The year 2018 has been a life-altering one for Carly Pearce. Not only has it held her first number one single “Every Little Thing” and tour dates with everyone from Luke Bryan to Rascal Flatts, Pearce also found the time to get a new boyfriend by the name of Michael Ray. So how does she keep everything straight? And with so many days spent on the road, how does in the world does she stay healthy and keep looking that good?

The short answer is, it ain’t easy. “It’s crazy out on the road and you really have to take care of your body to make it through,” Pearce admits in a recent interview with Taste of Country.

She has some strategies, however: “I try to eat organically. Plus I’m always having the Zarbee’s [Naturals Lemon Flavored 99% Honey Cough] Throat Soothers. It allows my voice to stay strong. I feel like as a singer its really important, especially this time of the year when the climate is so erratic. I mean, just a few days ago I was in Denver singing at 15,000 feet.”

The throat soothers are such a hot item in the Pearce household that sometimes she can’t even find them when she needs them.

“Michael is always stealing them from my house,” laughs Pearce, who will perform her new song “Closer To You” at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday (Nov. 22).

Of course, Pearce also relies on a healthy mix of exercise and sleep to keep her health in check, which can be challenging since she is so busy these days, but she recognizes as important.

“It’s imperative to what we do,” says Pearce, who will head out on tour with Russell Dickerson in 2019. “We are out on the road for months at a time, and you have to remember that you book out these shows months in advance, so you really don’t have time to get sick. So, all you can do, is try to do as much as you can to make sure you stay as healthy as possible.”

The singer is fairly sensible overall with her habits. With the holidays coming up, Pearce acknowledges that she will indulge in a drink, but also tries to keep alcohol in check as well.

“I try not to drink too much, maybe just have an occasional wine here and there,” Pearce laughs. “A girl has to prioritize.”

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