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Welcome to Po'Nutrition Fax! This blog is about alcohol - it has nothing to do with health or wellness, and the only relationship between this and Edgar Allen Poe is that he was an alcoholic.

I used to work in a liquor store and developed a taste for all different types of booze. As my collection grew, I felt the need to share my knowledge of, interest in, and experiences with my purchases - from the standards (e.g. whisk(e)y, gin) to the less-than-standard (e.g. kirschwasser, raki). You'll also find a lot on beer (another love of mine).

This is not about how much I can drink nor do I promote over-excess of alcohol. As with most blogs, there is some self-reflection included with most of the reviews. The point is to encourage everyone to reflect on what they drink.

Leave comments or ask questions! Also, "follow" me if you like what you read - I am not making money from this blog but if I see more interest in this and hear some feedback, it will encourage me to write more.

Cheers!
Mike

Friday, January 27, 2012

Boulder Beer Hazed & Infused


You may remember that my previous post focused on my health. After writing it I reflected more on being a "daily (moderate) drinker" and what were some risks and benefits of being one. I found this article on the risks - mostly a greater risk of developing some sort of gastrointestinal cancer or breast cancer (the latter specifically for women). Serendipity also stepped in and I saw this article online from Yahoo!; this is where I learned of some benefits of daily moderate drinking. The most surprising finding (to me) was first on the list - bone density and pale ales. Beers made with malted barley and large quantities of hops(i.e. Pale Ales) have the highest level of silicon. Your mass-produced "pale lagers" generally use adjunct grains and fewer hops so they have lower levels of silicon; don't use fear of osteoporosis as an excuse to drink them (because they are cheap and not delicious - life is too short to drink cheap). Nevertheless when I made my most recent beer purchase, I decided to get a Pale Ale.

I have always enjoyed this unfiltered (why "hazed" is in the beer's name) beer and while it is branded as a hoppy beer, the hops aren't too assertive. Since it is from the States, it is classified as an APA (American Pale Ale). However, using Beer Advocate's claim that "American versions tend to be cleaner and hoppier, while British tend to be more malty, buttery, aromatic and balanced" I say this is closer to a British style Pale Ale (malty, buttery, aromatic), but it's still brewed in the U.S.

Now don't be afraid that this will turn into some health blog and I'll abandon booze entirely. Edgar Allen Poe died in a gutter after a night of binge drinking so I must honor that legacy by continuing to write about booze - if only I could write as eloquently as he did.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Balance



This video has nothing to do with this post - it was the only song I could think of with "Balance" in the title

I realized the other day I haven't posted on P.N.F. since before the beginning of this year. While one would assume that there have been plenty occasions to drink (and post), which there have been, I've returned to my healthier ways of old and have been drinking less.

Working in an office is bad for one's health, specifically the waist-line. I realized this fact within a few months of being hired at my current job. There are always doughnuts, bagels, pizza parties, and snacks to tempt one to over-consume. I was hired in February 2010 and by June 2010 I had gained around 15 pounds. After noticing my newly bulging gut in a photograph taken in the late spring, I took up running again and got my weight back down within a month or so. However, motivation is a difficult thing. Usually when one begins a workout routine there is this "newness" that makes it exciting so motivation isn't too difficult; but as time passes it becomes routine and boring so the workout is usually abandoned. Realizing this, I use alcohol as my motivator.

There are plenty of experts who claim using food as a reward is an unhealthy motivator for exercise because usually that motivating 'food" is an unhealthy option; I'd reward myself with a Chicken Finger Sub and not a couple of apples so I see their point. However, my reward system is not based on a calorie-for-calorie computation - I don't limit my run to only burning the calories gained from one (or many) drink(s). My system is, since I like to run, for every two miles I run I earn a beer (since that is what I drink most often). I also do calisthenics/light-weight lifting* to earn a beer on the days I don't run. I earn beers throughout the week and every time I drink one beer, I lose one from "the bank" (it's a system of credits and debits). So by Sunday, I have either a few credits left OR I have to work those debits off. By Monday, credits disappear while debits remain "on the books." This motivates me to run/exercise more: to earn more credits. However, I also drink comparatively less since I'm never sure how much I will drink on the weekend and want to keep those 'in the bank" - just in case.

So why have I "returned to my healthier ways of old?" I had a slipped disc in my back for months and could not exercise much. I was no longer monitoring my drinking habits the same way so, consequently, I was having 2-3 beers a night. I didn't gain much weight because I kept my food consumption mostly in check (since I wasn't doing much physical activity) so I didn't even notice how much more I was drinking. However, once my back returned to "normal" I went back to running - but kept drinking the same amount. Since my food consumption increased (because I was running again) the weight started to creep back up. So at the end of December I started keeping track of my drinking/exercising again. Since my last post was on December 26th, you can see how these two events (the return of my "drink bank" and my posting less) coincide.

One may think that this will mean the beginning of the end of this version of P.N.F. but I see it in a different light - each drink will be more delicious (since I would've truly earned it) and the posts will be that much better because of it.

So I ran/worked-out enough to earn 4.5 beers for the week. I'm going to "cash one in" tonight for this previously reviewed beer: Sierra Nevada Celebration. Slainte.


*I only do calisthenics and light-weight lifting because of the slipped disc. I am trying to re-train my muscles to do lifting properly so I don't dislocate the disc again.