• 24 NOV 15
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    Drink and be merry – but not drunk and fat! – Festive drinking

    Festive drinking

    Welcome to the 2nd in our series of blog posts offering Christmas eating and drinking tips so you can make this Christmas one you don’t end up regretting well into the New Year.

    Most of us like to have a drink or two over Christmas, but please keep in mind that alcohol has little or no nutritional value and is high in calories. Probably even more importantly, and a fact that is highly over looked, alcohol can raise triglycerides which is a type of fat in the bloodstream and fat tissue which contributes to the hardening and narrowing of arteries.

    General guidelines ask us to stick to no more than 1-2 units a day for women and 2-3 units a day for men, so check out the number of units and calories in your favourite tipple on the chart below – and make a conscious decision to have a few alcohol-free days over the holidays.

    Here are a few simple tips to guide you through the party season and beyond.

    alcohol-and-calories Extend a glass of white wine with soda water or low calorie lemonade to make a spritzer.

    Dilute spirits with lots of ice or a low calorie mixer.

    Beware of alcopops! Most maybe only 4% alcohol but generally they contain over 170 calories each! That’s as much as a hot chocolate with whipped cream!

    Alternate alcoholic drinks with a low calorie soft drink.

    Why not offer to drive and stick to low calorie soft drinks?

    Eat before you go out.

    Buy your own drinks instead of doing ’rounds’ and keeping up with everyone else.

    Look out for exciting alcohol free recipes for punches and cocktails. Try our non-alcoholic Pina Colada or Alkalising Tonic from our REAL FOOD Recipe Book

    If you’re concerned about your general health and weight sign up for a Wellbeing Health Check or  apply to join our Weight Control Clinic.

    Please drink responsibly.

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