The No Beer Year

Every now and then I like to do a food challenge. Something not too hard but a change that will push me to think about what I am eating and drinking.

When I was a crazy teen ager I used to give up chocolate for Lent ( I am not that religious but Lent was a good motivator!). Then a few years back I gave up French fries for a year. Again not too terribly hard for me but it did make me eat more salad when I was out for a meal then before. It is easier to change a habit when you know there is an end point to the exercise.

The Year of the Monkey is supposed to be a challenging one for us Dogs. (I may have misinterpreted the meaning of challenge here). So I decided to go a year without beer.

Now I don’t have anything against beer. After all mere mortals have been drinking it since the time of the Great Pyramids. What else would have tasted as good after a hard day of slogging bricks in the desert sun?

Beer is not necessarily even a bad choice of drink. A pint of beer averages around 200 calories and has about the same amount carbohydrates as a piece of toast. It even has a few anti-oxidants that help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

So why the beer belly reputation? Turns out that most people don’t drink just one pint during Happy Hour and then there is the bar food that is hard to resist after a pint or two beer. Put these together and voila, you have a beer belly.

Don’t get the wrong idea, beer or any alcohol beverage drunk in excess will do damage to your body. Everyone has their own definition of excess but generally two drinks/day for men and one drink/day for women is considered “moderate”. And drinks are not like money, you can’t save them  all up for the weekend.

So why pick on beer, well besides making a catchy title for a blog,  I am curious  to see what alternative choices will pop up over this year which according to www.astrologyclub.orgFollowing 12 months of the dignified and surefooted Goat, the New Year of the Red Monkey is going shake, rattle and roll!” Sounds like fun to me!

Eat Well, Live Well, Have Fun!