Everyone seems to take our hobby to the limit. We have to have the latest, greatest beers. The highest alcohol or IBU’s. All year long we attend festivals, tastings, bottle shares and our favorite watering holes.

Little taste of Utopias.

Little taste of Utopias.

Then here comes the holidays with gift cards and gift beers. Excess is everywhere!

We wake up January 1st and go WTF happened? This year that was kicked back to January 2nd since most of us received an extra day for the holiday.

What happens next? We head to the gym and go on a diet. We hide from all the beers and our beer friends.

Our resolve is tested by the advent of Girl Scout Cookies and the release of Pliney the Younger and Hopslam. What to do?

This year, and some previous years, I decided to go Paleo or low carb. It takes some initial willpower but by day three you are not even hungry. The best way is to mix some greens with your protein and read those labels carefully.

What about beer? I recommend taking a week or two off. Bourbon on the rocks or neat makes a nice nightcap in the meantime. Huckette likes a little tequila with fresh-squeezed lime juice.

To slowly get beer back, there’s always Mich Ultra at 2.6 grams of carbs. Bud Select (1.9), Miller 64 (2.4) and Beck’s Premier Light (3.2) are some others. Unfortunately, most craft beers weigh in around 15 – 25 grams of carbs. The aforementioned Hopslam is 21.7. If you are trying to stay below 20 carbs a day, that’s going to be a deal breaker.

I found this handy list of the carb counts for most beers here!

Additional benefits include weight loss, lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, all around feeling better, increased energy, and better fitting clothes!

There’s more information at DietDoctor.com. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Huck was here!