NO DRINKING ALCOHOL FOR ONE FULL YEAR
This is by far the most important of the 5 Core Pillars and must never be broken while on The Dry Diet. In my experience alcohol inhibted weight loss because I was never able to stick to the modersate amount recommended by many diet plans. I was always having "one more" and then ordering pizza, missing my workouts and feeling bad about my never ending weight loss drama. Once I put down the bottle I was able to finally lose weight and be at peace with my body.
ALCOHOL AND THE BODY
For years I have been eating healthy, working out and stuck on a cycle of dieting and an overall increase in my weight over the past 15 years. I was always trying new diets and religiously attending workout classes yet failed to see results because I was unknowingly destroying my efforts with my drinking habit. As a lover of craft beer and Spanish wines my fun hobby had turned destructive slowly. Before I knew it I was overweight, in debt and depressed. Alcohol allowed me to escape my problems until they became too large to ignore. After having been through treatment for alcohol abuse I see it totally different now - Glamorized in media and among my female friends I never saw how my drinking was ruining my body. After 9 months on The Dry Diet I went from Size 12 to Size 4, something that I had been working on for the past 15 years unsuccessfully. Alcohol is a depressant and increases anxiety - getting off of it allows for me to be more clear-minded and present in my life. I think it's the most affordable and accessible wellness plan around.
ALCOHOL AND BEAUTY
I won't lie - I am vain and beauty is a huge benefit to The Dry Diet! My skin is clear, my eyes are bright and my hangovers are gone. As I was coming to terms with the fact that I won't be able to continue drinking I was incredibly inspired by the most beautiful men and women in the world and their commitment to lead alcohol free lives. My brother and I coined these people "healthy and wealthy" - meaning they are in excellent physical health and have enough wealth to have the freedom to be picky about the types of projects they get involved in. Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper, Rob Lowe, Robert Downey Jr. and many many more are all open about their decision to abstain and they are all incredibly inspiring.