Having a drink every now and then has become much more as a social experience when meeting friends and at attending a party. It’s a way for us to relax and care of our personal relationships and enjoy the company of others. many of them who are going to start a paleo diet have often wondered how the paleo diet and alcoholic beverages fits together.
IS ALCOHOL PALEO?
One of the basic principles of the paleo diet is removing processed foods and toxins from your diet. Alcohol happens to be both a processed food and a toxin. According to this principle, alcohol isn’t paleo.
But is it so that you totally ruin your paleo diet if enjoying the company of some good friend and a few drinks? Is there any paleo choices for alcohol?
You can find few paleo friendly alcohol beverages which effects to your body health and metabolism less than others and don’t totally ruin your paleo diet.
However, it’s pretty tough to justify how consuming any alcoholic drink can be good for anyone’s health.
Too much alcohol in your body system causes that burning alcohol’s toxins are in high priority. The liver has to prioritize detoxification over the uptake of nutrients. The liver can’t metabolize alcohol into sugar, which can cause a dip in blood sugar and a rise in blood fats. When some toxins aren’t processed they are stored as fat.
In this case, it’s hard to burn fat and it causes other worse effects with your metabolism, and that it is quite a harmful issue on a diet or generally for the sake of your health.
However, it’s up to you drinking or not, you’re a grown up, and the choice is yours. Next I’m showing you the best possible paleo choices with the paleo diet and the alcoholic beverages.
THE PALEO DIET AND THE BEST ALCOHOL CHOICES
The worst thing according to the Paleo diet is alcoholic beverages with grain, gluten, and sugar. That means beer, high sugar drinks like cocktails, mixers, high sugar ciders, spirits with gluten and part of wines.
Organic Red Wine
Organic red wine is the best paleo friendly wine option. Because of antioxidants such as resveratrol, which can help prevent damage to blood vessels, lower bad cholesterol, and prevent blood clots, when consumed in moderation, red wine is often considered to be a healthy alcoholic option in the paleo community.
There are various organic wine options – red wine in particular.
Paleo Friendly Spirits
Spirits without gluten are Paleo friendly. 100% agave Tequila and Vodka (not grain-based) are examples of that kind of spirits. They aren’t made from grains but grapes or equivalent raw materials.
Use them with soda water, ice, lemon or lime. Avoid high sugar juices, tonic waters, and mixers. Avoid colored spirits as they usually contain caramel coloring and fermented grains.
Most ciders on the market are gluten free but you have to check it out the label. Also, look for or preservatives like potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate, both of which have been shown negatively affect immunity. Use only low-sugar ciders (Strongbow, Crispin, ACE)
The best choice of all is home made hard cider. You can make it using apple juice, yeast and sugar(honey or brown sugar). Then you can be sure it’s definitely paleo. The problem with commercial made hard cider is that it goes through a pasteurization processes and is made using additional sugars and preservatives.
Here are instructions how to make hard cider at home and hard cider recipe.
The Paleo diet and the alcoholic beverages aren’t totally desperate combination. If you’re going to have a drink sometimes while you’re on a Paleo diet, it’s not impossible. But try to stick to more paleo friendly options like described in this blog post.
Keep your blood sugar stable by using spirits like 100 % agave Tequila, Vodka, and 100 % organic red wine from local sources. Also, hard ciders are paleo-friendly. especially home mad hard cider.
Avoid colored spirits and sugar-rich ones and steer clear of beers, even the gluten-free versions. So you metabolism can stay as steady as possible.
To minimize gaining weight if drinking, eat then only lean meat and vegetables. The body doesn’t store fat as much as eating carbohydrates.
Decreasing toxins and byproducts of the alcohol, you can take vitamin C and Nac-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) and vitamin B1. Make sure that you check out the instructions of each medicine before taking them.
It’s always your choice if you drink or not, but if you do, try to stick to more paleo-friendly options, and moderately.
Thank you for reading my blog ‘ The Paleo Diet And The Alcoholic Beverages’. I hope you can benefit from this blog post and share it with anyone who might benefit from it. If you have questions, comments or other feedback, feel free to leave a comment below. I’d be happy to give you any assistant or help in any way I can.