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My journey to consuming much less alcohol


Sharing a bit about my journey to consuming much less alcohol and ideas for decreasing your alcohol consumption if that’s certainly one of your objectives. 

Hello associates! How’s the week going up to now? I hope you’re having a terrific morning up to now! I’m right here engaged on content material for our 6-week group – ALL of the data shall be posted right here subsequent Tuesday, so mark your calendars! 

For immediately’s put up, I needed to speak a bit about alcohol and among the issues I’ve carried out to scale back my alcohol consumption over time.

My journey to consuming much less alcohol

Let’s take a bit of stroll into the previous and my historical past with alcohol:

– I’ve by no means actually been somebody to *overdo* it on alcohol. Whereas I’ve positively had my moments (in faculty principally lol) of overdoing it, I by no means blacked out or did issues i might later remorse due to impaired decision-making skills, thank goodness. Whereas I’ve solely drank what I take into account to be an excessive amount of on just a few events, I incessantly had 1-2 glasses of wine or cocktails all through the week.

– I discovered that “an excessive amount of” means various things for various folks. Whereas I wasn’t getting tipsy consistently, there have been instances (years?) that I had some kind of wine or cocktail each.single.day.

– After we lived in San Diego, it was not unusual for us to drink a bottle of wine each night time. Whereas it felt utterly regular and like part of life, I spotted that it was an excessive amount of and needed to chop again. (PS consuming a bottle each night time will get costly, too!)

(Caro approves of my resolution to chop again. )

Among the foremost the explanation why I selected to scale back my alcohol consumption:

– Each.time I drank a couple of cocktail or one glass of wine, I slept terribly and wakened feeling exhausted the following morning. It actually sucks to begin your day on such a low-energy notice, particularly if you’re chasing after children all day. I spotted that I felt so a lot better within the morning after I skipped wine the night time earlier than.

– I spotted that it turned a behavior greater than an enjoyment or pleasure. Ingesting wine turned one thing I did every day, not one thing I actually loved. Like several behavior, it took some time to interrupt, and it was value it.

For well being. I had a gallbladder scare just a few years in the past and seems that your liver and gallbladder (BFFs) hate alcohol. It was a great wake-up name to watch my consumption and attempt to cut back it. Your physique views alcohol as poison and can pause different processes with a purpose to attempt to eradicate the toxin. It processes alcohol totally in a different way than meals. 

Alcohol inhibits deep sleep, as your physique works to course of the alcohol as you sleep. It will increase your temperature and resting coronary heart price, and in addition impacts your insulin sensitivity. Carrying my Oura ring and the Nutrisense CGM have supplied useful perception as to how alcohol (particularly after 7-8pm) impacts my physique. 

For physique composition causes. Once I diminished my alcohol consumption (along with some vitamin adjustments I’ve revamped time), I seen a distinction in physique composition. I felt much less bloated and puffy after I wakened, and in addition like I may lastly see among the muscle I’d been making an attempt to construct.

What about social consuming?

This was an enormous contributor to common cocktails, and in addition as an introvert, I LIKE the nice and cozy and fuzzy feeling from a glass of wine as I chat with folks I don’t know very properly. I really feel prefer it completely takes off the sting, and makes it simpler for me to have interaction with everybody in a social setting.

Truthfully, I needed to recover from it. 

I needed to inform myself I didn’t *want* alcohol to speak with new associates at events, and it’s true. I don’t want it to really feel snug in social conditions or to have a great time. 

I additionally puzzled if anybody would say something after I selected water as a substitute of a cocktail, and nobody has stated a phrase. On the Pilot’s squadron Christmas celebration, I drank water with a lemon and nobody cared. There are different ways in which I’ve labored on my social anxiousness, particularly with meditation, hanging out with smaller teams of individuals, and a bit of CBD right here and there. 

Did I stop alcohol totally? 

No! I nonetheless love a margarita or a glass of wine 1-2 instances per week, however that’s it. Some weeks I’ve zero alcohol, and a few weeks I’ve one drink 1-2 nights per week, absolutely realizing that I gained’t sleep as properly or have as a lot power within the am. I’ve simply labored to scale back my consumption over time and I really feel like dancing within the center (as a substitute an all or nothing mentality) has labored properly for me. 

Ideas for decreasing alcohol consumption:

Listed here are among the ideas which have helped me! Please know that I’m not licensed in ANYTHING associated to this and I’m simply sharing my expertise. In the event you’re fighting alcoholism, please please get the assistance and help that you simply deserve. There are a number of sources right here

– Drink one thing else that you simply get pleasure from. Kombucha and sizzling natural tea are pretty substitutes. I additionally loooooooove the Organifi Gold or Concord (use the code FITNESSISTA) blended with heat almond milk, an enormous glass of water (I intention for round 100 oz per day), LMNT electrolytes, or an enormous smoothie.  

– Strive a mocktail. A bartender could make a beautiful mocktail when you inform them what taste notes you get pleasure from or how candy you’d prefer it to be. There are additionally so many variations you should purchase at grocery shops and on-line choices for alcohol-free wine and spirits (though I’ve but to strive any of those). 

– Drink half. As an alternative of getting a full glass, strive consuming half as a substitute. I’ll order wine typically after we go to eating places, and can solely drink a 3rd or so of it (and realize it doesn’t go to waste as a result of the Pilot will end it as a substitute of getting a second drink). 

– Scale back consumption over time. Like with something, full deprivation can backfire and result in overindulgence later. It was useful for me to be conscious and step by step cut back my consumption. I decreased the times I had alcohol every week till ultimately I obtained all the way down to 1-2. Now when I’ve it, I ensure to take my time and revel in it. 

So inform me, associates: how usually do you drink alcohol? What’s your very favourite drink?

Hope you have got an exquisite morning and I’ll see ya tomorrow with a recipe!
xo

Gina 

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