I am not a big drinker, but you will see me enjoy a glass of wine in the evening or our signature kombucha margaritas (pictured above, find the recipe here) on the weekends. I never felt the need to cut alcohol out a 100% as it was never a large part of my life to begin with. However when presented with the challenge, I stepped up to the line. Here’s what happened over the past 30 days:
Emotions & Stress
Without realizing it, alcohol was my remedy for feeling down, anxious or stressed. Whenever those feelings came over me (usually in the evening) I would reach out for a glass of wine and feel better. Now I could’t do that anymore! This definitely brought out a lot of darkness, but all that got dispelled once it saw the light of day.
The quality of my sleep improved SO MUCH. Bad dreams rarely happen, and I wake up rested. I now find myself effortlessly awake at 6am, six days a week and start my work by 7am!
As well as not drinking, I cut out cheat days for those 30 days too. I was more anxious about this than the alcohol, you guys know I love my cheat days! It is surprisingly easy to stay on target with your eating if you’re never tipsy. I cruised through the entire month, measuring my ketones regularly with great results. When I had my first cheat day, I didn’t even feel like having any cheat foods! My body craved lots of yummy keto fats, and that’s it 😃
This goes hand in hand with all of the above, but I have to mention it. I have NEVER been this productive in my whole life, not even in college, high school, or any other time. I have implemented some new strategies to help me with this (which I talk about here) but I continue to be astounded by how quickly and readily my brain fires, allowing me to get so many things done in a single day.
This is probably mostly due to my improved quality of sleep. I’ve seen a vast improvement in my body’s ability to recover after a hard workout. I feel a little soreness for 1-2 days, but nothing compared to what it used to be, with the workout difficulty remaining constant. This has been a major game changer for me, as I hate feeling sore so much that it would sometimes stop me from working out. I would also have to skip workouts as I was still so sore from the last one. Recovery would last up to 5 days.
At the very end of my 30 day experiment, I came on my cycle. Very often, my periods involve a lot of cramping, bloating, digestive issues, the list goes on. This month, while there was a tiny bit of cramping on Day 1, all the other symptoms were minimal or not present at all! What a win!
Friends & social events
I became a hermit! Well, not quite but almost! Not being able to go out for drinks (I didn’t want to make things harder for myself by going to a bar and just not drinking) the month of April has not been the most social month ever. On the upside, this helped me to focus on my work (which is awesome for a scatter brain like me) and seek out other ways of socializing. Overall, I would say that this is the biggest downside of not drinking, especially if you live in a city like NYC. For some reason, many people feel very uncomfortable when you’re not drinking. I went to a couple of parties and while people were nice about it, they did try to convince me to have a drink all night long, which wasn’t so fun.
- I was able to devote myself fully to the launch of my blog
- Workout consistently
- Sleep better
- Eat the best foods for my body
- even have a pain-free period.
In my view, occasional drinking isn’t a problem, and while I will still try to keep it minimal, I will never deny myself a drink if I really want one. However I would definitely recommend that you try conducting a 30 day experiment of your own, just to test yourself, experience new things and perhaps catch a glimpse of new horizons.