6th to get your dance on. You listened to my advice (see number two) and you have a group run in the morning. This does not mean you shouldn’t go out! It just means you can’t get wasted, right? Buy a light beer and nurse it all night. No one will know that you only had one drink. If the beer runs out, get some water at the bar (don’t forget to tip the bartender!). Again, no one will know that it’s water.

Five: Drink water

Water needs to have it’s own tip, aside from number five. I’ve been known to down a ton of water when I’m out to eat because it keeps me full, my mouth busy, and hydrated! Order water at restaurants, bars, and have a water bottle handy when out with friends.

Six: Try exotic restaurants

In my experience, different types of restaurants, aside from American, will have healthier options. For example, have you ever tried Ethiopian food? The portions are right, it’s not greasy, and is poured over doughy bread. Indian food is also in this category. Trying these types of restaurants allows you to socialize, and create a great experience.

Seven: Share, share, share!

The other night, I went to Deagan’s to partake in their pumpkin menu with my pal Crystal. She and I both wanted to try different dishes, including the Gnocchi and the pumpkin cheesecake, which are heavy dishes. Instead of ordering our own portions, we split them both and still had one portion each for leftovers! This also saved mula.

Eight: Call a friend

For my emotional and social health, sometimes it just helps to call a friend. This helps to keep you socialized, in a healthy way. You’d be surprised which friends are always up for a gabbing session.

Nine: Order what YOU want

When out with friends, order what you want, not what everyone else is having. Scenario: You are out with friends and all of them are ordering margaritas. You’re not feeling the drinks, but you order one just because everyone else is doing it. What’s happening is very sociological and it’s hard to catch. This actually happens to me frequently, because my friends will order one type of drink, when I’m really craving a beer. I have to watch myself and make sure I satisfy my craving and therefore, not crave it later.

There you have it! Feel free to visit my blog (Please link my blog: http://wearingmascara.com/) and connect with me. Have a great day, Cleveland!



6 thoughts on “9 ways to stay healthy while being social and not lame

  1. Pingback: Ohio Blogging Association November Blog Swap | poise in parma

  2. Great suggestions! One other thing I do is not worry about what other people think when I don’t finish a plate of food. If you drink a glass of water before your meal, you will be less likely to overeat – and thus not finish your plate. Portions are so big these days, we have to get comfortable with the idea that we shouldn’t eat it all. Great post.

  3. These are all great. I really love the one about working out together. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you can structure get togethers around non-food opportunities. I did this with a yoga date on Sunday – we had a ball!

    Thanks for participating in the OBA Blog Swap!

  4. Great suggestions! You helped me realize yet another benefit of being a stay-at-home mom… if you don’t have a budget for entertainment, you don’t have to worry about the nutritional pitfalls of eating out 🙂

  5. Love it! I struggle with this all the time because I LOVE food and so do all my friends. Luckily, some of them are super cool to eat with (like Julie) so we can share and taste everything without EATING everything by ourselves. I need to work on that workin’ out part next…

  6. Great tips Julie! I can relate to number nine…just this past Thursday I was out with friends and pretty much ordered what would work for me, except they were having strawberry daquiris while I really wanted a beer. The daquiri was awesome, but I still wound up drinking a Christmas Ale when I got home! I need to eat out with you guys – love the sharing idea! :o)

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