6 Tips for Healthier Drinking

6 Tips for Healthier Drinking

It’s been a challenging year, so it’s no wonder that many of us are finding ourselves drinking more than usual during lockdown. This Alcohol Awareness Week (running from 16-22 November 2020 ) the theme is alcohol and mental health. Alcohol Change UK are focussed on sharing information and advice on the best ways to look after ourselves and those we love during this difficult time.

 

Here are six tips for healthier drinking in lockdown.

 

STICK TO THE RECOMMENDED WEEKLY INTAKE

The government recommends that both men and women do not regularly exceed 14 units per week. What does that mean in real terms?  14 units does not mean 14 drinks! It’s the equivalent to six average strength pints of beer or cider, six small (175ml) glasses of wine or six double shots of spirit. We should all be aiming to consume no more than six drinks containing an average % alcohol over the course of a week.

 

DON’T ‘SAVE UP’ YOUR DRINKS

We all know that binge drinking is not a good idea! Avoid saving up your units to drink them all in one go. Spread them out over the course of the week, but…

 

HAVE AT LEAST TWO ALCOHOL FREE DAYS PER WEEK

Whilst it’s not good to drink alcohol all in one go, it’s also good to give yourself alcohol free days too. Aim to have at least two days per week when you give your body a rest and don’t drink at all.

 

CHOOSE HEALTHIER DRINKS

Opt for better quality, more naturally produced wines and spirits. Choose dry wines which have a relatively low sugar content. Avoid regularly drinking beer, sugary cocktails and alcopops. You can also try swapping out some of your usual drinks for alcohol-free alternatives.

 

DRINK WITH FOOD

Drinking on an empty stomach has a more significant negative impact on your blood sugar level. Have a few mouthfuls of food before taking your first sip and don’t forget to drink water to avoid dehydration.

 

DRINK FOR THE RIGHT REASONS

It’s easy to fall into the habit of drinking ‘after a hard day’ or ‘because it’s Friday’ or because you always do in a certain situation. Be mindful of what triggers an urge to drink. It’s worth taking a step back and asking if yourself if you’re drinking for the right reasons.

 

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.