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One Year No Beer | Hack your healthy Lifestyle

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Jan 31, 2017

I am hosting today’s episode of One Year No Beer all by my lonesome. Ruari is out taking care of the last minute details of our second launch, and we’re both really excited for you to see what we have in store for our OYNB-ers! We are always working to find new ways to help you guys quit drinking and start making positive changes for yourselves and in your lives. And today’s guest goes right along with this kind of positive thinking.

Dr. Itai Ivtzan is a mindfulness guru. I have known him since Uni where I attended his MA course in Positive Psychology. He completely transformed my way of thinking. Mindfulness practice focuses on the self. It’s a tool you can use in your everyday life to get to know yourself better and to recognize where and when stressors start pulling you down. Nothing is more stressful than quitting drinking, we can all agree on that, and the practical tips we talk about today will really help you overcome these difficult next hundred days.

“Mindfulness practice reflects you at a given day at a given moment.”

Our minds are always wandering. We are daydreaming. We’re fantasizing about the future or we’re stressing about the past. You could be thinking about a pint right now and stressing because you know you can’t have it. That’s where Dr. Itai says we’re doing it wrong. Mindfulness forces you to look at the here and now and the relationship you have with your present moments. With mindfulness practice, you’ll bring yourself back into the present moment. It will force you to look at it and recognize yourself in it.

Mindfulness practice is easier than you think. You don’t need to sit cross-legged on a cloud to reap its benefits. You just need to bring a quality of attention to whatever activity you are doing. You can meditate while enjoying your morning cup of coffee or tea. Mindfulness practice is as simple as recognizing the heat of your tea and reflecting on the warmth as it travels through your body. There is no stress in that cup of tea. It is simply a cup of a tea that you enjoy, and recognizing that simple fact is at the core of mindfulness practice.

Sometimes mindfulness can be hectic, like when you’re having a bad day and ugly emotions start rearing up inside you. This is normal! “We go through the waves of being human,” Dr. Itai says. And riding these waves is what makes us human. It’s being mindful of these waves, and understanding where the bad feelings are coming from, that is at the core of this practice. As you sip your warm tea on a bad day, you can reflect on how there is no negativity in the tea or in the moment of you drinking the tea. You aren’t avoiding the negative emotions. Rather, you’re reflecting on where they’re coming from and how they aren’t a permanent part of your being. It’s simply a wave you are riding.

Now, don’t panic. This isn’t about becoming a monk. Just because you practice mindfulness doesn’t mean you’ll get so Zen that you lose your edge. Don’t worry. Your passion isn’t going to go anywhere. You’ll just be able to stay calm under pressure and keep up the positive thinking so you’re not overwhelmed by the stress of everyday life. But in order to get all the benefits of mindfulness, you need to practice regularly. I personally set an alarm in my phone to remind me to take mindfulness breaks throughout my day. But a few days a week for a few months will be a good start for you, especially as you start on your One Year No Beer journey.

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OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/
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DR. ITAI’S RESOURCES

Dr. Itai’s Website: https://www.awarenessisfreedom.com/

Dr. Itai’s Online Course: Meditation Mindfulness Teacher Training

Dr. Itai’s Book: Mindfulness in Positive Psychology

Dr. Itai’s Twitter: @AwareisFree

Dr. Itai’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AwarenessisFreedom/

Jan 24, 2017

We are always talking about how quitting drinking can transform yourself. One of the key components of the One Year No Beer challenge is to help you uncover your authentic self. You know, that person you truly are underneath all that booze and partying. Dennis Pickering, one of our most valued members of OYNB, is one of these authentic selves. And he’s written a song about it! Stay tuned for the end of the episode to hear the jam called “My AF journey”!

We love seeing how quitting drinking inspires people. We invited Scott Harrison on the podcast today because he’s one of those authentic people that didn’t uncover his true potential until he stopped drinking. And he’s gone on to inspire millions Today, Scott is a World Economic Forum global leader and the founder and CEO of Charity Water, a non-profit organization focused on bringing clean water to the world. But before that? Well, he was getting paid to drink in New York City.

“I was paid thousands and thousands of dollars to drink!”

Scott became a night club promoter in New York City. That meant he was paid to bring people into his clubs on the promise that they would get wasted. And the more people he got wasted, the more money he made. He spent a decade of his life doing this, the party lifestyle. We all know how grand it looks from the outside. All the booze and all the money, but deep down Scott was missing that moral fiber that made his life meaningful. “There would never be enough,” he says. And that’s when he knew he had to do something more with this life.

He earned a degree in Communications at NYU amid all this partying, and he built up those skills promoting clubs in New York City. Now, it was time to use his talent for storytelling and promotion to help others around the world. So he hopped on a boat with Mercy Ships, a fleet of hospital ships that offer free healthcare to war-torn and third-world countries, and what he saw changed his life.

“We weren’t created to party. We weren’t created to serve ourselves.”

We all can relate to the feeling of bondage we get when we party. We’re a slave to the booze and the hangover. But Scott wanted to break those chains and work toward a freedom that comes from doing something bigger than yourself. What he learned with his year serving on Mercy Ships was that billions of people around the world do not have access to clean water. While he was living extravagantly, there were families without clean, running water. This realization inspired him to take action into his own hands.

“What I learned is that so many people didn’t trust charitable institutions,” he says of trying to start his charity. This was a hurdle to overcome. How can you change people’s perspective and guarantee to them that their donations are going where they want? Use technology! With Charity Water, Scott connects his villages and homes with Google Maps and Google Earth so that anyone and everyone who gives to Charity Water can see – in real time – where their money is going and who it is helping. He’s also using VR now to create movies that give people true-to-life experiences with their donations. There’s something about giving that brings people together, and it’s more satisfying than any glass of wine or beer could ever be.

OYNB challenges you to donate to Charity Water! Convert your beer and wine to water by donating what you would spend on your daily or nightly glass of beer to Charity Water, and then check out their videos on Facebook to see where your money went.

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/

SCOTT’S RESOURCES

World Economic Forum

Scott’s Charity: Charity Water

Scott’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottharrison

Scott’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charitywater

Scott’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottharrison1

 

Jan 11, 2017

We get so many questions from OYNBers just starting out their 90-day challenge regarding sleep. Why can’t I fall asleep? Why can’t I stay asleep? Why is so sleep so hard to get? Everyone complains about poor sleep once they quit drinking, so we specifically invited Shawn Stevenson on the podcast today to help us answer fan questions and find some reprieve for our members!

Shawn is the author of Sleep Smarter and host of his own podcast The Model Health Show where he dives into all-important health issues in every episode. He is a guru for all things healthy and sleep-related. He was empowered by his own life-threatening diagnosis to influence and empower others to take control of their bodies and their health. He’s practically inspired the both of us to create and expand OYNB and OYNB+ to be what it is today, and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say about alcohol, health, and sleep.

“The bad news is that alcohol radically depresses your REM sleep.”

If you’re wondering why you can’t sleep once you quit drinking, it’s because you’ve thrown your body off of its normal cycle. You’ve conditioned your body to fall asleep with alcohol without realizing that it greatly disturbs your REM sleep cycle. REM sleep is extremely important for rebuilding your body, storing your memories, and detoxifying your body and brain. When you drink, you impede all these natural systems. When you stop drinking, your body tries to get back into the cycle but the alcohol has blunted its ability to do so.

So how do we fix it? Shawn recommends exercise. “A great night of sleep starts the moment you wake up in the morning,” he says. And he means it! As soon as you wake up, get active. A few minutes of jumping jacks, push-ups, or kettle bell squats is all you need to get your body moving and grooving and healing again. Shawn says that even just five minutes will get your cortisol levels back on track. You want to jumpstart them in the morning with a quick workout so that they are lower in the evening, making it easier for you to fall asleep and (most importantly) stay asleep.

“Be aware of your tendencies and direct that toward something empowering.”

If it’s not in your nature to work out that early – or even work out at all – it’s time to start changing the way you think. If it’s your tendency to be lazy, try directing that energy toward something more empowering. Changing your mindset is no easy feat (we definitely know that), but Shawn shares his “Tools for Transformation” with us on today’s episode. And it means a lot to us because we use these tools as the foundation of the OYNB transformation.

First, you need a trigger. You’ve already triggered yourself by choosing to quit drinking and join us at OYNB. That should be enough motivation to get you up and moving! Second, you need a map, a plan that will help you stay on course and get you back on it in case you veer off. We don’t expect anyone – not even ourselves – to be perfect when it comes to changing for the better. That’s why we’ve created the map for you at One Year No Beer. Tons of great people, especially those like Shawn Stevenson, have come before you and did just what you’re doing now. With OYNB and OYNB+, we’ve put plans into place that help you avoid the pitfalls we’ve already fell into and to keep you on the path toward a healthy transformation.

This episode is extremely important to us because of how influential Shawn has been to One Year No Beer. His amazing insight and influence changed our lives for the better and we really want to share that experience with you as you all work to transforming yourselves into the best you can possibly be.

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/

 

SHAWN’S RESOURCES

Book: Sleep Smarter

Podcast: Model Health Show

Website: Shawn Stevenson Model

TED Talk: Shawn Stevenson

 

EPISODE RESOURCES

Bluebird Publishers

Good Dad Project Podcast

Mind over Medicine by Lissa Rankin

Jan 3, 2017

In today’s episode, Andy and Ruari are giving an exclusive sneak peek to the amazing launch of OYNB+ coming in February! Head over to our Facebook to sign up now with our limited time offer!

Going alcohol free is a gateway to better living.

January is the time of year when everyone is focused on making big changes in their life. We know that 2016 was an incredibly tough year all over the globe, but we also know there were tons of positives to come out of this year. What are the positives for you this year? And how are you going to work toward making 2017 the best year ever? One Year No Beer is going to be here in 2017 to help people focus on breaking their habits, make positive changes, and see a surge in their productivity over this next year.

We can’t reveal too much because the launch of OYNB+ is right on top of us, but we did want to spend a little time this episode giving you a few sneak peeks of what we’re working on. We know a lot of our listeners love the testimonials, and we’re bringing that back with a vengeance. The connections we’ve made through OYNB this year alone really opened our eyes to how big One Year No Beer actually is. Everything we’ve done with social media opens doors and connections with people like us all over the globe.

OYNB+ is so much more than helping people quit drinking. We are taking it to the next level. People want a healthy challenge that forces them to look at all aspects of their life. OYNB+ is about building confidence, increasing productivity, and connecting like-minded people so we can create the support systems and beneficial relationships we all need to succeed. OYNB+ dives deep into your lifestyle choices, including diet and exercise, and we’re bringing on new guest speakers and amazing meet-up opportunities for all of our members.

Just hold on tight! A lot is going to happen over the next 10 days. Ruari spent this entire holiday writing the new book, and Andy worked on setting up everything for our February launch and we couldn’t be more excited! We wanted OYNB to be there right at the beginning of the year to greet everyone as they work to make some amazing changes to their habits and their lifestyle. So just you wait! A lot of great things are coming your way!

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

Bluebird Publishers

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