June 2017

June 2017 Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo

WINE FREE FOR Fifty-Three..
Days, that is. Somewhere immediately following the Hilton Head Island Wine Festival in March, I decided to stop drinking for a spell. It’s something I had never done before and had always thought about with disdain when others had mentioned “going dry” or “going on a cleanse” for a month. In keeping with our Health & Wellness issue, I’ll share my top five reasons to (temporarily) stop drinking:

1) Sleep. Within three days of eliminating alcohol completely, I was sleeping like a baby through the night—every night—and waking up refreshed, way before my alarm went off. As someone who used to take Simply Sleep on a semi-regular basis to get my beauty rest, this was shocking.

2) Time. You will not believe how much more time you suddenly have on your hands: time for reading, working, being more productive, or in my case, evening beach walks with my big Berner. Nothing like a happy hour cocktail to immediately kill productivity after 6 p.m.

3) Money. I love wine, and I’ve been drinking it long enough to appreciate the high-end juice. When you eliminate the cost of wine in your weekly grocery budget, you’ll be amazed at the hundreds of dollars that go to your bottom line every month. You don’t have to save it, however. Feel free to spread those dollars around at local boutiques and restaurants like I do.

4) Exercise. When the only thing waiting for you is a hot cup of herbal tea when you get home, you tend to get your butt out the door for some exercise every night. I met my Apple Watch move goal every one of those 53 days. Amazing, isn’t it?

5) Overall Health. Everything is fine in moderation, of course. But to see what alcohol may be doing to your body, why not take a month off and see what happens? I had brighter skin, lost a few pounds and generally felt happier when I was on the wagon.

In fact, I think I’m going back on it, just to see how I feel and what I can accomplish after 90 days without booze. Pregnant women go alcohol free for nine months all the time, so it can’t be that hard, right? 

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