Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle and Still Drink Wine
Wine has several health benefits. A few rewards are that it contains antioxidants, flavonoids that promote heart health, it slows the aging process, and it decreases your chances of getting chronic diseases. If wine is so great why do many modern diets discourage you from consuming wine? Perhaps, dieters over indulge and dietitian recommend removing it rather than encouraging moderation. Dietitians consider wine as having “empty” calories and those calories could be better used elsewhere. Nonsense! Wine can give you a weight lost boost. According to researchers, red wine contains a chemical called ellagic acid. Ellagic acid slows the growth of existing fat cells and prevents the growth of new ones. So, do not give up your wine. You can incorporate healthy simple tactics in your every life so you can continue to enjoy wine. Here are a few approaches on how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and still drink wine.
Use a Smaller Wine Glass
My wine glasses are huge. They could be mistaken for portable wine tanks. Easily, these glasses could hold 20 ounces. I wanted to do my part in ending global warming. So, I bought them to conserve energy by only pour myself one glass of a wine a day. (Anything to help a cause.) However, these glasses are not recommended to sustaining a balance diet. It sounds crazy, but the size of your wine glass influences how much wine you pour. Experts suggest drinking a maximum of 5 to 6 ounces of wine daily. When you pour 5 ounces in a 20-ounce glass it looks like a drop in the bucket. You tend to pour more because it appears to be smaller than it looks. But, when you pour 5 ounces in an 8-ounce glass it looks like a lot of wine. Remember: the smaller the glass the bigger the pour appears.
Count Your Ounces
A glass of wine at a restaurant is at least 40 percent more than your at home pour. The average restaurant serves between 9 to 11 ounces. You have exceeded your daily allowance with one glass of wine when you dine out. Most people have two glasses of wine when they dine out. That is 18 ounces or over half a bottle of wine. You can avoid this by asking for a half of pour. Most places are happy to accommodate you.
Avoid Drinking on an Empty Stomach
Would you have the fastest time for arriving at home from work to pouring yourself a glass of wine? Would you be gold medalist? I would medal every time! I would set Olympic records. This is a practice many people do. They pour themselves a glass of wine while they are unwinding down from the work day. They may have a glass when they are preparing dinner. Experts discourage drinking before you eat. Your appetite increases when you drink on an empty stomach. Alcohol is an appetite stimulant. You will eat more and make poor food choices when you drink 30 minutes before eating. Saving your wine for your meal. You can also try pre-planning your food options. Have healthy snacks like fresh fruit, popcorn, or hummus available while you are preparing your dinner or to snack on after a long day.
When you are tipsy you underestimate your food consumption and overeat. Avoid this by drinking water. Drinking water increase that full feeling. Drink a glass of water between glasses of wine. You should drink at least 8 to 12-ounces. This will also have an effect on your blood alcohol level. Your blood alcohol level will gradually increase, instead of rapidly escalating. Water will not prevent you from getting drunk, but it will slow the process.
Try these few actions and, you will see a difference in your lifestyle.
I Heart Wine: Health Benefits of Drinking Wine
February 18 is National Drink Wine Day. No, I did not make this up to promote more tours. Yes, this is a real holiday. National Drink Wine Day was created to celebrate the ceremony and popularity of drinking wine. Drinking wine is woven into the fabric of our culture for over 6,000 years. Which got me thinking. Something that has been around as long as wine must have some intrinsic value other than a perfect pairing with chocolate.
So, I began investigating what are the benefits of drinking wine. And as a matter of fact, wine consumption has health benefits. Moderate wine consumption has several health benefits, especially for your heart. It could be a coincidence that National Drink Wine Day shares the same month as National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red was February 3. It is a part of the Go Red for Women campaign launched by the American Heart Association. The Campaign is to bring aware to heart disease and how it effects women. It is not fortuitous that we recognize wine and heart health in the same month. I heart wine, and here some reasons why you should heart wine too.
- Longer lives – According to the American Heart Association one to two glasses of wine has a positive effect on wine drinkers. Wine drinkers have 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirit drinks.
- Protects your heart – Red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant compound. Resveratrol protects your heart and arteries against the effects of saturated fat in your diet.
- Promotes the good cholesterol – Red wine raises the good HDL cholesterol. Flavonoids and sapponins are in red wine. These elements help to prevent blood clots and protects your arteries from the damage from the cholesterol. The also help to protect your heart against cardiovascular disease.
There are many other health benefits linked to wine. Cancer, type two diabetes and tooth decay are among the diseases wine will help to prevent. These benefits are recognized when you wine is consumed in moderation. What is moderation? It depends on who you ask. Some articles say no more than two 5 ounce glasses. One article, states no more than 24 ounces a day. I will let you be the judge. There is one thing they all agree on is that wine, specifically red wine, has tremendous benefits for long health. Raise your glass and drink to wine and its healing powers.
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