Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
Each February for the past three three years I abstain from sugar and alcohol. Why? For physical, mental and emotional health reasons.
Don’t get me wrong I love a good glass of chilled white wine in summer, but this pleasure all too easily can lead to an unconscious habit and then a compulsion. Sugar is a different story for me; I find it much easier to abstain or keep to the 5 grams or less per serve in my food. But I think that’s because three years of fab febfast detox has permanently changed my tastebuds. After two weeks abstaining I notice a difference in my health. My mind is clearer, I’m more focussed and energetic.
But then there are those days, usually at the beginning of an evening after a really hot day, when the urge to have a glass of my favourite white, kicks in.
Its on those occasions that I have to mess with my mind.
“Sure you can have one” I say to my urge “But not just yet, let’s put the washing away first” And so the mental games continue until the urge diminishes.
O, wine!, the truth-serum so potent that all those who wish to live happy lives should abstain from drinking it entirely!… except of course when they are alone.” Roman Payne ‘The Wanderess’
Roman Payne ‘The Wanderess’
Then of course its possible to have a night off, for example when I meet new homeowners and want to be social and on those occaisons I just extend the fast by one day til March 1st.
It feels like a very satisfying achievement at the end of the month, to have exercised my willpower muscle as well as helping my body, mind and spirit to become even healthier
Just dont ask me to give up coffee; I’m definitely not that strong!