can you drink alcohol on this diet i like a jigger of vodka at night with fresh lemon

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Created January 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

can you have alcohol on this diet/ i like vodka at night with fresh lemon juice


on January 10, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Yes but I like whiskey as I can multitask it as a toddy or rocks, neat or with a sploosh of seltzer. Here, a bunch of things that could be helpful via the search field on the upper left: http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/alcohol#axzz1j5f3B8nt



on January 10, 2012
at 06:00 PM

All I can say is wow...You're looking for a diet to start and your main concern is if you can drink alcohol on it. Like stated below yes you can.


on January 10, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I'm so happy you used the word "jigger" in your question. I have not heard that for a long time--since I was a bartender years ago. It brings back delightful memories of drinking past closing and eating deep fried wings.

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on January 10, 2012
at 02:10 PM

Yes. Yes you can.

But it may need to be moderated somewhat by what your goals are, or what your current health situation is.

Paleo and primal friendly alcohol: unsweetened hard liquor (tequila, vodka, etc.), red wine.

If you have liver issues (fatty liver, T2 diabetes, pre diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obese) - you might want to either cut back a little or abstain until your health improves.

Also, if you must have a drink every night, consider whether or not that in itself is perhaps problem.


on January 10, 2012
at 06:33 PM

i would avoid alcohol made from grain like whiskey and beer.



on January 10, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Alcohol (as well as fructose) seem to be toxins that are conditionally activated/worsened by high PUFA consumption. As long as your PUFAs are low, there should be no problem with alcohol.



on January 10, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Be warned: your desire to drink may go away.

I was a blackout drunk 1-2 nights a week pre paleo. Now I quit. Obviously there are other contributing factors.


on January 10, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Alcohol switches off GH secretion, even the tiniest amount. Robb Wolf goes into some detail on this topic in his book.

Bear thsi in mind if you're trying to put on some muscle, or burn off higher amounts of fat while you sleep: alcohol before bed is a huge no-no.

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on January 10, 2012
at 08:41 PM

PHD, in the section on fats, points out some mice studies where induced liver damage from alcohol was stopped or reversed with saturated fats ... Piña Colada time anyone?

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