One of the keys to long-term nutritional success is balance. At Studio Element, we don’t subscribe to the idea of “good” or “bad” foods; it’s all based on context. As difficult as it may seem, it is possible to have a normal social life while accomplishing your health and wellness goals. One of the biggest concerns we come across is how to fit alcohol into a balanced diet.
While we don’t condone the regular use of alcohol, we’re human too. We understand there’s a time and a place for it. Our goal with this guide is to give you the strategies needed in order to continue your progress without having to unnecessarily restrict yourself. With that being said, let’s crack open a cold one and get drunk with knowledge.
1. On days you’re drinking, aim for lean protein and non-starchy veggies at meal times
This strategy allows you to have more caloric wiggle room at night while still keeping you full throughout the day.
2. During meal times, count alcohol as your carb choice
If you’re drinking while eating, swapping out the carbs for alcohol is a good way to keep calories under control. This is obviously not something you should do on a regular basis; carbs have a ton of benefits. But if you ARE going to drink, this is a good way to manage calorie intake.
3. After each drink, drink at least 2 glasses of water
This strategy contributes to a sense of fullness while keeping you hydrated. This can also help prevent excessive consumption of alcohol.
4. Know how drinking affects your appetite
Ah yes, the dreaded “drunchies”. You’re probably familiar with this scenario: you’re out for drinks, it’s 1 a.m. and the pizza craving hits. This is an easy way to sabotage the hard work you’ve been putting in all week long. If you feel this is a problem for you, eating a balanced and filling meal before you start drinking can help.
5. Opt for simple mixed drinks for calorie control
Instead of white Russians and margaritas, opt for simpler choices such as a beer or a well drink with a low calorie or no-calorie mixer to save some calories.
These are just a few strategies that many of our Fuel clients use to balance their social lives while staying on track with their health and wellness goals. For a more individualized approach to your nutrition needs, feel free to contact us today!