The Ship is On Fire

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By Kacie Stephens I was sitting on the couch—glass of wine in hand—my 4 kids with me. It was a Friday night in November last year, movie night in our house. I can’t remember what we were watching because I was never really paying attention. Also, I can’t remember how much I’d been drinking. It might have been my 2nd glass or it could have been my 3rd. Out of nowhere my 4-year-old son turned to me and said “You’re boring now mummy. You don’t have fun with us anymore.”. Kids say…

Why you Should Consider Ditching the Drink this ‘Ocsober’

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If you have been thinking about taking a short break from alcohol, or perhaps considering giving it up more long term, you have the opportunity to join thousands of others around the world in ditching alcohol for the month of October (aka Ocsober). Alcohol-free months like Ocsober, just like Dry January and Sober September are picking up in popularity, and giving the chance for people to start experimenting with alcohol-free life in manageable and bite-sized chunks. With the festive season around the corner, what better time to give your body…

Wine, Beer and Tears

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By Marcelle Pillay Oh, so many, many tears and so many, many beers, for so unnecessarily long. I was so excited when I was invited to write this piece! And then I got nervous and then I got sober and I thought “now my story is so different and is it even interesting anymore.”  And I think that is where I answered my lifelong question. You see, so much of who I was, or who I thought I was or wanted to be, was somehow tied to alcohol. It gave me…

Take the Dry Space ‘Ocsober’ Challenge!

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The silly season is around the corner and what better time to take a break from alcohol than the month of October (AKA Ocsober)! Take the Dry Space online challenge (it’s free yo!) where you’ll join thousands of others around the world in taking a break from alcohol for the month of October! Learn how to enjoy life to its fullest without alcohol, relinquish your hangover-free weekends, take back control of your health and watch how much money you can save in the process! Whats Included in the Challenge Access…

Teetotaler, Turning Thirty & Falling off a Pink Cloud

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A few weeks ago I entered into my 30’s completely sober. It had been around 18 months since I left my inebriated days behind me. OK yes…barring a failed attempt at ‘moderation’ somewhere in between, which to be honest, I don’t really count. In fact, the concept of starting from day 1 after this ‘blip’ as many treatment programmes would encourage, felt disingenuous to the 9 months of hard work I had put in before. Truth be told, my attempt at moderation was just as much a part of my…

What Living a Sober Life Taught Me About Simplicity

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By Robert Grobbelaar When I first entered the world of recovery I discovered an encyclopedia of catch-phrases or mantras that are used to suggest certain behaviors for a successful, happy journey to sobriety. They are largely used in treatment centers, meetings, conventions and so on. Some of them were quite clear and others I didn’t understand so much, until I reached the ‘other side’ and got sober. One such phrase is: Keep it simple. Quite easy to understand and it seems to make sense. The simpler things are the less…

Chatting with Annie Grace, Author of This Naked Mind (plus free online copy)

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I recently connected with Annie Grace on Hello Sunday Morning platform to chat about her book This Naked Mind, which is rapidly doing the rounds and becoming an incredibly effective book for individuals who are trying to stop drinking. I enjoyed reading the book a few weeks ago at the time when I decided to go back to my alcohol-free ways (after a rocky period of moderation). I simply could not put it down, and found it such a wonderful refresher for me in aligning back with all of the…

9 Months off the Booze Bandwagon – Things to Expect

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Having recently just ended a 9 month period of alcohol-free living and stepping into the ‘moderation’ game, it’s only fitting that I feel a re-birth of sorts. Emerging with a new sense of self, of identity, of habits and ideas after a warm and fuzzy sober incubation period, I feel like a tiny, screaming, distressed little baby, entering a scary new world again. It’s been a fascinating process full of ups and downs. But before I get into my experiences of drinking again, I thought I might share a few…

Spring Reboot Part 2: Food Glorious Food!

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Week 2 of the Seasonal Cookery Spring Reboot programme was full of ups and downs. During this week we focused on really getting down to the basics – eliminating all our snag foods and getting settled into eating as ‘naturally’ as possible. And although it was a challenging time, with some pretty intense food cravings, I threw myself head-first in creating ethical, gentle-on-the-body delicious and satisfactory foods – and a whole new world of food and flavours started opening up! Some things I learnt in week 2: Getting to know where to…

Spring Reboot – Part 1 (Including Recipes)

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Spring has sprung! My favourite time of the year! The smell of Jasmine is in the air, flowers are popping out from all corners and the trees seem to be standing a little taller and prouder than before. For some reason, this winter felt like the longest I have ever experienced, and the hardest. Having spent the last 4 months in deep hibernation, physically, mentally and emotionally, I am so excited to be stepping back into the sunshine, and back into my body, which has been largely abandoned and neglected…