Is Happy Hour making you “fat”?
I get emails about whether or not I have sworn off alcohol as a fitness guru – and the answer is yes, but not for the reason you may think. Even though alcohol is a high caloric drink with little to no nutritional value, the reason why I don’t drink is because I am pretty much allergic to it. Umm yes you heard me right. It’s quite sad.
If any of you have Asian friends, you’d know that our kind turn bright shades of red after a shot. It is commonly referred to as “Asian Glow”.
It’s due to our inability to metabolize alcohol. I get headaches, feel nauseous, and my heart rate skyrockets. Here’s the funny thing about my Asian Glow though…I am like a human upside down thermometer. The redness starts at the top of my head and works it’s way down…the more I drink the lower that red line goes. And yes, it is literally a red line.
If I drink 1 Margarita, my face, neck, and collarbones will be red. Then from my shoulders down I am regular skin color. If I drink 6 beers (my friends forced me to do this as we went tubing down a river in Connecticut for 8 hours) the redness will stop at my belly button. I have pictures of me wearing a bikini with a half red body. It’s hilarious. And disgusting.
Anyway, I swore alcohol off for good a year ago when I was at a concert and some friends made a coke and vodka mixture for me that was pretty much 10% alcohol and 90% soda. Within 30 minutes, I went blind. I went blind for a good half hour and it was one of the scariest experiences I have ever had. Couldn’t see anything…my eyes were open but it was pitch black. I was helpless and it was scary.
So yeah, anyway, there’s my bit on alcohol. If you guys are looking for lite drinks, I am sorry I cannot be of much help, but I hear diet soda and rum or vodka are great for people watching their calories.
Check the pictures above to see how many calories you may be mindlessly consuming over the weekend. Make sure you don’t ruin your clean and hard week! It’s not worth it! Of course though, have fun and indulge, but be mindful!!!
For now, I will get buzzed on life instead ;)
Photo from: Womens Health Base