How to drink like your naturopath

Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 24 July 2017

This was one of the more popular posts from last year (I'm not really sure why...ha! ha!) so I'm posting it again this summer. Enjoy!

So often I will have people ask me, or more often ask people who know me, “ does Dr. Durkin (Michelle) ever eat meat…have dessert…or have a few adult beverages…?”

I think there is this preconceived notion that I don’t do any of these things, ever, and people are pleasantly surprised and relieved to find out the real answer.

Yes, I eat meat and believe good quality, grass-fed animals are part of a healthy diet. Yes, I have dessert on the rare occasion and even make my own healthy versions (if you missed my video on healthy dessert check it out: Blueberry Crumble). And yes, I will have a couple alcoholic beverages on the weekend.

Let’s face it – when it comes to alcohol – no one should be drinking it and thinking that it will make them healthier. So can we make healthier choices and still enjoy ourselves socially with family and friends?

Here are my top 5 drinks that fit the bill:





Nor Cal Margarita – this drink was popularized by paleo guru Robb Wolf









The Richelle – courtesy of Happy Hour in Comox BC with Carolyn Coffin from the Eat Real Food Academy. Mix 1 oz of vodka, juice of 1 lime, soda water, and a splash of cranberry juice.


Mojitos – make sure it’s homemade and not a pre-mix or you will be getting way too much sugar; check out one version of this recipe here: Mojito

Red wine – the general rule is the drier wines are best because the sugar content is lower. I am partial to Sandbanks Baco Noir or Dunes.



SoCIAL Lite – pre-mix of carbonated water, vodka, lime juice concentrate, and ginger that contains no sugar or sweetener and is available at your LCBO




Now I would love to hear from you! What is your favourite trick to keep the sugar & calories low when you want to consume some alcohol? Leave a comment below and I'll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!

2 Replies to “How to drink like your naturopath”


Hi Dr. Michelle,

On the topic of drinking, how can I determine if the water I drink is safe and not doing any harm? Currently I drink water from these sources depending on where I am: 1) Reverse osmosis, 2) Muncipal water, 3) Bottled water, and 4) Well water. Years ago an ND said some water can have so many minerals in it that it’s toxic to the body. However another source said they just get flushed through the body without negative impact. Someone else said not all RO water is the same. Talk about confusing!

What is the most credible source of healthy drinking water information you know of? How can I get my water tested and what benchmarks do I compare it against?



Dr Michelle Durkin ND

Hi Robert,

The best source of water is probably that which is closest to nature, spring filtered water. Reverse osmosis takes all the chemicals out but also all the minerals too so you need to supplement with a multimineral formula if that is all you are drinking.
The other questions you are asking are too specific and outside my area of expertise.
I personally use a Santiva water filter for my drinking water. You can also find other good water filters here:

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