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Light beer or hard liquor watered down!

Answered on December 30, 2014
Created January 09, 2013 at 5:22 AM

Is it allowed for social weekend gathering's while on the paleo diet?

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on October 24, 2013
at 03:23 AM

"beer has the advantage of being delicious" -- Indeed :) Beer has definitely been my one Paleo cheat these past few months. Keep your cakes and candies. Pass me a cold one

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on January 09, 2013
at 05:51 AM

Well booze isn't really going to be paleo, I don't think, but what are your specific goals for elimination? Gluten? Going low carb?

You CAN get gluten free beers but I doubt you'll be drinking them unless the event is BYOB. If you're trying for low carb and MUST drink beer then you're going to want wretch...light beers (pre-paleo for me the darker or redder, the better).

For hard liquor I've heard that tequila is compatible with paleo if it was fermented from 100% agave. Distilled liquors will also get you out of the gluten zone. Though, you say 'watered down' so something like whisky or vodka may be a little...gross.

If watering down is your path then I definitely suggest absinthe! The traditional way to serve absinthe is to fill the glass part way with the desired amount. You then place a slitted spoon over the mouth of the glass and slowly pour water over a sugar cube placed on the spoon. The purpose is to dissolve the sugar into the water and to dilute the absinthe to about the potency of wine. In keeping with paleo this, of course, can be done WITHOUT the sugar cube. While your friends are quaffing down their eighth Budlight you'll be enjoying the green fairy with a certain bohemian smugness! Double points if you happen to enjoy the taste of anise (sort of a black licorice taste).

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on January 09, 2013
at 11:15 AM

Beer will still have some gluten, even light beer. Stick to the hard stuff. You don't have to water it down, but you can order shots of tequila with a side of "soda water" (that's just barkeep speak for seltzer), and some lime slices.

I've do the same with whiskey (neat), but just skip the limes.

The big upside over wine or beer is no hangovers the next day, even after a bunch of these. Just a bit slow/tired, but no headache, nausea, light/sound sensitivity...

Or, you could, you know, order an actual Norcal Margarita (make sure they don't mess it up by sweetening it.)

You might want to print the recipe out and cut out the rest of the page so it's nice and small, that way you can pass it to your barkeep and tell them to make you this and keep'em coming. :)

Classic NorCal Margarita

  • 2 Shots Top Shelf Tequila Reposado (I used Tequila Alderete)
  • The Juice and Pulp of One Lime
  • Club Soda to Taste
  • Served on the Rocks

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on January 09, 2013
at 05:40 AM

I always thought light beer was for people who don't like beer but like to piss a lot.

From a paleo perspective hard liquors are typically a better options - less sugar and more often gluten free. Dry red wines are also a good alternative - and you have the bonus of the anti-oxidants found in red wine.

So things like real vodka, scotch, tequila are at the top of list.

Then your dry wines, red preferably over white.

Then your cider and beers - ciders have the advantage of being gluten free but are high in sugar. Beer has the advantage of being delicious.

At the end of the day I'd drink what I really enjoy and makes happy. If you're gluten intolerant probably steer clear of gluten containing drinks. From a health perspective I think it has more to do with the quantity and frequency. If you're going to go big and hard, it probably doesn't really matter what you're consuming.

Also if your trying to correct health issues or loose weight, the unfortunate but simple reality is that the less you drink the better off you'll be for it.

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on October 24, 2013
at 03:23 AM

"beer has the advantage of being delicious" -- Indeed :) Beer has definitely been my one Paleo cheat these past few months. Keep your cakes and candies. Pass me a cold one

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on January 09, 2013
at 05:29 AM

Both sound pretty gross to me, no offense. I'd much prefer a nice mixed drink, like a white russian or a whisky sour.

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on December 30, 2014
at 02:25 AM

I am really tired about this point- if the rest of your diet is in order (no donuts, bread, lots of greens and good fats) I think light beer or wine is a NON-ISSUE!  It doesn't raise your insulin, it is a relaxant (think essential oil of life!), and will not add one pound of fat on your body!

 

Sad for Paleo Purists, but true!  Alchohol is like chocolate: Not Paleo, but really GOOD for you nonetheless!!

Sorry...  but drink up!

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