Con­scious de­ci­sion

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Nourished -

Ac­cord­ing to Shan­non Rosie, a Syd­ney-based clin­i­cal nutri­tion­ist and au­thor of the book Con­scious Cock­tails, it is pos­si­ble to indulge in the odd cock­tail and be good to your body at the same time. “It’s about out­smart­ing the al­co­hol,” says Shan­non, whose book is full of recipes for cock­tails that have healthy in­gre­di­ents along­side the al­co­hol. “By bal­anc­ing it out with the right mix­ers, juices and herbs, and elim­i­nat­ing sugar and other nas­ties, you give your body what it needs to process the al­co­hol and keep your blood sugar bal­anced.” “We are all so con­scious about what we eat, I ques­tioned why that wasn’t ap­plied to what we drink,” ex­plains Shan­non, who as well as run­ning her own clin­i­cal nu­tri­tion prac­tice opened the Syd­ney beach­side restau­rant Rosie’s Coogee ear­lier this year. “Why do we gulp down green juices and steam salmon and kale all week, only to throw it out the win­dow when we reach for sug­ary cock­tails on the week­end? It’s as if al­co­hol falls un­der dif­fer­ent rules. It made no sense to me and that’s why I cre­ated Con­scious Cock­tails. I re­placed sug­ary mix­ers with nu­tri­tional, medic­i­nal boost­ers to coun­ter­act or bal­ance the neg­a­tive ef­fects of al­co­hol. “Ex­perts agree that too much al­co­hol is def­i­nitely not healthy, but the jury is still out re­gard­ing the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of mod­er­ate al­co­hol con­sump­tion. While the re­search con­tin­ues, let’s mit­i­gate any po­ten­tial dam­age by re­mov­ing the toxic in­gre­di­ents and re­plac­ing them with some potent su­per­foods!”

Con­scious Cock­tails, $40, is avail­able from liv­ing­with

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