Tequila, whiskey, vodka, OH MY!
Tequila probably won’t fix your problems but it’s worth a shot … or is it?
Honestly, I enjoy a drink here and there just like the next person! I don’t drink a lot, but I do drink. Drinking is such a huge part of our social lives that it is unrealistic to expect it not to be part of your life, that is until it becomes an actual problem.
Before reading on, I want it to be clear that I am not trying to discourage anyone from drinking! I just want you to consider maybe a glass of water in between every drink, a lesser calorie alcohol, or maybe even just one day less of drinking every week.
When you indulge in an alcoholic drink, the alcohol, O.K.A. ethanol, makes its way to your stomach where 20-25% of it gets absorbed into your blood stream immediately. The rest of it continues to your small intestine where it is then absorbed by the blood stream. Once it’s in your blood stream, the alcohol slowly heads toward to your liver where it then gets metabolized. In a normal healthy liver, alcohol gets broken down at the rate of about one shot every 90 minutes. That could also be one beer, one glass of wine, or one cocktail. That said, a LOT of different factors can change that number, like gender, body fat percentage, and the blood-alcohol level you are already at. Any amount consumed over that doesn’t get processed immediately, and instead saturates your blood until your liver can process the excess alcohol. So, ladies, this is why we typically get way drunker way quicker than our male friends.
Think about it this way… Say you are waiting in line at the bank so see a teller. There is only one teller behind the counter, but you’re the eighth person in line. You are going to be waiting there in queue until that teller can see you and you can finally leave. Well, alcohol works the same way. Your body has to metabolize what you have already drank before it can process that last shot you took. Some bodies break down the alcohol faster, while some not so much. No matter what, it cannot leave your body until it has been metabolized.
Now for the fun stuff…
In my blog about food and the calories in the macros of everything, I didn’t talk about alcohol. Why? Because it needs a lot more emphasis than a quick rundown about the calories in it. With 7 calories per gram, you have to consider how many of your daily calories you are just drinking!
Scary, huh? Remember when you went to dinner last week and had two margaritas with your chicken enchilada plate? Just your margs alone were over 500 calories, and who even knows what your actual meal was! So, for me right now as I am eating to try to slim down a smidge for summer, my caloric intake “limit” for every day to reach my goal is about 1500 calories. If I decide to drink two margaritas, I have already used up a third of my calories for the day. That’s a ton!!! And that would likely be after I’ve already eaten breakfast, lunch, and a few light snacks in between. Do I think you need to feel guilty about it? Absolutely not. But, it is worth considering for next time you do want a margarita!
Dietary guidelines suggest you drink alcohol in moderation, which means up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men -- where one drink is equal to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor. -Livestrong.com
There is no reason to skip out on drinking altogether. We all know it’s not the healthiest thing for you, it’s common sense. BUT, next time you drink, choose a less caloric drink or only have one! You can skip the two or three mojitos and instead do my personal go-to, a Tito’s and soda! You can choose a less sugary, less caloric liquor to still enjoy your time out. But remember to moderate and above all else, be safe!!!