Thursday, January 30, 2014

Arbonne Detox Day 25, Thoughts on Alcohol

 My thought of booze are ever changing.  In fact, my thoughts on most things are ever changing.  I used to proclaim loudly, "I could never give up meat!"  Then 6 years ago, I just decided to, then did just that.  I kind of feel the same way about alcohol at times.  "I could never stop drinking!"  Why is that, though?

I fluctuate between a moderate to heavy drinker most of the time.  It's part of my cultural upbringing, as one of the main activities I do with my family and friends is drink.  I don't think this is a bad thing, I just don't know how it's helping me progress in my life.  I do, however, see where it hurts me.  Alcohol is a huge factor in me making bad food choices.  Alcohol is a huge factor in wasted days due to hang overs.  Alcohol is a huge factor in workouts missed.  I'm very conflicted about this whole issue, and I guess that's why I'm writing, to try to work out some position on it.

As I continue to eat clean, I feel like my entire body is alive and awake.  It's hard for me to think about putting anything in it that will cause me to feel bad or mistreat myself.  Having a drink is as unappealing currently as eating a highly processed cookie.  Honestly, I think I'm scared to have a drink.  I think I am afraid that if I reintroduce alcohol back into my diet, then my unhealthy eating patterns will re-emerge, and 6 months from now I will still be unhappy, overweight and stuck.

I know this isn't the most rational fear, but I have years of stagnant progress to back it up.  I don't want to look back on my life and see that I spent most of it being unhappy with myself.  I want to be the most optimal person I can be, and I'm just not sure where alcohol fits into that equation.

I'm not saying I'm quitting drinking.  I'm saying... I'm conflicted.

It would be helpful to hear if any of you find a balance between letting go and living healthy.  I know this is a control issue for me.  I fear I will lose control of the healthy lifestyle that I currently have.  Control has always been an issue for me, as it manifested itself in such a nasty eating disorder in my earlier years.  As the end of my "detox" approaches, I'm at a bit of a crossroads, and I'm not sure what the best direction is.

All that said, let's focus on today.  Today was good.  I woke up feeling happy and lean, opening my eyes before my alarm.  It's always a good day if I can beat my alarm clock.  Waking up naturally just feel better.

Today, I added spinach to my morning chocolate/blueberry/chia smoothie, and it was great!  I picked up some unsweetened coconut milk to go in it, which balanced everything out.  The first picture is from last night, when I made up my smoothies to take to work.  The nutribullet really is so simple.

I have taken more "selfies" on this detox than ever before.  I guess I just feel confident and happy in the mornings, and there's nothing wrong with that.  Also, my skin has been great since I stopped drinking so much booze.

I had some Arbonne tea as a mid-morning drink.  It's pretty cold here still, so it was nice to have something warm to hold in my hand.  I brewed this extra strong, and it was great.  Lunch was a smoothie like yesterday, light green and lovely.

Man, I forgot to put this digestion plus in my smoothie today, so I drank it in some water.  Oh geez, that was a horrible idea.  These do not taste good.  Bleck.

Josh and I ran 3 miles after work, and I continued to mull the alcohol question over in my head.  Running really does allow my brain to wander, much like a really good yoga class.  It helps me work out things that I'm struggling with.  I thought, maybe I should extend the no-drink for another couple months.  We'll see.  As I said, my opinion is ever changing.  All I know is that I should keep eating healthy, and tonight's dinner did that!

Curry Zucchini Salad


1 zucchini, sliced thin
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp curry powder
fresh pepper

For the salad (any will do!)
chopped romaine
chopped carrots
raw pumpkin seeds
dress with lemon juice

a big dollop of hummus
1/2 cup cooked quinoa

  • Heat olive oil in a pan on medium/high heat.
  • Add in the zucchini and let saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add spices.
  • Cook another 5 minutes.  Determine your preferred level of softness in the zucchini.  I like mine still pretty crunchy. 
  • Assemble!  Big scoop of salad, big dollop of hummus, quinoa, then zucchini over the quinoa.
  • I ended up mixing it all up as I ate it.  Yum!

We're grilling with E+P tomorrow, so look forward to some fun pictures and food from that.  Until then, here's more of my salad.  It really was super yummy.  I can't believe how heavy handed with salt I used to be.  I haven't used it in cooking OR missed it!

I'd love to hear your thought on alcohol.  Fine in moderation or major hindrance for weight loss?  


  1. You already know the answer. Like you, I used to drink like a guy and eat like a guy. Now that I'm healthier, I have one beer (vegan if possible) once in a while. I still get the munchies, but not as bad. What do you think you're missing out on?

    1. you're totally right. when josh and i go out, i always drink as much (if not more) and eat as much. it's not a good way to live

  2. I am totally in agreement with you about the alcohol. When I first thought of doing this detox, I wasn't sure I was going to make it 28 days! I am only on day 5 so I hope I feel the same way you do on day 25. I really enjoy my Friday night, post work week glass of wine with my Girlfriends. But in the past I have eaten well for days or a week only to then have some cocktails and feel completely miserable... and don't even get me started on the GUILT. But I am committed to my 28 days and I'll think about cocktails in a few weeks. Maybe..

    1. hi ashley! i hope your detox is going great! i'm so glad I did it. i have a lot of guilt around food and alcohol, and i'm trying to rid my life of it, for sure! good luck on the rest of your month!

  3. Beautiful pictures and I understand your conflict over alcohol! I'm with ya.

  4. I love reading your blog, I'm on day 2 and already thinking about my wine! I feel strong about not going back to drinking as much, but after detox, I might have a glass or two of red wine on the weekends only. I'm struggling about food also, my husband is doing it with me and I'm trying to cook one meal so he doesn't starve.

    1. Alcohol was definitely the hardest thing to incorporate back into my diet. I definitely struggled with it, but I am feeling like I'm in a good place. I think the biggest thing I have to get through my head is that no drink is the "last drink I'll have until _____" anymore, so it makes binge drinking less likely. If I open a bottle of wine, I don't feel compelled to finish it off that night. Good luck!

  5. I'm thinking of doing this detox and am searching the internet and saw your blog. One of the things that is holding me back is the drinking (wine) I know it's not good for me but it is a struggle. I'm scared I won't be able to give it up. I'm 55 years old and drink wine practically every night to "decompress" from work, etc. I'm trying to get healthy. Thanks for your blog.

    1. While I'm not doing this detox anymore, I learned so many good lessons from it, and I think the clean eating aspect of it is fantastic. I think you could do a modified version and still include a glass of wine every now and then. I struggle with drinking sometimes, so having a glass of wine every night turns into more for me, so sometimes it feels good to just stop for a little bit. I still drink moderately, though, because it's something that is a part of my social and professional life, but I try to keep it in check. Thanks for your comment and good luck!

    2. Hi Dana, Thanks for responding to me. I also struggle, having 1 glass definitely turns into more and before I know it the bottle is empty. However, I do feel the need to stop and clear out a lot of stuff. Thanks again. All the best of luck to you also!

  6. You nailed it! I made it through the 28 day challenge with no alcohol and I plan to allow it back in now as it is a huge part of our social life. I am going to keep the eating pattern as much as possible as I feel great and lost 13.5 lbs. In the evening I take a nice sized glass of wine to the bedroom very early and my promise is not to go back to the kitchen, my reward is the wine - it works!

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