The Million Dollar Question...
The one question that I hear, without a doubt, every time I do an exploratory call or even just in conversation about what it is that I do is...
"Can I drink?"
The short answer is yes, of course. Just like with food, it is important that you don't feel deprived of your former lifestyle. We may need to adjust the amount of alcohol, and of course you know that not all drinks are created equal, right? Consider some guidelines below before your next big night out!
- Make sure that you drink plenty of water before your night out (I'm talking 3 liters or more).
- Make sure that you have food in your body. This is especially important because drinking leads to hunger which can lead to bad food choices, so the better you can eat beforehand will help you out.
- IF you are going for a night of indulgence, stick to clear liquor. Clear liquor have lower concentrations of the toxic compound that is formed in the fermentation process.
- Drink a pint glass of water between every drink.
- Don't give in to peer pressure. I know, I know... this sounds obvious and like I am talking to a bunch of teenagers, but I see it all the time. When you have had enough and your body is telling you that you have had enough, switch. to. water!
- Moderate the amount of alcohol you drink. If you are planning on going to a big party over the weekend, refrain for the rest of the week. If you don't have any big night out plans and just want some wine with dinner then go for it, but don't do it every night!
- Yes, it's true that red wine can be good for you. Read that again... CAN be good for you. That is, of course, if you are drinking it in moderation (1 glass with dinner 2-3 times a week would be my recommendation). Red wine contains some pretty powerful antioxidants that are very beneficial to your health.
- Have a go-to drink if you are going out and you don't want to drink. Mine is soda water w/ lime.
- Stay away from sugary drinks... just in general in life.
- Have fun! Enjoy yourself and your time, but do it responsibly and always listening to what your body is saying to you.