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The Ugly Truth

April 4, 2011

It occurred to me that I may be giving the impression that I’m not like your average 21 year-old.  That the craziest I get is using sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes in Shepherd’s Pie.  That I’m above consuming alcohol to have fun.

I’m sorry, I can’t lie.  The truth is, I drink. 

I hope you’re not picturing scenes from the Jersey Shore right now.  Don’t worry, it’s nothing like that.  In fact, I only occasionally go out, but it does happen.  And when it does, it’s fun (and legal, might I add).  The truth is, I went through a phase where I was above drinking and while not drinking might be better for your physical health, I’m a firm believer that physical health is nothing without mental health.  And an occasional drunken night out with my friends makes me happy and keeps me sane.

I hope this doesn’t change your opinion of me.  P.S. I totally respect anyone’s decision not to drink.  To each their own.

Now that you know the ugly truth, let me re-assure you that I’m still on the healthy living bandwagon by showing you the kinds of things I eat the day after a night out.

Like “more green than eggs” and ham.  Okay, ham wasn’t involved but it sounded better.

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Sweets are out of the question on mornings like this.  I crave savory things like eggs and hey, why not throw some green stuff in there while you’re at it?

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Blogging behind the scenes.  Close ups = a way to avoid having to find a towel to use as a backdrop.

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After getting my grocery shopping out of the way, it was time for lunch.

Cous cous, peas, hummus + Nut Thins, carrot and hummus on the side.  Yes, I like hummus.

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Roasted red pepper hummus to be exact.

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I made extras of the cous cous/pea/hummus mixture.  Leftovers make my life easier.

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Have you tried these crackers?  You should.  I love them.

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I ended the night with a sandwich from Whole Foods (pre-made/packaged food makes dinner at Rockies game so much easier) + some brussel sprouts.  What, like you don’t eat brussel sprouts at sporting events?  They’re a finger food, I swear.

By the way, funny story: Upon entering Whole Foods, I called my sister (who was attending the baseball game with me) to ask if she wanted me to pick her up something for dinner and she just so happened to also be at Whole Foods… at the register… with a specially made sandwich and no money.  What are the chances that I would walk into the store right then and rescue her by paying for her food?  Very odd.

I don’t mean this post to be a tutorial on what and how much to eat to beat a hangover – I ate more than what’s in this post!!  I just wanted to give you a sample and to tell you that clean eating feels so much better after a night of not-so-clean partying Smile with tongue out  Vegetables may very well be the cure for everything.

Anyways, I hope your mental health is just as important as your physical health and that you never miss out on a chance to have fun with friends, sober or not.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2011 6:32 AM

    Great post girl!
    I went through a phase where i did not drink for a long time because I thought it was wasted calories and I used to get those late night munchies when drinking and so on so i quit have occasional drinks with my friends. I than realized physical health also needs to include mental health — Having nights out for drinks with my friends is healthy (as long as it isnt everynight 😉 )
    After a night of consuming a few to many drinks I always used to get “hangover foods/grease” with my friends which Totally made it worse. I soon realized I need to wakeup and get some veggies and fruit back in my diet and get rehydrated, I feel so much better with my day when I do this 🙂

    • April 4, 2011 8:41 AM

      Thank you, Kimberley!! I was really nervous to publish this post so it’s great to get such supportive feedback.

  2. April 4, 2011 8:38 AM

    Eggs are far and away the best hangover food ever. I don’t drink all that much either, but when I do…there’s nothing more detoxifying than some eggs + carbs + veggies. Then again, that kind of meal is good whether or not a hangover is involved, in my opinion. 🙂 Haha…

  3. April 4, 2011 9:45 AM

    Most of the time, I crave savory things in the morning (hangover or not). Those eggs and veggies look really good.

  4. April 4, 2011 9:59 AM

    I think you’re a spectacular 21 yr old with a good head on your shoulders 😉

    I prefer to eat my vegetables *with* my wine..,haha

  5. April 4, 2011 11:13 AM

    I definitely don’t think that there’s anything wrong with drinking and still living a healthy lifestyle (just as long as you don’t completely overdo it). And those eggs look delicious! I don’t know why I haven’t ever thought of adding broccoli before, but that will probably be an addition the next time I make some. 🙂

    • April 4, 2011 3:29 PM

      The broccoli was fabulous. I guess we just don’t tend to think of it as a breakfast food 🙂

  6. April 4, 2011 1:07 PM

    drinking can definitely be good for the mental health 😉 I consider myself healthy and I drink, as well!

    -courtney

  7. April 4, 2011 3:38 PM

    Great post! I’m not what you would call the average 22 year old drinker but I definitely have a few drinks every now and then. I think it’s part of life and definitely not a big deal. It’s funny because I went to a bachelorette party on Saturday and the whole I was thinking “Why aren’t I doing shots?” haha 😀

  8. April 4, 2011 7:39 PM

    I don’t judget you. I’m one of those people who claim to “never drink”, but once in a while (like Saturday) a few mojitos just happen to make their way into my hands. You know what? It didn’t kill me.. and it was the most fun I’d had in months.

  9. April 4, 2011 8:07 PM

    I see nothing wrong with drinking and still considering your lifestyle to be healthy. You’re so right – mental health is just as important! A few drinks and a fun night with friends does more good than it does harm; if you’re safe, at least 😉 I don’t drink much at all anymore, but I absolutely remember waking up and just wanting egg sandwiches or bagels all day, haha.
    I’ve seen those crackers but haven’t tried them!! They look/sound good, though

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    April 4, 2011 8:49 PM

    love that youre so honest! I dont drink oftern but when I do go out a drink i like to have fun with my friends drunk (sometimes) or not! Mental health is super important

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