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One Year No Beer | Hack your healthy Lifestyle

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Dec 27, 2016

You can still be a social butterfly without drinking. One of the biggest challenges we see people facing with One Year No Beer is how to deal with the big changes to their social calendar. All of those old experiences with friends – drinking together at the pub, late nights after the party – those things are going to change, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a great time!

Once you are alcohol free, your social life is definitely going to change. It’s going to be your job to get the most out of the happy moments. One of our best pieces of advice is: Have an exit strategy. You want to be there when everyone is merry and having a good time, but you want to leave before everything gets sloppy. So book your taxi ahead of time, know when the last train leaves, and have a goodbye script ready. Or be like Andy and leave without saying goodbye. Do a social experiment and see what happens if you just disappear.

Our guest today is a health guru who is familiar with social experiments like that one. His decision to go alcohol free for a year was to see what would happen if he just stopped drinking. James Fell, American author and health writer for the LA Times and Men’s Health, took on the One Year No Beer challenge because he wanted the adventure.

“Things could be better if the alcohol wasn’t there.”

James was curious if removing alcohol would make a big change to his life. He was never a big drinker to begin with, but one difficult year and too many beers later, James decided to look for a different perspective. He wanted to see how his business would change, how his approach to exercise would change, and if he would gain any other new benefits to his lifestyle. And what he found was that the worst thing that ever came from quitting drinking was that your body and your mind become healthier.

“Quitting drinking really made it easy for the old passion to come back.”

James isn’t more productive or more social without alcohol, but he is more motivated to get back into doing the things he really loves. He skips fewer workouts and he’s been able to run back-to-back marathons because of his newfound energy and sober enthusiasm. Now he’s back in shape and running at the physical peak he was at before he started drinking. “I’m putting all my mental energy into exercise as my hobby,” he says. That means that all the time he once spent drinking, thinking about drinking, or being hungover after a night of drinking is now invested into something that is both physically and mentally rewarding.

James Fell takes an adventure-focused approach to not drinking, and we think this is a great perspective. Approaching your new sober social calendar with a sense of curiosity will make it much easier for you to get the most out of your happy social moments. If you know you aren’t having any fun at two in the morning shoveling your drunk friends into a taxi, pull a trick like Andy and leave early without saying goodbye. Or be like James and invest your time in new hobbies and experiences. Try meeting your friends at the bar for an hour or two and then you take a date to a movie while the rest of them continue the pub crawl. When you change up your approach to life’s experiences, you’re bound to experience something more than you bargained for. And there’s no greater benefit than learning something new.

LINKS & RESOURCES

OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/
OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/
OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/
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OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/

JAMES’ RESOURCES

Website: http://www.bodyforwife.com/

Twitter: @BodyforWife

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bodyforwife

Book: Lose It Right

Dec 20, 2016

In today’s episode, Andy and Ruari are taking a deep dive into the dream for OYNB -

To inspire people to change their relationship with alcohol completely.

This can take a few forms: It could mean extending the challenge from 90 to 365 or beyond. For others it could signal a return to drinking ‘In full control’ and for others like Andy it could mean never again. The aim of this episode is to explore all of these options in detail. During the show the guys dispel many of the myths around moderation, whilst describing what ‘every now and then in full control’ really means.

There are no wrong or right answers when it comes to positive change. We want to create a community that inspires people to experience a period of life alcohol free. Then at the end of their challenge period make a decision in ‘full control’ that suits their lifestyle and goals.

OYNB is about so much more than just giving up alcohol. It is a place where people can come and learn to change their habits whilst creating the life they always wanted. The lessons learnt from taking a break from alcohol form a keystone habit, which goes on to unlock so many other life changing well being benefits. As OYNB evolves we will be providing much more content to support positive life change from mindfulness, to diet and exercise tips. Watch this space.

We have found that many members want to regain full control and then potentially have a drink every now and then. Whilst others have completed the challenge and want to continue for a longer period to possibly gain this full control or just enjoy the ride. Others attempt full control, which doesn’t work and they come back to start again. Also for many members life is so good alcohol free that a total mindset shift takes place and there is no room for alcohol in their lives. The key point here is that all of these options are having a positive impact and this was always our dream.

Andy and Ruari are great ambassadors for the two post challenge options. Andy has decided, in full control, that alcohol offers him so little that there is zero point having it part of his life. Whilst Ruari has decided that ‘Every now and then’ he might take a sip. Ruari explains that he did not intend for this challenge to last forever. He wanted to regain control, which after well over a year totally alcohol free, he now has. For this reason ‘every now and then’ works perfectly well within his lifestyle. Of course this might not work for some people and during the show Ruari discusses those boundaries he has put up to make sure old habits do not start to reappear.

Andy on the other hand sees zero point in drinking and goes into detail as to why. He raises an interesting point - that for him life is easier not having to think about the alcohol situation, it’s just not in his radar.  This expands into a discussion on willpower and that Andy requires zero around alcohol. What’s interesting is that Ruari feels exactly the same and this is why ‘every now and then’ works for him. This is why his approach is different to moderation, there is no holding back or craving when stressed. He just picks and chooses the odd occasion for a drink.

LINKS & RESOURCES

OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/
OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/
OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/
OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/
OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/

EPISODE RESOURCES

Non-Alcoholic Beverages: https://www.drydrinker.com

Dec 13, 2016

Happy Holidaze! Dazed indeed because the holiday season can be one of the toughest for those of us taking the One Year No Beer challenge. Especially if you have birthdays coming up around this time too. Ruari is celebrating his third alcohol-free birthday, and the podcast we have lined up for today is all about prepping yourself and your body for the upcoming holiday party lineup. Our guest is Jolene Park, a nutrition and health coach with Healthy Discoveries, who combines healthy living with nutritional science in order to help people recover from the hangover and replenish their bodies as they wean themselves off alcohol.

“Why are we using sugar in alcohol in the first place?”

As anyone who drinks knows, sugar and alcohol take a hell of a toll on your body. Hangovers are no fun, and that’s because both sugar and alcohol deplete your body of the nutrients it desperately needs to heal and function. Proteins, carbs, and fats are the three things your body needs to survive, and drinking will tear away these valuable nutrients in one night.

Jolene shares how you can eat the right foodstuffs in order to help your body bounce back. “You want to eat within 30 to 60 minutes of waking up in the morning,” she says. And you want to eat good proteins, like eggs or tofu, combined with the healthy carbs found in fresh veggies and a little bit of the good fats you can get from avocados or coconut oil. All of the nutrients found in these good foods rebuild your brain and help calm your intestinal tract so you can speed up your recovery and reduce your cravings for sugar and/or alcohol later on in the day.

Rebuilding your body after alcohol.

If you’re on the road to quit drinking, Jolene recommends getting back on a whole food diet. Because the gut and the brain are super connected, your goal is to reduce the stress the booze has on your stomach and intestines in order to give your brain and chance to heal. You can’t skip meals, you can’t start your day off with coffee, tea, and sugar, and you want to find healthy supplements that can fill the gaps you might miss. Drinking can exacerbate pre-existing conditions, like lactose intolerance and IBS, and it will be up to you to make sure you are eating right and eating well in order to give you and your body the best chance at quitting drinking and rebuilding your body.

 

LINKS & RESOURCES
OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/
OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/
OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/
OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/
OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/

JOLENE’S RESOURCES
Get coaching with Jolene!
Jolene’s Website: Healthy Discoveries
Jolene’s Blog: http://www.healthydiscoveries.com/blog/
Jolene’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthyDiscoveriesWithJolenePark/

Dec 7, 2016

Being vulnerable is probably one of the hardest things you will ever do. But if you can create that safe space for vulnerability, you and those around you will be more comfortable revealing their own fears and anxieties.

In this episode of One Year No Beer, Andy sits down with Jason MacKenzie. Jason is the author and creator of The Book of Open. His book touches on how to create vulnerable spaces between yourself and your family in order to overcome life’s adversities. What began as a journal transformed into an interactive website and a book, which is how Jason connects with others and their families and helps them process their own hardships.

“Every single decision I make alters the trajectory of my life.”

Like most of us, Jason was a party boy in his twenties. His relationship with alcohol was one of late nights and binge drinking. But when his late wife was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and later committed suicide, alcohol became his crutch. Rather than process his emotions, Jason created a stereotype of a “man’s man” and drowned his mourning in alcohol. Unfortunately, these actions had negative effects on his other relationships, including the one with his two young children.

But Jason woke up one morning at 2am with a revelation. He hated what he was doing and what it was doing to himself and his family. “When you’re pushed to the limit,” he says, “you’re going to do things. And you can judge yourself for it or…you can learn from it.”

Moving forward meant forgiving himself and accepting his emotions. You can’t avoid what you’re feeling, and it’s not fair to yourself or the people around you to stay closed off. When you ask for help, people will come out of the woodwork to help you, you just have to be brave enough to ask.

Accepting responsibility.

Once he accepted his own flaws, Jason realized he owed something to the rest of us. If he was afraid to ask for help, how many people out there are still suffering? “I recognized that I could have a meaningful impact and make a positive contribution to the world,” Jason says of his empowering book The Book of Open. His book creates a safe space for men and women to be vulnerable. He encourages shifts in thinking that focus on the positive and offers advice in order to help people process the less-than-stellar emotions and aspects of life.

LINKS & RESOURCES

OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/
OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/
OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/
OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/
OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/

JASON MACKENZIE’S RESOURCES

The Book of Open

The Book of Open Website

Dec 1, 2016

How many times have you set your mind to quit drinking, only to fail before you’ve even gotten started? Today’s guest discusses how to  develop a Naked Mind - a mind no longer at war with itself, agonizing about the decision to drink or not to drink.

This week’s podcast guest is Annie Grace, author of the best-selling book This Naked Mind: Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness And Change Your Life.” OneYearNoBeer hosts Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns talk with Annie about her journey to a happy, creative, alcohol-free life.
 
At 26, Annie was the youngest Vice President in a multinational company. Ten years later, she was in a global C-level marketing role responsible for 28 countries. She was also drinking almost two bottles of wine a night.
 
Annie says her drinking career started right alongside her advertising career. Her mentors told her “You drink to be successful” and encourage boozy brainstorming sessions to fuel employees’ creativity.
 
Once she realized the affect alcohol was having on everything in her life - her job, her family, her health - she decided to quit drinking. But the constant struggle of not wanting to drink while at the same time wanting a drink made her feel like a failure.
 
Annie didn’t want to live a daily battle for sobriety, or to constantly avoid temptation. She wanted to take the power away from alcohol and put herself in control. She wanted freedom from alcohol.
 
This Naked Mind is based on extensive research into neuroscience and psychology that she initially undertook for personal reasons. “I’ve never been able to diet or to restrain myself from something I want,” she says of learning to overcome her desire to drink. “I knew there had to be an answer to this problem.”
 
After a year of research Annie was able to put her thoughts into book form, but it wasn’t until she published the rough draft and invited feedback did she really start to see how her work could positively affect others.
 
Annie no longer drinks and has never been happier. She says that while she enjoys the familiar advantages of an alcohol-free life - feeling great, having more energy, actually wanting to exercise and benefiting from it - but she’s most proud of the effort she made to get off the antidepressants she has relied on for nearly 17 years.
 
“I had to really dig in and ask myself ‘What is going on inside my mind and in my thoughts?’ I decided I had to take control and become aware of these negative thoughts and reverse them.”

With her doctor’s assistance, Annie was able to wean herself off of the medications earlier this year. “I now feel this profound sense of ‘Oh, Annie, there you are!’ This is who I am - not self-medicated through drugs and alcohol, but who I AM.”

Annie wants to share the ability to find freedom from alcohol with as many readers as possible and to help reshape society’s views and our alcohol-centric culture so that the non-drinker is no longer an exception to the rule.
 
Ways to Connect:

Website: https://thisnakedmind.com/

This Naked Mind book on Amazon.co.uk on Amazon.com

Video Coaching Course https://thisnakedmind.com/video-coaching-course/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisnaakedmind

Twitter: @ThisNakedMind  

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