Life pretty much did a 180 when I stopped. Things that I never expected to happen, happened. I’m not sure if the following are universal or just my experience, but it’s worth stopping, so that you can find out.
- Your skin will look fabulous, darling. Alcohol is super dehydrating and this shows on your skin. Dehydration causes your skin to appear less plump and fresh. Alternatively, it can also make your face puffy. Not a good look for anyone. Also, going to bed drunk decreases the likelihood of you properly removing makeup, washing your face and applying all of your lotions and potions before bed.
- Your stomach “situation” will sort itself out. Not to be crude, but if you suffer from any sort of…ahem–bathroom troubles–you might find that things sort themselves out in the loo, after you stop. Plain and simple: Alcohol inflames your stomach. This can cause diarrhea or constipation. If you’ve ever dealt with either of these conditions, you understand the beauty of dumping (ha!) this problem for good.
- Speaking of your gut…your gut might shrink. Alcohol has a lot of empty calories. Eliminating just 500 calories a day, leads to a loss of 1 pound per week. Considering that there are 125 calories in one, 5oz glass of wine–and who pours only 5 oz of wine in a glass?–plus the Taco Bell, 4th meal drive-through action that you might partake in as a result of several of those “5 oz glasses of wine.” It adds up.
- You’ll sleep like the absolute dead. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol does not help you sleep. For many people (me included) it acts as a stimulant. Alcohol reduces your REM sleep–which is where we dream and is thought to be the most restorative part of the night. I don’t know about you, but I love me some sleep.
- Mornings might become your favorite. I’ve become a morning person, after all these years. Most mornings, I wake up before my alarm, my wheels turning, ready to start the day. I’m that annoying person who’s the first one up, two cups of coffee down, cheerful and smug when everyone else lumbers into the kitchen, groggy and mad.
These are only a few of the things that changed for me after I stopped. What changed for me, might not change for you and you might notice a whole different collection of awesome outcomes, as a result of ditching the sauce. I encourage you to give it a whirl–all the cool kids are doing it.
What did you notice after giving up alcohol?