7:00 PM: Enjoy a Drink
There have been countless studies trumpeting the health benefits of moderate daily alcohol intake (emphasis on “moderate”), with wines — especially the newer organic breeds – linked to reductions in arterial and cardiovascular diseases. So go ahead, we’re not saints or robots.
But try to aim for low-alcohol (and therefore low-calorie) varieties, and don’t be fooled by the latest low-carb beers; it’s the calories that count, and there’s actually little difference in calories content between standard beer and the low-carb varieties.
8:30 PM: Stop Eating
“Unless you are an insulin-dependent diabetic, it’s better not to eat two to three hours before bed,” says Di Prima. “If you are tempted, give your body an ‘automatic’ brain signal that eating is over for the night. This might include washing the dishes, putting away all the leftovers and flossing and cleaning your teeth thoroughly. If you’ve done this, you’re less likely to be tempted to put anything but herbal tea past your lips late at night.”