Drinking? Choose Your Alcohol Wisely

By Be Well Health Coach Jenny Sansouci

On Be Well Cleanse, alcohol is cut out for a full 2 weeks. The cleanse eliminates sugar and any foods that may be causing sensitivities or inflammation in the body, and because alcohol is like liquid sugar – it gets the boot!

Most people aren’t thrilled about giving up their beloved liquor, so we tell them not to worry – it’s only 2 weeks – and it could be an interesting experiment to kick the habit. But after the 2 weeks are up, what’s a cocktail lover to do when they want to experience that vibrant health they felt on the cleanse — while still indulging in a drink once in awhile?

One question we get all the time is “if I do decide to have a drink, what should I drink?” While we’ll never say alcohol is healthy or recommend people drink alcohol, we can give suggestions on how to make the best decision if you decide you definitely want to have a drink.

  • The less volume, the better. We generally recommend people stay away from consuming beers and wines, as most people tend to drink multiple glasses of each and that’s a lot of liquid sugar. The more volume of alcohol you’re consuming, the more sugar you’re putting into your body.
  • Beer is basically liquid gluten. If you must drink beer, go for a gluten-free beer or gluten-free hard cider.
  • Instead of beer or wine, stick with a small amount of liquor like vodka (vodka is made from wheat, and while most of the gluten is removed during the distillation process, you may want to try a potato vodka if you’re gluten free), or tequila (check out this NorCal Margarita recipe).
  • Beware of the mixers. Opt for plain seltzer or soda water rather than tonic (it’s loaded with sugar). Sodas and fruit juices are filled with sugar or artificial sweeteners too, so if you want a little flavor, squeeze a lemon or lime (or both) into your cocktail.
  • Best case scenario? Try going booze-free for the night (or longer!) and see how you feel. It might not be as bad as you think. It could be an adventure. Plus, you’ll feel fantastic the next morning!

What do you think? How do you indulge in a cocktail without derailing your healthy habits? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Brandy

    Order a “tall” vodka & soda water – more soda water is added to make it a tall, not liquor.