You’ve been working hard all year, restoring your routines (no Covid, lockdowns and other uncontrollable events) and Christmas is just around the corner (less than 35 days…) so naturally, you want to have some down time and enjoy some ‘Christmas cheer’. We all do!
During the Christmas and New Year period there is an increase in festivities, parties, family gatherings, work functions and barbeques. While it’s a great time of year, it can also be a time of excess, especially when it comes to ALCOHOL.
Of course, it’s not just overindulging in yummy food that is the problem that you and your waistline face over this time: overdoing it in the drinks department can pile on the extra kilos too. This week, we will outline the ‘best option’ alcoholic drinks that you should choose to have the least effect on the scales.
The general rule of thumb is simple: the higher the alcohol content of the drink, the more calories it will contain. This is because one gram of alcohol contains 7 calories, and these are ‘empty’ calories which have NO nutritional value. For example, a full-strength stubby of beer contains 145 calories whereas the same sized stubby of light beer only contains 100 calories. If wine is more your thing, there is a wide-variety of low-alcohol wines on the market which are excellent for those watching their weight.
Alternatively, you can halve your caloric intake when drinking wine by pouring yourself only a half glass and topping up with soda water! Half wine & sparkling mineral water is the perfect drop for any celebration.
If spirits are your drink of choice, then there are certainly ways you can indulge without packing on the kilos. First things first: AVOID PRE-MIXED CANS OF SPIRITS! Most of them are full of sugar due to the soft drinks they are mixed with. A Bundaberg Rum & Coke contain 250 calories – yes, it’s a lot! Talk about a sugar overload! However, if you mix your own Bundaberg Rum and Diet coke (with a standard nip of rum), the same drink would only be 65 calories – so much better! Diet soft drinks and soda water/sparkling mineral water are the best zero-calorie mixers and, even better, just go for a half nip of spirits when making your own to halve your alcohol / calorie intake. More information on how best to enjoy your festive drinks, and NOT destroy all the other good work you have done so far on food, exercise and motivation, is available in our Christmas Program. Get your copy ASAP.
Most importantly, you need to pace yourself when indulging in a few Christmas drinks. The best way to do this is to have a glass of water between drinks. This is a sure-fire way to ‘slow down’ your drinking rate and therefore, decrease your overall calorie intake.
If you want more healthy tips for ‘coping’ with Christmas, then you need a copy of The Natural Ways’ Christmas Program. It is jammed full of information to keep you on track as well as giving you plenty of healthy menu suggestions and great weight-loss friendly festive recipes. All this for the small price of $15 AND you receive a $25 voucher to redeem in January 2024!
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Tomorrow we will talk about STRESS – please read!