I mentioned in a post back in June that I was having a break from alcohol. It's been over four months now and I haven't been tempted to have a single drop, and it feels soooo good without any of the stuff in my system, and it's surprisingly liberating. Not considering what to buy at the store, or about pouring a drink at 5pm. And I invariably had brandy and dry - so the soda mixer on top of alcohol was a double whammy. The best thing about this is all is that it's been so easy, thanks to this book. My sister also read it at around about the same time and has been alcohol-free too. Talking about it makes people uncomfortable. Drinking is so ingrained socially here. At any event you are likely to find drinking taking place, and if you aren't drinking at a function you will be accosted with questions such as 'are you pregnant', 'are you trying??', 'are you the designated driver?'. And when you attempt to explain that you just don't want to, you will then likely get hassled and pushed to drink. Crazy!
While I realise who I am now - a vegetarian, non-smoking, non-drinker - sounds a bit naff, I find I enjoy myself more than ever now. A spring in the step is not to be scoffed at.
What I want to really curb now is my sugar and wheat consumption. Two biggies, because they're both in so many things. I changed my cereals for myself and the girls to non-wheat, low-sugar options, and I will not resort to chocolate on the couch every night (this will be a bit tough I have to say). On the wheat topic, this book sounds interesting, and on sugar take your pick - it's a hot topic! I only needed to read the comments in the former book to see what it could do for me. Already I feel better after one single day of no wheat, and minimal sugar.
And I bought myself a little filter teapot today as I wanted to change to loose leaf green tea. This charming little pot in a nice matt black has worked a treat, and I brewed some organic ginger white tea (I am told five times more potent than green tea). I fed the girls first, then while they played on our new terrace (I pulled out a persian rug for them to frolic on), I sat down and enjoyed my tea and toast (yip, gluten free) and Vogue for one. Isn't Lisa Eldridge lovely.