That Alcohol Moderation Thing

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We’ve all heard the term ‘everything in moderation’ countless times. But, when we really look into this notion – we find that this is generally not what many people believe. I mean, this doesn’t really apply when we talk about taking certain drugs such as heroin or crack does it? What about alcohol? Can alcohol be consumed and enjoyed moderately? What about people with alcohol dependencies or ‘alcoholism’? The word ‘moderation’ in the recovery world seems to be one that is often quickly scurried out of the conversation and dismissed…

From Whiskey to Water by Sam Cowen – Review

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If you are based in South Africa you most probably would have seen the SA Bestseller book ‘From Whiskey to Water’, by 702 radio host Sam Cowen, on shelves these past few weeks. I recently got gifted this book for Christmas (thanks mom!) and thought I would give a quick review for those who might be keen to give it a read. The tell-all book, sees Cowen publicly open up about being an alcoholic and her decision to put down the bottle 14 years ago. The journey that ultimately follows…

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…

Raise the Legal Drinking Age to 21 in SA? SA has 5 Days to Comment

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The South African public has 5 more days to comment on the new National Liquor Amendment Bill which the Department of Trade and Industry has put forward (link to Bill here: http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/40319_gon1206.pdf) SA has one of the highest level of alcohol consumption around the world, some of the highest levels of foetal alcohol syndrome and well as a massive 41% of injuries are related to the consumption of alcohol. Not to mention the crazy death tolls around Easter. But somehow, along the way, we decided this was normal, and OK.…

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…

11 Things You Miss When You Stop Drinking

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It’s been 6 months today since I decided to stop drinking alcohol. Crack the champers! (Um…jokes) It’s weird I guess…alcohol-free living has just become a normal part of my life and although this has not been remotely as challenging as I thought it would be, it is not without its hurdles along the way. While the benefits of not drinking far outweigh the costs (some of which you can read in some of my other blog posts) I do feel there is value in acknowledging and sharing the things that…

Meet Up: Field and Study Market 20 August

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Hello Spirit Animals It has been too long 🙂 It’s time we schedule another meet up! If you haven’t been to the Field and Study Market before you are in for a treat – its really lovely – and great for bringing your kids and your dogs along for the fun. So join us for some delicious food, live music and some good conversation! We will be stationed behind the blue vintage car – look out for the balloons. Bring picnic blankets and invite friends and family to join! Please…

A Funny Thing Happens When you Stop Drinking…

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Around five months ago, I decided to stop drinking. The decision, although brewing under the surface for years (pun intended 😛 ), seemed to arrive suddenly, and sporadically, forcing itself to the forefront of my consciousness. It was the day after Valentine’s day, a Monday morning. I woke up to go to work, and felt the familiar twang of a hangover from a weekend of festivities, blurry memories, and a horrible gash on my leg from an unidentified drunken injury (or UDI as it is conveniently termed). Just another weekend…

Lotus Life

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Lotus Life By Tamara Roberts I stopped drinking in 2011, about 5 years ago after going through one the most life-changing and intense periods of my life. Although I didn’t really have a very unhealthy dynamic with alcohol, I just knew that it didn’t serve me so decided that for someone like me it would be wise to explore the life of sobriety. When I think about the hardest part of not drinking I sometimes get the feeling of disconnect. ‘Isolated’ is a word that has often come to mind…