Girl, you know I love a glass dry rose on a sunny afternoon. And nothing’s better than a margarita (on the rocks, extra salt) with a big bowl of guac and chips. And of course I like to celebrate by popping something sparkling.
I believe in enjoying all the good things in life as fully as possible, and to me, that means having a good drink alongside a nice meal. What is pizza night without a glass of Malbec, after all?
But sometimes I like to challenge myself to step out of my habits to see how well they work for me. Which is why I started laying off the sauce for a month each year. (All the pregnant ladies are like: Whatever.)
I like to think of it as showing my liver a little love while taking some quiet time for myself. It’s kind of empowering to take a step back and reflect on the choices I make each day and how they make me feel.
In February, my husband Fabian and I banned all alcohol for the entire month. This was our third time having an official ‘dry’ month, and it was by far the easiest.
If you’re used to having a couple of drinks when meeting up with friends or going out to dinner, you can feel like you’re missing out at first, but it gets easier with practice and a few tricks up your sleeve.
Here are my tips for making a month off alcohol as enjoyable as possible:
- Up your tea game
Make sure to pick up some new, good-quality teas. I tried to pick a few fruitier ones and made sure to have a nice variety of caffeine free flavors. I usually have tea throughout my work day, but I made it a part of my evening ritual too – a nice cup of chamomile & spiced apple tea after dinner was great. I played around with iced tea too.
My favorite was a virgin version of sangria: red berries iced tea sweetened with pomegranate juice and topped with chopped apple and orange. Perfect for date night at home.
- BYOD – Bring Your Own Drink
Like…tea. Or soda. It’s important that you still feel like you’ve got something interesting to drink, especially at those times when everyone else is enjoying a glass of rose. Even if it’s something simple, it’s still more exciting than just plain water. One night, we went to a dinner party and brought mineral water, limes and grapefruit soda and had a few combinations of the three. I know it sounds lame, but it’s nice to have a drink in your hand like everyone else.
- Supplement your cleanse
To get the most bang for your liver-cleansing buck, take a supplement that includes milk thistle to help repair + protect the liver.
- Be grateful
That night we went to the dinner party, we got home pretty late and I remember thinking how good it felt to crash into the pillow without having to take extra care to chug some water, since I’d been sipping on sparkling water all night.
- Treat yo self
Create little rewards for yourself throughout the month. Go out of your way to make yourself your favorite dessert or meal. Get yourself a pedicure or massage. Buy yourself something pretty. It’s great to take some time out and do something good for your bod and brain — so treat yo self for a job well done!
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