Don’t be a Red Nosed Reindeer
This is a time of year when alcohol consumption rises which means that your calorie intake is increasing, which also increases your chances of red noses and flushes. It is easy to fool ourselves in thinking that if we skip meals in favour of a “liquid lunch” we can maintain a status quo, but calories from alcohol are ’empty calories’ and have no nutritional value which means that alcohol contributes to weight gain. You can read more in our blog
How Many Calories Are in Your Drinks?
According to the charity Drink Aware, a 250ml glass of wine contains 228 calories, roughly the amount of a 44g bar of chocolate. So even if you drink a few glasses a week you could consume an extra 2000 calories or so in a month. In comparison 250ml (2 glasses) of champagne contains 178 calories which is less but would still take nine minutes of running to burn off. One glass of prosecco is estimated to contain around 1g of sugar and 80 calories in total, making it less calorific than a glass of red wine. Spirits like gin, vodka and whisky can be particularly calorific as can beer and cider. Read more
In the UK, around 21,000 cases of cancer a year are linked to alcohol. Intense redness or red flushes on the cheeks, nose, neck or shoulders, indicates that your body cannot process the ingested alcohol in an efficient manner and you are literally poisoning your body. The cause is a build-up of acetaldehyde in the body which is highly toxic and a known carcinogen. It is important to limit alcohol consumption and follow national guidelines. You can find a free alcohol calorie calculator from the Word Cancer Research Fund here
Your blood pressure will increase whilst your body struggles to metabolise the alcohol consumed causing blood capillaries in your face to dilate, resulting in a visibly blotchy face. Research has shown that people who exhibit an alcohol flush reaction are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other hypertension-related health issues.
Eat, Drink and be Merry
Make sure you enjoy the season by keeping track of your alcohol consumption, binge drinking will drastically overload your body. The best way to regulate the flush is to eat before or while you drink. A full stomach will protect the stomach lining against excessive alcohol irritation and could even prevent a hangover. Fatty and carbohydrate-rich foods (pizza, bread, etc.) can stop the alcohol from entering the small intestines too quickly, slowing down the rate of alcohol absorption. Have a large glass of water, soft drink or mocktail if you start feeling flushed or hot.
The Fitness Chef can provide you with healthy meals to meet your goals and recommend a meal plan tailored to your needs. We understand the importance of a balanced diet and make healthy eating options available to busy London workers. We produce fresh, nutritionist approved dishes tailored to your requirements which can be delivered to your home, gym or office, or picked up from our kitchen based in the City Point Building, Moorgate. For anyone who needs a more bespoke meal plan we are more than happy to provide a tailor-made service please contact us by Email.