On New Years day I woke up with a headache. Not a crazy hangover but definitely feeling one too many glasses of red wine from the night before. I thought, ugh, this is not how I want to start 2021. I have big goals and plans this year, both personally and professionally and self induced headaches aren't going to help me reach them.
So I've decided to take a break from alcohol. I'm not calling it a "dry January" or putting any kind of label or date on it, I'm just doing what works for me right now.
One day, when we're able to go out for dinner again, I might love a glass of pinot noir with dinner. Or I might enjoy my usual aperol spritz after a summer golf game with the girls. Or maybe not.
So what have I been drinking?
In my coaching practice, I use the term 'crowding out’, especially when I'm working with clients starting to go plant based and changing their habits. It's very hard to just "eliminate" something. Instead we work on "crowding it out" with another option. For example: you don't need to eliminate cheese and crackers as a snack, crowd them out with hummus and veggies.
Here's what I've been crowding out alcohol with...
Sparkling water in a wine glass.
Makes me feel like I'm having a "drink". I love it with a squeeze of fresh lime.
Gruvi 'dry secco'.
You don't want to replace alcohol with sugary drinks but when you're craving something other than water or tea, this Gruvi Dry Secco is perfect. It only has 11 grams of sugar. And yes, I do put it in a champagne glass. Perfect for Friday happy hour with a plant based charcuterie board. I order it online from well.ca.
Straight up water with cucumber and/or lemon.
I love the spa water vibes. Berries, orange slices, fresh mint or ginger are also delicious.
I'd love to hear from you! Are you doing a dry January or trying to drink less? What have you been crowding it out with? Send me an email and let me know...firstname.lastname@example.org