OK, sorry for the long delay. So, I drank too much over the summer, seems like I do that every year. Then, I swore I would cut it way back after Labor Day (early September for you non US people). I did cut back, but not as far as I planned. I didn’t drink every day, but didn’t always limit it to weekends either. Then came Thanksgiving and I figured what the heck, will do my usual 30 days in January and get back on track. So, I over drank during the holidays.
I never went too overboard and had no big problems, except one. I have been sick with a sinus infection and sore throat for over a year. After going to 7 different doctors, nothing improved. Making it worse, the doctors kept giving me antibiotics and prednisone, 7 times in 14 months. So, I finally realized that the combination of the drugs and the drinking had most likely fried my immune system.
2 months ago, I gave up on the traditional doctors and went to a naturopathic doctor. I did not tell her about my drinking. But, we agreed on an 8 week program that included a low acid, low histamine, non dairy diet. That, of course, meant no alcohol. I started 1/3.
I am now on my 6th week and the strange thing is that it has been very, very easy. I have stayed dry for 4 weeks every January for years, so I was just adding another 4. I actually was looking forward to it. I guess what made it easy was that I knew I needed it. The sinus infection and sore throat were affecting my work and I was tired of being sick. I have had very few cravings to drink. The other plus is that it gave me a chance to prove to my wife that I could do many weeks dry without a problem.
I feel better now, but 5+ weeks does not repair a tired immune system. I continue to make and drink bone broth and make two veggie, mostly green smoothies a day. The only down side is I have lost 10 lbs and I really needed to gain a few. I am now 6’2”, 183 lbs, my ideal weight is 195 lbs. I guess I will have fun gaining it back.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking, if it is so easy to go without booze for 8 weeks, why not just quit? Well, the answer is easy also. It is easy to go eight weeks because I know there is an end. To go forever is a little scary.
So, now I need a plan for when I restart. I don’t have one yet, but I will ease into it. My wife and I are going to dinner on my first day back which is a Saturday. The restaurant is 15 minutes away. We are seeing a comedy show after dinner. We will not be back until around 11:30. I am driving. I won’t drive drunk; however, if we are going to be at the restaurant/club for 3 hours, I can safely have three beers. No need to drink when I get home as I will be ready to crash. I won’t drink again until the next Saturday. My next appointment with the naturopathic doc is the following Saturday, March 7th, I don’t want to drink on Friday and have it affect my appointment.
So, there you have it. I didn’t go into too much detail about the last 6 months of the year, except to admit, I drank too much. Now it is time to start over and try again. How many times have you heard that before?