When you listen to your body’s needs and take care of yourself, you’ll find it much easier to enjoy the odd glass of wine or beer with a clear conscience.
Put the focus on eating healthily and drinking less
Not regularly drinking to excess is just one important way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few other easy wins, to get you looking and feeling great.
Waist not, want not: Exercise helps with your mental and physical health, gets those feel-good hormones pumping around your body, keeps you trim and can help you maintain bone density. Instead of having a drink to calm your post-work stress, exercise can be a great alternative.
Regular bites: Many weight-conscious men and women who like a drink are fasting so that they can 'spend' the calories on booze. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is not good for your health. It's important to eat three low-fat, healthy meals a day rather than starving yourself and drinking to excess every evening. So put the focus on eating healthily and drinking less.
Take a break: Try not to drink alcohol every night to give your liver a chance to recuperate. It was not designed to fight a constant barrage of booze. Take regular breaks from alcohol and allow it some respite to help decrease your risk of developing alcohol-related liver problems and stay in tip-top condition.
Deep breaths: Sometimes people can turn to alcohol as they think it helps deal with stress, but it can make it worse. Alcohol is a depressant, which means that it slows down the brain and the central nervous system's processes. Try other stress busting techniques: a meditation or yoga class, deep breathing, regular walks round the block or spending time with friends and family.
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Page updated: April 2013
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