This is Part II of my interview with wine expert Samanta Ettore from Wine Sense in Andover. Talk about something I am ALWAYS getting wrong!
How to pair wine with the right food…Enjoy!
Hey! As I write this, it is about 92 degrees outside….and as many of you know, I have written a book called “The Red Wine Diet”.
Here’s the problem with those two facts…
A nice tall glass of red wine does NOT sound thrilling to me when the temperature is this hot. I’m guessing many of you agree.
I went to one of the area’s foremost experts on all things wine to get some ideas and options. The result?
Here is part one of my interview with Samanta Ettore, the owner of Wine Sense in Andover. (This place is my FAVORITE wine store – and they just won “Best of the North Shore” for their category…again!)
Congratulations to Samanta and her super-experienced staff!
After our brief chat, I am taking her advise to heart!
But, before I go track down a bottle of chilled Rose…I have also taken the time recently to produce two quizzes. There are just for fun and I hope you like them!
Yes, both are related to our wine theme today…Enjoy!
Quiz #1: What type of wine are you?
Quiz #2: Are you the type who can drink wine and still lose weight?
Back to our special guest!
BTW, on the first Thursday of every month, Samanta hosts a free wine tasting at Wine Sense. Please feel free to come by. I will likely be popping in at some point since I am part of her AWESOME wine club.
($49/month for 4 bottles of her hand-picked wines – you do the math!)
I strongly recommend her shop. (No, I am not getting paid to say that!)
Also, you can find out all the ‘happenings’ at Wine Sense by visiting her site: www.wine-sense.net
I have been writing about the health benefits of red wine for a long time. Generally, the benefits revolve around heart health.
However, in my research, I came across several more studies which focused on completely different areas.
Believe me, I have had some VERY spirited debates with other trainers about this subject. Most trainers are ADAMANT in their opinions.
They tell all their clients to stop drinking alcohol when it comes time to lose weight. I disagree.
In fact, on one science site where I conduct research, I came across no less than 16 studies on the first page of the search results promoting the benefits of red wine and its most ‘popular’ ingredient – resveratrol. Sixteen studies.
Mixed in among these studies was one I found VERY interesting and which could impact you…
Here is short list of the positive research:
So is there a down side? Of course!
To say we can all drink as much red wine as we like would be negligent on my part. No question.
Excessive intake of alcohol can lead to a host of health problems including alcoholism, cancer, cardio-vascular disease, depression, liver damage and more.
The moral of the data? You can drink wine…just not all of it!
But, the benefits are hard to deny.
So what about the study I found most interesting…the one that impacts my career the most?
Red wine has been shown to prevent immature fat cells from maturing.
Meaning? Red wine can assist in preventing weight gain. Pretty powerful stuff!
Here is a related ‘factoid’. When you examine red wine consumption around the world,
France – not too surprisingly – comes in at number 3. The United States? A distant number 56!
So…if the French drink WAY more wine than we do, yet don’t have nearly the obesity problem found in the US population, it is reasonable to assume wine consumption is not the likely cause of our weight issue.
Perhaps the problem is our diet? Maybe our obesity issue is a result of other poor lifestyle choices? Hmmm…I’m guessing yes.
Over the years I ran my training facilities, I made the smart decision to track each and every pound our clients lost. Can you hazard a guess at the number?
Over 5000 pounds! That’s 2.5 tons of body fat – GONE.
I am very proud of that statistic and the work the staff and I put in to make that happen.
And guess what…throughout that period, I never asked a single client to stop drinking alcohol to achieve their goals.
Alcohol is not the enemy.
All that being said, losing body fat does need to be done correctly.
The expression is: “It’s not rocket science, but it’s science.”
If you want to see the logic behind what we have been doing for years to help people lose weight -please check out this link.
I wrote a book which gets into much more detail than I can here…
I have “poured” everything I know into building a healthy – and sustainable – lifestyle…see what I did there? 🙂
“The Red Wine Diet” presents my approach to weight loss, lifestyle choices…and positive change.
I hope you enjoy it.
Committed to your health,
PS – I even had a cookbook written by a professional chef to help keep you on track…if you are so inclined.
PPS – Anyway, feel free to poke around the store and let me know what you think. And remember…alcohol is not the enemy. It all comes down to the small and big choices we make every day.
When I say “anxiety” I am not talking about the type of anxiety that comes with taking a test or getting married, etc. – known as situational anxiety. I mean the type of anxiety that can hang over your day like a dark cloud.
I am not 100% sure what triggers the anxiety in me, but it is usually rears its head when I have too many demands upon me with no possible way to meet them all. I always manage to get through them, but my sleep, diet and overall health can take a beating…even if only temporary. Other times, there is absolutely no apparent cause at all…it’s just there.
I have heard this described as “free floating anxiety”. I’m not sure if this is the technical term or not, but it sums up my situation nicely. It’s just kinda there. It does not ask permission to visit, comes and goes as it pleases and is not the LEAST concerned with how busy I am…very rude.
Looking back, anxiety is something that has been with my entire life. If you have virtually any form of anxiety, you are painfully aware of the symptoms; disrupted sleep, excessive stressing over events and things you should NOT be stressing over…and when it gets REALLY bad you can get a sense of impending doom that is impossible to explain. And for some reason it is invariably worse at night.
Pet Peeve Alert: If you are dealing with someone who suffers from anxiety do NOT expect a clear answer when you ask, “Well, what is it that’s stressing you out exactly?” I DON’T KNOW! If there was a clear answer to this question, there would be a clear way to deal with it. It is definitely NOT that easy. I appreciate the concern, but not the dismissive attitude implying I really ought to know what’s causing my “problem” and deal with it. End of rant.
So…what do I like to do when I recognize an issue like this? I go research it of course.
But why now? And why write about it here?
A few of reasons. First, the frequency and severity of anxiety both increase with age. Hence, it is very appropriate for a health blog called “The Boomer Blueprint”. Second, because I KNOW how common it is! It is everywhere. It is in my family, it is in the workplace, your friends and relatives suffer from it. The list goes on…
Finally, I recognize there are concrete steps you can do about it. Maybe not make it go away, but at least to put some coping mechanisms in place.
NOTE: Right about here I need to note that I am NOT a physician. I am not trained to treat anxiety. This is just my way of summing things up, recognizing an issue and maybe throwing out a tip or two that can work for you or someone you know.
Here is what I have come across in the literature…
First the bad stuff…let’s get this out of the way.
– Anxiety can have a very negative effect of the brain as we age. People who suffer from chronic anxiety can suffer from compromised brain health over time; predisposing them to dementia and Alzheimer’s.
– Anxiety is strongly associated with depression. Awareness of this connection is vital.
– Anxiety can cause a cascade of negative health issues: poor sleep patterns (also known to age the brain) and hence an increased desire for carbohydrate rich foods (weight gain). The weight gain, of course, brings on a host of other problems…
So, if you recognize the roll of anxiety in your life, where do you start?
Let’s go from easiest to implement to more aggressive:
– Deep breathing exercises and proper meditation training. Before you dismiss this option, DON’T! The science is overwhelming about the beneficial effects of even a few brief moments of deep breathing and relaxation techniques. Study a DVD, go to a seminar or take a course. Do SOMETHING along these lines. Breathing is a powerful treatment and largely 100% free. Start here. Few things put me back in charge of my mindset and bring my anxiety levels down more than deep breathing and guided meditation.
I went to a presentation at Yang’s Fitness Center about 6 months ago with meditation and Tai Chi expert Ramel Rones and learned some great techniques to reduce anxiety levels which I use regularly.
I even have an app on my phone to help. (It’s called Mindfulness, btw). Try it…it’s also free. 🙂
– Supplements: I read a study just this morning which prompted this entire article! Increasing substances in the brain like DHA can prevent cognitive disease. This means DHA from fish oil as well as my personal favorite supplement – Curcumin. This is the substance in turmeric which in turn gives curry its distinctive orange color. A minimum of 2 grams of DHA each day along with about a gram of curcumin can have a very positive impact on brain health. Both also decrease inflammation which is emerging as a primary cause of cognitive disease.
– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: If you are someone you know suffers from anxiety to the point where the effects disrupt their daily life, you need to consider talking to someone about it. Professional Counselors can provide more advanced coping skills which can greatly improve quality of life. Taking the first step here is the hardest part. Just put your concerns aside and do it.
Of course, there are medications which work wonders, but these should be closely tied to the physician/therapy option above. It is important to stay away from self-medicating. An all-too-common occurrence across our society.
I hope some of this was helpful. After all, this is a health blog and everything is connected…