Body and Soul: Yes, You Can Drink Coffee, And Alcohol(!), And Still Shrink

Nutritionist Michele Chevalley Hedge votes yes for keeping your cappuccino and your Cabernet.

Have you been on the Atkins Diet? The Lemon Detox Diet? The Breatharian Diet (where you breathe your way to a hotter body)? I have tried them all, I have studied them all, and I have written about them all. Unfortunately, none of them work for long-term, true wellbeing.

What does work? Nourishment, not punishment.

So if having one or two glasses of wine is your joy, your reward for your hectic day, then go ahead and have it, without the guilt! But for goodness sake please put down the sugar-packed chai tea and ‘fat-free’ jelly snakes.

You can still consume alcohol, but be smarter about how...

The Australia National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines recommend that men and women drink no more than two standard drinks on any day to reduce the long-term effects of alcohol. I take this further and recommend two nights off the booze a week to give your liver a break and do what is naturally meant to do; to detox the body.

Choose ‘cleaner’ drinks that are not just a sugar snack dressed up like a cocktail. Did you know that the innocent margarita is packed with over 15 teaspoons of sugar, that a strawberry daiquiri contain more than 18 teaspoons of sugar, and that pina coladas have a whopping 22 teaspoons of sugar? Yikes. So choose wisely. Pre-made syrups are often the culprit, so think twice about ordering those sweet cocktails.

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