So you decided to make it a liquor-free January and put the wintry cocktails or hot + boozy drinks to rest for 30 days. Cheers to that! And, hey, we know sometimes this can feel harder than a cat doing yoga (but really though), so we鈥檙e all the more proud. To make your spirits-free days still feel merry and bright, we tapped Lisa Hayim, registered dietitian and founder of The Well Necessities, for her top tips to stay a little鈥 well, more spirited.


1. Go ahead, order a drink. 鈥淛ust not an alcoholic one! The hardest part of being at a bar is being badgered by others to drink. If you have something in your hand that you鈥檙e sipping on, no one will be asking questions. Use it as a time to hydrate. Try water with lemon or club soda,鈥 Hayim suggests. When you鈥檙e at home and your roomie or partner pops a bottle, try one of these spirited, wintry mocktails and imbibe blissfully.

2. At dinners, sip on some tea. Just because you鈥檙e not drinking for a month doesn鈥檛 mean you鈥檙e about to avoid your friends and social gatherings until February. 鈥淭rue story: This time of year can be stressful, whether with family, friends or coworkers. It鈥檚 easy to order another glass of chardonnay, like everyone else. Instead, find out what herbal teas the restaurant has and sip calmly throughout your meal,鈥 suggests Hayim. Who knows, you may discover a new obsession with ginger tea.

3. Keep a food and drink journal. 鈥淲riting everything you eat and drink down makes you more accountable. You may think, 鈥極h, well. It鈥檚 just one drink, it doesn鈥檛 matter and doesn鈥檛 count.鈥 But when you go home and write it down, you鈥檒l get a reminder. Food journals have been very successful in helping people lose weight, simply because it requires you to face your actions and yourself. If you drink it, you must write it down,鈥 advises Hayim. No excuses!

4. Drink some non-alcoholic beer. 鈥淒o you like a little something with dinner? ME too. Most restaurants carry at least one nonalcoholic beer. Always ask the waiter to check,鈥 recommends Hayim. 鈥淲hile the taste is slightly different, it pairs deliciously with food and helps you feel like you鈥檙e not deprived.鈥 Not feeling deprived = month鈥檚 goal right there.

5. Do it with a buddy. 鈥淒oing it with a friend allows you to maintain sociability and normalcy. Instead of happy hour, the two of you can head to the gym together. Plus, having someone that can relate holds you to your resolution to stay dry and makes you less likely to fall off the bandwagon,鈥 explains Hayim.

6. Plan a post-brunch workout class. 鈥淓veryone at brunch is sipping on bloodys and mimosas, laughing and having a good time. You want to join in. But you don鈥檛. Why? Because you have already paid $30 for your 3pm spin class. Having something planned (and paid for) right after makes you less likely to plunge into the alcohol,鈥 suggests Hayim. So grab your non-drinking buddy or boo and plan a creative workout!

7. Volunteer to be the DD. Your friends will love you allllll month long. And we know the drill: 鈥淏eing the designated driver means you have decided to be sober for the night. Choosing to drink later in the evening will not just affect the safety of yourself, but may also hurt others,鈥 says Hayim. Besides, it鈥檚 the perfect excuse to put together that new Bey playlist for driving.

8. Say cheers to mocktails. 鈥淪how people you can still be social by hosting a party at your house. You can offer alcoholic beverages as well as mocktails for others partaking in the dry festivities! Try this coconut, cucumber and mint mocktail: combine four cups of coconut water, two cucumbers sliced thinly, one-half cup of fresh lime juice and one-fourth cup of chopped mint leaves.鈥 Add some ice and get sipping. Best of all: no hangover included.

9. Reflect. Unfortunate but true: 鈥淵ou may get some backlash from your friends or people you meet while out for not drinking. They may consider you 鈥榖oring鈥 or even stop inviting you to parties. This can be a painful reality as to the type of people you surround yourself with and their inability to be social and interact without a drink. Keep doing you, you鈥檙e growing up!鈥 Hayim reminds us.

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