Healthy Eating During the Holidays: Part Two

Watch your alcohol intake. 

In my last post, I talked about refined sugar.  Guess what?  Alcohol is sugar–plain and simple.  As tempting as it may be–and how easy is it to think “it’s a drink, how bad can it be?”–a glass of wine or beer or that mixed drink is usually loaded with calories.  Some drinks, especially those with sugary mixers, can be upwards of 400 calories!  I was shocked when I read an article from The Washington Post that listed the content of some of the most common alcoholic beverages.  Not to mention that consuming too much alcohol on a regular basis can do all sorts of unpleasant things to sperm production and can contribute to ovarian dysfunction.

So the question is…what do you do?  Trust me, I know how those family gatherings and office Christmas parties can make you want to drink! 

If you must partake, make careful selections…try to go as low-sugar as possible.  Stay away from those colorful concotions that tend to be full of empty calories.  If you are going to have a celebratory drink during the holidays, get the most bang for your buck!  Stick to top-shelf, colorless liquors.  One of my favorite low-calorie, high quality mixed drinks is a Skinny Girl Margarita ( by Bethenney Frankel as seen on “The Real Housewives of New York City.” [yes I love trash tv, but that is a whole other blog!])  If you like wine go with a dry wine (such as chardonnay for white or cabernet for red.)  If you must have beer try to stick with light beer or “low carb” beer such as Michelob Ultra.  However, let me just say, the most important thing to remember is quantity.  If you are going to drink make up your mind before the party or dinner to have 2 drinks –and 2 drinks only.  Sip them slowly–make them last.  Savor the drink with your meal (do not drink on an empty stomach!)  Make the most out of your splurge.  Remember, you are the one that is going to have to deal with the consequences if you go overboard.  Whether it be with food or drink, having too much leads to feeling bad.

Got any great low-sugar cocktail ideas?  We would love to see them!

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