Because tequila will try to convince you that onion rings are a food group.
So, you’re going to be drinking tonight. Time to plan your meals accordingly.
Because when drunk you is left to your own devices, you’ll inhale mozzarella sticks with a side of pizza every single time. That said, you shouldn’t just have an itty bitty side salad when you go out drinking either, because booze on an empty (or nearly empty) stomach can lead you to be drunker and sicker.
Physically having food in your stomach will slow the absorption of alcohol, meaning your blood alcohol level won't go up as high, Rosalind Breslow, Ph.D, R.D., of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), tells BuzzFeed Life. So before your next alcoholic outing, take note of the following ground rules:
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First, don’t forget to eat dinner. Like, actual dinner.
It’s really easy to accidentally skip this part when you go straight to happy hour after work or you go to a party that you think will have food (and they don’t). Repeat after us: Eating passed hors d’oeuvres is not dinner. Nibbling from a charcuterie plate is not dinner. And ordering extra olives in your martini is definitely not dinner.
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A GOOD pre-drinking dinner will have whole grains, protein, produce, and healthy fat. Like a burrito bowl.
Black beans, brown rice, avocado, and veggies? YUP.
Or seafood, rice, and veggies.
This kind of combo will fill you up, keep blood sugar stable, and help set a healthy(ish) tone for the rest of the night, Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., author of The Flexitarian Diet, tells BuzzFeed Life.