Attending My First Sober Wedding in 18 Years

Attending My First Sober Wedding in 18 Years

If something bad happens, you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens, you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens, you drink to make something happen -Charles Bukowski . Even though I am a married woman, I’ve never been much of a fan of weddings. For some, the environment of weddings is hopeful and inspirational and for others – like me – weddings are full of questionable energy and an open bar – not the best of combos. I am just back from a two-week trip to America with my husband built around the celebration of my little sister’s wedding. It wasn’t my first trip back home since I quit drinking, but it was the first wedding I had attended since I boarded the sobriety wagon. Incidentally, it’s also the first summer in five years that I have been able to hit the beach – and get a tan! Every wedding I’ve attended in the past two decades – including my own – I drank at — a lot. I always believed that was what people go to a wedding for – and I know more than once I’ve heard people say that the ‘open… View Post
How To Fake a Rum and Coke

How To Fake a Rum and Coke

There is a divide in the non-drinking community where some people believe that drinking mocktails and zero alcohol beers, wines and spirits is counter-productive to abstainig from alcohol. I disagree. Some people genuinely like mixology or the taste of beer. Back in my twenties, I used to watch my father nurse a six-pack of Odoul’s Beer over the summer and not get it.“What’s the point in drinking a beer with no alcohol?” To which my father would reply, “I like the taste of beer, but I don’t like the effects of alcohol.” Fast-forward about a decade and I totally see where he was coming from. Where I can understand people being concerned about the cognitive associations between a zero alcohol glass of Chardonnay, I can also understand that some people like the taste of a drink but not its side effects. Okay, now that we’ve scratched that surface – on to today’s post; How to fake a Rum and Coke. via GIPHY How to fake a Rum & Coke First, a public service announcement: I drink sugar-free beverages – or as they say here in Scotland, ‘fizzy drinks’ – so if that’s not your thing, you might not like this.… View Post
Meal Timing, Thermic Effect of Food, CICO, and ‘Starvation Mode’ – Real or BS?

Meal Timing, Thermic Effect of Food, CICO, and ‘Starvation Mode’ – Real or BS?

“If you don’t eat enough calories, your body will go into ‘starvation mode’ and it will hang onto fat, and you will gain weight.” “You should eat six small meals instead of three to lose weight.” I’m sure you have heard these before.  The girl from accounting says them.  I used to say it myself. Though I had no proof, it sounded like it made sense.  I mean, our bodies do respond to stress in times of crisis – so surely it is designed to literally ‘stall’ metabolic processing so that we don’t die? This blog post is all about popular things people say to justify why losing weight is complicated and futile. Spoiler alert: It’s not. But let’s look at the first item on our list: Thermic Effect of Food First, let’s look at TEF – the thermic effect of food or the amount of energy expenditure above the basal metabolic rate due to the cost of processing food for use and storage. (Whew – that was a mouthful!) The TEF averages at about 10% of a person’s caloric intake and varies based on macro groups – i.e. dietary fat is easier to process than protein. For example, when you… View Post
Total Body Conditioning Boot Camp Workout

Total Body Conditioning Boot Camp Workout

I have such a strange relationship with blogging these days, but not with writing.  I have been writing quite a bit over the past year, but in a more personal way that I am still unsure if or how I will use that work. As I have mentioned (for like three years now), I don’t know what I am doing with Beets Per Minute.  On the one hand, it was my first attempt at blogging, and I met some great people through it and learned a lot about myself in the process.  On the other hand, I have also been through some very conflicting things about myself both professionally and personally. I love health and wellness.  I have certifications and professional qualifications in massage, acupressure, personal training, nutritional therapy, fitness nutrition, eating psychology, and cognitive behavioural coaching.  Since making health and wellness a priority in my life after losing my father in 2011, I have stuck with always making time for fitness.  I truly believe that fitness is my higher power.  On the days when I don’t exercise – even just a ten-minute walk around the block – I can tell just how much that impacts my state of mind… View Post
Repairing Health After Alcohol

Repairing Health After Alcohol

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn So, maybe you’re taking a break from drinking or decided to give it up for good – whatever the duration or reason there are some lifestyle adjustments that can be made to maximise the break to your mind, body and soul. Steps for Repairing Health After Eliminating Alcohol DRINK MORE WATER. Even if you are a religious drinker of water throughout the day, after kicking the sauce, you are going to want to switch to water and make sure that you stay hydrated and flush the body out by consuming a litre or more (6-8 glasses) of H2O each day. INCORPORATE VITAMINS AND MINERALS DAILY. Alcohol consumption inhibits the body’s ability to fully absorb all of the nutrients it needs, so a great habit would be to incorporate a multivitamin and B Vitamin regimen daily. Many vitamin supplements these days include all the essentials (including B complex), antioxidants and probiotics. An excellent all-in-one to check out is the Complete Multivitamin Complex by Bulk Powders. EAT A BALANCED DIET. I don’t know about you, but even though I tried my best to eat a healthy diet… View Post