At Jenny Craig, we’re all about moderation. If you feel like you’re being deprived of something, it’s not a positive way to contribute to good eating and living, and it could even make you crave it more!
That’s why we recommend that if you like a glass of wine or a beer, then have one or two glasses a week, and enjoy it. Research says that the occasional glass of red wine can help with heart disease and longevity.
But with the holiday season upon us, the opportunities to drink really ramp up. How can we manage the temptation?
First of all, you should keep in mind the dangers of alcohol:
- Alcohol has a lot of kilojoules so if you indulge regularly, it will be hard to lose or maintain your weight.
- Alcohol can numb your hunger so you don’t know if you’re hungry or full. It’s easy to overeat in that situation, as well as when your inhibitions are lowered by a drink or two.
- Excess alcohol consumption, over the nationally recommended levels, can increase the risk of lifestyle-related diseases.
At the same time, there are lots of smart techniques to drink moderately at parties or at home:
- Drink alcohol with fewer kilojoules like low-alcohol beer; a wine spritzer with half wine, half soda water; or spirits with a diet soft drink or soda water.
- Alternate alcoholic drinks with a glass of water – just think, ‘a water between every wine’.
- Drink from a smaller glass.
- Avoid waiters or friends that top up your drink, you’ll certainly lose count of how many you’re having.
Finally, for the times when you don’t want to drink at all, there are lots of options:
- Have a delicious non-alcoholic alternative. What about a mocktail like a spicy Virgin Mary or a Virgin Cosmopolitan with a squeeze of fresh lime?
- Drink your mocktail in a wine glass so you don’t feel like you’re missing out, and it might help others not to encourage you to drink.
- Nominate yourself as the night’s designated driver.
- Hang out with non-drinkers, or replace drinking with an activity, for example dancing or a game of pool.
- If you used to relax with a drink, how about relaxing with yoga or meditation instead?
So, a toast to you during the holiday season. If you’d like a drink, there are many ways to make sure it’s a moderate amount, and if you want to avoid alcohol, some simple strategies planned ahead of time can make this easier.