What dietitians really order in a bar
There's this funny myth going around that dietitians are these magical #cleaneating creatures who only drink green tea, matcha, and green juice — green stuff, basically. While, yes, we may appreciate green drinks more than the average person, we also know the importance of balance and fun.
When I'm first getting to know a new client, I always ask about what beverages they regularly drink, but I often have to ask about alcohol separately. People can be hesitant to talk about it because they're afraid of being judged, even though they shouldn't worry about that!
I ask because it's helpful to know what role it plays in someone's life. It can also clue me in to whether it contributes significant calories we need to account for, or whether their intake impacts their risk of certain diseases — not because I think alcohol is bad. On the contrary! In fact, moderate amounts of alcohol have been associated with health benefits.
But too much of a good thing is a real possibility, so it's important to keep it real with how much you drink. According to the dietary guidelines for Americans, moderation is defined as up to one alcoholic drink per day for women, and two per day for men. In an attempt to show how health experts make room for moderate alcohol in their own lives, I reached out to my fellow RDs to find out what they order in a bar.