Cheers To Your Health!

November 7, 2013|Posted in: Health

Let’s talk booze for a moment!

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Alcohol is a part of many people’s lifestyle.  It is a part of a lot of things – work functions, parties, the holidays, etc.  Well, I truly believe in moderation and because of that I want to address this.

There are a lot of things out there that you will read saying “don’t drink alcohol if you want to lose weight”.  For some people, that’s just not a reality.  Unless you have an issue with alcohol then I personally don’t see any problem with drinking it in moderation.  In a perfect world we would never drink alcohol, never eat fatty foods, and never eat sugar.  But, I am sure you can finish this next sentence for me – we don’t live in a perfect world.

The key to allowing alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle lies in moderation and the type of alcohol you choose.  I am a lover of IPA’s.  I think they are awesome beers but unfortunately, they pack a lot of calories.  So do I still drink them?  Yes.  But not as often.  I also love wine and wine can have some health benefits along with having fewer calories than most drinks.  So, here are my tips on how to still enjoy alcohol and keep it as a part of your healthy lifestyle:

  • Set a limit on how many drinks you will have per week and stick to that amount.
  • Of the drinks you allow yourself, choose one or two of those to be the higher calorie options – like a margarita or an IPA.  But only allow yourself one or two of your total allowance per week.
  • For other drinks, try to stick with ones that have fewer calories like wine, light liquor mixed with carbonated water, or light beer.
  • Make lighter versions of your favorite drinks.  My husband makes an awesome skinny version of a margarita.  I think it’s better than the full-fat version!
  • Drink more water!  Try carbonated water or with some lemon or cucumber.  Mix it up!  It’s kind of like drinking a mocktail but adding something fun to your drink.

Living a healthy life doesn’t mean cutting out every single thing that might be bad for you.  It just means doing it in moderation and making the right choices.  It is possible to still be healthy, fit, and in shape while enjoying some of the things that that you really like!

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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