Nutritional Balance | OYNB Podcast 014

One Year No Beer Podcast Episode 014 – Nutritional Balance Without Alcohol with Jolene Park 

Happy Holidaze! Dazed indeed because the holiday season can be one of the toughest for those of us taking the One Year No Beer challenge. Especially if you have birthdays coming up around this time too. Ruari is celebrating his third alcohol-free birthday, and the podcast we have lined up for today is all about prepping yourself and your body for the upcoming holiday party lineup. Our guest is Jolene Park, a nutrition and health coach with Healthy Discoveries, who combines healthy living with nutritional science in order to help people recover from the hangover and replenish their bodies as they wean themselves off alcohol.

“Why are we using sugar in alcohol in the first place?”

As anyone who drinks knows, sugar and alcohol take a hell of a toll on your body. Hangovers are no fun, and that’s because both sugar and alcohol deplete your body of the nutrients it desperately needs to heal and function. Proteins, carbs, and fats are the three things your body needs to survive, and drinking will tear away these valuable nutrients in one night.

Jolene shares how you can eat the right foodstuffs in order to help your body bounce back. “You want to eat within 30 to 60 minutes of waking up in the morning,” she says. And you want to eat good proteins, like eggs or tofu, combined with the healthy carbs found in fresh veggies and a little bit of the good fats you can get from avocados or coconut oil. All of the nutrients found in these good foods rebuild your brain and help calm your intestinal tract so you can speed up your recovery and reduce your cravings for sugar and/or alcohol later on in the day.

Rebuilding your body after alcohol.

If you’re on the road to quit drinking, Jolene recommends getting back on a whole food diet. Because the gut and the brain are super connected, your goal is to reduce the stress the booze has on your stomach and intestines in order to give your brain a chance to heal. You can’t skip meals, you can’t start your day off with coffee, tea, and sugar, and you want to find healthy supplements that can fill the gaps you might miss. Drinking can exacerbate pre-existing conditions, like lactose intolerance and IBS, and it will be up to you to make sure you are eating right and eating well in order to give you and your body the best chance at quitting drinking and rebuilding your body.



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