Where does alcohol fit in your food plan?
If you’re recovering from food addiction or binge eating, you may be called to observe another relationship in your life: alcohol.
With summer season in full swing and rosé more readily available than water, it isn’t surprising that alcohol may potentially play a role in hindering your recovery.
As luck would have it, wine and cocktails are typically laden with sugar. And if you’re trying to end an abusive relationship with sugar, alcohol could be a bit of a road block. I know, we hate having this conversation too. You come to Beacon to change your behaviors around food and we bring up alcohol! The truth is, it can [although not always!] interfere with your commitments.
In western culture, alcohol and social drinking are inherently entwined with special occasions, celebrations and social gatherings; therefore, it’s important to ask yourself some important questions about your drinking habits.
Are you using the alcohol or is the alcohol using you?
Is it a method to get back to your madness with food?
Do things like ‘drunk dominoes’ or ‘blackout binging’ resonate?
If so, get curious about your relationship with alcohol, and whether it is helping or hindering your long-term goals.
Now, if you choose to drink alcohol it’s worth knowing that there are some conscious steps you can take to reduce the harm. Be aware that ingredients like agave or simple syrup in your favorite cocktail are fancy euphemisms for added sugars. So keep things simple: vodka, gin, or tequila with club soda or seltzer.
At the risk of sounding like a billboard, if you’re able to drink ‘responsibly’ and stay on plan, well that’s wonderful! However, if you’re drinking more nights than not or if alcohol is leading to nighttime snacking and hangover binges, it may be time to reconsider the role that it’s playing in your life!