First, let me start by saying that I am in no way a perfect example of what I’m about to preach to you all today, but I am trying! And that all I want you to do for now. Start trying to make good nutrition a priority in your sobriety.
Now that you’re nearly a week into Dry January, it’s important to take some time to reflect on why you drink in the first place and the effects alcohol has on your body when you do.
Have you ever bothered to think about this?
When I got sober in December 2016, I realized that I was consuming way more soda and sugary foods than I had before. I read that it’s normal, that lots of people “switch” to sugar when they stop drinking. Switch?
Clearly, I had taken one thing and replaced it with another. That thing was replacing copious amounts of alcohol (not great) with copious amounts of diet soda (also not great). It was my last remaining vice and I desperately wanted it.
With each relapse I’ve had since June 2016, I’m always reminded the next day that my brain is at odds with alcohol. The effects range. I may wake up with the shakes and feeling like I might jump out of my skin, heart racing, and mind a jumbled mess. It is also possible that I will wake up feeling incredibly depressed and have to dig deep just to get out of bed and wash or eat. Sometimes I wake up feeling wound up. I bounce off the walls and want to go, go, go!
Why the Jekyll and Hyde routine? There are two answers to that question…