I come from a family that enjoys their nightly glass of wine and has been found numerous times dancing on kitchen counters at 11pm. I love the ritual of floating around the kitchen cooking dinner with my loved ones and enjoying a glass of red. Equally, I treasure the nights I meet my girlfriends out for cocktails and girl talk. I value dining and drinking as a soul experience, something that is ritualistic and to be enjoyed thoroughly. All of that being said, I hardly ever thought of myself as a person who would be advocating for a booze-free lifestyle, but here I am.
I’ve done it two times in my life now, cut the wine and the occasional cocktail all together. The first time I did it for about 6 months, this time I am a month in. Now, I am aware that I sound slightly like that person who has given up gluten for a day and feels “wonderful,” but I have to say, cutting alcohol from my diet for an extended period of time has really helped me tune back into my body.
What is so good about it?
Besides the obvious benefits of brighter skin and slight weight loss, cutting the booze is a chance for you to have a conversation with your body in a clear environment. As mindful, Guru minded women, we are always looking for more natural approaches to living and being connected to our highest selves, and not consuming alcohol is a great way to get back to basics with your body.
The Best Times To Go Sober.
Digestion. If you are struggling with digestion, a month off of alcohol will help rehydrate your body and give it a chance to reset with less toxicity.
Irregular or painful periods. Alcohol is a trigger that can block the regular flow of our hormone cycle. If painful or irregular periods are a struggle for you currently, try getting on the sober sister train for a while.
Natural Approach. I’ve found that when I am not drinking for a long period of time I have a more intimate relationship with my body. I don’t know if it’s because I am in a nurtured state or if my mind is just clearer, but when I swap wine for tea and sparkling water I feel the deepest and sweetest connection to my higher self.
Change. If you are a sensitive person change can throw you for a loop. Being booze-free helps your brain think clearly and can put you closer in touch with your intuition.
Being Guru Minded means that not one approach works for everyone. It means that we take time to listen to our bodies and give them what they need. For me this fall, it was a break from drinking. If that sounds like something you want to try, I encourage it, it’s a fun way to reconnect with You.