How Much Wine is Too Much?

Have you started to get that nagging feeling inside that you might be drinking to much wine?  Has it become something you do most nights if not every night?  Are you filling your glass all the way up?  Are you drinking more than one glass?  How much is too much?  How do you know when to cut back?

These are all questions I wish I would have had answered when I drank wine.  I’m not allowed to drink it anymore.  I abused my privileges and rehab took it away.

I’m not saying that you are going to become addicted to alcohol like I did.  However, you may bring on a lot of unwanted pounds and health concerns.  My hope is by educating you on the damage that can be done, by frequently drinking multiple servings of wine, that you can make a responsible decision on whether to cut back or quit all together.

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Bad news first.

If you cry when you think about how much wine you drink, if you drink because you are depressed or stressed, if drinking that wine at night is the only thing you look forward to and that can make you feel better…then you need to quit today.  If you quit now before it gets out of hand you may be able to socially drink again in the future.  If not, you WILL begin to slowly spiral out of control.  Alcohol is a depressant and will only magnify any problems or hopeless feelings you may be dealing with.  You are also more likely to become addicted if you are using while struggling with depression or anxiety.  Stop today.  Find out what is bothering you and get the help you need to find solutions and put plans into action.

If you need help creating a plan to quit drinking or just want to talk – I am here to help.  Email me at leslie@lbowroom.com.

If you don’t believe you fall in that category and just enjoy drinking wine…let’s talk about what you may be doing to your body.

First, a serving size of wine is 5oz with 250z in a bottle.  If you are not confident on how much that is, please measure it out and take a look. It is about 1/2 a standard wine glass.  So if you are filling up your glass…you most likely are taking in 2 servings.

The recommended daily allowance for a female is 1 serving per day.

I know…you didn’t want to hear that.  You won’t like this either.  There are about 100 empty calories in a serving of wine.  So let’s say you drink 2.5 servings a day – that is 250 calories.  To me, that is 30 minutes on the treadmill.

But that isn’t even what really bothers me.

Your body metabolizes alcohol the EXACT SAME WAY that it does SUGAR!  Public enemy #1!  Sugar makes you gain weight, bottom line.

If you drink on a regular basis it is going to effect your metabolism!

You may not yet but you will gain weight.  If you keep drinking on a regular basis you are going to mess with your metabolism to the point where you will gain weight.  The best part is you are going to gain it right in your belly!  My metabolism took such a hit during my drinking that it was over a year before I got the weight off my midsection.  I was asked on a regular basis if I was pregnant.  Good times.

By drinking in excess you are also putting yourself at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

If cancer, diabetes, or heart disease runs in your family I strongly suggest you evaluate your drinking TODAY!

By drinking in excess you are adding years to your appearance.  Don’t believe me?  Stop drinking for 2 weeks and see the difference.

By drinking in excess you can possibly decrease your fertility.

By drinking in excess you put yourself at risk for Chronic Fatigue.  That means that you feel tired ALL THE TIME.  Sounds amazing!  No thanks.

I get it.  Wine is sexy and romantic.  Maybe once in awhile.  But you know what isn’t sexy?  A drunk lady with a pregnant looking belly that is tired all the time.  Get it under control.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to evaluate how much you are drinking during the week.  I suggest you write down how many servings and how often you are drinking them.  Once you have that information you can decide what is the best decision for you.

I’ll leave you with this…being in control of my life, having a healthy mind, body and spirit, and being present for those I love is better than any glass of wine I have ever had.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Cake!

3 Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Cake

As you know, I am very particular about the food I eat. I have used healthy eating to lose weight, quit my addictions, and go off antidepressants. With Thanksgiving approaching, I am already planning out what dishes I will indulge in from the Thanksgiving spread…and which I will not!

We will head to my Mother-In-Law’s for Thanksgiving, as we do every year. God Bless her…but she has not bought a ticket for the clean eating train just yet! There will be a lot of sugar and processed foods in her menu.

I know…I have heard it all.  “It’s a holiday, splurge!”.  Or “It’s just one day!”.

My answer is I DON’T CARE!

I am not going to eat food that I don’t enjoy and is not good for me just to be polite.  Maybe that makes me a bad person. I think it makes me a healthy person with good eating habits.

I am going to eat the food that is worth the calories and sugar TO ME or has some nutritional value.  This is easy with dinner, right?  Turkey, green beans, maybe a little sweet potatoes.  I’ll steal clear of the regular potatoes, canned cream corn, and dinner rolls.  But where the compromise gets tricky is dessert.

I love dessert.  Cake especially.  Cake is a regular part of any good cheat meal in my house.  Every Thanksgiving my Mother-In-Law buys a Banana Cream Pie and a Pumpkin Pie from the local casino bakery.  To me, store bought desserts means that “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM EATING!”  They can and will add anything they need to for the desired taste including TONS and TONS of addictive sugar!

So I came up with happy alternative, my 3 Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Cake!  So moist and so delicious!

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To prepare a 1-8″ cake round or 11×13″ sheet cake you will need:

1 Package Pumpkin Cake Mix (You can substitute Spice Cake if needed)

1 Can Organic Pumpkin Puree

1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Package Truwhip Natural Whipped Topping

Combine the cake mix, pumpkin puree, and water in a large bowl.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Let cool.  Then spread 1/2 package of Truwhip as the topping.  Enjoy!

My sweet helper has all the sugar I need!

My sweet helper has all the sugar I need!

 

By Using Organic Pumpkin Puree I cut out all the extra preservatives and added sugar.  It is nothing but pumpkin!  That means only 7 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup of puree!  The Truwhip is an ALL NATURAL version of Cool Whip.  I can pronounce everything in it!  Best part is you walk away with only 2 grams of sugar per serving (2 tablespoons).

The cake in the photo is made with 2-8″ cake rounds, so double the recipe.  I still only used 1 package of Truwhip, with 1/2 in middle and 1/2 on top.  I did this not only for presentation value but also to feed a large number of people.  When I serve it I will only give 1 layer of the cake as a slice, so it looks similar to a serving of pumpkin pie.

With this GUILT FREE dessert I can walk away from Thanksgiving without any damage to my waistline or that heavy “I ate to much” feeling.   I am excited for you to give it a try!

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!