Consider Your Drinking Now, Not Later, If You’re Trying to Get Pregnant

There’s a good idea buried in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent bungled message about alcohol and pregnancy: Women are typically pregnant for at least a few weeks before they know it. So if you’re trying to get pregnant, you may want to start thinking about your alcohol intake now.

Source: Consider Your Drinking Now, Not Later, If You’re Trying to Get Pregnant

There seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence being thrown around like “my wife drank like a fish right before we found out she was pregnant and my kid’s fine.”

Yeah… that’s all well and good. However, your kid doesn’t have to be drooling on themselves to have a neurological deficiency. Just playing devil’s advocate, maybe your kid could have been more intelligent or you haven’t figured out some deficiency. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know, but the CDC seems to think it could be harmful.

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Turn Leftover Beer (or Any Beer) Into a Tasty Toffee Sauce

Recently, I made beer caramel sauce and beer toffee sauce. (I have an entire list of things I’ve been meaning to try with beer… I’m just trying to check them off!)

Source: How to Turn Leftover Beer into Toffee Sauce

This recipe is stone soup. The non-beer ingredients this recipe calls for are the magic, not the “leftover beer” 😉

Curious now how much vitamin K is in dairy cream?

Give Your Grains a Creamy Flavor Boost by Cooking Them in Coconut Milk

From chewy farro to a simple pot of rice, barely a day goes by that we’re not cooking or consuming some kind of grain. Still, as with any staple, we can grow weary of the same old flavors day in and day out. Isn’t there an easy way to shake things up in the grain pot? Something that doesn’t involve more chopping or fancy ingredients? You bet there is!

Source: The Easiest Way to Boost the Flavor of Rice and Grains

Uplift your vegetables by smothering them in cheese!  Coconut milk is good and all, but yikes… calories.

Cooking porridge oats in apple juice is also fairly common. Other options for steel cut oats include:

  • Whey for sweet/ sour (depends on the whey)
  • Beef stock for savory
  • Dark beer for curiosity
  • Cocoa powder for fun

Temporarily Quitting Alcohol Brings Health Benefits

“DRY January”, for many a welcome period of abstinence after the excesses of the holiday season, could be more than a rest for body and soul. New Scientist staff have generated the first evidence that giving up alcohol for a month might actually be good for you, at least in the short term.

Many people who drink alcohol choose to give up for short periods, but there is no scientific evidence that this has any health benefits. So we teamed up with Rajiv Jalan at the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at University College London Medical School (UCLMS) to investigate.

Source: Our Liver Vacation: Is a Dry January Really Worth It?

The study is small and informal, but it fits with what we know about how alcohol works on our bodies. Rather than quitting for a month and then going back on your usual schedule, it’s probably better to use this as a lesson in how easy it is to reverse some of the effects of alcohol.

Calorie Conscious Alcohol Drinks: How to Imbibe Without Breaking Your Caloric Limitations

To get technical: The higher the alcohol content, the less calories you’ll end up taking in since you’ll get drunk much much faster.  So beer is the worst option, and Everclear or pure alcohol is the best.  Vodka is just as good as Everclear because it’s basically grain alcohol diluted with water.

Alcohol has 7 calories per gram.  So 100 mL of something with more alcohol content in it will have more calories.   If you’re drinking beer over liquor, you’ll end up consuming more calories. If we’re strictly talking pure liquor (no mixers, etc), then it’s not going to make a difference what you drink really. Clear alcohols like Vodka, Gin, and Everclear will have less calories than, say, Rum, but even then you’re talking the difference of maybe 30-40 calories a shot?  However 40% ABV rum has pretty much the same amount of calories per shot as 40% ABV vodka or gin (maybe +/- 3 calories per shot). The % ABV is the main determiner of how many calories will be in a shot of hard alcohol – see here. This isn’t true if you are drinking something like Malibu or some sort of liqueur which has a lot of added sugars and stuff, but for things like Captain Morgan or Maker’s Mark, it will be.

You’re reading it in his voice, aren’t you?

Keep in mind to make sure you have enough to eat beforehand within your caloric limits or something to snack on during. You can try to cut calories all you want with your choice of drink, but what’s stopping piss-drunk you from grabbing fast food at 3 AM – undoing all that calorie-cutting effort?

Texas grandmother, 81, smashes beer mile, says she could have ‘run a lot faster’ drinking scotch

A Texas grandmother who became the oldest person to complete an annual beer mile contest says she would’ve run faster if she’d been drinking scotch.

Source: Texas grandmother, 81, smashes beer mile, says she could have ‘run a lot faster’ drinking scotch

She beat her daughter; her son-in-law didn’t finish!

In her age group, the [unverified] beer mile record is 7 minutes 9 seconds.  Props to her on her time of 20 minutes 24.62 seconds, but “smashes the beer mile” seems to be a bit of a stretch.  The world record for beer mile is 4 minutes, 47 seconds.

Yes, Guinness’ Beer Recipe Uses Fish—And That Shouldn’t Bother You

Guinness recently announced that they were making a change to their two century-old recipe, one that wouldn’t make any use at all of fish bladders. Wait, said many people. Guinness has fish in it?

Source: Yes, Guinness’ Beer Recipe Uses Fish—And That Shouldn’t Bother You

Guiness could use battery acid and ground unicorn horn for all I care 😉

You’ll be pooping rainbows!

 

Learn the Essentials of Beer and Food Pairing With This Illustrated Guide

Some food and drink just go hand-in-hand: cookies and milk, pasta and wine, and hot dogs and beer, for example. But actually, beer is such a versatile beverage that relegating it to only being paired with hot dogs (and occasionally wings) would be a crime. With a wide range of weights and flavors, beer can complement any food from salads to barbecue- as long as you follow three foundational principles of beer and food pairing.

Source: The Three Foundational Principles of Beer and Food Pairing

Just in time to prep for the upcoming holiday season.

Stay Focused on the Useful Health Advice With the 95/5 Rule

You’ve heard of the 80:20 rule. 80% of the time focus on your strict diet and exercise routine and 20% of the time, don’t worry about it. And the 80%, it’s usually filled with lots of difficult to follow and remember rules, and generally includes a fair bit of sacrifice and restriction.

Source: Use 95:5 Rule to Forever Ignore All Further Healthy Living Advice

This is excellent advice. It’s just common sense.