Dry January

Resolution.

Sigh.

For some, it brings a new beginning, a new start. For others, it brings the fear of eliminating one of those 2018 habits, and let’s be honest…failing. I mean, how many times have one of us decided to start a new diet on Monday? Seriously, starting on any other day of the week would be permanent sabotage. Monday is the “day”. Or, in this time of year, January 1st, is the “day”!

Are you guilty of the obligatory gym membership? Cardio equipment wait times are bogged down every January, with resolutions to finally get in shape! Despite what most think, resolutions for weight loss only carried a 38% ‘weight’ amongst saving money, making new friends, getting a new job, and finding love, according to a quick report on ABC. https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/these-are-the-top-new-years-resolutions-for-2019  

What is YOUR goal for 2019? Let’s talk alcohol. It’s a sore subject for so many. Dry January is a public health campaign that originated in the United Kingdom, however, it’s starting to catch on locally. Not quite as popular as No Shave November, where it’s been turned into a fundraiser for various philanthropies, Dry January is just beginning to spark a wildfire. Abstinence from alcohol is a struggle, just like weight loss, for so many of us. The facts are alarming. With breweries and wineries popping up and flourishing everywhere around us, the typical weekend involves a bar hop, a brewery poker run, a winery fundraiser and it’s hard to say no. And, sadly, sometimes saying no means forgoing social events with our best friends.

Let’s look at the facts. An average glass of wine (5 ounces) can contain 130 calories. At 7 calories per gram, a 12 ounce pilsner of beer might carry a whopping 330 calories. Sure there are light beers and ways around the calories, but what if Dry January also coincided with weight loss, better sleep, a better immune system, and overall better looking skin? According to an article found at https://www.health.com/nutrition/dry-january-benefits, all of these things are positive results of participating in Dry January.

If you haven’t considered any resolutions for 2019, it’s not too late to jump on board and start a trend. We all love some healthy competition so challenge your friends to join you in this step towards good health. There are many alternatives out there and recipes right at the touch of your finger. https://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/things-to-drink-instead-of-booze offers a plethora of ideas to help get you moving in the right direction. Your healthcare provider can also assist you with abstaining from alcohol if you are in need of medical guidance. Contact your local FPCA office today and resolve to make 2019 better.

 

~Shannon Hadeed

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