Belinda Norton, 43, said while she knows that alcohol affects everyone, it is possible to drink and still be healthy – provided you stick to a few key rules.
‘I drink alcohol only on weekends (unless it’s a very special occasion),’ Belinda wrote on her website.
‘I try to limit it to once on the weekend where I consume an alcoholic beverage. I drink approximately three glasses maximum.’
A PE teacher from the Gold Coast has revealed her rules around alcohol, and the five things to do if you want to drink booze and stay in shape (Belinda Norton pictured)
Belinda Norton (pictured), 43, said while she knows that alcohol affects everyone, it is possible to drink and still be healthy – provided you stick to a few key rules
The 43-year-old said she has discovered over the years that her favourite drink is Champagne, and that it is far better for you to drink high-quality alcohol than it is to buy the cheapest wine or beer on offer.
‘I am specific on what I drink as it always must be quality and it is balanced with food consumption. I drink for enjoyment as opposed to “getting drunk”,’ Belinda said.
Whether it’s a cocktail at a restaurant or a glass of Rośe, Belinda said she will always stop after two or three drinks and alternates every alcoholic drink with either a glass of sparkling water or coconut water.
The mum of two (pictured) said she only ever drinks at the weekend, drinks high quality alcohol and a maximum of three drinks
What are Belinda’s rules around alcohol?
1. Drink only quality alcohol.
2. Drink slowly and enjoy the taste.
3. Drink water in between alcoholic drinks, take small sips and drink from small glasses.
4. Try a mocktail in between drinks.
5. Refuel with high quality food, water and a cup of herbal tea upon arriving home.
Belinda – who is known for having a better body in her 40s than she did in her 20s – said there are a few key rules to think about if you want to keep fit and drink:
‘Stick with quality alcohol,’ she said.
‘You are less inclined to overspend thus drinking less. It settles in your body as it has less preservatives and higher quality of potency.’
She also said that alcohol is something, like food, that should be savoured and sipped slowly rather than glugged down.
Not only will this help your body to digest the alcohol and preservatives, but this also means you really get to enjoy the taste.
‘Drink water in between alcoholic drinks, take small sips and use small glasses,’ Belinda said.
The mum-of-two often has a mocktail in between cocktails if she’s out with friends and says people rarely notice.
‘Upon arriving home, always re-fuel with high quality food,’ Belinda added.
Her favourite thing to eat after she has been out drinking is a piece of gluten-free toast with Vegemite and avocado, which she washes down with a cup of green tea and a litre of water before going to bed.
She recommends alternating alcoholic drinks with water or mocktails and savouring the taste of any alcoholic drink
Belinda (pictured) believes it’s key to refuel with quality food after she has been out drinking and she will often have a slice of gluten-free toast with avocado and Vegemite if she drank
If you are someone who struggles with avoiding a glass of wine during the working week, Belinda said the first thing to do is add lots of ice to your wine to dilute it down.
By the time the wine gets so icy you can’t even tell it’s wine, she then said you should switch out the wine for sparkling water, ice and lime slices.
‘Start by adding sparkling water or lots of ice to your wine until you break the habit of wine on a Monday-Thursday night,’ Belinda said.
‘Remember our body will thank us for the new routine of Friday, Saturday or Sunday lunch only alcohol time.’
Belinda (pictured in her 20s and now) has made a name for herself in the fitness community for looking better in her 40s than she did in her 20s
Belinda has made a name for herself in the fitness community for looking better in her 40s than she did in her 20s.
She did this by tweaking her exercise from solely cardio to a mixture of cardio and resistance-based work, alongside eating more healthy fats and proteins.
Belinda said she barely recognised her body after piling on 20 kilograms over two pregnancies, before she overhauled her diet and exercise regime and got in shape.
While the mum said she was guilty of ‘making excuses’ around food and exercise when she first became a mother, she also said a comment from her then-husband prompted her to get her body back on track.
When he showed her a photo of a toned woman, she said she wished she could look like that and he told her no matter what she did, she never could look like that.
‘That was the sentence that lit a fire in my belly,’ Belinda told FEMAIL.
‘Doubters have always spurred me on.’
Belinda (pictured) did this by tweaking her exercise from solely cardio to a mixture of cardio and resistance-based work, alongside eating more healthy fats and proteins
And so, the full-time physical education teacher used her knowledge of sports and nutrition to develop a way of eating and exercising that fit into her schedule as a busy mum.
‘The steps I followed were pretty straightforward,’ the author of Fit Mama said.
‘Step 1: I set a food regime. Step 2: I corrected my fitness. Step 3: I was consistent and goal-focused. And Step 4: I included personal rewards, such as a facial or a massage – not chocolate.’
Belinda said that ‘being truthful’ with herself was hard at first, but gradually over the course of a year, her body started changing shape.
‘Within 20 weeks of eating healthily and exercising three or four times a week, people noticed differences in my skin, energy and mood,’ she said.
‘Then, the body changes came too.’
She slowly and steadily moved from 80 kilos to her current weight of 62 kilos.