A month without alcohol


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It’s Friday evening and you’re chilling with your friends. Of course a wine or two can’t be excluded. The next day you go to party, which also involved some alcohol.
Your friends made a nice diner and invited you; a glass of red wine was the finishing touch. A birthday party, everybody has a beer. A friend came over for a good old movie night… of course cocktails are there. You meet up with a friend to discuss the latest news, he also bought some great new whisky you have to try.

You get my point, I felt I was drinking too often. Not too much, but too often and my brain started to see this as a habit and poked me when there were a couple of days without alcohol. I could not shake this bad vibe and decided to take some rigorous measurements. No alcohol for a month!

The start

Wasn’t difficult at all. I presumed that I would be a bit grumpy or sad when I saw my friends around me sipping their beer… but I felt completely neutral. I had no problems with my own delicious tea.When I saw people around me getting drunk, I was happy about the prospect of waking up fresh and well rested the next morning. Something that would not happen with any alcohol intake. I never knew how even one alcohol beverage affected my mood, but it became clear to me what a life without alcohol means.

 

The change

In the first 2 weeks I didn’t notice much change. But the third week showed some alterations.

  • Better skin.  My skin becomes dry easily, after two weeks of detoxing it became much smoother.
  • Better mood. I was and am happier now. The day after alcohol makes my body more moody, pressumably because everything takes more effort. Without any alcohol these days are in the past. I feel more energetic and happy.
  • Different taste in food. I eat spicy and salty food. Let me reframe this… I eat very spicy and salty food. But after a week of detoxing my cravings for spicy and salt became less, almost to the point of leaving any chill pepper out of my food.
  • Wanting to exercise more. This one I love the most.  Because I became more energetic, I felt the need to have some healthy outbursts. I started swimming once a week and also picked up Pilates again. I won’t turn into some #fit or #health girl, but I do love to keep up this routine.

Week 5

My tolerance dropped to zero, I can feel the alcohol immediately after one beer or glass of wine and the day after drinking I have difficulties getting myself out of bed.
I just like the new me way more. That doesn’t mean I’ll completely ban alcohol out of my life, I would just ask for water or tea more often and during the week I’ll only drink on special occasions.

I love to make the best out of everyday and alcohol isn’t contributing towards that goal.

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3 Comments

  1. August 29, 2017 / 5:52 am

    Great inspiration!: 🙂 That is very true that even one or two glasses makes the next day different. I think this is something everyone should so ones in a while to detox their bodies and to realise what kind of relationship they really have with alcohol. Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

  2. August 29, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Congratulations! I used to drink alcohol and I felt the same way, like I was drinking too much, it wasn’t bad but I wanted to drink less. And I haven’t drank in awhile, to be honest I felt so much better! Especially the feeling of not having a hangover!
    Love
    Pili
    To Read with Tea

  3. March 8, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Great inspiration thanks for sharing! Around the same time I did a month without sugar. Although I gave myself permission to “cheat” on day a week to make it more bearable 😉 I also got help from a friend who supported me and held me accountible. Are there other things beside alcohol that you want to do a month without?

    With love,
    Olaf

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Eva is a Dutch fashion blogger based in Twente, the Netherlands. Eva runs her blog since 2015 and quickly grew into a edgy and streetstyle based fashion blog where you’ll also find social media tips and tricks. Eva is active on many social platforms like Instagram, Lookbook, Facebook, Pinterest, Blogsociety, Fashion Potluck and Bloglovin. This is one of the main reasons that her reach goes far. Even though she doesn’t consider herself to be a Dutch Influencer she has worked with Livera, Violet Hamden, Defshop, Jo Malone, Ice-watch, BenBits, Esprit, Innocent drinks and many other brand.

Eva is een Nederlandse fashion blogger uit Twente. Na haar blog lancering in 2015 groeide ze al snel uit tot een edgy en streetstyle fashion blog waar je ook social media tips en marketing tricks vindt. Eva is actief op menig social media kanaal waaronder Instagram, Lookbook, Facebook, Pinterest, Blogsociety, Fashion Potluck en Bloglovin. Dit is één van de redenen waarom haar bereik ver gaat. Hoewel Eva zichzelf niet als een Nederlandse influencer ziet heeft ze samengewerkt met Livera, Violet Hamden, Defshop, Jo Malone, Ice-Watch, Benbits, Esprit, Innocent drinks en vele andere merken.