Think Your Holiday Drink

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Just as our Thanksgiving dinners have settled in our stomachs, it is time to prepare for the delicious delights for which winter holidays are known. It’s certainly understandable how waistlines can expand this time of year, but one of the biggest culprits might not be what you think. Cookies, chocolate? Maybe. But it’s the holiday cocktails that can potentially tip the scales. Let us show you what we mean. 

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Although typically only consumed (and available) in December, when it comes to holiday splurges, eggnog can be right up there wit
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Red and white wine have about the same amount of calories, 121-125 calories per 5-ounce glass. Dessert wines tend to have more calories: A 3.5-oun
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Among the popular non-light beers on the market, a 12-ounce bottle can be anywhere from 148 calories and 14 g of carbohydrates to upw
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A 1.5-ounce glass of 53-proof coffee-flavored liqueur has 170 calories. This might not sound like a lot, but the mixers added to
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Similar to eggnog, mulled wine is another cocktail youre probably only going to consume around the holidays. And according to its nutr
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Who doesnt enjoy adding a shot of this to your coffee as you sit around the fireplace singing carols? If youre considering drinking it i
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Maybe ringing in the New Year with only one glass of the bubbly is a good idea. It could save you not only a headache the next morning, but also
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Popular winter beverages dont always contain alcohol. A mug of hot chocolate is enticing to both adults and children alike on a cold w

Words of Wisdom

It’s the holiday season, so unless you have certain dietary restrictions, it’s ok to indulge a little to celebrate the year past and look forward to the year ahead. But just like food, there are some general rules to follow for alcoholic consumption when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.

Mind your mixers.  Store-bought mixers, soda or juice can add hundreds of calories. Keep drink orders simple: use club soda and a splash of juice. And don’t confuse tonic water with club soda. While club soda is calorie-free, tonic water is not.

Watch your glass size. It’s easy to pour a lot more than 5 ounces of wine if your glass is the size of a goldfish bowl.

Make some tradeoffs. If you are going to have that glass of wine, skip the bread basket or have just a couple bites of dessert.

Know your limit. Many people drink more alcohol than they truly enjoy and later regret it. So have a favorite drink or two, then switch to sparkling water. 

Of course, drinking too much can ruin more than your waistline. Never drink and drive. And keep in mind that harmful “binge drinking” is defined as four or more drinks for women or five or more drinks for men on a single occasion, according the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.