This post is a slight departure from what I typically share, but a topic that I have become quite interested in lately and field questions about frequently from private clients; Can I still drink wine on a healthy diet?
Must start here: Alcohol is a touchy topic. I have strong opinions about alcohol consumption in general. As a quick disclaimer if you are struggling with alcohol addiction please skip this post. Here are some of my favorite resources on addiction; I love Home podcast, the website Hip Sobriety, I also love and strongly recommend this book, and of course, AA is a fantastic resource (but in my unpopular opinion, it is not your only choice).
How you drink is more important than what you drink, so please give yourself the greatest gift ever and take a look at that. Then come back here and learn all you ever wanted to know (and way more than you ever thought you wanted to know) about wine.
How it all began
A few months ago I was walking through the Rioja region of Spain while on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. My sisters and I stopped around noon to make ourselves some sandwiches, eat about a bushel of olives, and take a break. We were probably somewhere around kilometer 9 or 10 and halfway to our destination for the day. We were in the vineyards of Rioja, literally, surrounded on all sides by grapes. Glorious, beautiful, magical, all of it. We walked a bit deeper into the vines and found the perfect spot to rest and eat our lunch. As we were getting started on our olive appetizer, a car pulled up, it was the vineyard owner. Little sis, Becky, ran over to the car (she’s our Spanish speaker) and graciously asked if it would be ok if we had our lunch there, “Here, in your beautiful vines? We promise to not touch any of the grapes”, she said. The elderly couple clapped in excitement and said, “Of course, you are welcome to enjoy our land, but you must, must! must! must! try our grapes!” Please, they said, take a handful, eat them, share them with your sisters. Becky giggled, are you sure?, Yes, yes! Eat some now in front of us, they said, we want to see your face when you taste them.