I am on a special diet because I have MS and because I totally believe that this is what keeps me well. Red wine is part of the diet so over the last few years I have learnt to enjoy a glass of two, and every now and then a few more!
On our recent holiday to Vietnam red wine was just not the thing to be drinking. The heat made it seem less appealing and the cost of it was way out of proportion. Whilst beer was cheaper than water, the cost of wine was about the same as it would be in central London.
The heat made me thirsty and so rather than breaking my diet rules and seeking out an alcohol alternative, I decided to hydrate with the amazing choice of pure fruit juices and teas that were on offer.
So when we arrived back in England red wine could obviously be back in the picture. But because I felt so amazing after three alcohol free weeks I have decided to keep my alcohol ban going.
I have had a few nights out where I have stuck to the sparking water and I have had a brilliant time. Rather than feeling boring and dull for my decision I have felt full of energy and life, and have been super chatty.
Because I have been more hydrated everything seems to be better. My skin is clear (not that I want to jinx myself), my digestive system is working better than ever, and I feel happy and healthy.
Because I am making a regular decision to opt out of the alcohol, I have a regular reminder that I am choosing to look after myself. This means that I am remembering, more than ever, to value my health. This is making me feel so pleased with myself and I am enjoying everything in life even more.
Making good choices when presented with a diet decision is a great way to make your food and drink intake part of your Mindful way of living. Each time you make a decision you bring yourself back to being present in the moment.
If sometimes you slip up then don’t beat yourself up. With the next right decision you are back on track and present in the moment!