“I Gave Up Drinking Alcohol (Mostly) and Here’s What Happened” by Joy Manning on Runnersworld.com, is subtitled, “one woman explores how the ‘mindful drinking’ movement is helping people get high on being dry.”
If one of your resolutions for 2018 is to lose weight to run/walk faster and injury free, look or feel better, or be fitter and healthier, the place alcoholic beverages will take in that diet is on your mind.
At a minimum, most basic no-frills drinks, like a beer, glass of wine, and single shot of liquor contain at least 100-150 empty calories. Enjoying one is more likely to boost an appetite for food than kill it. It’s a challenge to cut calories without cutting out alcohol.
It turns out that drinking less or not at all is a trend these days, or a ‘movement’ in more current language. Manning explains that mindful drinking involves “re-examining your relationship with alcohol by cutting back or tee-totaling”.
Persevering with a reduced-calorie diet plan is partly physical, as there’s hunger to deal with, but it’s also an issue of the mind. The perspective that what you are attempting is becoming popular can be a huge boost to attitude and help avoid the mindset of denial.
Last Saturday one of the posts was about beer running. The runner highlighted in the featured article in DRAFTmagazine.com was a brewer and wanted to continue drinking beer. It was reported that he lost 180 pounds while running and having a daily beer. He apparently successfully incorporated moderate alcohol intake into his diet. One of the healthiest nutrition plans endorsed by medical experts is a Mediterranean diet, which can include a daily glass of red wine.
It doesn’t seem to be absolutely necessary to eliminate alcohol to practice healthy living or lose weight, unless there’s a medical issue. But being mindful of how much, when, and why alcohol is consumed may be one of the best moves to make to accomplish a fitness-related goal. It’s the kind of mental re-training that dieters undertake with food.
Manning indicates that women are increasingly engaging in high-risk drinking, 4 or more drinks in a night. The niaa.nih.gov website, Rethinking Drinking, quotes 3 drinks in a day or 7 or more per week for women, and 4 drinks for men in a day, or 14 or more per week.
If this issue has been on your mind, take heart. It’s a popular movement you may wish to join.
Thanks to Joy Manning for sharing! Be sure to read the entire article.
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