Wine is Not The Answer
This post will probably cause a bit of controversy, but as someone whose life mission is to help my clients to create optimal health for themselves and their families, I want to weigh in on this issue.
Gratitude Tip: It’s important to speak our truth, even if it may offend or upset people. I’ve found that once I do speak up, even if someone is upset initially, eventually they find gratitude in my authenticity.
If you spend any time on social media at all, you are probably familiar with the thousands of wine memes that come up on your newsfeed daily. Google wine memes, images, if you’re not sure what I mean.
I have blogged several times about how important our words are and how they affect how we think and act. Yes, these someecards may seem funny ha ha but when I see them, I cannot help but notice that wine is used as a coping mechanism daily. Whenever someone posts about having a difficult day (usually a woman), comments are made about needing wine, offering a glass (or bottle) of wine. Wine o’clock is a real thing for many people. And needing wine (or alcohol of any kind) to deal with stress, unwind or to escape from the daily grind is not healthy.
Most of you don’t know this, but I was married before – to an alcoholic. Every day he would come home from work and the first thing he would do is prepare a drink. He used alcohol to numb his feelings and forget about the challenges we faced, as his mom was slowly dying of an incurable brain tumor. I would come home from swim practice and find a dozen empties beside the couch. We started to brew our own wine and coolers to save money. I remember one night he wanted to open a magnum of wine (he was already drunk) and I had to forcibly take the bottle away. Thankfully, he was never violent or abusive in any way. Living with someone who is rarely sober however, isn’t really that much fun. This ended up being one of the main reasons for our divorce.
You may be thinking, I’m not an alcoholic, I don’t get drunk every night. True. But if alcohol is the number one thing you go to when you’re stressed or dealing with a challenge, then it’s time to take a look a different ways to deal with it. And if you’re the one encourage your friends to drink more, perhaps it’s because you feel there is safety in numbers – if we’re all having a glass or two or three of wine in the evening, then it can’t be that bad, right?
What about the health benefits? Yes, there is research that shows that one glass (5 oz) a day may have potential health benefits due to the antioxidant resveratrol. Experts will agree however that there are too many potential side effects of drinking too much alcohol that it’s not recommended to drink wine solely for the health benefits. That’s also one of the reasons I take a grape-seed extract supplement daily.
I made a decision this past August to stop drinking. I have already been reducing my alcohol intake by doing the 30 Day Whole Body Detox four years in a row (no alcohol for a month) so it was not as hard as I thought to give it up for good. However, we are moving to France next year, so that may change ;-). For now, I’m happy not drinking and oddly enough, my husband has been drinking a lot less since I stopped. Side effect for him – he’s lost about 10 lb since August.
You might not be ready to give up alcohol for good, but if you feel like you no longer have control over how much alcohol you consume in a week, I suggest joining us for the 30 Day Whole Body Detox to see how you feel without wine for 30 days. We’ll support you on your journey and help you to look and feel your best. Perhaps this blog post simply opened your eyes and you’ll be a bit more aware of how much wine you are drinking (or your spouse is drinking). I’m committed to helping you to create optimal health, if you’re ready to make some changes.