This is pretty much a follow up question to my "challenges of being primal at 21" question a few days ago. So this fall I will be heading to campus a few times a month to party with all my close friends.
Obviously I won't have access to all the primal foods in my kitchen at home. I will most likely cook dinner at one of my friends houses. The way I look at it, I will be hitting the "pause button" on my primal lifestyle for 24 hours. (Notice I didn't say diet. There is no reason I will be eating crap food, just consuming alcohol and depriving myself of sleep.)
I understand beer like Michelob Ultra is super low carb, but you've got to drink a lot of that stuff to get your buzz on. Someone a few days ago mentioned hard cider, anyone care to elaborate? Also, I know that cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar when consuming really sweet things like honey and chocolate, any tricks like that for alcohol? Any tips on staying hydrated?
My question: what combination of mixer/alcohol is the least damaging to your body?
Here's a better science-y reason to drink NorCal margaritas than I could explain on my own.
One particular gem of a discovery is the NorCal Margarita. It’s a tasty adult beverage that the nutrition geek can enjoy, thanks to science!
Also, I’ve found that it can help to make a few of them at a time, to average out the different sizes of limes.
This drink is wonderful, for a few reasons:
Tequila (fermented juice of agave). Soda water (gets you more bang for alcoholic buck). Juice of one lime (something to do with insulin).
Behold the glory that is the NorCal margarita.
Robb Wolf's recommended least worst option for drinking.
Warms my Mexi-paleo soul.
There is always the option of not drinking at all - alcohol is not a requirement to be able to have fun at any party. We did some experiments when I was in University where people were given a non-alcoholic drink but were told it contained alcohol, the other half were actually given alcohol - as the parties progressed both groups displayed the same 'drunken' behaviors ;)
bottom line: hard liquor, with any non-caloric mixer. scotch & seltzer, whiskey & water, or even rum and >gasp< a diet soda.
red wines (dry varieties) are great too, though they do add in carbs. but the antioxidants are a worthy addition to your diet.
avoid beer. sucks, but true.
Anything can be damaging based on how much you imbibe. I carry a flask and will have a seltzer in my tote. I also always have snacks on me just in case - jerky, nuts, chocolate, dried coconut, and I've also been known to have a container with larger snack items.. usually something that if it gets to room temp it won't be a problem. Ham rolled up around pickle or pea shoots, chunks of cheese and cured meat, roasted potatoes. Have chopsticks will travel :)
If you're going to drink, why not get a few bottles of really good craft beer and actually drink something that's good? You won't need 37 of them like the Michelob Ultra and you said it would just be on occasion. The only cider I like is local to Maine, C.F.F. Culture, so I can't help you with the others as I find them too sweet. There are some tasty non-gluten options for beer as well: Sprecher Shakparo, Estrella Daura,and New Planet. Heineken is the lowest in gluten out of mass marketed.
Make something icy with vodka, or whatever, in a "booze only" Nalgene and sip - your choice how much booze to put in. If I'm going to drink I'm going to drink top shelf, period. I totally admit tho that an icy icy just out of a cooler Narragansett is way tasty :)
This link will help you out with drink "recipes" and such, I have a few on there that I like, and other suggestions given are great: http://paleohacks.com/questions/53193/adult-beverages/53207#53207
I am 22, a senior in college and also agree that Norcal Margarita's rock and your non-Paleo friends will love them too. Otherwise I stick to red wine and the occasional shot session with vodka or tequila.
In terms of food.... why do you have to eat after you drink? I am hardly ever hungry when I drink, I know that is opposite for most people. If your cooking dinner with friends, then cook a paleo meal as you have said, but if your going to be the only one cooking... I recommend maybe grabbing Chipotle (carnitas salad is very Paleo, sans dressing), or going to a nearby Wendys and getting a couple of patties without the bun and a baked potato if your down with carbs.
I do not recommend cider... worst hangovers of my life. It is very very tasty but is no better than most mixed drinks in terms of sugar content... Norcal margs, red wine, all have low sugar content which will help with a hangover.
In terms of preventing a hangover... coconut water rocks for that. Bring lots. Sugary it may be, but it hydrates wonderfully. Bananas and other high potassium fruit will work too.
Also, don't sweat it. Your young. You may not be interested in living the lifestyle that everyone our age else does, but you should still participate because you may regret it one day. A few nights of drinking a month is hardly going to kill your health at this age. Also, you dont HAVE to get super drunk. Just drink enough to relax and loosen up, no one will notice your not as drunk as them.
I've heard this guy suggesting cysteine may prevent hangovers and the negative effects of alcohol. I'm a bit skeptical, but who knows. It seems like there have been rat studies demonstrating this. Anyway, I bought some and plan to try it out soon:
Others have given good recommendations regarding what type of alcohol to drink.
I'll throw in my recommendation to have some coconut oil on the days that you drink. It's been shown in rats to protect the liver from the effects of alcohol.
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