Nancy, I work hard, train hard, and want to enjoy a post workout beer. Can I enjoy it guilt-free?
Answer: I am not concerned about a post-workout beer (or two), as long as you consume them responsibly. That means:
–First drink some water to quench your thirst and replace sweat losses. (Beer has a dehydrating effect.)
–Consume some carbohydrates with the beer (pretzels?) to refuel depleted muscles. (Beer is a poor source of carbohydrates: only 50 calories of carbs but 100 calories of alcohol per can of beer)
–Consume a balanced meal either with, or soon after, drinking the beer (to buffer the alcohol and to offer protein to repair the muscles).
While I have few concerns about your enjoying one post-workout beer alongside a wholesome sports meal, I do not recommend you drink beer for your post-workout meal! Moderation is always the best policy.
Drink wisely, fuel your body well, and win with good nutrition.