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Monday, January 11, 2021

Thanks to a timely blog by Sparker KAYOTIC I am participating in "Dry January" and today marks the beginning of my second week of the challenge. Already I am seeing and feeling changes in my body (and mind).
1. Wonderful restorative sleep- my tracker is showing that I am experiencing almost double REM time and most nights I have passed the upper limit of my age benchmark for deep sleep.
2. Cessation of heartburn.
3. A craving for sweets. I just read an article devoted to Dry January and this is a common issue in the first week; the body "sees" alcohol as a sugar and its dopamine effect and when alcohol is withdrawn there is a craving for sweets during the first while. The best solution is to substitute a piece of fruit until the craving stage is past.
4. Less abdominal bloating.
5. The realization that I just saved myself almost $50, that savings will go into my reward jar.

Because of my move during the summer I needed to find a family doctor closer to my new locale. I registered with the provincial health system and last week was finally matched with a nearby medical practice; today I signed release papers to get my records transferred and made an appointment to be seen on February 24. On the way home I decided that apart from a couple of glasses of wine to celebrate my birthday in February I will continue avoiding alcohol for February as well. When my new doctor asks me about alcohol usage I will be able to truthfully say "only for special celebrations". emoticon emoticon
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  • WATERMELLEN
    Good for you!! I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner -- not every evening -- but that's about the extent of my alcohol consumption!!

    I noticed your comment on the "ice" blog about getting grippers and wondered - have your Pajars arrived yet? And if so, do you like them?
    38 days ago
  • LOLABRUG3
    I too relocated after leaving a nice home (my hubby built) and several acres in the midwest United states (Snow, snow, more snow and Ice! I'm sure you can relate). We are now in a little house on 2 acres in the Southeast United. Winter time here is mild and short lived and we are only about an hour from the coast. Loving it! I left you a message on the intro topic in the Vegan Living the Plant life Team regarding 'not totally vegan'. I too am not but am 90-95% of the time. Good luck with your commitment to Dry Jan. emoticon
    38 days ago
  • 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon Good for you! emoticon
    I don't drink alcohol anymore. Most has gluten in it, I'm gluten free. Plus, it has too many calories and carbs.
    40 days ago
  • SUSMANNIE
    Isn’t it funny how those good side effects of making a change like this pop up? They’re like a little surprise gift we make to ourselves. Sounds very positive.

    Your medical system seems so much more user friendly than ours.

    Put that money towards a great reward for yourself!
    42 days ago
  • HAPPYELF
    emoticon on your challenge. I have not heard of the "Dry January" challenge. I'm not a big alcohol drinker. I usually enjoy some when I have company which lately is not happening very much.
    44 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    Good for you!

    I gave up mixed drinks when I learned how many calories I was drinking.
    Figured I would rather chew and crunch my calories.

    Now just not to chew and crunch quite so many.
    44 days ago
  • DEEEBEE
    Good job! But what's my excuse? I drink very little alcohol and I love sweets!
    45 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    Nice work!
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    45 days ago
  • TERRACOTTAGE
    Good Job!... with great results. I can only hope one of my daughters would do the same with her diet cola addiction. emoticon emoticon
    45 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    emoticon This is quite Impressive--and inspiring! How wonderful to see so many benefits gained--and money saved! Hooray for you!
    45 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    Those are fascinating results! There's been some fascinating and little discussed links made between nutritional deficiencies and 'addictions' and cravings of all sorts, and especially links between alcohol abuse and sugar. If you're interested in exploring this a bit further (for interest sake... I'm in no way suggesting you have a problem with alcohol), check this out:

    https://www.sparkpeople
    .com/mypage_public_journal_indi
    vidual.asp?blog_id=5381557
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    BR>...And good on you for choosing well-being over momentary pleasure. There a great number of people who are choosing otherwise in the midst of the pandemic. I wonder to what extent the increased imbibing is literally fueling a seeming inability to make sense of and engage constructively with our current situation on what seems to be a societal level?

    Glad you've been able to find a doctor. They're scarcer than hen's teeth around here!
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    45 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Woohoo! Best wishes on your Dry January goal. I love seeing that you are already experiencing benefits from abstaining. I drink alcohol 2-3 times a year. My last drink was the night of US election in November. I hope the next 9:days don’t propel me to it again.
    I am rooting you on!!
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    45 days ago
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    46 days ago
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