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. So what have I been drinking? Keep reading to find out...
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What I'm drinking this month (hint: It's not wine)

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 wine glass

Sparkling water in a wine glass.

Makes me feel like I'm having a "drink". I love it with a squeeze of fresh lime.

Herbal tea in clear mug

Herbal Tea. 

My favourite brands are: Pukka - love the 'Cleanse' one, Tealish - love the Ginger Sparkle and Traditional Medicinals - Peppermint, Ginger and Roasted Dandelion (which doesn't taste amazing but it's naturally supportive for your liver).

Gruvi dry secco

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.

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Straight up water with cucumber and/or lemon.

I love the spa water vibes. Berries, orange slices, fresh mint or ginger are also delicious.

Matcha latte in hands

Matcha Lattes & Turmeric Milk.

Both are high in antioxidants and help lower inflammation. Plus they make a delicious, warm afternoon snack. Get my Matcha Latte Recipe and my Turmeric Milk Recipe

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...kim@pickydiet.com

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Maggie Steele / January 22, 2021

Hi Kim!
Dundurn Market carries the Dry Secco and also a Rose by the same company which I really like, more than the Dry Secco. They also carry an AF Juniper Gin which has zero calories and recipes for them all! Besides those, I am drinking lots of tea, water with lemon, soda and just plain water!

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