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To Booze or Not to Booze?

I say booze… kinda sorta…


New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.  At the risk of sound too “preachy,” I thought I would write about alcohol.  I’ll be the first to admit that I love a good glass(or two) of wine or cocktail(or two).   With parties in full swing, it’s VERY easy to over do it… and let’s be honest… we all know what a few too many does to us the next day (can you say “hangover food”), and we know what it does to our waistline. 


  • We all know that studies show that consuming the occasional glass of red wine promotes health benefits… yada yada yada…


  • We can all google the calorie content of our favorite mixed drink (mine is a margarita), find out it has 600 calories… and still order it…


  • We’ve all read in some magazine somewhere that we should avoid sugar mixers like juice and sweet-n-sour mix, and use low calorie mixers like water, club soda, and diet soda… right?


  • We all know that a 12oz bottle of light beer has about 100 calories, so if seven are consumed… that’s 700 calories… we know how to do the math…


  • We all know we should alternate our drinks with water or club soda… (that means no vodka or gin)


Do you see where I’m getting at?  We know all this information already… this is just me, giving a little refresher course  😉


Here’s what I do when I go to a party or get-together

  • I always make sure I have a little somthing in my tummy… drinking on an empty stomach makes me extra tipsy and I feel like I need to eat everything in site from low blood sugar.
  • I try to limit myself to two drinks… this seem to be a good number for me.
  • I try to keep a bottle of water or club soda on hand.
  • Enjoy good company and converstaion 🙂  This passes time!


Have a great New Year’s Eve!!  Be safe and drink responsibly.

I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and hangover free New Year’s!!!


Question of the Day?

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

I’m plan on spending my at home, with my husband and my baby girl… most likely in bed by 10:30pm… exciting I know!

22 Responses

  1. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said on December 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I’m usually pretty good at moderating alcohol or even steering clear of it. It’s only when I have WAY too much that I want even more (yeeps!). I think that’ll change once I grow older though 🙂 I’ll be home with my fam too. I’ll probably stay up until the ball drop and much much later but just good ol’ family time for me.

  2. Lu said on December 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Hehe, you didn’t burn the beer. Love it! I will be going to my boss’s house party. I’ve bailed on the last three. Yes, there will be drinking. Hopefully, it won’t be too much though. The last thing I need is to ring in the New Year, blitzed with people from work. I guess it would serve for leisurely conversation in the breakroom though. I’m here to help.

  3. Jessica said on December 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    My favorite is a margarita, too – yum!

  4. Gelareh @ Orange Truffle said on December 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Holiday parties are specially tuff… everyone is drinking and food flowing and the next thing you know you have had ONE too many drink.

    We will be at home since both of the parties were were invited to got canceled… I don’t mind it at all I don’t want to be out there with all the drunk drivers.

    Happy New year!

  5. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on December 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I will be at a friends with a small group – enjoying wonderful food and some drinks!

  6. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen said on December 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    We’re planning on just staying in with my parents and watching TV/movies until midnight (if we make it that far!) Can’t wait to roast a turkey and have black eyed peas with ham…yummy!

  7. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on December 30, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Definitely limiting to two drinks is a good plan…but good plans so often go awry 🙂

    I love that cartoon at the top 🙂

  8. Biz said on December 30, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    My husband has already informed me he’s already gotten 2 bottles of Asti – and it is just the two of us!

    But seriously, I am contemplating kicking the wine to the curb in 2010 – I eat great, exercise, but then I get home and out of habit pour myself a glass of wine with dinner – maybe have another one watching t.v. – those calories add up!

    Happy New Year to you!

  9. Katie said on December 30, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    New Years…friends having a party!

    Woop woop…maybe a drink of champagne.

    : )

    Happy Day,


  10. Yum Yucky said on December 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I’m going to order pizzas, guzzle champagne, fall asleep before midnight, then wake up for 5 secs only to realize I missed the ball drop on TV.

    Then repeat again next year….

  11. Marisa (Loser for Life) said on December 30, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Thankfully, I’m not too much of a drinker. A glass or two of wine and I’m good to go! Yeah, I’m that cheap date 😉

  12. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on December 31, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Happy New Year Estela and you can see from my post today that 1st time drinking in 4-5 YEARS, so no drinking this holiday season for me. Great tips though!

  13. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on December 31, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I’m with you..2 drinks and I’m done. I’d rather chew my calories than drink ’em!

    Have a safe and healthy new year!

  14. Frogs and Men@ Paris Food Blog said on December 31, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Drink a lot or nothing at all. Il faut bien mourir de quelque chose.

  15. Rachel said on December 31, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Estela, thanks for your comment on my blog. Have a great new years! I especially appreciate your last tip-enjoy good company and conversation!

  16. katie said on December 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    have a great, safe NEW YEAR girl!!

  17. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said on December 31, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    This is a great post! Happy New year!

  18. sophia said on December 31, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Hahaha! I LOVED that picture. Thank heavens you didn’t burn the beer!
    I don’t drink alcohol, though. Tell this to my dad, who loves his wine every night! It does keep him super healthy, though!

    Happy, Blessed, Joyful New Year!!

  19. The Candid RD said on January 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Love your party tips! Especially eating something before you go, that’s a must. I don’t like going to parties overly hungry.

    LAst night Nick and I ate a bit too much, I believe. We got the late night munchies and ordered wings! Great way to ring in the new year 🙂

  20. lynn @ the actors diet said on January 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    happy new year to you! i don’t drink alcohol, but i did end up having a sip of champagne.

  21. Light Delight with Tou Tou said on January 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Happy new year to you too!!!

    I think i am kinda lucky coz I have serious asian glow when I drink beer. so I refuse to have more than 5 sip of bears in the bright place where everyone would see my flush within 5 minutes 😀 good excuse!

  22. acai berry scams dr oz said on January 8, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Gotta love the effort you put into this blog 🙂