I wouldn’t say alcohol is endorsed on either the Wheat Belly or Primal eating plan, but it’s certainly not taboo. Good to know for Memorial Day weekend, as it’s the official “Kick Off” of summer. Dr. Davis particularly notes in this post his preference for wine, but suggests there are some gluten free beers that might be worthy of consideration. Mark’s Daily Apple also lists preferred drinks, gravitating towards those lowest in carbs – and thus placing wines near the top.
To be honest, I prefer wines too – the problem is moderation. Wine comes in a much bigger bottle than beer, so it’s easy for me to tell myself there’s no harm in having another glass. That prompted me to try these beers instead of wine as post-work refreshment for the past week. I was only slightly worried about the carbonation sabotaging my otherwise healthy, binge-free week – but I was pleased with my weigh in at 126 today. (I should mention it was pretty dang nerve-wracking getting on that scale again. I tried to look back in past blogs to see when was the last time I did, but couldn’t find it. Remind me to be more consistent about that.)
When looking for a beer and cider, it was tough to make a choice because alcohol, as a general practice, doesn’t contain a lot of nutrition information on it. I’ve been burned in the past by Angry Orchard Cider (which, coincidentally actually does have the nutrition info on the bottle, but it was served to me in a glass) – 200 calories in a bottle. I went with the two that actually did have nutrition info:
RedBridge Gluten Free
- Calories: 133
– Carbs: 14g (Sugars = 1g)
– Protein: 1g
Michelob Ultra Light Cider
- Calories: 120
– Carbs: 10g (Sugars = 6g)
– Protein: <1g
Both are 4% Alc./vol, have no fat, and were $7.99 at the local liquor store. The RedBridge wasn’t bad, but I found myself looking forward to the Cider a bit more. Probably because of the sugar, although compared to other ciders I have had in my life, this one was very dry. It’s tough to say whether I’d continue to keep these on to hand to have a drink instead of wine, though. It is slightly cheaper and longer-lasting, but I also don’t want to miss out on the health benefits of wine. Probably best to still keep both around.
Kickin’ back with a cold one now before the crazy work week starts up again tomorrow.