The Alcohol Debate

by Paige Romanowski

Paige Romanowski, certified personal trainer, is the owner of BodyRite Training in Jamesport, NY.

Paige Romanowski, certified personal trainer, is the owner of BodyRite
Training in Jamesport, NY.

The alcohol debate is an ongoing conversation that most individuals participate in, especially those of the health minded sort. To drink or not to drink is the question we are always asking ourselves when heading out to eat, attending a social function or just sitting around at home looking to unwind.

As everyone should know, alcohol consumption is not ideal when trying to lose weight. But there’s always that “but” or that “what if?” So, when counseling clients on nutrition and guiding them through their food choices, we strongly encourage selectivity and moderation when sipping on the spirits. What you choose to drink can make all of the difference in the world in terms of how you feel the next day and if you can rock that bathing suit without feeling or looking bloated.

In the realm of whole food nutrition, there is always a better, far more superior option to select for ourselves when it comes to food and beverage. A dreamy glass of Taste rosé from our friends at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, NY, pairs perfectly with a sunset and some water views on either fork of eastern Long Island. However, is it the best choice for a summer libation with minimal setbacks?

 Not necessarily and here’s why…rosé typically has 73 calories in a mere 3.5-ounce glass (not very much!), 4.5 grams of carbohydrates and 1.11 grams of sugar. A good restaurant, will pour a glass of rosé generously– certainly more than our aforementioned serving size, which is, of course, appreciated and why we frequent those establishments! However, a truly quintessential summer night on either fork does not begin or end with just one glass of wine…so as the pouring continues, the calorie, carb and sugar intake also continues and starts to accumulate.

So, let’s rethink those three or more BIG glasses of delicious rosé and consider having just one. The night is still young and you want to enjoy yourself so consider tequila as an option instead. Tequila that is 100% agave is ideal and authentic. Be wary when selecting your tequila because some can contain up to 49% grain; always look for tequilas that are 100% agave.

Basically, 100% blanco tequila contains 97 calories, 0 carbohydrates and 0 grams of sugar. Since there is no sugar in tequila, blood sugar remains stable and because tequila comes from a plant called “blue agave,” that means it is grain free and devoid of inflammatory-causing agents.

When it comes to maintaining your weight, losing weight or increasing your healthfulness, abstaining from sugar in all shapes, sizes and forms is the key. Consuming alcohol on a regular basis in excess is never a good idea, especially if healthfulness is a concern, which it should be!

Margaritas taste delicious, but won’t help your waistline because they are loaded with calories, carbohydrates and sugar! Instead, order this BodyRite-Rita the next time you are out and about or at home on the deck chilling. And be sure to thank your friends at BodyRite Training for keeping the excess pounds at bay this summer! !#areyoubodyrite?



4 ounces 100% agave

Tequila Blanco

2 ounces fresh lime juice and pulp of one lime

Splash of club soda

Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and serve on the rocks with salt rim.