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Drink The Good Wine

The year leading up to getting pregnant with our 4th child I stopped drinking. A lot went into the making of that baby, so cutting out alcohol was an easy first step towards that goal. I wasn't a heavy drinker, but I was a weekly drinker. A glass of wine was always the bottle, because "why not just finish it" right?

I didn't miss the drinks once I stopped. In addition to our cause out weighting anything else, I found there wasn't reason for it. I wasn't a socially awkward as I once was. I didn't care to seek approval in others either, so the drinks weren't needed to calm my stomach when put in new situations. I was honest about what I expected from others, no alcohol needed to make me brave. I was to the point in life where my body needed two days for recovery, and I just didn't have that kind of time to waste. 

Fast forward 3 years, I still don't drink. I don't miss it. If I need something to do with my hands anything bubbly will do. I will have the occasional beer at dinner. Sometimes my husband and I will decide our at home date night is a bottle of wine and games.

I encourage everyone to ask themselves why they really need alcohol. Once you have your answer, consider if there is something else in your life you can address that would subside that need. However, if your going to drink, drink the good wine.

I don't know what the science behind it is (if any), but a $25 bottle of wine, doesn't hurt my head the next day like a $7 (Note: these numbers can be increased if that's your life style, but this is mine). The other good thing, I'm definitely only buying one.

Based on my night spent playing cards with family and ringing in the new year, I will say, eating an entire medium pizza over the course of the night will help. Through the night, in addition to the whole bottle of wine, I also drank 32oz of water. My pre-bed routine, when I used to drink, was always a fruit punch juicy juice box, 2 ibuprofen, and 1 slice of bread. This would leave me feeling incredibly better vs not having these items. I didn't remember this till after I woke up this morning with a headache, so I took 2 ibuprofen, drank 16oz of water, ate a piece of toast, and am currently working on a serving of Liquid IV. I got some samples of these and they have saved me every time I felt I was getting sick. The taste is rough, but the results were great for me so I started keeping them on hand.

Luckily, I expect a relaxing day, but hopefully my queasy way about me will disappear anyway. I still find myself asking was the wine even necessary? It wasn't. Not at all. My night would have been just as good. I would much rather be feeling 100% today, but it's ok to not make the best choice all the time.

Happy 2022!


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