Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011


So, I gave you time to reflect on the booze issue/concern/confusion last week.  Now I want to talk about "The True Serving".  The fact of the matter is, our society over indulges on wine. We go to a restaurant and are served wine in these HUGE goblets that we could practically take a bath in.  I have attached a picture of the wine glasses I have at home.  the one on the left is 6oz and the one on the right is 8oz.  I drink out of the 6oz glass, filling it to about 5 oz.  FIVE OUNCES IS A TRUE SERVING.  There is approximately 120 cals in one serving of wine.  If you have the big boy goblets at home, get rid of them and buy some smaller 6 oz glasses.  It will make a huge difference!  If you are a beer drinker, you are on the right track because the portions are controlled for you.  Try to stick to the lower calorie, lighter beers.  HOWEVER, if you notice that you drink twice as many light beers because they are so much like water, then go back to your full-bodied beers, sip them slowly, enjoying one or two (limit yourself).  It all comes back to moderation. Stay away from high sugar drinks altogether including margaritas, daiquiris, and cosmos.   Happy drinking!

6 oz left/ 8 oz right

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

To Booze or Not To Booze....That is the question....

Sorry it has been so long since I blogged.  I have been waiting to feel inspired and now I am.  I was reading through my BCC client food journals.  Some of my clients include the alcohol that they consume and some don't.  Don't get me wrong...not everyone drinks alcohol, but many of us do and some of my clients are scared/ashamed to include their alcohol consumption on their food journals for fear that I may judge them or think that they have a problem.  Meanwhile, I KNOW that they drink because I either see them out enjoying a glass of wine with dinner or I hear side conversations going on in class.  It ain't my first rodeo people.  Dang....it's too bad that wine has such a bad reputation..

Let's talk about this...cuz we need to.  Alochol = sugar and is stored in your body as fat.  So...as I tell EVERYONE...moderation will do no harm.  The question is though...what exactly IS moderation?  This is something I cannot answer because there are so many different opinions and studies done regarding alcohol.  Is it good for you....is it bad for you....are you a lush.....blah blah blah....

Personally....My habits change often regarding alcohol.  This summer I drank 1-2 small glasses of wine EVERY night for about 8 weeks (ok...sometimes 3 glasses).  I was on vacation, I didn't have to get up early for bootcamp, it was summer,  etc....However, I also gained about 5 lbs and the alochol was 100% to blame.  I also felt draggy and moody the next morning even from only 1 glass.  I'm a cheap date....I know.

I quickly changed my habit when school and bootcamp started up again.  I have to get up at 4:30 most mornings of the week, and have a few races to train for, so I save my glass(es) of wine for the weekends (Fri-Sun).  I have not cut it out, but I have cut down and am practicing better moderation and I am sharper and more energetic during the week and during my workouts.

I read a very enlightening article on closet mom alcoholics a few weeks ago in Redbook.  Click on the link below and read....it will be worth your time and maybe help with some of the confusion on what is "normal" consumption.  I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this topic?!!!