Maintaining Health and Balance During Special Events?

by admin on July 17, 2011

Today’s post is about questions, not answers.  I need the help from all of you to try to start understanding what I consider to be one of the hardest parts of learning to live a healthy lifestyle.  How do you go about healthy living during special events?  How do you balance your cravings for foods that are unhealthy with your body’s need for nutritious foods?  

Yesterday was an exciting day for me.  It started with a bridal shower that I hosted with three other friends from school, and it ended with a bachelorette party for the same bride.  My friend Mary is getting married just a week before me; she also recently finished her Masters degree (did I mention that I am officially finished!?!), so we’ve been able to go through the thesis-writing-while-also-wedding-planning process together.  That’s a tough place to be and it definitely has led to the establishment of a really good, strong friendship.  Thus, I was thrilled when yesterday morning rolled around and I was able to spend a full day celebrating Mary and all the moral support she has given me, not to mention that it was my first time seeing friends and going out since finishing my thesis.  It was bound to be a good day, but an unhealthy one.

The shower was beautiful.

The bride's seat.

Can you believe one of my (obviously talented) friends/fellow hostesses went to the grocery store, picked out flowers, and made the large bouquets herself?  Amazing.  You can read about more of Sarah’s amazingness (cooking, art, decorating, the list never ends) on her blog.  She updates when she has time among the craziness that is her life.

The shower was also filled with good food.

Each guest had a plate with small bites of a variety of foods.

And mimosas.

And more food. These were DELICIOUS!

And even MORE food.

And that was just brunch.

Dinner was at Pure Taqueria, an automatic downfall for me because they have what I think is some of the best queso in Atlanta, along with really fresh, delicious margaritas.  I only like flavored margaritas, generally making them even worse for me, although I think these were made with actual fruit, not syrup.

Then there was the bachelorette party itself.  A little jump back to the 80’s may have occurred.

Just wait until the Journey concert in 3 months minus 1 day. This look will be nothing in comparison.

Of course, a late night at bars for a bachelorette party is doomed to be an unhealthy occasion, particularly because I don’t enjoy drinks like vodka and cranberry; I’m all about the ones that are the worst possible for me, like a white russian complete with half and half.  Just the idea disgusts me, yet that’s what I want to drink.

So now it’s your turn to help me.  On days like this, how would you have handled your attempt to be healthy while still enjoying the balanced lifestyle that involves having a good time at and fully participating in these events?  

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

sarahswhimsies July 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

You’re too sweet! Yesterday was so much fun. Sorry I couldn’t go out for the evening festivities. We’ll make up for it at Journey. Love ya!


kathy huie July 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I would have said to myself, “I’ll deal with this tomorrow!”


Lee July 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Pure Taqueria is good. Some friends of mine actually went there on Friday night.

I think as long as you don’t have days/nights like that every weekend, it’s fine to indulge on a special occasion.


Alexandra September 26, 2011 at 11:49 am

If you wrote an article about life we’d all reach enlitghenment.


sprint2thetable July 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I totally agree with Lee – I wayyyy over indulged this weekend too, but it’s not like my b-day is every weekend. I do my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle and enjoy treats along the way – too many restrictions just makes me go nuts.


notjustacarnivore July 17, 2011 at 11:12 pm

You deserved an overly-indulgent weekend, Laura! Birthday weekends are simply the best!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit July 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

For me, I just set the intention (before I leave for events) that I will make healthy choices. I usually set out in my head what I will chose to eat so when I get to the event, I’m not overwhelmed by all the treats! I say: I’ll grab a BUNCH of veggies and salads, because it’s warm outside, and it’ll cool me down. I ran this morning, so I need some protein – I’ll look for the cleanest protein I can find. Then for dessert, I’ll grab one treat and savor the heck outta it.
Going in with a plan helps! Then, realize when you’re full. 1 plate is all you (usually) need!


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