Health, Lifestyle

What a beautiful day to be outside… Beer garden, anyone? 

That right there, is the one sentence that absolutely cripples me, and my clean living lifestyle. Days like today, where it’s such a gorgeous day, are a rarity in the UK, so as a proud member of the British public, we all don our sandals and shorts and embrace the glorious sunshine. Weather like this, I truly believe brings the positivity out of the grumpiest of people. On a day like this, I wake up feeling happy and positive, soaking up the gorgeous surroundings. Going out for my morning run in this weather is a delight- there is still a slight frost and chill in the air, but the sun is just starting to rise and I feel like the morning is waking up with me, on its own terms. I can truly take advantage of the fresh morning air and the stunning surroundings at this time, and again this is another thing I love about running in the mornings- it’s extremely refreshing and rejuvenating, and I feel like I’ve had my share of the gorgeous outdoors, before entering an air conditioned office for the hours of 9-5.

This is the season where I enjoy ice cold beverages and summer salads, and being outdoors, so really it’s the perfect weather to complement my clean living lifestyle, which I thoroughly enjoy. However – there is one sentence, one suggestion, and one question that cripples all of my good intentions- “what a beautiful day to be outside – beer garden, anyone?”

This weather, although beautiful, mood-lifting and heart-warming, makes me crave a cold glass of rose in the sun, socialising with friends. Now, we all know how high and dangerous the sugar content of alcohol can be (I choose to remain oblivious when it suits me, I won’t lie to you) and how it can ruin that clean lifestyle a lot of us are trying to live.

Now one of my biggest downfalls is the minute I have a lovely glass of my favourite summer beverage, all willpower goes out the window and I find myself tucking into a glorious portion of nachos, thinking “oh I’ll be okay tomorrow”.

How very wrong I am. I suffer the consequences when I wake up with a dull head, a horrid heavy feeling in my stomach and craving a bacon sandwich, and to me, there is no worse feeling. I absolutely love waking up feeling fresh with a clear head, ready and raring to put my trainers on and tackle the day ahead, and this groggy feeling completely gazzumps any plans I may have previously had.

Now please don’t get me wrong, I’m all for relaxing, letting my hair down and if I really want that refreshing glass of rose, I’m going to have it if it’s the last thing I do!! But I do need to remind myself how I feel afterwards, the after effects the next day, and the repercussions of this questionable habit.

Now, how do I get past this, do you ask? I know it sounds silly but, as long as I have a beverage of some sort in my hand, I don’t feel like I’m missing out. A cool glass of lime and soda provides me with a satisfying refreshment, as well as not feeling like I’m missing out on socialising. I arrive home at a sociable hour, resist the cravings of greasy food, and I don’t wake up feeling up feeling groggy and moody. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I won’t every drink socially again. But what I am saying is, you don’t always have to feel like you need to join in the bad habits to have a great time socialising with friends, and compromising your own wellness journey whilst you’re at it.

Now that’s one of the ways I choose to avoid those tempting yet unhealthy scenarios, and I’d love to hear yours.

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