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.
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.
I 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
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.
Giving 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!