160 Days Alcohol Free

It’s hard to believe it’s been this long since I had a sip of alcohol. 160 days, zero blips. I started this on June 4th 2019 by signing up to the OYNB 90 day alcohol free challenge. I enjoyed it so much that I am now going for the 365 challenge. A whole year with no beer, even now with 160 days under my belt, it still feels a bit surreal.

Why did I decide to give up alcohol? These are my why’s.

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Heart Healthy Nut Roast

This is my go to Christmas dinner these days instead of the traditional turkey and ham staple. Even back when I was eating meat morning, noon and night, I would still find this one very filling and wholesome.

I found this one in Gaz Oakleys Vegan 100 superb cook book. I have modified it slightly so it’s not 100% vegan as I have added eggs. I just found the eggs bind the mixture better so am using them instead. For vegan, just use flax eggs.

Here’s how you smash it together in no time at all.

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How Does Alcohol Impact Your Nutrition

Moderate alcohol consumption offers perceived benefits for our health in terms of stress management, relaxation and social enjoyment but the reality maybe quite the opposite. Additionally, the definition of “moderate” can vary wildly from one person to the next.

Excessive alcohol consumption and binge drinking negatively impacts our bodies in a multitude of ways.

Here is just a few of the main ones.

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One Year. No Beer.

Yesterday I went out in the afternoon to watch a football match. I wasn’t even that interested in it (I had to google who was actually playing – I know) but it was more to meet a friend of mine and relax in a pub. I had been pretty bad at meeting up with my friends in recent months and this was the excuse I was telling myself to justify me going out to meet up with him. Anyway a good afternoon was had but in the end, I was a mess.

Here’s the breakdown (from what I can recollect):

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Genofit Research Study

If you live in Dublin, you should take part in this study: https://genofit.ie/

This aims to be one of the largest studies ever conducted in Ireland and is examining the role of genetics, lifestyle factors and fitness in our overall health. Their initial goal is to get 40,000 people to take part and based on the availability in their clinics (or lack thereof), I think they are not far off their target. 40,000 people is not a limit, the more the better.

I have never seen or taken part in a study that was as well designed and executed as this one. After discussing this study with my nutrition classmates a few weekends ago, I signed up at genofit.ie and booked a slot.

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Morrocan Stew

Inspired by the Happy Pears harira soup, I think this dish is actually more of a rocking dinner. It is so hearty and meaty (without the meat) it is particularly suited to the colder months but good as a healthy lunch when the sun is up too. It is loaded with fiber and protein to keep you feeling full until your next meal.

I like to serve this with some baked naan bread or wholemeal pittas and some sliced avocado on the side.

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Vegan Chili

This is a super hearty chili that is sure to warm the belly of even the biggest carnivores out there! This is great on its own or served with brown rice or naan bread for dipping.

Make a double batch and freeze some for those days when you just do not have the time to cook from scratch.

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