Day 86: Fifteen Lessons from quitting drinking and sugar. Lesson 1: Lagom

I have 15 blogs left between now and completing my alcohol and sugar-free experiment and since I’ve learned so much from the process, I thought I’d share some of the best lessons in these last blogs. Here’s the first one: Lagom A Swedish concept, “The Law of Lagom” describes something that is ‘just enough’ or…

The ‘seasons’ of happiness (Podcast)

Summer, autumn, winter, spring. They are finite and marked by predictable changes. One of the things I’ve noticed as I’ve delved deeper into the world of happiness and what creates it is that many people think it’s about a ‘year-round summer’. Thinking this way creates massive pressure to keep the good times – the summers…

Day 63: Sugar withdrawal feels awful!

Now I remember why I’ve never succeeded at quitting sugar. Withdrawal feels just like depression. In fact, according to healthline.com depression and anxiety are two possible symptoms of sugar withdrawal, along with changes in sleep patterns, cognitive issues and cravings. Yup. Check. Check. And check. My brain feels like it’s offline. I wake up exhausted and stay…

Day 62: Facing the fears behind the beliefs

I cut alcohol and sugar as an act of self-love and self-respect and to learn more about the demons and gremlins I’ve spent my life running away from. The demon that’s with me today is anxiety – the anxiety I experience when I no longer feel the compulsive need to push myself and ACHIEVE things. This…

Day 34: Defiant drinking

Photo by Harry Grout on Unsplash Today is the polar opposite of yesterday. Not the first time in the last 34 days where that has been the case. James was gigging last night so he didn’t get in until 1.30am. On mornings after gig nights, I get up with Max so James can lie in…