Veganuary? Drylathon? Don’t care? Are you giving up anything for January?

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As someone who advocates and embraces a plant based diet and who doesn’t drink alcohol, I haven’t given anything up for January. Yay!

But I take my hat off to those of you who are making positive health changes this month. It’s not easy. I know, I’ve been there.

fruit-and-veg-534x356Eating a plant based diet is not only better for your health on lots of levels, but also for our beloved animals and the environment.

When I became Vegan last year I lost weight without even trying. This was like a small miracle to me! Although weight loss wasn’t my primary reason for changing my diet.

downloadI had more energy and felt that I was finally doing something positive for the planet and animal welfare – two things very close to my heart. If you think this is something you might like to try, have a look at Veganuary, nearly 13,000 people have signed up and everything you need to get started is on their wonderful website: Veganuary

Brad Pitt, Sarah Pascoe and Romesh Ranganathan are all publicly giving it a go too – so you’ll be in good company!

Throughout the year I hold Fitness Days here in Marlow, Bucks where my clients get to sample Vegan food and discover the benefits of plant based eating – if you fancy knowing more, take a look at my website: Pilates and Running Fitness days

download (2)I gave up drinking alcohol 6.5 years ago. However, this New Year I broke with sobriety and had a glass of fizz. I wanted to see if I would immediately need to drink the whole bottle, which I would have easily done in the past. Thankfully I didn’t. And I didn’t enjoy the fizz at all, it made me feel ill. Which I have to admit was really, really disappointing at the time!

But in the long term I am relieved. I really don’t need to drink any more.

drunk_1471791cGiving up alcohol for a month was not something I could ever have considered when I was drinking. I am a bit of an all or nothing person. One glass was never enough. So good luck if you are staying dry for January – your body will thank you. And given today’s news about Britain facing a ‘timebomb’ of serious illnessess such as dementia, brain damage and liver disease caused from alcohol abuse, now might be a good time to stake stock!

And if all this comes across as a bit preachy, I don’t care!

 

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  1. Valerie
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    I am giving up making resolutions! I love all that renewal, clearing things out, making new starts but this year I am just going to stop worrying about it all! I am giving up alcohol for a year (done it before for 2 years and it was easy and great) mostly for my health but also because my daughter does not think I will! Never throw a challenge like that at me – when I get the bit between my teeth…… I do find that alcohol has such a negative effect on running and as I intend to get back on ‘track’ with that this year, it will be great to be alcohol free. Trying the Vegan thing too – it is tough but I will persevere. Thanks for all your tips.

    • Harri
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      Thanks for your comment!

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