Weekly Wisdom

Topic 25:

BUT IT’S JUST 1 GLASS…

If you’re a social drinker, it can be tough to be out with friends or at a dinner party and not enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail. Even with all of the sugar-free mixers out there, you might think you can get away with one glass by steering clear of sugar and just taking on the extra, empty calories that alcohol has. After all, it’s only one glass.

So, it’s an excellent time to revisit the common question, “Why can’t I have alcohol?” While in ketosis, your liver provides your brain with the glucose it needs through a process known as gluconeogenesis. The liver is doing a very important job converting non-carbohydrate-based food into the fuel our brain and other organs need. If you suddenly dump alcohol (a toxin) into the process, the liver immediately needs to stop what it’s doing and detoxify your body. Suddenly your brain is left without the glucose it needs, and the result can be severe hypoglycemia. You might find yourself passing out cold. It would be embarrassing if you passed out at a dinner party, not to mention extremely dangerous if you hit your head or got behind the wheel of a car.

If you have a wedding, a vacation, or a special event coming up where you would like to drink, please discuss it with your coach to transition off properly. We love our clients and want to do our best to help you avoid all dangerous situations and embarrassing ones too!

Here are some tips to help you restart successfully:

1. Lean on us.
If you are confused or have a question, ask your coach for help.
2. Make yourself available when your coach calls you.
We will be calling you on your first day of the protocol. If you have any questions between now and then, please
call, email, text, or even Facebook message us!
3. Request to join our Facebook private support group for tips, recipes, suggestions, and motivation!
4. Never leave home without an extra Ready To-Go Drink
Use the 6-pack of your freebie drinks, you can have 2 extra Shift meals per day this week.
5. Eat EVERYTHING that the Stage 1 sheet tells you!
Nothing more, nothing less.
6. Take a picture of your Stage 1 sheet with your phone.
Wherever you go, your Stage 1 sheet is with you.
7. Know that Stage 1 is temporary.
8. Stay off your scale!!!
Only use the scale in our office.

Did you know?

Why are there no nutrition labels on your favorite wine or can of beer? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) regulate alcohol and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate food. Only the FDA requires labels on food, so if you wish to know how many calories or what exactly is in your wine, beer, or liquor, you have to make a best guess or contact the manufacturer of the product.

Recipe of the Week!

Summer Squash with Basil, Oregano, and Lemon

Ingredients:
3 small zucchini (about 1 lb)
3 small yellow squash (about 1lb)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp grated lemon rind
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp salt
⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
⅓ C thinly sliced fresh basil
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano

Directions:
1. Shave zucchini and yellow squash into ribbons using a vegetable peeler, stopping at the seeds; place ribbons in a large bowl.
2. Discard seed cores.
3. Combine oil, rind, juice, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.
4. Drizzle oil mixture over vegetable ribbons; sprinkle with basil and oregano.
5. Toss gently. Serve immediately.