Drinking on The Keto Diet
Oh no, I can’t have alcohol on the Keto Diet! Whaaa! I need some drink recipes for keto! Help! Whaaa!
Hold on there, pal. As I’ve said in prior posts, you won’t stick with any lifestyle change that deprives you of things you love. And if you are like me, you love booze. Let me help you solve this problem. Let’s work together and get you drinking!
Alcohol is Calories
First of all, I don’t know what type of booze you like, but you need to research it. Beer, for instance, is normally pretty high in carbs. And obviously, mixers with sugar in them are something you should avoid. But it turns out that clear liquors and red wine, in moderation, aren’t that bad.
The real problem is that alcohol calories are just empty calories. Even the “not so bad” booze is adding calories to your system. And mixers are normally some variation of sugar and flavorings.
So, if you are going to have some booze (and you are), here are Smith’s Guidelines For Boozing On Keto.
Smith’s Guidelines for Boozing on Keto
- I’m Going on a Three Day Bender – Are you about to just get tore down from the floor down? Then I recommend that you accept the fact that you are having a cheat day. Or two. Maybe you are on a cruise or someone just gifted you a case of 100 year old scotch. Drink and eat pizza and be bad. And then, come back onto the Keto train the next day.
- I Had A Long Day – Just had a long day and want a drink, but aren’t looking to get wasted? Have a Gin and Tonic (with diet tonic water). Or a dirty Vodka Martini. Heck, even a single glass of Whisky or Bourbon won’t kill you or ruin your ketosis.
- I Need Beer – Ok, this is tough. Beer is carbs. Beer is life. So…what do? There are light beers, but of course we all know those aren’t real beers and should be ignored and scorned. Just like number one above, you are going to have to accept that you are cheating. How bad you decide to cheat is up to you – I won’t judge you. But if you are an everyday beer drinker, you are going to have to change your ways. Become a Saturday/Sunday beer drinker. Then you can get 5 solid days of keto before you wreck it with delicious and necessary beer.
As you can see, the best thing to do is avoid alcohol. Since that isn’t going to happen, the second best thing to do is manage your drinking a little bit. Plan it out. Drink less-carb drinks like clear liquors and red wine. Drink less overall. Or save your big drinking for certain days. Just….don’t drink lite beer. I mean, that is just messed up.
I hope I’ve helped you!
PS I am not a doctor, my advice is likely not medically sound, and you should drink responsibly. 😉
Keto Drink Recipes
Gin Rickey-ish Cocktail
- 2 oz Gin
- Diet Ginger Ale
Gin and Tonic
- 2 oz Gin
- Diet Tonic
Dirty Vodka Martini
- 2 oz good Vodka (Tito’s or Grey Goose or Kettle One)
- Olive brine to taste
- Don’t put vermouth near this