Have you ever participate in dry January?
Have you ever wondered why dry January? Who decided that? Why is it dry January and not dry July? The kindergarten teacher in me is a sucker for a rhyme.
Every year it seems more people are completing a dry January. I absolutely love that people are trying life without alcohol. It's great for me because for once I'm not the only person not drinking.
However, I often get the feeling that dry January is less about sober curiosity and more of a diet. Everyone is craving some healthier food after eating and drinking too much, wants to drop a few pounds, and it is too cold to even want to go out.
I think dry July would be better. It would put more of an emphasis on learning to be social and relax without drinking.
Personally, I have a rocky past with alcohol and rarely drink. Due to a couple of relationships with substance abuse problems I had a lot of anxiety around drinking that ultimately caused me to quit drinking. Don't get me wrong when I want a drink, I will have one without guilt, it is just not too often. I love me a good margarita, mojito, or mimosa.
It took time and practice to get comfortable not drinking. I had to learn new ways to have fun and be confident in myself. After 6 years of practice, I now have more fun, feel better, look better, and have more energy without alcohol.
Next time you are whipping up drinks for the patio or poolside try my Skinny Sparkling Peach Mojito Mocktail for a refreshing beverage with no hangover.
Skinny Sparkling Peach Mojito Mocktail
sparkling water or club soda (I used Trader Joe's lime sparkling water)
liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice-I used Trader Joe's liquid stevia)
Juice 1 lime into a cocktail shaker, glass, or measuring cup
Peel and dice 1 ripe peach then add to the glass
Cut mint leaves with scissors into glass
Add liquid stevia or sweetener of choice (I use 1-2 dropper full)
Add ice to 2 glasses (I love to use mason jars) and split peach mojito mix equally between glasses
Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water or club soda. I like Trader Joe's lime sparkling water.
Stir with a straw and until fully mixed - ENJOY!
*This makes 2-4 drinks depending on the size of the glasses. I used large mason jars and it made 2
**Add white rum to make the cocktail version
There are many health benefits to not drinking or reducing your alcohol consumption. Becoming sober curious not only made me healthier but also happier and more confident. These are just some of the benefits I experienced when I quit drinking.
Consistent energy and more energy on the weekends
Build up your self-confidence
Become more attractive (My skin is more glowy and youthful now than 10 years ago when I drank every weekend)
Letting go of people-pleasing
Learn to say no confidently (No. It is a whole sentence. You don't have to explain)
Get creative, get outdoors, learn a new skill
No more hangovers
Restful sleep which leads to better Monday mornings
Stronger workouts because you have more energy
Healthier eating choices
More time in the day for activities
Less creepy guys hitting on you
Learn who are your real friends and who is just there for shenanigans
Are you sober curious? Have you ever completed dry January? Tell me what benefits you gained from the experience?
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