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My journey to ingesting much less alcohol


Sharing a bit about my journey to ingesting much less alcohol and ideas for decreasing your alcohol consumption if that’s one in all your targets. 

Hello pals! How’s the week going to date? I hope you’re having an awesome morning to date! I’m right here engaged on content material for our 6-week group – ALL of the information will probably be posted right here subsequent Tuesday, so mark your calendars! 

For as we speak’s put up, I wished to talk a bit about alcohol and a number of the issues I’ve completed to scale back my alcohol consumption over time.

My journey to ingesting 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 largely lol) of overdoing it, I by no means blacked out or did issues i’d later remorse due to impaired decision-making talents, thank goodness. Whereas I’ve solely drank what I think about to be an excessive amount of on a number of events, I continuously had 1-2 glasses of wine or cocktails all through the week.

– I discovered that “an excessive amount of” means various things for various individuals. Whereas I wasn’t getting tipsy consistently, there have been occasions (years?) that I had some sort 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 fully regular and like part of life, I spotted that it was an excessive amount of and wished to chop again. (PS ingesting a bottle each night time will get costly, too!)

(Caro approves of my resolution to chop again. )

A few of the predominant the explanation why I selected to scale back my alcohol consumption:

– Each.time I drank multiple cocktail or one glass of wine, I slept terribly and awoke feeling exhausted the subsequent morning. It actually sucks to begin your day on such a low-energy be aware, particularly while you’re chasing after youngsters all day. I spotted that I felt so significantly 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 really loved. Like all behavior, it took some time to interrupt, and it was value it.

For well being. I had a gallbladder scare a number of years in the past and seems that your liver and gallbladder (BFFs) hate alcohol. It was an excellent wake-up name to watch my consumption and attempt to cut back it. Your physique views alcohol as poison and can pause different processes in an effort to attempt to remove the toxin. It processes alcohol fully otherwise 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 fee, and in addition impacts your insulin sensitivity. Carrying my Oura ring and the Nutrisense CGM have offered beneficial perception as to how alcohol (particularly after 7-8pm) impacts my physique. 

For physique composition causes. After I decreased my alcohol consumption (along with some diet modifications I’ve remodeled time), I seen a distinction in physique composition. I felt much less bloated and puffy after I awoke, and in addition like I may lastly see a number of the muscle I’d been making an attempt to construct.

What about social ingesting?

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 individuals I don’t know very effectively. I really feel prefer it completely takes off the sting, and makes it simpler for me to interact with everybody in a social setting.

Truthfully, I needed to recover from it. 

I needed to inform myself I didn’t *want* alcohol to talk with new pals at events, and it’s true. I don’t want it to really feel comfy in social conditions or to have an excellent time. 

I additionally questioned if anybody would say something after I selected water as an alternative of a cocktail, and nobody has mentioned a phrase. On the Pilot’s squadron Christmas social gathering, 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 fully? 

No! I nonetheless love a margarita or a glass of wine 1-2 occasions every week, however that’s it. Some weeks I’ve zero alcohol, and a few weeks I’ve one drink 1-2 nights per week, totally figuring out that I gained’t sleep as effectively 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 an alternative an all or nothing mentality) has labored effectively for me. 

Suggestions for decreasing alcohol consumption:

Listed below are a number of 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. When you’re combating alcoholism, please please get the assistance and help that you simply deserve. There are numerous 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) combined with heat almond milk, an enormous glass of water (I intention for round 100 oz per day), LMNT electrolytes, or a large smoothie.  

– Attempt a mocktail. A bartender could make a beautiful mocktail in the event 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 buy at grocery shops and on-line choices for alcohol-free wine and spirits (although I’ve but to strive any of those). 

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

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

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

Hope you’ve gotten a beautiful morning and I’ll see ya tomorrow with a recipe!
xo

Gina 

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