Dry January may be like marmite for some but personally I adore both, The latter preferably in a sandwich with extra mature cheddar and nothing else, Achieving an actual dry, or sober January feels like a win every time. Personal challenges are difficult, afterall, you cannot cheat yourself, plus it helps to understand that even a fail is a win for your health. Forty eight hours or one week, your liver will thank you for everyday without alcohol. When I drink less I feel healthier and stronger, have more energy. I look better too, no dark circles under my eyes, I sleep through the night. What’s not to love about a dry January?
Dry January Observations & Notes
Over the years I have joined in with many dry Januarys, Some lasted days, some weeks. Last year I had one glass of wine on day 25, felt very frustrated and extended ‘DJ’ into mid February. Looking back I call that a big win at the time it felt like a fail.. The trick I think, is to forget about winning and failing, focusing instead on keeping mind and body busy with life.
Alcohol and me in 2022
In 2022 I managed to drastically cut down my alcohol consumption. The previous year had seen me drinking at least one glass of wine every evening and more at the weekends, Pandemic or not, I decided it wasn’t because I enjoyed drinking every day, it was because it had become a habit. I started reducing my alcohol consumption by drinking every other day, I optimistically figured this was cutting my consumption by 50%. Naïve I know, but In reality I had broken the habit and this was the key. I then drank less and less throughout the year. Realising that when I did drink I was enjoying it again.
Identifying my alcohol trigger point and avoiding it became the key to cutting down my nightly habit. I was drinking at the end of the day as a reward for a hard days work and as a way to relax. A bowl of honey roasted cashew nuts, a chilled glass of sauvignon, dinner in the oven, chill time. By avoiding those trigger points, I avoided drinking. This was managed by changing our routines, I stopped and started working at different times, Avoided evening snacks and we ate earlier.
6 Things Helping me with Dry January this year.
- Keeping the freezer stocked with Ice cubes.
- 12 pack Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic.
- This Book I’m on my third read. Free on Kindle.
- Avoiding Trigger points (see above)
- Freshly squeezed Orange Juice.
- Clean G Pink*. Yes Yes Yes and thank you!
Clean G pink from CleanCo
Developing CleanCo was not to preach about alcohol consumption, but to give you a choice when mixing a drink, without compromising on taste or social experience.spencer Cleanco
Clean Pink G Ingredients
- 13 calories per 50ml serving
- No Sugar, No Sweeteners, No Hangover
- Vegan, Lactose Free, Gluten Free
- 1x 70cl bottle
- Non-alcoholic (less than 0.5% ABV)
Summer is the Season I find myself drinking more. The weather is warm and balmy, social activity revolves around long lunches at the pub. I adore the taste of a good pink gin and a Fevertree tonic all over ice with a shaving of lime to top it off. Who can resist? I have often wished for the taste of the Gin without the alcohol and finally I have found it in CleanCo’s Clean G pink G Take a look at the CleanCo site for more glorious alternative to alcohol drinks . I love their slogan . . .
Good Luck with your Dry January!
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