Don’t get me wrong here, I love a glass of vino now and then, but we know what they say about too much of a good thing…
I’ve just returned from a beautiful holiday, enjoying delicious food and wine. Now that I’m home, I’m hitting the reset button. I’ll be avoiding drinking this February, not because I want to “cleanse”, because our bodies are brilliant at flushing alcohol from systems quickly all by themselves, but because I want to experiment with my lifestyle.
So much of the Australian way of life involves drinking, which is why so many of you are signing up for ‘Febfast’. A month of saying “no” to alcohol and “hello” dry date nights, catching up for pots of tea and enjoying delicious healthy deserts instead of champagne.
Sounds totally doable to me… but to guarantee sober success, here are my top tips:
The ground work
The first step towards better managing your drinking is actually “noticing”. In the weeks leading up to detoxing, pay attention to how much you’re drinking. Notice how you feel in the moment and the next day, mentally and physically. Hung over? Let your pain be your inspiration to feel better!
Spread the word
Tell your friends, family and partner what you’re up to, so they can support you. They might even join you!
Replace the habit
The key to changing habits is replacing them with new ones. Stock up on teas, dark chocolate and coconut water, replacing wine with a healthy treat. No need for deprivation here.
Don’t be hard on yourself
Don’t freak if you slip up. If you drink at a wedding or give in to peer pressure at the pub, relax, you’re human. Trick is to learn from it… can you be stronger against peer pressure?
When you’re done
Treat this as a lighthearted self experiment, to understand what works for you. For most of us, moderate drinking can be part of a beautiful healthy life. At the end of the month, with a clear head, map out your intentions. Going forward, do you want to drink less during the week? Write down your goals to help you stick to them.
Sending you love and luck!