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Alcohol and a Fasting Regime

By Kellyann Petrucci, Patrick Flynn

During your actual fasting (or non-eating time), you obviously won’t be drinking any alcohol. When you’re fasting, you’re consuming limited calories, so using them on something like alcohol that is void of nutrients wouldn’t be a smart choice to fulfill your needs.

During your eating window, consuming alcohol isn’t the best choice either because you want your liver to process real toxins to keep you healthy and well, instead of processing the alcohol that you drink.

However, you can’t negate the positive effects moderate amounts of alcohol can have to help you relax. If you do decide to drink, make wise choices because alcohol is a carcinogen and is toxic to the liver (not to mention its addictive qualities), and go easy.

If you’re going to pop a cork, some choices are better than others. Here are some suggestions:

  • Certain types of beer (gluten-free is best)

  • Bourbon

  • Grain-based vodka

  • Gin (some brands are processed with grain-based alcohol)

  • Whisky

For special occasions, consider these options:

  • Tequila

  • Potato vodka

  • Organic red wine

  • Organic sparkling wine

  • Organic white wine

The drier the wine, the less sugar content it has. Try pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot for the red wines and sauvignon blanc and Albariño for the whites.

When choosing to celebrate, steer clear of grain-based drinks that can also include gluten, such as beer or rum. These spirits are off-limits 100 percent of the time.

Mix spirits with soda water, ice, and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice. Avoid sodas, juices, or tonic water, all which are very high in sugar. Also, when you indulge, get plenty of fat and protein in your belly like maybe a handful of nuts, coconut chips, or avocado wrapped in gluten-free, sulfite-free deli meat.