Nutrition Made Simple Podcast Episode 60: Understanding Alcohol Consumption & The Impact On Your Overall Health

Today’s podcast guest is Amanda Haar, Registered Dietitian at Healthy Steps Nutrition HQ.
Amanda specializes in women’s health and works with clients to optimize hormones through a holistic approach.
In today’s episode, Nicole Aucoin and Amanda Haar discuss:
– The impact of alcohol consumption on sleep, hormones, performance, sleep and so much more!
– Three considerations when consuming alcohol
– Three tips when consuming alcohol
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The Impact of Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol & Performance: 
  • Delay with Muscle protein synthesis (increasing recovery time), increase urine output which could increase dehydrated state and slow recovery.
Alcohol and Sleep:
  • Ingestion of alcohol before going to bed may help induce sleep, but has been shown to disrupt restorative sleep cycles throughout the night, decreasing quality of sleep. 
Alcohol & Hormones: 
  • Alcohol intake shown to increase cortisol and decrease testosterone (inhibit muscle building).

3 Tips

  1. Set a goal for yourself
  2. Surround yourself with accountability partners 
  3. Be mindful and choose wisely 

Try Our Hacks

  • Try sparkling water in a wine glass.
  • Find a tea that you love for evening wind-down.
  • Try non-alcoholic options. At HSN we love Surely Wine – use the code HSN to get 15% off entire order >>HERE.
  • Try a different “de-stressor.” 
  • Plan ahead and chose wisely – alcoholic drinks for when you’ll enjoy them most.

Free Webinar With The Nutrition Experts & Registered Dietitians: Know Your Numbers – Optimize Your Health


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About the author

Nicole Aucoin, MS, RD, LD/N

Founder, Healthy Steps Nutrition
Home of CrossFit HSN & HSN Mentoring

Author of Nourish & Healthy Kids Cookbook

Author of The Basics of Nutrition Coaching Course, CrossFit Preferred Nutrition Course

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer