THERE is always a tiny part of me who likes a drink. Not to the point of too much, I have never really drank too excess (except if you call trying to use a fork to cut a tomato when I was drunk and trying to convince my mum I wasn’t really drunk but just hungry!!)
BUT I love the joy of a full bodied red – (similar to my women!) And I love a long pink gin the the garden with fresh raspberries, blueberries and fresh mint. I also have a special place in my heart for an espresso martini. Something which talented friends of ours in Bellagio (Italy) seem to have mastered.
BUT recently alcohol has become difficult to manage and that took me towards some blood tests and some investigations for an unusual heart rhythm. (Nothing serious) It started me thinking about what is the role of alcohol and fitness /diets.
For me now, alcohol makes me weaker. It makes all my hard work to get my tiny British arms to grow any muscle, completely pointless. I always end up having to drop weights after a few glasses of wine the day before.
THERE is a lot of great advise out there. All of which agree that binge drinking is definitely a ‘no go'. That’s not a surprise really and thankfully I outgrew those days with bottles of blue WKD and goldslarger (a horrible shot which was only cool because it had tiny pieces of gold plating floating around in It!) But surely the little and often approach is more sensible.
THERE is a lot to be said for all drinks are equal. They most certainly are not. Avoiding the enormous sugar hit from flavoured alco-pops as they were known is vital but opting for a purerer alcohol such as vodka or gin and sticking to a diet mixer or even better a soda will keep the flavours fresher and your body healthy. So ALCOHOL isn’t a no go.....but if you are wanting to get the body we all crave to have, you need think think of quality over quantity and really savour it. If you are having a red wine, make it a great one and enjoy each mouthful. It you are out with friends enjoy making drinks longer or alternate with soda or tonic water.
A word if warning if you are planning on eating clean, any alcohol even white spirit destroys that, making every other attempt to live a healthy life with clean food, go to waste.
FOR me, my plan is not to replace it completely, I still like a drink, but to decrease my intake. I really don’t have the desire to make myself feel rubbish any more. X