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is a common issue in the first week; the body "sees" alcohol as a sugar and its dopamine effect and when alcohol is withdrawn there is a craving for sweets during the first while.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".