balanced-mealHow many times have you drunk on an empty stomach because you either wanted to cut calories or else get a faster, more intense buzz?  How did that turn out for you? I would venture to say that some of your worst drinking episodes and blackouts occurred when you were drinking on an empty stomach.  And ultimately, you probably didn’t enjoy the “buzz” because you got wasted too fast, and the reduction of calories did nothing for you because when your body is metabolizing alcohol, fat metabolism is inhibited.

Eating when you drink helps you moderate your drinking better.  When you eat properly, you don’t have to worry about too many extra calories because you’ll be able to stick to your drinking plan better and therefore won’t pile on extra calories from drinking too much.

  1. Plan your food as well as your drinking. Know what you are going to eat, preferably some lean protein (instead of fatty cheeses, meats and nuts), balanced with some complex carbohydrates and veggies. Plan to SIP your wine or alcoholic beverage along with or in between bites of food.
  2. Eat some BEFORE you start to drink.  Eating causes the sphincter muscle leading from your stomach to your small intestine to shut, giving the metabolic enzymes more time to work on the alcohol before it goes into your intestine and into your bloodstream (and your brain).
  3. Eating helps your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) stay at a low enough level so that you can stay in control of how much you drink.  And ultimately you’ll consume fewer calories than if you drank without eating because you’ll be able to stick to your plan and drink less.
  4. Plan for what you’ll do when you’ve eaten and drunk your limit. See “Stop Binge Drinking – How to Derail the Binge.”