1. A good social life doesn’t have to revolve around booze.
Given that most of my girls’ nights include wine and cheese, I've been hibernating hardcore. For someone who loves to be around her friends 24/7, it’s made me sad-face. Couldn’t I have both – a healthy life and a social life? Here’s what registered dietitian Andrea Miller had to say: “When you go out for drinks after work, what associations do you have with that? Is it, ‘I’m going out for drinks, so I have to drink alcohol? Maybe I could drink mineral water with lemon?’ It’s looking at the patterns and associations in our eating and behavior and evaluating if those are positive connections that promote health or unhealthy behaviours? And what you can do to tweak those so you can have the social connections, which are hugely important.” In other words, I may not even want a glass of wine, it may be simply habit for me to want to down half a bottle when I’m with the girls. It’s the same reason why I reach for the chocolate at the end of the day. Or why I always want a carafe of Bordeaux with a good meal. But the two aren’t exclusive. And I’m going to try and teach myself that. READ MORE: Is a detox really worth it? The ELLE Canada team tests it out
2. Eating well gives you a (temporary, short-lived) superiority complex.
My beauty director had warned me this would happen. Indeed, when my friend Reggie in the art department mentioned he had eaten pizza for lunch, I didn’t feel the slightest craving. In fact, I thought, “Ugh. Gross.” Compare that to my feelings the week before when I probably would have wrestled him to the ground to get the slice. My superiority complex was short-lived. At a Toronto Raptors game that night, I nearly climbed over my seat when I saw someone eating poutine. Again, it’s a question of habit. I like to eat at night. And I always associate basketball games with popcorn and beer. But I’ve read that most cravings pass within 10-15 minutes, so all I had to do was wait until the second quarter and I was fine. READ MORE: 8 cookbooks to inspire healthy eating
3. I feel better.
Case in point: my husband’s birthday dinner. Sticking to oysters and a steak with veg – while delicious – was difficult when there was bread and butter, fries, lobster bisque and wine. But, I didn’t miss the heartburn or bloated feeling that comes after such a feast. I’m also sleeping better. Most weekends, instead of coming home from the bar at 2 a.m., I’m in bed by 11 p.m. (Again, I know this is not feasible for the long-term; I’m 31, not 81) but it’s a nice reprieve. READ MORE: How to get your best butt ever in 2016