Holiday Season Drinking  (and Eating)

I don’t know about you, but if I’m a bit buzzed, I don’t make great food choices. In fact it’s more like … ” Tra la la! This wine is great! Ooh buffet table! Yummy!” (Tazmanian Devil-like activity ensues.)

We’re coming up on party season central and my plan is to space out beverages with a large glass of water before, between and after each alcoholic one. This has as number of effects;

1) Pre-hydration, hydration and post-hydration is always a good plan no matter what you are doing, exercising or merry making.

2) decreases the amount of alcohol (and therefore alcohol calories at 7 cal/g)  consumed . Less payback in January.

3) decreases likelihood of buzzed mindless eating.  Choose wisely – eat the really good stuff made by hand with lots of love, not the processed crap simply because it’s there.

4) Don’t lose your glass! Drop a berry  in your beverage, or bring a wine charm for your wine glass stem. (I detest searching for my glass.)

5) Add ice. Melting ice dilutes a cocktail and creates more liquid. So order your drink on the rocks to try to avoid a quick buzz.

6) Moderation is important. According to NIH, low-risk drinking for women is have no more than 3 drinks a night  and no more than 2 nights of drinking a week (Men: 4 and 14 – whoa! Thats a big difference, and is likely due to body weight and metabolism). There is something called Holiday Heart Syndrome which happens to people who aren’t heavy drinkers except sporadically on holidays. It causes atrial fibrillation, or irregular heart rhythm. It does go away if you just stop drinking.

Holiday event take away -> drink more water than alcohol, and focus your holiday party time as opportunities to reconnect with friends, slow down and hang out, and make new friends.