Food for thought: Dry July is over… what’s next?

Image from http://au.dryjuly.com/
Image from http://au.dryjuly.com/

So… this is it. July is over, Dry July is over (although you can still donate until August 31st here). I didn’t help raise that much money to support the battle against cancer but I guess that’s what happens when you’re not particularly popular. Big thanks to the generous people who supported me. Rest assured that you’ve made a difference in the life of someone who is dealing with cancer.

Will I do it again next year? Doubt it. I don’t want to ask for more money from the same people. I will definitely support someone else. And I will probably take the month off drinking again. In fact, I might go off the booze in a more permanent basis.

WTF??!! Let me explain… For some reason I’ve had no problem in avoiding gluten (and most grains) for the last 3+ years due to a mild intolerance, but I haven’t been able to give up alcohol even when I’m clearly allergic to it (thanks mum for those Asian genes!). All the effort put in consuming grass-fed beef, pastured poultry, eggs and pork, organic vegetables, etc., is flushed down the toilet every time I drink more than what I can handle.

I thought a month without booze would have stellar effects in my health and/or body composition. Did it work? Body composition-wise, no. Apparently when I drink I don’t ingest enough alcohol calories to make a difference. And the munchies (mostly stress-induced) are there with or without alcohol. Health-wise, I did notice my digestion improved. I just got my annual blood test results back and they’re all good as per usual.

Of course being hangover-free has been a (modest) boost to energy and productivity. I’d like to say it made wonders for my training but the fact is I still suck at that and still haven’t found the magic recovery protocol (is it even possible at my age??).

Have I missed alcohol? To be honest, not that much. I’ve missed cooking with it because I love the flavour it gives to stews and stuff, but I haven’t had any serious cravings for a glass of wine or a bottle of cider. To be fair, I wasn’t really exposed to many heavy drinking situations or free glasses of wine during July, which certainly helped.

Am I ruling alcohol out forever? No. But I want to treat it as a once in a while component of my diet (along with white rice, corn and cheese) rather than 2+ glasses 2+ nights of the week. As I said, I love cooking with alcohol, so I’ll continue using it as an ingredient.

One thought on “Food for thought: Dry July is over… what’s next?

  1. Haha asian genes. Don’t I know it. I can’t drink at all, so I guess I know what you mean when you say that you can live without it. I do agree with using it as an ingredient though – there are just some things you can’t substitute!

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