Hey guys! For today’s Pre-Thanksgiving post, we’ve got a guest post from my good friend Danielle! We’re all trying to get in that zone to keep fit through the holidays, and D has got some tips to put you in the right mind-set! Xo – Ava

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Every year I find myself saying the same things: “I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next month!” or “Christmas decorations on display already?” The holidays always creep up faster than a sun burn at the beach. I love the holidays, but for someone like me, navigating them can be tricky. I do not drink alcohol and live a sober lifestyle, something I openly divulge to friends and family, but prefer to maintain anonymity in the work place.  I also have a gluten intolerance which forces me to pay attention to what hors d’oeuvre I’m stuffing in my mouth. Pie. Spiked eggnog. Yikes! What’s a merry girl to do? Whether you’re comfortable or not revealing you’re sobriety in social situations, or unsure how to maneuver the cuisine without seeming like an allergically challenged nuisance, here are some time tips on how to enjoy the festivities worry free.

Work/social engagements

-If there’s an open bar, make friends with the bartender early on. Upon arriving, come up with a non-alcoholic drink you can sip all evening long and tell the bartender this will be your “usual.” That way when ordering a drink in the company of co-workers, you can simply say “I’ll have my usual” or “same thing as before.” No one will be the wiser.

-Bring your own beverage. My go to is Martinelli’s classic Sparkling Apple Cider. Bring a bottle and have the bartender or wait staff put it aside on ice for you. This guarantees you’ll have something you know you can enjoy all night.

-Ask to have your non-alcoholic drink in the same glass as everyone else. Water in a wine glass. Soda in a Tom Collins.  Seltzer in a champagne flute. No one will notice or know what’s in your glass.

-Own your choice. “Club soda and splash of cranberry is fine for me. I don’t drink.” If anyone presses for an explanation and you’re uncomfortable answering honestly, any number of simple replies should suffice. “I’ve got an early day tomorrow,” “I’m driving,” or “I’m pacing myself. I’ll help myself in a little while,” should stop their questioning. Always be responsible for your own drink to avoid a mix-up. Lastly, there’s the tried and true come early, leave early. Politely excuse yourself when you’ve had enough.

-Bring a small purse-sized snack. If you can’t eat what’s being offered, this will prevent you from going hungry all night.

Holiday feasts

-Never assume the provided spread will include options that meet your dietary restrictions. Bring a dish of something you know you can eat.  You’ll contribute to the menu while ensuring there’s at least one thing you can safely munch on.

-When in doubt, skip it. If you’re unsure of the ingredients in a dish, don’t risk it. Many unassuming desserts (like Tiramisu) often contain alcohol that has not been cooked off. Many sauces include gluten and some fried foods may have been cooked in peanut oil. Always be aware before diving in.

-If you’re the one cooking the meal, ask your guests ahead of time if they have any allergies and try to be accommodating. A healthy salad and non-alcoholic signature drink will be much appreciated.

Preparing for the holidays can be stressful enough. Your enjoyment of them doesn’t have to be!

Drinking a mocktail!

Here’s a recipe for my favorite “mocktail”

Mock Champagne- Yields: 20 8 oz. servings                  

2 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale, chilled

1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice, chilled

1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle white grape juice, chilled

fresh fruit for garnish, if desired

Optional: If you’d like ice to keep the Mock Champagne chilled longer during a party, freeze 1 liter of ginger ale in ice cube trays. Add fresh fruit/flowers if desired.

Combine all ingredients in large punch bowl, including ice (if using).

 

Check Danielle out at the blog she recently started on her journey through sobriety, Drenched to Dry

Thanks for the tips, D!