As much as I hoped motherhood would have transformed me into some sort of sober saint, I have actually found the exact opposite to be true. In fact, the terrible two’s, dramatically exhibited by my youngest son this winter, exacerbated my inner lush – ultimately leaving me with an extra 5 to 10 pounds of excess cushioning.
Given the official start of summer is only a few weeks away, I have frantically vowed to clean up my act by tightening up my diet and cutting back on the booze. Struggling with my weight since adolescence however, this ain’t my first rodeo, folks!
With years of yo-yo dieting under my belt, I have become self-aware enough now to know I am not much for the “white knuckle”/ willpower method. For me…it’s all about self-trickery and distraction.
Today I am going to share some “tricky” tactics I have acquired for drinking less.
Note to my sober friends: even if you aren’t a lush like me, these tips can be applied to food as well (everyone has their vices…I just so happen to be an equal opportunist).
- Flavored Carbonated Water-
Since discovering the many amazing flavors of La Croix, my life has not been the same. La Croix, if you are reading this please sponsor my blog! But seriously…After a long, stressful day, I used to opt for a glass of wine to decompress while preparing dinner. Unfortunately one glass turned into four, and before I knew it, all of my will-power was gone. In an effort to clean up my diet and avoid the consumption of empty calories on weekday evenings (I still treat myself on Friday night with wine), I now pour flavored, carbonated water into a festive wine glass and sip on it while I cook. Not only does it provide a healthier evening ritual, it keeps me from pre-dinner snacking.Wanting to create more of a relaxing effect? I like to pour powdered Magnesium (I use this one) into the concoction. Not only does it add a little more sweetness to the sparkling water, Magnesium promotes relaxation and can help ease anxiety. **Consult with your physician before consuming supplements. **
2. Herbal Tea-
If carbonated water isn’t your jam, perhaps herbal teas will do the trick. While there is an herbal tea suitable for any mood you are trying to achieve, I find the very act of holding a hot cup of tea sensual and relaxing. Instead of mindless snacking or drinking while I watch television at night, I always opt for a hot cup of herbal tea- one specifically labeled for sleep or relaxation. I particularly love Kava Kava tea (it seriously gives me a relaxing buzz) or Reishi Hot Cacao powder (it tastes like earthy, hot chocolate without the guilt). **Consult with your physician before consuming any herbal supplements.**
3. CBD Oil-
On the topic of herbal supplements, cannabidiol (CBD) oil has gained lots of traction in recent years. While there are many potential health benefits associated with this plant, anxiety and depression are two health issues which may be effectively treated by CBD oil. If you are self-medicating your anxiety with unhealthy approaches (like excessive alcohol and junk food), CBD may be a better alternative.Curious to see what all of the fuss was about, a few months ago, I purchased a CBD oil vape kit from my local health food store. While I didn’t notice much from it (other than a case of the munchies), I have friends that praise the relaxing effects of this non-psychoactive form of Cannabis (it will not get you high). If drinking and snacking is more of an oral fixation issue or a means of self-medicating your anxiety or depression, vaping CBD oil may be worth a try.
Speaking of oral fixations, let’s talk about gum. While I am not much of a gum chewer myself (it gives me a headache), I know many fitness models that swear by the power of gum. Not only does it give your mouth something to do, the flavor can curb cravings and actually make alcohol taste nasty AF.
5. Brushing Your Teeth-
Obviously everyone should be brushing their teeth for good health, but dental hygiene is a legitimate weight loss tactic as well. By brushing my teeth directly after a meal, I am basically shutting down the possibility of any further oral consumption. Whether it be alcoholic beverages or sugary snacks, having a minty-fresh mouth makes it easier to resist temptation.
Instead of allowing temptation to creep in during passive relaxation (watching television, laying out by the pool), try an activity that demands more of your attention and/or motor skills. For some it is knitting, for others it may be crossword puzzles, but for me personally, reading a book is a great means of relaxation and distraction. Unlike binge-watching a Netflix series, I find it hard to snack or drink when I have both hands on a book.
7. Diluting Alcoholic Beverages-
Although I have committed to living a bone sober life Monday thru Friday, a girl still has to get her drink on every now and then( by every now and then, I mean every freakin’ weekend). One of my favorite ways to drink more mindfully and responsibly is by heavily diluting my cocktails with club soda/sparkling water. (Check out a great example of this method here with my low-sugar Mimosa recipe). By diluting my drinks, I trick myself into believing I have had 4 cocktails, when in reality, I have only consumed 2.
I hope you were able to take away some helpful trickery from this list. While I sure as hell don’t believe women should have to endure deprivation for the sake of a flippin bikini, I personally love to know I am striving for my personal best. No…my personal best will never make it to the cover of a Sports Illustrated magazine, but at least I can feel confident in my own skin- mama pooch and all- knowing I am giving it my all.
Now get out there and design some good vibes!
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