One of the first questions asked over here at Mighty Great Fitness when someone starts a clean eating diet is, what kind of alcohol can I have? This is an excellent question as most alcoholic drinks contain sugar and usually a large amount of it. However, this does not mean that you can’t drink an alcoholic beverage from time to time. It simply means that you must find the right kind of alcohol and keep it in moderation.
First off, alcohol is something you should have in moderation, no matter what your eating plan is. Most drinks are full of calories and additives, which are not suitable for you and lead to weight gain. Alcohol is also highly addictive and can be harmful to people losing weight. Why? That is because most people who are trying to lose weight suffer from an overeating addiction that is easily replaced with alcohol. You do not want to trade one addiction for another. When you start a new diet and exercise regimen, it is highly recommended to meet with a behavioral health specialist to help treat your mental health.
Now, if clean eating is the diet you are starting, you will have to make a lot of changes. At first, it will seem challenging and, at times, even impossible, but it is so worth it, and your body will thank you. First things first, you will want a good clean eating shopping list to keep with you at all times. Second, you will need to go shopping to get those proper foods, and third, you will want to read up on clean eating in restaurants, because this will be the biggest challenge. Once you are set up, you can think about the fun stuff like snacks and alcoholic beverages. Now the bad news is there is no such thing as clean alcohol. When alcohol is processed in your body, it turns into sugar. Rather than focusing on the type of alcohol, focus on the amount you consume. As for a healthier option, red wine is made from red grapes that contain resveratrol, an antioxidant, so having a five fluid ounce serving of red wine every so often may even be beneficial for your heart. Below you will find a list of alcohols you can have in moderation while on a clean eating diet.
Ok’d Alcohol on Clean Eating Diet
Wine made with organic grapes
Low Sugar Gluten Free Hard Cider
Gluten-Free Non-Flavored Vodka
Muddled herbs & fruits (i.e., ginger, mint, basil, berries, watermelon)
Splash of fresh-squeezed juice (i.e., grapefruit, lime, lemon, orange)
Remember to have everything in moderation and stay properly hydrated.
Author/ Weight Loss Coach