The violets prattle and titter, and gaze on the stars high above. -Heinrich Heine I never had a thing for violet flavoured foods until I moved to Scotland. It’s no secret that candy in the UK is quite different from what I was eating back home in America. It wasn’t until a walk in nature and the onset of an allergy attack that I discovered the glorious flavour violet. I stood coughing and watery-eyed as my mother-in-law said, “I’ve some Parma Violets, would you like some?” I looked at the purple candy in the old school wrapper and placed one in my mouth with absolutely no idea what to expect. Parma Violets inspired today’s post about this alcohol-free violet lime Rickey recipe I love! O.M.G. via GIPHY Naturally, I became obsessed. I needed any and all things violet. Violet Bonbons. Violet Creams. They even have Parma Violet CHEESE (yes, cheeeeeze!). Things got a little extreme. via GIPHY So, naturally, when I came across some violet syrup the other week, I had to go for it. I mean, why not What is a Lime Rickey? I feel about a thousand years old, but a Rickey is an old-fashioned cocktail, created back… View Post
The world is a complicated and yet often simplistic place. In these ever-changing times that we are living in, it may seem like at any moment you want to pull the hatch and escape into something that feels, well, less shitty. So, here are five quotes to help you maintain sobriety (and sanity) during #StayHome – as well as my two cents on each one, because why not? I get it. Years ago, if I were forced to spend all of my free time indoors and isolated from others, I would have used that for a time to pick myself apart, focus on my fears/inadequacies, and be doing it with a bottle of wine not far from my hands. I’m not going to say that there have been no moments in the past six weeks when I have not thought, ‘wouldn’t it be nice to escape this?’ — I did have those thoughts, but I now know that you can’t escape. The only way to the other side of anything is to face it and embrace it. And one thing that has helped me the most in my now 792 days alcohol-free is wisdom from others. There is no better… View Post
“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
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