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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

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/
OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/
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  

Nov 22, 2016

It seems like everything is easier when you have a support system – whether they are supporting you in good habits or in bad. Today’s featured guest talks about the importance of finding support to help hold you accountable to your goals.

 In this episode, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Ruari Fairbairns talks to Shane Ramer, host and founder of That Sober Guy podcast, website, and Sober Guy Sober Girl community.

Shane started doing drugs and drinking in high school. Only after marrying his wife and having a child did he realize that he had completely lost control over his life. He attended a 30-day rehab program where he experienced a spiritual awakening that led him to help others. Shane now holds himself accountable through the production of the That Sober Guy Podcast and he has been sober now for 2 years.

Numbing Emotions and Learning How to Live Again

In this podcast, Shane talks about his childhood and how growing up as the child of alcoholics, “I learned how to run, and to isolate and shut down my emotions. It also taught me a lot about how to not deal with stuff.” He often turned to alcohol to numb his emotions and feelings from his past.

Once he returned from rehab, he had to relearn how to relate to himself, his friends, and - most importantly - his wife, without alcohol. “I had to learn myself over, and then I had to learn my wife over, too!”

It took more than a year for him to re-establish patterns and relationships, but Shane says, “Since I quit drinking and doing drugs, my life has changed in ways I never could have imagined.”

We cannot do these things on our own

Six months into his recovery process, Shane established That Sober Guy podcast to support others in their alcohol free journey. He loves talking to interesting people, hearing dramatic stories of recovery and support. He says, “You gotta find a support group – OYNB, a program, a support group, a sponsor – it leads to accountability. Who holds us accountable?”

Listen to this episode as Shane discusses his path to recovery and his tips for recovery success.

Ways to Connect:

Website: http://www.thatsoberguy.com/

Podcast wesbite: http://www.thatsoberguy.com/podcast

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009874602574

Twitter: @5ThatSoberGuy

 

Nov 17, 2016

Not everyone is cut out for the military, but today’s guest shows that you can reach your goals - whatever they may be - faster and easier when you choose to go alcohol free.

In this episode, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Ruari Fairbairns welcomes Ollie Ollerton, former UK Special Forces operative and one of the instructors from Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins.  

Ollie joined the Royal Marine Commandos at 18 and served in Northern Ireland and Iraq. In 1994 Ollie completed SAS selection and joined the Special Boat Service (SBS) where he served globally on operations.

During his six years in the SBS he undertook a number of high profile missions in a variety of locations both on land and sea. Ollie’s missions included hostage rescue, counter narcotics, counter terrorism, homeland security, counter insurgency operations and humanitarian efforts.

Once Ollie got back to the UK after 13 years overseas, he wanted to find a way to allow his training and experience to benefit others. He started with bringing UK Special Forces members to the forefront with the Channel 4 series SAS: Who Dares Wins. SAS: Who Dares Wins, was based on Special Forces Selection and sees 30 civilians go through an eight day selection process taken from elements of the real Special Forces Selection.

He then began Break-point, which provides leadership and development courses to the public and corporate sector alongside veterans suffering the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Deciding to Go Alcohol Free

Though Ollie felt like he had a “normal” relationship with alcohol, he realized that as he ages it takes him longer to recover from bouts of drinking. While filming the second season of SAS: Who Dares Wins, he decided to “take seven weeks off drinking, get some clarity and deliver my best.” At the end of that period, he made a decision to continue to be alcohol free. “I just felt so good - there was so much clarity in my mind, and I didn’t want to ruin it with drink.”

Ollie acknowledges that so many people - particularly veterans - suffer from mental illness and are compounding the disastrous effects of the disease with alcohol. “If they took that away - as I did - they would get to the raw nerve and be able to deal with it.”

“My life has changed massively since I stopped drinking,” Ollie says. “All my training, all my positivity - has just got so much more intense. I’m doing everything I want to do - and more!”

Relationship with OYNB

Ollie has recently joined OneYearNoBeer in the fight to make alcohol free cool, after taking on the 90 day challenge which completely changed his life.  He is passionate about getting others to realise the benefits of going for a longer stint without alcohol.

Now after more than 200 days alcohol free, he’s going to help change lives as the OYNB Celebrity Ambassador.

Ollie argues, “If everyone understood how much fun you actually have being the fly on the wall” as a non-drinker, more people would choose to be alcohol free in social settings. “You do shed some friends, but you’ve got to address what kind of friends they were if they don’t have a place in your world without alcohol.”

Listen to this podcast as Ollie shares his story and his motivations for living alcohol free.

Ways to Connect:

Website: www.break-point.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ollie-ollerton-160295105

Email: jmcwilliams@wmgllc.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ollie.ollerton.5

Twitter: @ollie_ollerton

 
Nov 8, 2016

Everyday is an opportunity to stick to your good habits. Or if you have not-so-good ones, a chance to change them. Our featured guest in this episode provides us with a comprehensive toolkit to smash our bad habits.

In this installment of our podcast, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Ruari Fairbairns talks to Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen is the author of several bestselling books that include the blockbusters Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. She also hosts an award-winning weekly podcast called Happier with Gretchen Rubin. She’s been interviewed by Oprah, has walked arm-in-arm with the Dalai Lama, and is considered as one of the “22 Brilliant Thinkers Everyone Should Follow on Twitter” by Business Insider.

The transition

Gretchen relates in this episode that she was starting her career in law, clerking for the former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She admits that writing started as a hobby for her and, lucky for us, it developed into a flourishing full-time job.

On cultivating a habit of writing, she advises, “You actually have to be writing, not just thinking it.” She also streamlines that having a subject is the most important thing: “You cannot be a writer if you cannot figure out what you want to write about.”

‘I want to be happy’

Gretchen professes here that when she was finishing one of her biographies, she thought, “What do I want from life, anyway?” Well, she wanted to be happy, accordingly. So she decided to do The Happiness Project, and found a world of happiness, by changing for the better through habits.

Changing habits

If the key to happiness is changing through habits, then it’s crucial to know how we can change them. Gretchen’s most recent masterpiece of a book, Better Than Before, delivers answers to this conundrum.

Listen to the podcast as Gretchen shares some of the most insightful strategies, backed by research, to make or break habits. She also gives invaluable advice here on leading an alcohol free lifestyle.

 

LINKS & RESOURCES
OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/
OYNB Faceboook 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/

GRETCHEN RUBIN’S LINKS
The Four Tendencies Quiz
Website: http://gretchenrubin.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gretchenrubin
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GretchenRubin
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gretchenrubin
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gretchenrubin
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GretchenRubinNY
Instagram: https://instagram.com/gretchenrubin

Nov 1, 2016

In this episode, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Andy Ramage interviews Matt Frazier. Matt is a marathoner and ultra-runner from Baltimore. He is the creator of No Meat Athlete, a site which has helped many people discover the healthiest and happiest version of themselves, being active and eating a plant-based diet; he is also the author of its popular eponymous book, which is very well-regarded by renowned vegans, marathoners and health enthusiasts worldwide. He is a star in the world of vegan athletes.

The goal

Matt reveals here that he actually hated running his whole life, until he started to get into fitness during his college days. On a whim, he decided to join a marathon, which didn’t really go well for him at first, but the experience was enough to get him hooked.

He eventually came up with the goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Initially, he was at least three minutes behind the required pace for the running race (required: ~7:15/mile, Matt’s was 11 minutes), but that just fueled his enthusiasm to reach the goal. “I was obsessed,” he claims. He then spent 6 years working on qualifying for the marathon, but was just not making good enough progress. He plateaued.

The diet change

For ethical reasons completely unrelated to his Boston Marathon goal, Matt ‘stopped eating animals.’ He admits that when he started the No Meat Athlete site, his first thought was that it would make for an interesting story to write on a blog if he’ll go vegetarian and keep trying to qualify for Boston. Six months after he started the blog and went vegan, Matt qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Breaking conventions

Listen as Matt relates how people really grabbed on to the idea that one can be a vegetarian and still be a successful athlete. He got into ultra-running, he embraced veganism completely, and his health and performance became better than ever. He saw his site take a life of its own, wrote a book about it, and started No Meat Athlete running groups around the world.

But much like being alcohol free, vegetarianism is still a novelty. When we think about it, it shouldn’t be a surprise that eating plants – fruits and vegetables – is the way to go to be healthier and become a better athlete. And yet, it does not seem to be the popular thinking. Matt streamlines the problem here perfectly, “The thought that we are meant to eat meat and that’s what we need to do to be healthy, runs so deep, it’s hard to change.” But he suggests that we can break this and other unseemly conventions with healthy changes, through small steps.

Matt also shares in this episode some of his highly-recommended books that changed his life:

  1. Awaken the Giant Within, by Tony Robbins
  2. Talent Is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin
  3. Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield


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MATT FRAZIER’S LINKS
Website: http://www.nomeatathlete.com/
No Meat Athlete Podcast: http://www.nomeatathlete.com/radio-archive/
No Meat Athlete Book: http://www.nomeatathlete.com/book-info/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NoMeatAthlete/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NoMeatAthlete/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nomeatathlete_official/

Oct 25, 2016

Death by alcohol is a real thing. And a brush with this fact of life completely turned things around for our featured guest in this episode. She asserts, “The worst thing that ever happened to me was drinking alcohol.”

In this 7th installment of our podcast, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Ruari Fairbairns talks to Lucy Rocca. Lucy is the founder of the phenomenon that is the Soberistas, a movement which has built an incredibly supportive, non-judgemental community helping many people conquer long-term alcohol dependencies. She has written five best-selling books and regularly inspires people to take up alcohol free living.

The ‘magic potion’

Listen as Lucy recounts how she started drinking at the young age of 13. She had thought, accordingly, that alcohol was like a magic potion that made her feel attractive, made her ‘fit in’, and made things seem so much more fun. She was so seduced she embraced a hedonistic lifestyle basking in alcohol throughout her twenties. She confesses, “I wasn’t ever drinking for the taste, or to get a little bit tipsy. I was drinking to get drunk.”

Lucy was divorced and a single parent in her late twenties. Alcohol became a ‘self-medication’ for her. And she relates, in this episode, how she carried on with the routine of frequenting bars, muddling through the week and living for the weekend, until she was 35.

Wake up call

It was that fateful night in April 2011 when Lucy’s life was changed forever. She remembers how she was drinking alone, being very depressed, and downing 3 bottles of wine and a litter of strong cider. She eventually collapsed on a pavement outside of her house, and woke up in a hospital. She thought she could’ve died, and she never drank alcohol again after that.

Soberistas

Drawing from her own experiences as a heavy drinker (for twenty years) who did not find any support in quitting drinking, Lucy created Soberistas. She discusses in this podcast how she saw the need for an ‘online space where people could be completely anonymous and honest about their drinking.’ The movement started with a blog. And it was such a sensation it initially attracted at least 20,000 people to sign up. It has been featured in Australian Vogue, Canadian Elle, Red Magazine, and several popular TV programs.

Beautiful redemption

Lucy muses, in retrospect, how she became fitter, healthier, more productive and creative, a better mom, a nicer friend, and how she now has more money, being alcohol free:

“I feel the best I ever felt (and I’m nearly 41) and I look the best I ever looked . . . The single act of stopping drinking has completely changed my life.”

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LUCY ROCCA’S LINKS

Lucy Rocca’s Books

Soberistas Website: http://soberistas.com/

Soberistas Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Soberistas/

SoberistasTwitter: https://twitter.com/soberistas/

Soberistas Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/soberistas/

Soberistas Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/soberistas/

Soberistas Futures Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoberFuturesCIO/

Oct 18, 2016

In this episode, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Andy Ramage interviews Jeff Sanders. Jeff is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book on productivity, The 5 AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast. He is also a keynote speaker, a productivity coach, creator of the 47 Strategies Productivity Self-Assessment, and host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast.

Change your life before breakfast

Jeff admits in this interview that he was a ‘night owl.’ It took him a long time to realize that the setup wasn’t working for him. The epiphany came five years ago when he needed to train for a marathon, while working a full-time job and doing a side business. He thought that something had to give, at first. Eventually, it turned out that he actually had time to do all of those things!

All it took was for him to wake up at 5am each day, do a morning run for his marathon preparation, and suddenly, he was able to do it all. Well, not all, but he realized it was possible for him to do a lot of the things that he needed to do, and more. He continued this setup of waking up early to prepare business projects and other personal goals. It worked so well for him he wrote an ebook about it, started a blog, launched a podcast, and wrote a best-selling book.

The alcohol free effect

Listen as Jeff talks about his recent drinking habits, and taking on the One Year No Beer challenge. He professes, “You don’t realize how much of a role alcohol plays in your life until you remove it.”

Incredibly, being the paragon of productivity that he already is, he asserts he still has seen a big boost in his own ability to get work done every day, when he took the 90 day alcohol free challenge. Accordingly, not drinking makes waking up early so much easier. He suggests, “There’s so much power in being alcohol free and it truly helps your productivity.”

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JEFF SANDER’S LINKS

Website: https://www.jeffsanders.com/

The 5 AM Miracle Podcast: https://www.jeffsanders.com/the-5-am-miracle-podcast/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jeffsandersproductions/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jeffsanderstv/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffsanderstv/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/jeffsanderstv/

Oct 11, 2016

‘What to drink when you’re not drinking’

Ben has had a lengthy and successful career in branding, having worked in some of the world’s biggest drinks companies and luxury brands. Being the natural visionary that he is, he then set his sights on creating an innovation that could bring everything he loved and has known about into one place that could have a real reason to exist in people’s lives. And he was hell-bent on solving the dilemma of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking.’ Enter Seedlip.

Listen as Ben talks about how his 300-year-old farming heritage, love for food and cooking, a book written in the 18th century called The Art of Distillation, and his extensive experience in branding came all together to create the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit.

It’s all in your mind

When we decide to start our journey to become alcohol free, one of the realities that we always have to face and overcome is societal pressure. Among other things, we have this fear of being singled out for not drinking. What we must also realize is that so much of drinking is psychology – routines and behavior we’ve been conditioned into believing. With this in mind, Seedlip offers a no-compromise solution. Ben expertly captures this in this interview:

“If you walk up to the bar and (someone else) orders a gin and tonic and (another) orders a whisky and coke, then I can order a Seedlip and tonic, and the bartender’s gonna do exactly the same thing in front of all of us . . . we all get the same experience, we all feel ‘part-of.’“

An adult drink with adult flavors

Ben also relates here in detail how Seedlip is made. He explains how each raw, natural ingredient is steeped at extended periods of time and carefully distilled to get the best flavor and highest quality aromas. This is not your ordinary fruit juice or ‘sugary, fizzy drinks.’

Currently, Seedlip has two varieties on offer: Seedlip Spice 94, an aromatic and complex blend of individual copper-pot distillates including Oak, Allspice Berries and Grapefruit peel; and Seedlip Garden 108, a green and floral blend of individual copper-pot distillates including handpicked peas and hay, and traditional herbs including spearmint, rosemary and thyme.

Seedlip is available in some of UK’s finest Michelin Star restaurants, hotels and retailers including The Ledbury, The Savoy and Selfridges. Accordingly, they’ll be launching their third product this year. And they’re planning to expand and conquer the world – well bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers mostly – starting with some key cities in the US and Western Europe soon.

Ben quips, “If you can go to a bar and choose between 10 amazing alcoholic cocktails, and 10 amazing non-alcoholic cocktails, that’s a fantastic state to play for the world to be in, is that choice.”

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BEN BRANSON’S LINKS

Seedlip Website: https://www.seedlipdrinks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedlipdrinks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedlip_ben/

Oct 3, 2016

Imagine that you have committed most of your life to playing rugby. You have started young – at the tender age of four – and have later on developed a successful and distinguished rugby career spanning more than a decade, leading your country to international tournament victories and being voted ‘Best Seven’s Player of the World.’ You’re still in your prime, but you suddenly suffer a severe calf injury, effectively ending your illustrious rugby career. What would you do?

Well, this actually happened to an exceptional man, and in response, he did what felt natural – he sailed around the world, led an expedition on a 100 mile trek to the North Pole setting a Guinness World Record, climbed mountains, did other stunning challenges and helped raise more than £1 million for charity.

In this episode, OneYearNoBeer Co-Founder Ruari Fairbairns talks to the extraordinary Ollie Phillips. Phillips was a foremost rugby union footballer who played for the Newcastle Falcons, Stade Francais and England Sevens. He was voted 2009 World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, but because of an injury (alluded to earlier), he was forced into early retirement in 2013. He is a Guinness World Record Holder, a motivational speaker, an expedition leader, an adventurer, an executive coach and is currently a highly successful businessman working in PwC as Digital Transformation Director.

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OLLIE PHILLIPS’ LINKS

Website: http://olliephillips.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/olliephillips11/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olliephillips11/

Sep 30, 2016

OneYearNoBeer Podcast Episode 3 – with Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday’s books are inspired and game-changing. Also, he doesn’t drink. And he doesn’t care that he doesn’t drink. Brilliant.

In this episode, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Andy Ramage interviews, you guessed it, Ryan Holiday. He is an accomplished American author who has penned several books that have been featured on preeminent best seller lists. One of his published titles, “The Obstacle Is The Way,” has sold over 100,000 copies to date, and was reportedly read by the New England Patriots during their 2014 Super Bowl Victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He is a media strategist, the former Director of Marketing for American Apparel, and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer.

“Correlation does not imply causation”

Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Allan Poe are such paragons of inspiring genius who were also infamously fond of alcohol. They must be geniuses because they drink, right? Well, the short answer is no.

It’s an unfortunate trend that we usually pick role models who drink or who have an addiction of sorts, and think that they’re troubled creative geniuses. Listen as Ryan elaborates why these great creative people whom we look up to are incredibly creative and have become great in spite of the alcohol or their addiction. He explains that these greats obtained their status because of the work that they did, and not necessarily because of the substance that they were addicted to. “We shouldn’t be confusing causation and correlation,” he quips.

Ryan Holiday is a perfect example of a teetotal genius who prefers to learn from the experience of others. He goes on to say in this interview, “You can make the decision of not drinking alcohol and enjoy the benefits outright without the painful lesson.” There is no denying that he has amassed quite a distinguished reputation for himself in media, marketing, journalism and self-improvement – all without ever needing the booze.

On stoicism and reading books

Listen as Ryan talks about how his best-selling book “The Obstacle Is The Way” draws inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. He advises, “(You) can’t change the fact that you did drink, that (you) relapsed, but (you) can control what (you) can do in response to that.”

Ryan also professes to be a voracious reader. Accordingly, for a long time now, he doesn’t even need to schedule reading a book. It’s akin to eating, he muses, and a part of his journey as a human being who is trying to get better. Here he shares his recommended books:

Ryan Holiday’s Top 3 Recommended Books

  1. “Mastery” by Robert Greene
  2. “What Makes Sammy Run” by Budd Schulberg
  3. “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius

“Ego Is The Enemy”

Holiday’s impressive body of work (he’s not even thirty as of this writing!) might make you think that he must have a huge ego. But in fact, he asserts that ego is the enemy, which, by the way, is the title of his most recent book - an instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller. He also talks about this in detail and other topics in this episode.

Listen to this One Year No Beer podcast episode, leave a review and get chance to win a copy of “Ego Is The Enemy” by Ryan Holiday! We only have 10 copies to give away and they will be given to the first 10 reviewers. So hurry, listen and share your thoughts now!

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RYAN HOLIDAY’S LINKS

Website: http://ryanholiday.net/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ryanholiday/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanholiday/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ryanholiday/

GRAB A COPY OF RYAN HOLIDAY’S BOOKS

"Ego Is the Enemy"

"The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph"

"Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator"

"Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising"

"The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living" (with Steve Hanselman as co-author)

Sep 28, 2016

In this episode, OYNB Co-Founder Ruari Fairbairns talks to Larry Hagner, founder of “The Good Dad Project,” co-host of its popular eponymous podcast, and a best-selling author of "The Dad's Edge: 9 Simple Ways to Unlimited Patience, Improved Relationships, and Positive, Lasting Memories."

Finding the great dad within

Larry admits in this interview that his sensational movement, “The Good Dad Project,” was initially intended for himself. He was the “project” because he was not a good father. He was confused on what to do, and tried to figure out how to be a great dad.

Much of Larry’s confusion and fatherhood woes were rooted in his childhood days and how he grew up. He relates how devastating it was to have a toxic, abusive and addict (of alcohol or other substance) father in his life. Make that multiple stepfathers and a biological father. Clearly, he decided not to follow their lead and, in the process, started a community of dads helping each other to become better dads.

Alcohol and parenting

Listen as Larry talks about his first drink (spoiler alert – he threw up), and how, as a kid, he realized that his parents were completely different people when they were drunk and when they were sober. Accordingly, he thought that one of his stepdads was the coolest guy he ever met, until that same person got drunk, hit him and put him down. He recounts how his parents’ drinking came to a point where he needed to ask them, “Can you please not drink tonight?”

In this packed episode, you’ll also hear Larry sharing details about his other eye-opening personal accounts and life lessons about the mind, health, family and the importance of life-work balance.

He has to this to say about the fear of not having fun without alcohol, and societal pressure to drink: "Don’t be afraid to let it go . . . You are going to be just fine and a hell of a lot better without it!"

LINKS & RESOURCES

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LARRY HAGNER'S LINKS

Grab a copy of “The Dad’s Edge” here
Podcast: http://gooddadproject.com/podcast
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheGoodDadProject
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoodDadProjct
Instagram: https://instagram.com/good_dad_project

Sep 26, 2016

Welcome to our brand new podcast! In our very first episode, OneYearNoBeer Co-Founder, Ruari Fairbairns, talks to Jamie Alderton. A body transformation coach and a WBFF Pro model, Jamie runs the award-winning “Mindset with Muscle” podcast and has helped thousands of people transform their lives.

The OneYearNoBeer challenge is all about improving your life, wellbeing, fitness, health and happiness, while putting booze in its place. In this episode, Jamie talks in brief (sorry ladies, but no, that is not literal) about joining the British Army and becoming immersed in a massive drinking culture as a young lad. After leaving the army he wasn’t sure where to go next and stumbled across natural bodybuilding. He now inspires thousands of people through his gym, online training, and podcast to lose fat, build muscle and get into the best shape of their lives. Check out www.grenade-fit.com for a free two-week training plan!

Goal setting is key

Listen as Jamie puts a spotlight on the crucial first step to becoming happy and healthy AF: setting goals. (AF means alcohol-free, by the way.) And yes, this cannot be emphasised enough - you have to write them down. Jamie says it best in this episode: “A lot of people know that they want to do something with their life... The problem is, if it's in your head, you tend to ignore it. But when it's on a piece of paper, it tends to be slapping you in the face.”

To hear more detail and other unfiltered insights from Jamie and his no BS approach to transforming your life and why it’s important to be fit AF, listen to episode one now!

LINKS & RESOURCES

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JAMIE ALDERTON LINKS

Grenade Fit https://www.grenade-fit.com

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

Twitter https://www.twitter.com/grenadejay

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/grenadejay

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