It’s July and you know what that mean: Air show, Blue Angels! Whiskey! Fly overs! Beer! Fireworks! Scotch! WashCo fair and Flo Rider!
Weekends are tough for staying clean. On the rare occasion I choose to drink, I ALWAYS think about my clients at the studio. I’m really Catholic so it never takes long for inescapable guilt to sit in. Hahaha. It’s okay, it only takes a few drinks to forget about the guilt (that sounds like a country music line).
One of the MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED questions I get when speaking with new people about starting an exercise and nutrition program is, “Can I have alcohol?” I don’t pretend to have the same answer for everybody because everyone is different and the situation is always different. What I’ll typically say is:
“You’re coming to me for my expert opinion and for results. As your coach, I’m going to tell you what you already know: If you really want to get the biggest return on your investment with this program, you’ll need to choose to either severely limit your intake of alcohol or give it up all together. This may not be easy for you and I totally get it. I have 4 kids, a wife and a small business. It’s hard but it’s not impossible to give up for 30 days.”
1 of two things then happen:
1. They sign up with me or 2. I never see them again.
I’ll share something with you from our Paleo Quick Start Guide:
“If you really want to go diehard with this challenge, don’t drink alcohol for the next six weeks. It’s a waste of calories, and it’s poisonous if you want to get real about it. You’re trying to remove the poisons in these six weeks to see how much better you can look, feel, and perform, so why not go all the way? However, if you do find yourself unable to resist the temptation of taking the edge off, opt for more Paleo choices, like silver tequila, mead, or wine. All the other spirits
are questionably gluten-free, so for now, stay away from them. Beer is full of gluten and other grains, so do yourself a favor and abstain for this time period. After you’re done, have a beer or whatever alcohol you’re fond of and see how it makes you feel. Your hangover might be worse, and you might feel other symptoms while you’re drinking it now that your system is clean. Take note and act accordingly next time you decide to imbibe. For more on that topic and more detailed info on all the different alcohols, read ‘This.’
Interestingly, I had two Bloody Mary’s on Saturday night with Monopolowa vodka and V8. Sunday I felt like I was hit by a train and kicked over a cliff. Even if you’re not gluten intolerant, your body may not respond the same to alcohol and toxins the same way it did when you were in your 20’s.
*Note: Most of my readers are in their 30s and 40s. If you’re in your 20s, party it up and enjoy yourself while you can, before you become crotchety like we are.