At the beginning of this year, I dedicated each month to an intention, an intention that would lead me towards a healthier lifestyle. This month I am participating in The Alcohol Experiment by Annie Grace. I’m not a heavy drinker, but I do enjoy the nice glass of Malbec or Pinot Noir in the evenings. 19 months ago I decided to make my health a priority in my life, and I adopted a whole food plant based diet. Most of the decisions that I make are in line with being healthy. I desire a Quality life when I am older, and I believe it is how we treat our bodies now that will determine that.
Before I explain what sobriety can do for your body, I must make a confession: I gave in on Friday night. I had a drink while watching a movie with my family. I had missed that rush when the alcohol first enters my system. But, I will also confess: the moment my blood alcohol normalized again, I felt guilty and mad at myself. IT WAS NOT WORTH IT!!! Since the rush didn’t last as long as I was hoping for, I felt way worse than I did before the drink.
During this month, I have been trying to guide my intention with actual science-based research and studies. I have not only discovered a lot, but I have also experienced many of sobrieties benefits.
It is not what we are giving up, but it is what we can gain.
better sleep quality –
once you stop relying on alcohol to help you fall asleep, your body will begin to do this naturally. Once you’ve allowed this to happen (probably will take a week or so – once all the alcohol is out of your system) you will also fall in an out of Deep and REM sleep naturally.
Alcohol depletes your blood of sugar. Low blood sugar makes you reach for breads, chips, popcorn or pretzels. When you consume less alcohol or stop drinking all together, you are able to normalize your blood sugar and control that careless snacking.
alcohol is more quickly stored as fat in your body than excess sugar, carbs, and protein. Alcohol has 7 calories/gram and it is quickly absorbed and because of its density the liver prioritizes the alcohol over any other food you are consuming with the alcohol – which in turn becomes fat.
(and if you were following me last month, you already know the benefits of hydration.)
your risk of cancer falls-
Alcohol – also known as ethanol- is a known carcinogen. “According to the National Cancer Institute, the risk of breast cancer was higher across all levels of alcohol consumption.” (pg. 183)
blood sugar and pressure normalizes–
Without the alcohol toxin running through your body, your heart and organs don’t have to work so dang hard.
stronger immune system –
When you consume alcohol, your immune system is weaker because your body is working so hard to break down those sugars, ethanol, and detoxify.
So, if you can gain all of these from giving up or consuming less alcohol- guess WHAT? You lose all of these when you consume heavy amounts of alcohol.
In my own pursuit towards a healthy lifestyle, I have discovered a trick that has helped me out these last few weeks. (minus my 1 set back)
experiment with your hydration
1c Pomegranate juice – a great antioxidant and 1/2c coconut water – great hydrator
24 oz citrus water with 2 tsp of chia seeds – great hydrator and fat killer
Waterloo brand waters – the sparkly adds a little something extra
Kombucha- the fermentation adds a little bit of alcohol, but nothing worth talking about.- great natural probiotic
- Trick yourself
By giving you knowledge, I hope I have given you the tools to make the right decision for yourself.