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Drinking Wine is Better Than Going to the Gym, According to Scientists
Red Wine Makes You Thin!??
Cheers to our HEALTH! Really. "Champagne" [sparkling wines] are good for you
Bex, BX Bubbles, Champagne, Prosseco ... and the town of Prošek
Low-Cal Cocktails (Even Tho Wine is Healthiest)


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Red Wine Makes You Thin!??

By Martha Edwards on HealthGuideHQ.com
I'm starting a new diet. I need to fit into that dress for my reunion next month so I'm gonna go to the gym. Nah, I'll drink some wine instead.
Wouldn't that be a nice alternative? Well, I don't think it solves the weight problem on its own, but according to new research, it does help! Drink [wine] up America, let's reduce that obesity rate.   
                                      ...thoughts by Bex Bishop
Drinking and dieting: Can these two elements exist in harmony? Nobody wants a beer belly, and coolers and cocktails are just too full of sugar to be waistline-friendly. That’s why wine tends to be the drink of choice for those watching their waistline. But is this reputation justified?
It seems it is, at least in the case of red wine. Recent studies done at the University of Ulm in Germany have found that ...

Low-Cal Cocktails (Even Tho Wine is Healthiest)

OK, so we've validated that wine has health benefits, and that it's for the most part, the healthiest alcoholic beverage choice. However, I admit, there are times you want to explore some other options. Summer time, pool time, outdoor patios are perfect for wine but might lack that mint sprig or pretty umbrella you need to give you that mental feeling of "relaxation time". But the problem is that hard liquor drinks carry so many more calories, in their liquor content and most auspiciously in the cocktail cohorts making up those frilly flavors. So here is a list of cocktails, departing from the obvious choice ofwine being naturally lower in calories, that provide alternative dressings for lower calorie concoctions...

Watermelon Mojito: 100 Calories
A whole day of eating right can go down in the swirl of cocktail -- with crazy-high calories and weakened willpower. So we've put a few drinks on a diet, starting with the Cuban mojito. Instead of using sugar, use a wooden pestle or a big spoon to gently crush cubes of watermelon with fresh mint leaves. Add rum and sparkling water for a sweet mojito with half the usual calories.

Skinny Piña Colada: 229 Calories

Rum that's infused with a coconut flavor can cut about 300 calories from a piña colada. What's out? The sugary, coconut milk mix. Measure one shot of coconut rum. Then add fresh strawberries, a splash of agave syrup, and blend with ice. You get a tall, 12-ounce tropical cocktail for about the same calories as in a handful of pretzel twists.

Shochu Cosmo: 70 Calories

Make a super-slim cosmopolitan by replacing the vodka with shochu, a Japanese spirit with a smooth flavor. A 2-ounce serving has only about 35 calories. Add splashes of diet cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, and orange juice, and then toss in a martini shaker. This cosmo shakes out at half the calories of a traditional cosmopolitan.

Skinny Vodka Iced Tea: 80 Calories

The mix of lemonade and sweet iced tea, favored by golfer Arnold Palmer, becomes a popular cocktail when you add a shot of vodka. You can slice off half the calories in this tall, cool drink by using low-calorie lemonade and sweet-tea-flavored vodka. This specialty vodka is lower in calories than traditional types.

Slim Berry Daiquiri: 145 Calories

Simple, unadorned berries can help slim down a strawberry daiquiri. Start with 1 cup of no-sugar-added berries, either fresh or frozen. You get intense berry flavor for just 50 calories, compared with 255 calories in berries frozen with syrup. Add rum, ice, and sweeten the deal with 1 teaspoon of stevia, a sugar substitute. Blend into a slim and delicious frozen concoction.

Find more cocktails and the full slide show here:

Wine or your waistline? 3 rules to follow

They say you can't get blitzed on margaritas and then dive into a bowl of ice cream? I have friends that would beg to differ but the point remains that drinking alcohol can have many positive and negatives -- for your weight, depending on how it's "administered". Find some tips here. Some highlights include:

  • Drinking presses pause on your metabolism
  • Alcohol decreases fat burn in the belly (a-ha! that explains it!)
  • Always eat with or before drinking
  • Wine and drinks without sugar fair better with less calories and less cravings
  • Beware the morning after cravings and fill yourself with water


(CNN) -- Let's face it, sometimes there's nothing better at the end of a long day than a glass of wine.But sipping much more than that can wreak havoc with your shape, and not just by adding hundreds of calories to your diet. Alcohol temporarily keeps your body from burning fat, explains integrative medicine specialist Dr. Pamela M. Peeke, author of the book "The Hunger Fix. 

"The reason is that your body can't store calories from alcohol for later, the way it does with food calories. So when you drink, your metabolic system must stop what it's doing (like, say, burning off calories from your last meal) to get rid of the booze.

"Drinking presses 'pause' on your metabolism, shoves away the other calories, and says, 'Break me down first!'" Peeke explains. The result is that whatever you recently ate gets stored as fat.What's worse: "Research has uncovered that alcohol especially decreases fat burn in the belly," Peeke adds. "That's why you never hear about 'beer hips' -- you hear about a 'beer belly.'"

Long-term studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and International Journal of Obesity found that middle-aged and older women who drank moderately (about one drink a day) gained less weight over time than those who never imbibed at all; they were also less likely to become obese.

What else beyond basic exercise and calorie-counting can keep happy hour from turning into hefty hour? Health magazine dug into the research and grilled the experts on how you can have your sips and jeans that still zip.

Rule #1: Always eat when you drink
While the Harvard research suggests it's wise to factor in those cocktail calories, it's actually more important to eat right than to eat less, the experts stress. Skimping on food in order to "make room" for drinks will only backfire and send you straight to the bottom of the candied nut bowl.
Rule #2: Know that some drinks make you hungrier
When it comes to waist-friendly cocktails, the simpler the drink, the better. Not only do the sweet-and-fancy ones tend to have more calories, but the additional sugar can make you even hungrier: Your blood sugar skyrockets higher than it does on beer, wine, or a shot of something, making the plummet (and the resulting cravings) worse.
Rule #3: Stick to a drink or two, tops
One drink a day is the widely accepted definition of moderate drinking for women, but there's a misconception among some bar-hoppers that you can go without alcohol all week and save your seven drinks for the weekend."That's the worst thing you can possibly do for your weight," Peeke says. (And, of course, for your health.) "It has a much bigger effect than one drink a day."

Calories in Wine vs Beer (Infographic)

Bex notes:    There is a joke in the wine industry that's not so much a joke: What does a winemaker want at the end of a long work day? A beer. So no hard feelings against it, but as most of  the articles below highlight, wine is full of so much more than calories, alcohol and relaxation but also many, many benefits. But sometimes, you just want a cool frothy one. I'm a fan of the rich and dark Belgians but those are also higher in calories. If you're a Bud/Coors/Miller Lite drinker, congratulations, you're consuming the least calories in the beer category. But then again, if you're a american beer lite drinker, you're probably not reading my blog. Am I wrong?

So I ask you, as a wine drinker, when you drink beer, why do you choose beer and which type do you choose?

Calories in Wine vs Beer (Infographic)

Calories in Wine vs Beer
Since the FDA doesn’t require nutrition facts on alcoholic beverages it’s very difficult to understand how much a drink will cost your diet plan. 

...Every drink, whether it be beer, wine or liquor is some combination of alcohol calories, sugar calories and sometimes fat calories

Health Benefits of Wine and Beer
Both beer and wine have some added benefits to drinkers that many distilled alcoholic beverages do not. For instance, red wine that is high in tannin contains procyanidins which protect against heart disease. Beer is a significant source of dietary silicon which improves bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

Not All Wines and Beers Have the Same Calories
Since some beer and wine have a higher alcohol percentage than others, the total calories will vary greatly. A good rule of thumb is to choose the lightest alcohol dry wine or beer in order to have the least calories.

Only Red Wine Health? Think Again: Benefits of Champagne

And by champagne, we of course mean the category of all sparkling wines.... Red wine always gets the props for "wine health" but did you know that sparkling wine also has great benefits? Mind you, sparkling wine is higher in calories, but you're still boosting your body while enjoying one of life's most luxurious indulgences. So cheers to you next time you're enjoying my BX Bubbles Blanc de Noirs Brut -- consider it a work out with pleasure!

I asked my friend, nationally recognized nutrition expert and published author Keri Glassman, to weigh in on how indulging in a little champagne can offer better health.

Lowers blood pressure
Glassman shares that in 2009, research from the British Journal of Nutrition found that champagne has health benefits similar to those often attributed to red wine. ...  "However, only the champagne drinkers experienced a slower removal of nitric oxide from their blood." What does this mean? "Sipping a few glasses of champagne may lower blood pressure and potentially reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease."

Contains antioxidants
When you’re enjoying that mimosa with brunch, pat yourself on the back, because champagne contains antioxidants – "powerful nutrients that work to contain the damage caused by free-roaming radicals in our bodies," according to Glassman. "Free-roaming radicals are often linked to disease, fatigue and weight gain. Antioxidants are important because they 'quench' these radicals and help protect our cells from damage and death. "Champagne and red wines both contain high levels of polyphenols, a kind of antioxidant. But unlike red wine, champagne is high in a specific form of polyphenol that has been shown to defend nerve cells from injury... Pairing champagne with orange, grapefruit or cranberry juice also ups the antioxidant ante and makes for a most charming cocktail.

Boosts your mood
I had no idea that champagne also offers us a mental boost (isn’t that awesome?), but Glassman says "just a few glasses of champagne can [help] protect your brain from damage that is commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and stroke... 

Recipes with Champagne...

HEALTHY DIET: Key to healthy heart- olive oil, nuts, wine & chocolate

Bex diet notes: What's better than finding out that delicious foods are healthy? Find many delicious & healthy recipes to pair with BX of Napa Wines on the tab to the left!

Switching to a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruit, vegetables, and even some wine and chocolate can slash your risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from heart disease. That's the conclusion of a landmark study out this week in the New England of Medicine.

The benefit was so great--a 30 percent reduction in risk, even among people at high risk, many of whom were already taking drugs for high blood pressure and cholesterol levels...

...What part of the diet was most important? The benefit likely comes from the combination working together, not any one food.

...Those who drink wine should aim for about seven glasses a week, with meals. Oh, you can also eat as much chocolate as you like, as long as it's at least 50 percent cocoa.

Resveratrol Science Hits a Wall

A top resveratrol researcher from Harvard, David Sinclair, found a few years ago that resveratrol may mimic the effect of caloric restriction in humans. This is the only known way to extend life, Das writes in his study. Not to be confused with starvation, which increases metabolism and therefore hastens death, caloric restriction involves controlled limited calorie intake. (It appears to activate a genetic response that extends life when food is scarce, allowing animals to survive until supplies improve and they can reproduce.)

..."Resveratrol is so powerful it can activate stem-cell survival," Dipak Das, a researcher at the University of Connecticut’s Cardiovascular Research Center, said. "So why is it not extending lifespan, by improving the survivability of genes?"...

For whole story go here: http://goo.gl/jpBPS

Holiday drinks: Good cheer, but watch the calories

Whether it's hot buttered rum or spiced apple cider, find out how many calories are in your holiday drink favorites.
Your family's seasonal celebrations may not be complete without festive holiday drinks — mulled red wine, homemade hot cocoa, chilled champagne or creamy eggnog. Because many of these drinks can add extra calories and fat, though, continue to get regular exercise, limit your indulgences and try healthier options when possible. For instance, you can find reduced-fat and sugar-free versions of many drinks, including eggnog and cocoa — and you don't need to feel like a Scrooge for doing it.  So as you serve up a bit of holiday cheer this year, keep in mind these calorie counts.