Like many people, I enjoy a glass of white wine or a couple of beers with friends. Though I certainly have my crazy nights (there were quite a few of those in college, to say the least), I generally think that my drinking isn’t an issue these days, particularly with regard to my health. Naturally — and unsurprisingly, to many of you — I was wrong. More
Topic: drinking alcohol
If you’re hosting a Halloween party in the coming weeks, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of healthy tricks and treats for both kids and adults. After all, ’tis the season to be stressed beyond reason–and a good host wants nothing more than to relax her guests, while toasting to their wellness. It’s time to mull some wine. More
This Saturday will be my – big breath, take a gulp – twenty-ninth birthday. Considering how many of my friends are happy and healthy in their thirties and how the women in my family continue kicking ass well into their seventies, aging should not be something I’m afraid of. But because I live in a world that gets tired of women easily, I admit that this birthday – and the one that will come after it – are causing me to freak out a bit. Thirty is the kind of milestone age we set guidelines for: “I want to have kids by 30,” “I want to publish a book by the time I’m 30,” and so on. But as I start zeroing in on the last year of my 20s, there are a few changes in my life that happened without any choice. More
It’s no big secret that most Dads enjoy a quick pint at their local pub after a hard day’s work. Even dads who are well into their retirement still seem to relish that after-hours Bud or snifter of brandy. And now that we know that moderate drinking may actually be good for your health, even better than not drinking at all, this Father’s Day, why not join your old man for the occasional pint? As you both age, it can be a great way to relax, shoot the breeze, and reconnect over his favorite pastime. And when it comes to Father’s Day, it’s also a much more personal way to celebrate your old man, as opposed to the old BBQ or trip to the hardware store. More
With so many studies out there telling you what you should and shouldn’t consume in order to maintain health, it’s easy to get confused. When some new study says exercise is great, another new study will say that exercise will kill you dead in your tracks. Sometimes you have to ignore the de rigeur medical miracle and go with what your gut tells you. Or, in this case, what your liver tells you. A new study out of Japan says that moderate weekly drinking of wine and beer could actually reduce the inflammation of a fatty liver. If you’re like me, and you don’t drink at all, you’re thinking, “Well I guess that’s good for those who enjoy a pint after work, but it doesn’t affect me.” Wrong! To add confusion to the mix, the study also suggests that teetotalers are actually at greater risk at developing a fatty liver than a moderate drinker. Wait, what? After years of telling us that alcohol consumption is a leading cause of cirrhosis and liver disease (including failure), now scientists want us to drink up? Excuse me if I don’t immediately run to my local pub to make up for lost time. More
We’re halfway through the Lenten season of sacrifice, so it’s time to step back and take stock of how we’re doing with all those bad habits we promised to give up until Easter. Have you lapsed? We have. And why lie about it? Jesus already knows anyway. We think a better tack to take is to ramp up our efforts in the trying-valiantly-to-give-up-something-I-really-love-but-know-is-bad-for-my-health-dammit department. So forget our previous post 10 Relatively Easy Things to Give Up for Lent (And Maybe Forever). Instead, we’re going hardcore until Easter, for the betterment of our physical, mental, and spiritual health. So here are ten bad habits that are really difficult to give up for Lent. Let’s each pick one (or come up with one of your own) and see how we do until Easter. If we make it that long, we may be able to quit our chosen nasty habit forever, or at least for a long while. And feel free to vent about how you’re doing in our comments section. We’re going to need each others’ support now more than ever, especially if we’re not allowed to do anything bad to make ourselves feel better. More
Green In the Face? â€“ 17 hangover remedies for the morning after St. Patrick’s Day (or any other holiday) â€“ though a few of these are about as healthy as getting drunk in the first place. (Shine) More
I love Lent. I’m a nutritionist, and for a chunk of time every year my (practicing Christian) clients don’t waver in their commitments. They give up something for the 40-day religious period: Sugar, alcohol, caffeine, or, for the foul-mouthed, cursing. Most of my clients can forgo their vice without a pep talk or modifications. Religion aside, I love this idea of giving up one thing for a set period of time. Itâ€™s not like you’re giving up all your favorite things, living on juices, or canceling all social plans. Its just one thing, but it can make a difference to your overall health. So, because today is Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), I propose Lent For All: The criterion is that what you give up should be a challenge. For example, if you donâ€™t ever eat cookies, then giving up cookies isnâ€™t meaningful. And whatever you sacrifice, skip it for the duration of Lent until Easter Sunday (April 24). Here are ten things (mostly unhealthy foods and drinks) to consider scrapping. You only need to choose one, but choose wisely (and quickly). Let the sacrifice begin: More
Happy Hour â€“ 5 ways to make alcoholic drinks less fattening and caloric â€“ aside from giving up cocktails entirely. (Betty Confidential)
We’ve already told you that Starbucks’ Trenta-size drinks are bigger than your stomach, which is scary in an abstract, “I know this is bad for me, but I might still want 31-ounces of coffee if I don’t think about it too much” kind of way. But this video, from YouTube user Rob Cockerham, really helps us visualize the size the coffeehouse chain’s largest cups, which comfortably holds an entire 750 ml bottle of wine: More
Old Man Winter is one nasty SOB. For those of us living in northern climes, the unrelenting cold is enough to drive us indoors and under our favorite blanket for weeks at a time. We crave starchy comfort foods and curse when the scale dares to reveal our weakness. Weâ€™re sleepy, grumpy, dopey, and any number of other traits characterizing the Seven Dwarfs, but fervently hope we donâ€™t act like them by the time spring has actually sprung.
Up to 10 million Americans â€“ 75% of them women â€“ also get SAD: Seasonal affective disorder. Some confuse run-of-the-mill winter blues with this subtype of major depressive disorder, but thatâ€™s like comparing a paper cut to a severed fingertip, says Dr. Raymond Lam, director of the Mood Disorder Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Our mojo may go MIA with a typical depression, but SAD actually stops sufferers from living their lives normally, according to Lam, turning jobs, classes, parenting, and other everyday responsibilities into Herculean tasks. More
Energy drinks packed with caffeine that are popular among teens and college students could be a public health hazard, according to an advisory put out by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Even energy drinks containing no alcohol, like Red Bull and others, might pose a significant threat to the people who use them, according to researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. More