One of my favorite quarantine hobbies has been collecting limited release beers from small craft breweries. I have spent more money than I care to admit on my small collection that now has its own dedicated fridge. It has been fun to try new flavors and stock up on some of my favorites but making sure I control my consumption is key. Most of us have been on a Zoom happy hour or two. This and the combination of being at home makes having a relaxing drink incredibly easy. We need to be careful through so we can optimize our health and come out of quarantine better than before. Here are some rules to follow while having some quarantine drinks:
Moderation is key. You don’t need to finish an entire bottle of wine. Have a glass or two and enjoy it. Avoid going overboard. Alcohol is more calorie dense than traditional carbohydrates, so you will be consuming excess calories without realizing it.
Hydrate before, during, and after having a drink. Alcohol can dehydrate your cells. It’s one of the reasons you wake up with a hangover after having a few too many drinks. If you know you will be consuming alcohol, make sure you hydrate earlier in the day. Furthermore, make sure in between each glass of your preferred beverage, you are consuming a glass of water. Before you go to bed, have another glass of water for good measure. Staying hydrated will also help reduce inflammation caused by alcohol by helping flush and filter it out of your body.
Avoid late night drinking. If you have a drink before bed, you may feel sleepy initially. On the surface, that seems like a good thing. If you’re tired, you’ll sleep better, right? Not so fast. When you consume alcohol, your blood pressure gets affected as does your blood sugar levels. Initially, you may see a drop in blood pressure, however, as your body breaks down and processes the alcohol, you may actually see your blood pressure and heart rate increase ever so slightly. I tested this out myself using a sleep tracking watch and even with 1 drink within 2 hours before bed, my resting heart rate was a couple beats per minute higher than normal, resulting in abnormal sleep patterns.
Moderate your alcohol consumption, hydrate before, during, and after having a drink, and avoid drinking late at night or within 2 hours of bedtime. This will help reduce any negative side effects of consuming alcohol. If you want to have your drinks and offset negative effects but aren’t quite sure how to make it work in your day. Book a call with one of our coaches, and we can help set up a plan that works for you so you can have your drink and make the progress you want! It’s all about coming out of quarantine better than when you started! You can book that call here: