GUEST BLOG - STEPHANIE CHIVERS, habit and addiction specialist
Ok, please just give me 5 mins of your time. I am not the fun police and I don’t preach abstinence. I just want you to make an informed choice about what you put into your body.
There are many reasons why someone would work with a nutritionist. But I think we can assume that you are wanting to improve your health and wellbeing in some way? And I highly recommend you do work with a nutritionist. Learning about food can really help you to make better choices and feel better, they can dispel all those myths that we read online and in the news. If you want to learn something, the facts that is, you got to a specialist, right?
It’s the same with alcohol, there’s so much mis-information out there, so I am going to clear a few things up for you.
There is nothing in alcohol that has any use for us. Its empty calories with no nutritional content. I know you have heard about the anti-oxidants in the red wine and some GP’s have been telling their patients its ok to drink red wine because of this. Let’s get this straight. For you to gain the benefits of the anti-oxidants in the red wine you would need to drink a barn full and that would kill you.
Yes, you can find bits of evidence that say champagne improves our memory. It doesn’t and if you look closer at those studies, they are usually a small number of people. So they don’t really tell us anything. What is clear, is that for the minor possible benefits of drinking a small 125ml glass of wine a few times a week, the risks far outweigh any of these very slight possible benefits.
Check out this study for more info: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)30134-X/fulltext
Here are a few facts for you:
So please, while you are working with a nutritionist, or just focusing on eating good nutritious foods, if you can take a break from drinking, even better. Or just have an occasional drink, like you would a take away or an ice cream.
If you want to know more check out my book https://www.amazon.co.uk/THERE-MAGIC-BUTTON-essential-addictions/dp/1520420587/ref=sr_1_1?crid=333MBSV0OOY48&keywords=there+is+no+magic+button&qid=1555586682&s=gateway&sprefix=there+is+no+magic+%2Caps%2C178&sr=8-1
Stephanie Chivers is a habit and addiction specialist with 12 years personal and professional experience, teaching people how to stop drinking, taking drugs and start living. For more info contact her here https://www.ichange21.com/