I really love it. I could have two glasses a day, but I don't, because wine lets my guard down and I eat more.
Which brings me to some guidelines from the South Beach Diet. that I think are so terrific, worthy of a repost. I've also included what makes a serving of alcohol, because I tend to have a heavy hand.
South Beach's drinking tips:
- Don’t drink too early in the evening because you may be tempted to have several drinks, and the calories start to add up.
- Do alternate with seltzer and water to stay properly hydrated. You can also add seltzer to your wine for a refreshing spritzer.
- Do eat a nutritious meal or snack containing lean protein before you start drinking. The protein helps to stabilize blood sugar and prevent cravings.
- Do opt for red wine over white. Red wine is a better choice because it contains higher amounts of the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, which is found in grape skins.
- Don’t go for regular beer; stick with light beer and drink it with meals.
- Do choose extra-brut champagne, which has no added sugar or very little added sugar. Brut and extra-dry varieties of champagne have only a little more added sugar and are acceptable second choices.
- Do choose sugar-free mixers for cocktails. Sugar-free sodas, flavored waters, vegetable-juice cocktail, diet tonic, club soda, or seltzer are your best bests. Be sure to avoid regular sodas, regular tonic, and fruit juices. Another tip? Use sugar-free powdered drink mixes to make punch or other fruit-flavored cocktails.
- Do top your drink with garnishes like lemon and lime wedges, olives, or celery, but skip maraschino cherries, which are packed with sugar.
- Red and white wine (one serving = 4 to 5 oz.)
- Champagne (one serving = 4 to 5 oz.)
- Vodka (one serving = 1 1/2 oz., which is a standard shot glass)
- Gin (one serving = 1 1/2 oz.)
- Rum (one serving = 1 1/2 oz.)
- Bourbon (one serving = 1 1/2 oz.)
- Light beer (one serving = 12 oz.)
- Regular beer
- Port wine
- Liqueurs (including Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, Amaretto, Grand Marnier, schnapps, etc.)
- Wine coolers (often contain a lot of added sugar)