I remember taking my first sip of my Dad’s Coors when I was about 4 years old. I loved the flavor, the bubbles, and how ice cold it was. Refreshing! Yes, I’m a girl, and yes, I like beer! Now, I didn’t start my real love of beer until I was much older, and no, my parents did not feed me beer on a regular basis. In fact my Dad probably didn’t know I took that sip…or more realistically, a gulp. Today I drink it because I genuinely love the taste of a good beer and appreciate its craft.

Today I cringe at the outdated marketing that links men to beer, the fear of developing a “beer belly” and the negative perceptions about flavor that are thrown our way. These perceptions contribute to women not trying craft beer. However, the “beer makes you fat” concept can be true, but the same rings true with any other alcoholic beverage. Choose quality over quantity, eat well, and know your exercise routine helps keep you in line and enjoying the things you love.

My mantra, “don’t deprive, live alive, live well, live happy!”

With that said, I do have an exercise routine. For me to enjoy the things I love like cheese, champagne, and craft beer, I rely on my yoga practice, good walks in my neighborhood, and meditation. I log on to Beachbody on Demand for Yoga, Barre, and fat burning videos. I have been a member of Beachbody on Demand before sheltering in place and am addicted! If you can add it to your routine at home and stick with it, it will become a favorite part of your day!