Alcohol can be pleasurable and can definitely fit within a healthy diet and active lifestyle, it can even be a form of self-care if it’s well intentioned! I think it’s possible to have a healthy relationship with alcohol by drinking it more mindfully and with good intention rather than impulsiveness or to self-soothe.
However, as a nutritionist, it’s my job to educate you on the negative effects alcohol has in respect to exercise and nutrition.
Here are the diminishing returns alcohol has on our goals:
– consumption of dense calories which are nutritionally-void and not satiating
– an increase in appetite for high calorie foods
– lowered inhibition around food, leading to overeating
– a decrease in exercise performance and impaired recovery
– a negatively impacted quality of sleep
– body burns it first over other macros so calories from food are more easily stored as fat
So if you tend to overdo it over the holidays or on weekends read about how MINDFUL DRINKING can help you 🥃🍾🍷👇
Mindful drinking means getting in touch with how your body becomes affected by alcohol consumption.
As with anything we need to do in order to improve ourselves… we must begin with SELF-AWARENESS.
This means observing your current drinking behaviours and learning to recognize how you feel mentally and physically whenever you drink.
So before you pick up a glass of spiked egg nog or mulled wine, ask yourself…
What emotion am I feeling that’s motivating me to drink?
Is it for pleasure?
Am I feeling peer pressured?
Is this my reward for being “good” all week?
YOLO! I’ll just “burn it off” tomorrow in Bootcamp?
Who am I usually drinking with?
Where am I when I usually choose to drink?
How do I feel afterwards?
These questions will help you gain more insight into your behaviours so that you can begin to work on addressing those specific mindsets and emotions.
For example: If you’re looking to decompress… how might it play out if you slowly savour one glass of wine instead of the usual three?
– Did you still make it to the gym the next day? How was your performance?🏋🏻♂️
– Did you notice anything with your sleep quality?😴
– Did you find you had less cravings for carby/starchy/fatty foods than you normally do when you drink more than a glass of wine? 🍔🍟🍪🍩
The point of this post is not to tell you to never drink again.
It’s to help you use this as a starting point to identify your drinking behaviours in order to help you become more INTENTIONAL rather than IMPULSIVE with your choices.
This post can apply to your relationship with food too. If you want to learn how to find more balance with your food choices on weekends, then this post may help.
What do you think? Comment below! Is there anything you’d add to this that can help?