As a part of my nutrition guidelines when training with me, I ask my clients to avoid alcohol. Alcohol tends to lower your resolve and there is simply no room for that while you are aiming for your goal.
Alcohol may increase your appetite and is very similar to consuming pure sugar & fat, in that it’s calories are void of nutrients. The more calories an individual consumes in alcohol, the less likely it is that they will eat enough food to obtain adequate nutrients along with dehydrating your body of a vital nutrient, water.
That being said, I realize it is difficult to abstain from alcohol. So, in lieu of Halloween and other upcoming holidays I can only assume many of you will be partaking in a couple (or several) adult libations. Here are a few tips on how to prevent or deal with a hang over.
- First, it is important to drink plenty of water with alcohol consumption to stay hydrated and provide your body with electrolytes. You need electrolytes to help maintain fluid balance and prevent muscle weakness and cramping as well as the dreaded headache the night after.
- Eat a healthy dinner including carbohydrates so that your stomach has something to absorb the alcohol and prevent stomach trouble.
- Get plenty of sleep. The pleasurable aspects of eating increased in a study by medical college of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in participants who received only 4.5 hrs of sleep. This was due to an elevation of blood levels in 2-AG, a molecule that plays an important role in signaling of rewarding events. Put an end to the munchies with a good nights rest!
- Drink coconut water. Coconut water has more potassium than a banana (which alleviates stiff and sore muscles) and loads of electrolytes that you need to rehydrate your body. My favorite coconut water is Zico Chocolate and is great for those new to the coconut water trend.
I hope these tips help!
Stay HAUTE and healthy,
P.S. You can get Coconut water at most grocery stores. It can be found at Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Caviar and Bananas, Piggly Wiggly.....