All parents know the witching hour. It’s the endless time between 5 and 7 when young kids are at their worst and parent’s nerves are their most frayed. My kids are past that age, but I haven’t outgrown the witching hour. Why? Chardonnay.
I have a problem with wine. Here’s how it goes: I arrive home from work and would like to relax. I pour myself a glass of chardonnay. The taste of the wine sets off a chain reaction, and I reach for the cheese and crackers. The wine is cold and good and goes down very easily, and when the glass is empty I think, “Well, I need something to drink with my cheese and crackers” and so I pour a second glass. I stop after 2 glasses, but by that time, the damage is done – I keep eating too much through dinner and sometimes dessert, because why not? And it all starts with that glass of wine at 5:30.
I know that even if I eat all day long in a way that supports my weight loss goals, I will not get to my goal if I can’t get a handle on my cocktail hour problem. So, I did what any person looking for weight loss help would do, I googled “wine and weight loss.” Out of the 10 bajillion hits, I found this article*, and it spoke to me, giving me all the reasons why drinking white wine, and especially two glasses of white wine, is bad for weight loss. (hint: sugar)
For the past week I’ve been drinking only red wine, and it’s been interesting. I drink only one glass, because I drink it much more slowly. It feels more substantial so I don’t eat as much while I have the glass. And it doesn’t trigger the chain reaction. These are all good things and I think this change will help with the witching hour – but like any habit, it’s going to be a few weeks before it feels normal. In fact, I just bought a nice bottle of Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay. It’s a journey, right?
Do you have a witching hour? What strategies do you use to conquer it?
*I have no relationship with the author of this article and do not make any claim that his writing is based on science. I just thought it made sense.