Traditional recipes

Is Your Glass of Wine Canceling Out Your Workout?

Is Your Glass of Wine Canceling Out Your Workout?

A new study questions whether resveratrol is beneficial for your workout

Well, that glass of red wine you look forward to some nights of the week may be doing more harm than good. While resveratrol is often touted as the miracle antioxidant found in red wine, a new study questions whether high levels of the antioxidant may be erasing the benefits of your workout.

The study published in the Journal of Physiology questions whether the health benefits of antioxidants are erasing the cardiovascular benefits of a workout. But the subjects who have reason to worry about the newest research? Men over the age of 65. The study followed 27 participants in a two-month-long, "high-intensity" workout program; half of the participants took a resveratrol supplement while the other half took a placebo. Those taking the placebo were found to have lower body fats, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels, reports Medical Daily. Thus the conundrum — even though resveratrol has shown positive implications in heart health, the newest research shows negative implications in cardiovascular health. "We were surprised to find that resveratrol supplementation in aged men blunts the positive effects of exercise training on cardiovascular health parameters, in part because our results contradict findings in animal studies," said Dr. Ylva Hellsten, the leader of the project, in a statement.

Which leads us to a ray of hope in the newest study — mainly, that the amount of resveratrol given to the subjects, said Hellsten, was significanty higher than the amount you'd find in food (like blueberries and pistachios) or in a glass of wine. Medical Daily notes that the amount of resveratrol the participants took was 100 times higher than the amount you'd find in a glass of wine, about 1.5 milligrams. So you can rest easy, and drink up.


5 Subtle Signs You're Drinking Too Much Wine

Times are tough, and sometimes you just want to pop the cork on that bottle of wine in your cabinet and enjoy a glass—or two—of vino. Yet while the act seems harmless, having a few glasses of alcohol (including wine) on a regular basis can start to negatively affect your body. Not only that, but it has been linked to some serious health issues down the line, so it's important to look out for those signs you're drinking too much wine.

Now, having a glass of wine every now and then is fine, it's just important to drink in moderation. So if you're experiencing any of these subtle signs you're drinking too much wine, consider cutting back on your vino habits.


It'll get a lot of liquid calories and a shot of sugar.

Shutterstock

At about 123 calories a glass, drinking a full bottle of vino will saddle you with an extra 615 calories. But remember, that's in addition to the cheese and crackers and prosciutto you're probably munching between sips. A five-ounce glass of chardonnay contains about 1.4 grams of sugar, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, so a full bottle will add 7 grams to your daily intake. (Related: How Many Calories Are in Your Favorite Alcoholic Drinks?) That may not sound like a lot, but just think about all the other sources of sugar you're eating and drinking in a day. American adults consume 77 grams of sugar on average.


There are a host of negative health effects associated with alcohol, including inflammation, hormone interference, possible weight loss resistance in women my age, empty calories

Because I don’t sleep as well.

The list of reasons not to drink is a lot shorter than the reasons to have a drink, thus I find that I often can talk myself into having one.

*There are other important reasons not to drink, but I’m writing in the context of my general daily life and not including reasons such as having to drive, sickness, etc.


Raise Your Glass: How Red Wine Could Help You Slim

Scientists have been touting the health benefits of red wine for years, saying sipping in moderation could help reduce your risk for heart disease and even cancer. But new research from Purdue University suggests it could provide another benefit for your bod: a slimmer waist.

Turns out that piceatannol, a compound found in red wine, berries and other fruits, can delay and even stunt fat cell development, researchers explain in the March 30 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Previous research has revealed that vino contains resveratrol, a compound that may play a role in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Resveratrol may also help blast fat: Women who had a daily glass of alcohol, particularly wine, were 30 percent less likely to gain weight, SELF reported in November 2011.

Because the two compounds are chemically similar (after you consume resveratrol, your body converts it into piceatannol), Purdue University researchers decided to further explore how they affect human cells, says Kee-Hong Kim, assistant professor in the Purdue University Department of Food Science, who supervised the study.

Kim and student Jung Yeon Kwon, who conducted the research, only studied cells, so they can't yet quantify piceatannol's waist-whittling properties. However, that's the next step. They're currently studying how piceatannol affects rats' body masses. "The human study will be our ultimate goal," Kim says.

For now, the mere prospect of red wine wine's slimming abilities adds an extra dose of happy to our happy hour. But stick to one drink a day, experts say, and you might do your body good in other ways as well (a 2009 study linked binge drinking to unhealthy belly fat!). Alcohol in vino lowers levels of free fatty acids, high levels of which may lead to type 2 diabetes, SELF reported in December 2010, and resveratrol, also present in fiber-filled peanuts and juicy grapes, can even help sharpen your memory, SELF reported in August 2010.

Understanding the role of piceatannol in human health is "only in its infancy," Kim says. But for now, sip, don't binge, and your spirits -- and, if future research holds up, your tummy -- will be lighter.


Can You Drink Alcohol And Still Lose Weight?

I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to cut alcohol out of your life entirely. I will never be the personal trainer that says you can’t drink or eat something. It’s not my philosophy never has been and never will be. Why? Because I practice what I preach. Yes, I eat chocolate and I love to have a beer with my friends, but I also know my limits, I train hard and I eat a balanced diet.

Yes, you can drink alcohol and lose weight.

But, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the green light to open a bottle of wine tonight or slam 8 espresso martinis after work this Friday! Moderation is important, and so is knowing how to choose drinks that will have the least impact on your weight loss goals.

Why drinking (too much) alcohol will slow your weight loss.

The truth is that, even if you eat super healthy most of the time, too much alcohol can hinder your weight loss and can even lead to weight gain. But the good news is that you can still enjoy a drink without sabotaging your weight loss goals, but, first, you should understand how (and why) alcohol can slow your weight loss if you don’t approach it in the right way.

Normally your body burns your fat reserves to get the energy it needs, which is exactly what you want when you’re trying to lose weight. The problem with drinking alcohol while you’re following a weight loss plan, is that booze provides a quicker, more accessible form of energy for your body than fat does. And, no matter how much we might wish it were different: if alcohol is so much easier for your body to turn into fuel compared to fat. And here is the reason #1 why drinking can slow your weight loss: no matter how we might wish it was different, your body will always go for the quickest and easiest energy source for fuel and, fat isn’t it!

If you want to enjoy a social drink and stick to your weight goals, then it’s about finding a healthy balance, so you can ensure your body will still burn fat for fuel.

Learn how to have a drink without gaining weight
5 practical tips that work for me and thousands of my 28ers!

Why you should avoid high fat meals or snacks if you’re having a drink.

If weight loss is your main goal and you’re generally doing all the right things to actively lose weight, then here is my biggest piece of advice: avoid eating high-fat or high calorie foods while you’re drinking.

The problem with fatty foods is that they contain a lot of calories, and eating high-calorie foods when you’re also consuming a lot of calories from a beer or wine means your body is going to have a lot of excess energy it has to store somewhere. And since alcohol supplies plenty of easy energy to your body, all the calories from those tasty, late-night chips are likely to be sent straight into your fat cells for ‘safekeeping’!

That’s why eating fatty or high-calorie meals while you’re drinking alcohol really hurts your weight loss goals. Because not only do you still have to work off the weight you wanted to lose, you’re going to have to work hard to burn off the new fat from your big night out first!

If you’re short on time, jump ahead to my tips on how to drink a glass of wine or two, and still lose weight.


I rarely buy drinking glasses for our home. Most of the ones that we have are almost ancient and whenever I want to have new ones, I look for a DIY project that can help me out. If you remember a post that we did before on how to make beer bottle glasses, I’m sure wine drinkers like myself would love this craft project on how to make wine bottle glasses. So if you have a stash of empty wine bottles sitting around just waiting to be recycled or upcycled, try this your skills in cutting wine bottles.

Supplies you’ll need to make DIY wine bottle glasses:

  • wine bottles
  • safety gloves
  • green bottle cutter (You can buy one in any local craft store or in Amazon)
  • boiling water
  • cold water

Step 1

Clean your wine bottle and refrigerate for about five minutes before starting the project. Don’t forget to wear your safety gloves before you begin!

Step 2

Using your green bottle cutter, make a score around the bottle. Adjust it to the length you’d want your wine glass bottles to be. In case you don’t have a green bottle cutter, you can also use a sharp object instead.

Step 3

You would need some assistance on this part. Have a friend pour your boiling water directly to the score you made on the wine bottle. While this is being done, rotate the bottle quickly and continuously. Do this for a couple of seconds until the bottle has heated completely.

You would want to heat your bottle evenly so it would have a clean break. We wouldn’t want any cracks right?

Step 4

Once it has completely heated, put it under cold water while quickly rotating it. The sudden change in temperature is what causes the bottle to break and we would want it to be even.

Note: In case it still doesn’t break, repeat steps 3 and 4. The edges may be sharp once it breaks. Since we don’t want any accidents when using this cool DIY wine bottle glass, it’s recommended to sand the edges until it’s no longer sharp.

And you’re done! The next thing you have to do is pour your favorite drink and enjoy your new DIY wine bottle glasses. Make a few more to make it a set. Your friends and family will be so amazed you made these cool drinking glasses from wine bottles.

Upcycling is so much fun. Even the small things you never thought you can use turns out to be something awesome and can even save you a lot of money. Happy crafting!

Want to see how it’s done? Check out this quick video tutorial on how to cut a wine bottle from Jagermeister004:

Did you enjoy our tutorial on how to make DIY wine bottle glasses? Let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts are on how to cut wine bottles. Do you have any other craft projects you’d like to share? Share it with us and we’ll give it a try. We love doing cool DIY projects by making craft projects, home decor projects, upcycling ideas, recipes, tutorials and anything you can do yourself. That’s why we created this site, we want people to be more in touch with their creative side and realize that there’s a lot of things that they can do themselves. We’d love to hear from you and create a community of DIY enthusiasts where any project is just a click away. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!


The nook before

This little nook in my house was previously a catch-all for relocated decor to be used in the future. I had a silver tray of my grandmother’s that desperately needed polishing, some candle sticks, extra frames, antique crocks, and more. That chair is one my grandmother painted of Williams Shakespeare!

I needed to find a good spot for some of these things in other areas of the house!

I had also started to pile bottles and boxes here as I collected them.


Wine-Tasting Exercises: Sweetness

Illustration by Julia Rothman.

What is Sweetness in Wine, and Why Does it Matter?

Sweetness in wine is measured by the amount of residual sugar (RS) in the liquid after fermentation. “Sweetness can only come from one thing in wine, and that’s sugar content,” says Master Sommelier Shayn Bjornholm. Acidity can mask some of the sweetness in wines by balancing out the sugar, as in German or Alsatian Riesling. Sugar can also contribute to a wine’s body and texture.

Wine-Tasting Workout: Sweetness

Equipment
16 ounce glass with 8 ounces of water
2 lemons
1 cup of sugar

Squeeze the juice of the lemons into the water and stir.

Taste the mixture it will be very tart.

Stir in sugar 1 teaspoon at a time, tasting after each addition. You should notice when the juice achieves the right level of sweetness and balances the acidity of the lemon.

Rieslings to Try from Driest to Sweetest

1. Dry Riesling: 2010 Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Trocken
2. Off-dry Riesling: 2011 Hexamer Kabinett
3. Sweet Riesling: 2010 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese


Why You Should Have a Glass of Wine With Dinner

To drink or not to drink -- that is every dieter's question.

Alcohol is one of the biggest diet busters, but the occasional glass of wine really does the trick to help us de-stress. Plus, a new Harvard study found that middle-aged women who had one alcoholic drink every day were 28 percent more likely to be healthy after age 70. And red wine has been linked to a reduction in heart disease risk and an increase in longevity.

The bad news? That glass of comfort can lead to comfort eating.

"When it comes to alcohol, calories do count when trying to manage your weight [and] alcohol decreases your inhibitions, so you tend to eat more," says Keren Gilbert, certified nutritionist and founder and president of nutrition consultant firm, Decision Nutrition.

In fact, a study in the November issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research found that when people drink, even just at dinner, they are more likely to make unhealthy food choices. But you can have your diet and drink it too -- it just takes some sneaky tricks to keep you from going overboard.

"We are all entitled to a little relaxation, and fun," Gilbert says. "Alcohol can fit into a healthy lifestyle by keeping a tight, clean diet most of the time, drinking in moderation and knowing the facts."

Use these tips to keep your calories under control no matter where your thirst takes you.

Gilbert cites red wine as her drink of choice for its reasonable 20 calories per ounce and antioxidant benefits. Most people also enjoy a glass of wine over a longer period of time than other drinks, Gilbert says, so you won't consume as many calories.

This way, you'll be able to make a healthy, unclouded decision about what to order. Tell the waiter to skip the bread basket, or order only a salad before the cravings start.

Ask for half of your meal to go, or if you're dining at home, scoop a healthy-sized meal onto your plate and put the excess away. If you don't think you can have more, you'll be happy with what you've eaten.

Prefer beer or liquor? Drinking light and simple is a good rule to order by. Opt for simple mixed drinks with only one or two mixers, like a gin and tonic, to avoid skyrocketing your calorie count. Also, light beer has fewer calories than a dark brew, but be warned -- more than one light pint can take its toll on your waistline.