#GetHealthy - Let's Get DRUNK Healthy!


This liquid is an essential part to most of our lives (no, it’s not water), though we know it doesn’t do us any good in regards to health. It’s usually beside us during our joys and sorrows, yes, you know what I am talking about. ALCOHOL !!!

Most of us need that occasional drink, although “Healthy” and “Alcohol” don’t mix well. Warning for you healthy alcoholics, the healthiest ways to drink alcohol aren’t really healthy, although too much of a healthy drink can also have you lying in the hospital due to alcohol poisoning.

NEAT LIQUOR 


Consuming neat liquor (i.e. vodka, gin, whiskey and scotch) is healthiest if served neat or on the rocks, though not the best of the tastes but it does the job. These liquids go easy on the body and calories if consumed in moderation. The calorie count may vary from 90-110 with zero carbs. I personally am a vodka person and usually mix my drink with tonic water.

Liquor served neat or on the rocks usually come as a double shot, due to the whole idea of it being consumed in moderation. So that it isn’t finished right away. However, when consumed with low cal mixers, such as ginger ale or pineapple juice the calorie count shoots up to anywhere b/w 120-135 cals with carbs varying around 30-35 grams along with high volumes of alcohol consumption.

WINE


Wine is a pretty healthy alternative to hard liquor, although a 5-ounce serving may contain 100-150 calories with about 5 grams of carbs, also comes packed with tons of nutritional value. Though with a few extra calories and carbs wine has led to reduce blood clots, lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and boost good cholesterol, along with reducing risk of depression, cancer and diabetes.


BEER AND CIDER



Everyone’s favorite, beer which I personally never developed a taste; I still consider myself to be more of a cider person. Unfortunately, both come loaded with carbs and calories, which fill you up quickly and develop a beer belly. Most beers contain approximately 130 calories per unit and cider about 170 calories. However, do keep in mind with low calories they also contain low alcohol contents – which a balance beer or cider drinker might want to think about.

If you're going to avoid beer and cider, stouts are a good option. They're made of whole grains, which give them their caramel, darker colour. They contain vitamin B12, soluble fibre and antioxidants, which have same benefits as wine, by reducing risk of blood clots and other heart problems.

EAT AND DRINK WATER



Though these might be healthy ways to drink, the real key is to drink in moderation. One way to measure the alcohol consumption, analyse the drunk and tipsy level is by drinking water between alcoholic drinks, which could also prevent a hangover. Consuming food before drinking, specially dairy or starch – can coat the stomach in preparation from the alcoholic attack, by soaking up the alcohol and mediating the process.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask. I'd be happy to help.

Hope y'all enjoyed.

Lav ;)

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Whats MCLAVIN?





A blogs name is one of the most important attributes to the blog. It is one of the first things visitors notice about it.

A very common question asked by many individuals when the topic for my blog comes up is "What's MCLAVIN?" or "How did I come up with the name MCLAVIN?"

Rewinding back to the time when I was thinking of a name for my blog, I was almost clueless as to where to start and what to name it after, or how could I make it personalised. Probably, it was one of the most difficult and time-consuming things to come up with as I was following the rule; First impression is the last impression. 

To start with, I would like to thank my friends at University for the blog name inspiration.

As it was my first time at university, I introduced myself to my flatmates as Eklavya, assuming my name might take some time for them to correctly pronounce, but in the hope that they'll eventually learn (which never happened).

To my surprise they actually came up with an alternative name and started calling me MCL'O'VIN, reason being, it sounded very similar to my real name and obviously, easy to pronounce. Six months down the line, it comes to my understanding that "Mclovin" has a meaning to it and he's a character in a movie called Superbad. Though I never fancied the name much I still didn't mind them calling me Mclovin, as we all later became very close friends. However, for future social introductory instances I came up with my version of an alternative name being LAV. So as my journey progressed at uni, there was one group calling me Mclovin and the other Lav.

The above incident struck me while I was brainstorming a name for the blog. So after a bit of word play I concluded with: MCLOVIN + LAV = MCLAVIN

I have been diverting from personal style and moving towards topics like healthy food and general queries I come across day-to-day. I would love to know if y'all have any questions or would like me to post on a particular topic. I look forward to hearing from you

Thanks for reading.

Lav ;)

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#Gethealthy - Foods To Have On The Plane !




A lot of you will be flying over the holidays in the coming months. Most of the time it gets very difficult to find healthy and nutritious snacks, compared between the unappetizing airplane meals and greasy airport restaurants. The right meals and snacks will leave us feeling energized and focused to make the most of our time at the destination when we land. Therefore, packing a meal has become essential, but complicated, all thanks to tighter security.


Kale Chips



Adding Kale chips to the menu would be one of the healthiest options while, on-the-go. Though it is a leafy green species of cabbage, but when baked can be compared to crunchy potato chips. With low amount of calories, fat and sodium and high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Kale chips are the perfect snack to carry on your travels. Other alternatives could be Soy crisps, crackers, pop-corn etc.



Granola



Due to the ease in pack and consumption, a pretty healthy and terrific snack for the plane. However, today granola comes packed with sugar and fat. Nowadays, there are huge options available with granola bars, including low fat versions. Even though the loose cereal contains a lot of calories and sugar, but if you’re hungry and stuck in midair, those calories might be just what you need. Making your own granola is a healthier way of cutting down on sugar and fat. Even if you don’t opt for that route, the person in the next seat would still think you’re being healthy.

Nuts and Dried Fruits  



A first class natural snack for convenience eating. Almonds to peanuts to cashews, any to all types are excellent sources of heart-smart fats, along with protein and fiber. One could always go for flavored variety, if you aren’t 'nuts' for plain ones. Another alternative could be mixing nuts with dry fruits according to personal preference and taste.

Fruits & Vegetables


Apples, Bananas, plums etc. are natures fast foods and travel really well, fresh or dried they are always mess free and make a pretty decent snack.

Celery or carrot sticks with 3 ounces of Hummus:
This one is my personal favorite. For a healthier version the hummus can also be prepared with Soyabeans (For recipe CLICK HERE. If you’re late or just too lazy to prepare this for your journey, these are easily available at grocery stores


Homemade Sandwiches


Homemade sandwiches wrapped in parchment paper stored in a quartz-sized plastic bag. Keep in mind that all food that you carry on will need to go through the x-ray machine at the checkpoint. So, never use any foil. They will want to search your bag and delay your travels.



Lav ;)
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Central Park - NYC









Tee- Jack Wills, sneakers - Valentino, bracelet - Giles and Brothers, watch - Larsson & Jennings 


Yo guys, hope the weekend's been nice to y'all. Although this past week it was quite rainy, NYC was beautiful today with the sun gazing over it. I still cant get over how much this city has to offer everyone livin' here. 

As I am sad seeing the warm weather slip away, I am excited to layer my outfits, with some of my favorite coats and jackets, like I did in this one with my green canvas jacket from Ralph Lauren. I paired it with denim from Adriano Goldschmied which have become my go-to pair, if you have noticed I usually go for dark navy as its easy to style and literally goes with anything. My favorite part however are the camou sneakers from Valentino, which add a whole-lot of detail to the whole outfit. My passion for camou is reignited so dont be surprised if you see them often on here. 

Hope you have a great start to the week.

Lav x
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