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Healthy Habit: Enjoy Your One Daily Alcoholic Drink

Eating healthier topped almost everyone's list of goals for 2009 and nutritionist Alexa Fishback, author of The Daily Fix, has 12 habits to help your goal stick. Just in time for the weekend. She's taking on cocktail hour. Stay tuned for more tips, and be sure to enter our Get Fit For 2009 giveaway for a chance to win a personalized nutrition plan created by Alexa, along with many other amazing goodies.

Here's Alexa's advice on negotiating happy hour:
Most of us hardly need an excuse to order a cocktail at the end of a long workday. The recommendation for women who are not pregnant is to only drink up to one alcoholic beverage per day. This is based on years of research that indicates that risk of disease, including certain cancers, increases when we consume more than one alcoholic drink a day. Furthermore, most cocktails contain at least 100 calories per serving, so moderate drinking (one drink per day) is crucial if you are trying to stay within your calorie budget. To see some strategies to keep from overdoing it when you are out on the town and susceptible to overindulging


  • Dilute your white wine by ordering a spritzer (wine with a splash of seltzer — increases the portion of your drink and decreases the alcohol and calorie content).
  • Order a club soda with a splash of vodka. This is extra light on alcohol and calories, but you still feel like you are drinking something with some oomph.
  • Order a sparkling seltzer with lemon and lime sans any alcohol. No one has to know there isn't any alcohol in the glass — this is a good option to try after you have finished your one drink of the day!
  • Opt for a high-end version of your favorite spirit (tequila is a good option), and drink it on the rocks with a twist of lemon or lime. This is a drink that takes a long time to sip!

For more tips, check out all of Alexa’s Healthy Habits or pick up her book, The Daily Fix.


Join The Conversation
ecameron ecameron 8 years
I like to wait until after dinner to have any wine, because by then I'm usually so tired it's impossible to even consider having more than one drink!
Geminispoppy Geminispoppy 8 years
I find that if I drink one strong drink, thats all I have. If i start with a diluted one, I tend to drink more, so that kinda defeats the purpose for me :)
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
Yes, I can!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm not much of a 'drinker' during the week. sometimes my man and i will get a bottle of wine to go with dinner, but it's really not my thing. i don't know - i focus a lot better at work during the week when i dont have to worry about having liquor in my system.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I enjoy my end-of-the day cocktail too. I always make them at home so I can control how much liquor I use, too...some bars make drinks REALLY strong. My favorite is a Fresca with a packet of Crystal Light ToGo (I use the Orange Sunrise) and a shot of vodka, mixed up with crushed ice. It's very refreshing and low in calories.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I like mixing my own drinks at home so I can make them super weak. That way it takes me forever to get through them and I don't accidentally get drunk.
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