Nothing like a little booze to take the edge off an awkward family gathering; you can’t mingle without mixing yourself up a drink. For those of us who have a healthy agenda, there are a few things you should know first!
- Your body doesn’t metabolize alcohol; it just gets directly absorbed into your bloodstream.
- Alcohol is high in calories; one gram of alcohol is 7 calories.
- Calories from alcohol that are not burned are stored as fat.
- While your liver works to rid this toxin, alcohol, out of your body, it struggles to maintain a steady blood sugar level. When your blood sugar drops, you are likely to reach for carbs.
Tips and Tricks:
- Dilute your drinks with water or a low calorie mixer.This will help you limit your consumption but allow you to keep something in your hands so sip in time of need.
- For every drink you consume, have a glass of water. In doing so you will stay hydrated avoiding a much dreaded holiday hangover.
- Skip the high calorie concoctions and stick to clear and classy. Choose and mix your own drink if possible. Never trust your uncle who will likely make you hard cider mixed with moonshine.
- Enjoy friends, family, and conversation more than your drink. You might not often have time to have a meaningful conversation, be present with those you’re with.
- Pick lower calorie alcohol alternatives:
- Red or white wine: 5 ounces | Calories; 125, Carbohydrate: 4g
- Light beer: 12 ounces | Calories: 100; Carbohydrate: 5g
- Champagne: 5 ounces | Calories: 100; Carbohydrate: 1g
- Vodka, whiskey, rum or gin: 1.5 ounces | Calories: 96; Carbohydrate: 0g
How do you keep tabs on your alcohol intake during the holidays?