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When I Cut Out Alcohol And Sweets For 40 Days, Here’s What Happened

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When something has a special reason, such as lent, then we realize our real cravings and give up on them. But what if the reason for that now was our bodies giving us an S.O.S or may be a sign as a precursor to one. But, of course not when we are too busy hearing ourselves chew on squishy marshmallows, especially during celebrations like Halloween or stress-eating that bag of peanut-butter cups.

Well, a fitness editor felt it was time she dropped those bag of sugary-goodness, like a robber caught red-handed. She decided it was about time to stop hypocrisy and sugar-intake, so on October 1st, she quit, just like that, hoping to consume no alcohol or sweets for around 30 days, which became 40 days despite temptations from her friends and own taste-buds begging for it.

Here is what she says she learned throughout the process:1

1. No Going Back

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Something like pulling off a band-aid from a hairy arm or jumping into a pool of ice, there will never be another NOW. Those Mojito pitchers and frosted cupcakes may be calling for you. But, no temptations it is easier said than done, but do not give in.

2. Peer Pressure Knows No Age

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No matter how old you are or where, there is a fine line that can breach personal principle because of listening to your peers’ insistent motivations (not always good ones). So, if your friends don’t share your values, it may feel close to impossible to give a convincing NO to try some rose wine. But, stick to your vow if its matters to you, even if it doesn’t to them.

3. Fake It To Make It

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Alcohol is almost the plus-one for any social event, so the trick when you’re at any social event like a party, so as not be seen as an outcast whose not drinking, is to hold a juice in your hand that looks like a cocktail. Also saves you the self-explanation for not drinking.

Alcohol is almost the plus-one for any social event, so the trick when you’re at any social event like a party, so as not be seen as an outcast whose not drinking, is to hold a juice in your hand that looks like a cocktail. Also saves you the self-explanation for not drinking.

Your Body says, “Baby don’t hurt me no more” to booze and sugar
Besides the studies supporting sugar-lover’s by saying that a glass of red vino and a piece of dark chocolate is good for you, it doesn’t make it mandatory to have some at all. Sugar makes the body feel sluggish, even after a rigorous work out, and it also disrupts sleep.

4. No Hard Feelings, After A Week

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When it is a religious commitment, there is this sense of intrinsic motivation, but otherwise it feels like punishment to give up on sugar. Expecting to mark your calendar to the day you taste it again, at some point you’d stop missing it and have money to spend on better things.

So by November 1st, instead of diving back into a bag of churros and hitting the bottle again, like everyone bet would happen, this fitness editor, simply strutted by and said, “Not interested”. This time, feeling more in control of what she wanted and needed, feeling lighter than ever and just grabbing a bite or two but not craving by those Christmas sugar-cookies, not anymore.

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CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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