I have been eating Paleo and have not had a beer in over 2 weeks. I am a huge fan of beer, especially craft beers and local breweries. I know that there are gluten free beers out there, but is that enough? Will indulging in beer ruin what I have been trying to do for my nutrition? Does anyone have any suggestions on any brands that are ok? I also love wine- which I know is full of sugar. Not so sure what to do when I go out for drinks. Suggestions are well appreciated :)
Jessica - I have a similar issue. I am a big fan of craft brews, especially pale ales and IPAs. I really enjoy them and I was enjoying them frequently for several years (read as daily). For me, the only answer was to cut beer completely, which I did in early December of last year. I haven't touched it since then. I thought that I would miss it more than I have. Now and then I think of a coldish glass of Sierra Nevada. I feel so good now though, that it's easy to leave it behind. I do occassionally have a drink in social settings, but it tends to be about once per week now. In those cases I've learned to appreciate good scotch and good bourbon. Perhaps you could try something similar or other spirits...maybe a really good dirty martini?
screw that gluten free crap- drink good honest beer - enjoy it and move on. Just don't go nuts. And anytime you feel human and need to cheat- always use the real thing, not some cheap fake alternative product. Eat it, get it over, pay the price and move on.
If you're a beer lover like me who also HATES wine, see if you can get your hands on some mead. It's pretty hard to find (at least here in San Diego, CA).
I have learned to brew my own mead. It's really easy and tastes incredible. You can use any type of fruit juice that you want. Just use 3 lbs of honey per gallon of liquid. I like to make pomegranate mead with equal parts pomegranate juice and white grape juice
I say if you feel like a beer, have a beer- just not six. \ I am a wine lover myself though, and I feel like a nice, dry, robust red is probably the healthiest go of it- lots of info out there suggesting it's good for the heart, particularly for women. Not as carb-y as beer, and you can't exactly slowly sip a nice glass of tequila with your rare steak (well, maybe you can, but not me personally).
But as long as it's in moderation, don't stress. You could be ultra paleo and set to live to 1000 and get hit by a bus tomorrow.
FWIW, I have an occasional beer & even though I am gluten-intolerant, I have no symptoms, if I have just 1 or 2 a week. Just one bite of bread is a problem for me, though! YMMV.
Both wine & beer seem to help my digestion, though maybe that's psychological?
If you click on my name, you’ll see my stance on this issue. =p This won’t be popular, but my opinion—even if I didn’t like beer—is that for autoimmune issues (which is why I went Paleo), O6 fats can sometimes be a more important factor than gluten. Not that gluten is innocuous, but I can handle a burger a thousand times better than gluten-free asian food stir fried in a metric ton of vegetable oil. Hell, too many cruciferous vegetables seems to be worse for me than gluten.
If I drink too much beer the combination of alcohol and gluten wrecks my system, but if I drink a reasonable amount and only drink a few days a week I seem to fare just as well as when I completely abstain. If you find it doesn’t do you too much harm, I say you can keep at it as long as you treat it as a cheat; in fact, I’ve found that if anything, my love of craft beer caused me to go stricter on Paleo. Doesn’t hurt that the craft beer movement also tends to love things Paleos love such as local ingredients.
And don’t go the gluten-free beer route. Those are awful. The DFH Tweason'ale is the only thing I can stand, but it doesn’t taste remotely like beer – more of a bubbly fruity drink.
Having a beer or 2 probably won't do anything to you. But, it could. You don't know until you experience it yourself.
So, I say... Enjoy a beer or 2! Nothing more. Pay attention to how you feel and go from there.
Since beer is a fermented drink its far easier on our digestive system compared to regular ole grain foods like bread.
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