In a week Beverly and Marc and Paul and I are headed to our niece Jenna’s wedding in Louisville. It promises to be, in the words of our German grandmother, a “fancy-schmancy” affair. So, naturally, Beverly and I invested in dresses that would suit the formal occasion.
Because both of our outfits are what you might call form-fitting, our main concern has been that the dresses don’t sneak into the category of “snug” or just plain “tight” by the wedding day. To keep any weight gain at bay, Beverly decided to cut her consumption of wine until the moment she steps into the reception at The Henry Clay.
Not me. I’m not giving up my nightly wine. I’ll fight the battle of the bulge any other way. To justify my position, I point to the recent study from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. It found that women who imbibe with a drink or two a day actually gained less weight than teetotalers over time.
Okay, so the drinkers didn’t actually LOSE weight. And they tended to substitute liquor for other foods (especially carbs), rather than consume it in addition to their meals. That’s fine with me.
And it’s apparently fine with Jennifer Aniston too. (Not that I’m comparing myself to her. Only in Paul’s dreams!) Jen shared her diet secrets in the UK edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She said, “You’re not taking away my coffee or my dairy or my glass of wine because I’d be devastated. My advice: just stop eating s–t every day.”
Now, that girl is making some sense. On average, a glass of dry table wine is about 25 calories per ounce. Would I rather have a 5-ounce glass of Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations for 125 calories or a single-serving bag of Lay’s Potato Chips for 230 calories? The wine wins, hands down.
Would I choose a glass of Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc over a scoop of Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for 270 calories? You bet. How about a Pizza Hut 6” Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizza at 610 calories? For that I could rationalize TWO glasses of Segura Viudas Cava at a measly (by comparison) 250 calories.
I admire my sister for her determination and self-control. But giving up wine? I just don’t get it.
By Saucy Sis 1