Cocktails… like shoes, there is one to fit any occasion. Poolside cocktails, patio cocktails, dinner cocktails, after-dinner cocktails, on-Saturday-afternoon-because-you-have-kids cocktails, in-laws-are-staying-with-you cocktails, you name it. Cocktails, to me, sort of feel like Bubba and his shrimp in Forrest Gump.
While I do love a good adult soda-pop, I know that I’ve got to be conscious about my consumption not only because becoming too impaired has its obvious downsides but also because there are notable consequences when it comes to our nutrition and wellness journey.
Let’s talk facts: It is true that spirits have less calories than one serving of beer or wine. It is true that spirits are more versatile than beer or wine – you can load them up with sugar or draw it back to include more natural ingredients. However, what this does is give people a false sense of impact. Simply put, we tend to consume more of them because there are fewer calories and they go down easier.
Outside of the “I’m never drinking again” feeling we get the morning after too many vodka sodas, there are some legitimate nutritional deficiencies to consider:
Protein is made of amino acids. These amino acids help maintain the cell’s structure, they transport substances in and out of cells, and act as enzymes. Alcohol can interfere with amino acids being absorbed in the small intestines. I need my protein – I need it to create that “D” curve on the InBody scan we talk about in the nutrition program. I need it to create a positive Skeletal Muscle Mass to Body Fat ratio. Not sure what the “D” curve is – get in touch with myself or Kayla to find out.
Vitamin B12 is needed to help make DNA, to maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells, and for protein metabolism. Low levels can cause a loss of balance, numbness or tingling in the arms and legs, weakness, fatigue, confusion, poor memory, and lost more. Meaning, I’m going to have a hard time keeping up with the WOD or remembering what rep count I am on!
Calcium is most well-known for its roles in bone tissue. It is the most abundant mineral in the body with several roles, including blood vessel and muscle contraction and expansion. I don’t exercise to not have muscle contraction and expansion. I will not get abs like Sofia without it.
But, as always, we will not tell you to remove this completely from your diet. Instead, we will guide you on which spirits can help you have fun & keep you on track with the appropriate consumption levels. In general, clear liquor tends to be a bit more favorable in the sugar / carbs department and a bit more refreshing on a hot summer day. Need some guidance on a few fun cocktails, check them out here:
Drink Responsibly – Its Darty Time