This is my last post on Dry January, even if there are still 3 days to go. The thing is, I know I won’t drink anything before the end of the month, so there is no need for me to wait until then to write this. Though I did read this morning that supermarkets in the UK are braced for a spike in alcohol sales today as people are expected to put an early end to Dry January…. But I also read in a lot of the comments to that article that people who have gone through Dry January are also thinking about doing Dry February too, given how good they feel. I am also inclined to continue abstaining from alcohol, though I won’t necessarily ban alcohol from my life forever. I don’t want to get into the habit again of drinking at home every night, but I can see myself having the odd Aperol Spritz or glass of wine with a meal in a restaurant or at a dinner party.
This week I came to the UK and it was probably the first time I went out for dinner in London without drinking alcohol. And it was fine. It was easy. But funnily enough I still didn’t wake up feeling great as my body now seems to have hangovers from food, and my digestive system complained from all the treats I gave it! I am sure not everyone is as sensitive as me to what they consume, and so I think we each have to learn what works for us, without religiously following the various diet plans and fads that are out there. I prefer to feel less bloated, to feel more hydrated, to digest food more easily, to have more energy and so I am learning what to consume in order to feel like that 95% of the time, but I also have that other 5% to enjoy flapjacks, chocolates, cookies, muffins, pizzas, Prosecco….
I am sure my body has gone through many great changes this month due to the lack of alcohol, but I can’t personally see any radical improvements to my skin and I’m not sure I lost weight purely from drinking less alcohol (as I also improved my diet and did Yoga everyday). I definitely sleep better now and typically wake up feeling more refreshed and less dehydrated. Apparently my liver should have started to shed any excess fat it may have built up in the past, and if I continue avoiding alcohol my red blood cells should start to renew. That should allow the cells to transport oxygen more efficiently around the body, and give me even more energy. For me, these are good enough reasons to continue cutting out alcohol from my everyday life.
So I am not planning on cracking open a bottle of wine on the 1st February to put an end to my alcohol fast, and that to me is the biggest achievement I could have hoped for from Dry January.