BACK AT the start of the month I mentioned that I was doing my traditional January detox. Usually this means staying off beer or alcohol for the month but (outside of 4 – count ’em – Roses and two mini Kit Kat’s) chocolate, crisps, sugary sweets, non-diet soft drinks, takeaway chips, burgers, beer, wine and spirits have been off the menu.
Oh, and exercise has been back on.
The End Result
So how did it go? Well, my body is thanking me an awful lot more for it. It’s not easy to come away from foods you enjoy, however convenient and not-quite-good they are for you. The month has definitely had its challenges but in the last thirty days my sleep patterns have improved dramatically and I’m carrying 6kg less than I was on New Year’s Day.
Not bad going.
I don’t think I could carry it through February completely, but at the same time, I’ve put myself through such a radical shift this month with regard to food and eating habits that I wouldn’t see it being a problem. Going more hardline on myself (and as a result, enjoying much more home cooking and a whole lot of fish) has paid off and made me realise I don’t need have the things I’ve craved for so long.
Of course, it will all come crashing down this Saturday with the first Any Given Beer get-together while we plan and plot out where that blog is going to go. If you’re around Against The Grain in Dublin on Saturday night you’re welcome to pull up a stool at the table. I may need to run back to Kilkenny on Sunday, mind you, instead of drive but it’s a grand way to mark what’s been a great month for food.
Onwards and upwards for February!