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…

JHB Meet-up – Picnic with a touch of Madness, 12 June

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If you are based in JHB (or surrounding areas) and would like a chance to let your hair down with a bunch of other young folks (without the hangovers) then join us on the 12th of June at the Sandton Field and Study for a Picnic with a touch of Madness! What to Bring: • Yourself • Friends/family or come solo • Your dog if you wish • Games/activities such as hula hoop/ frisbee if you want • Delicious food and non-alcohol drinks (to share) • A dash of CRAZY to your outfit – hats/ feather boas/…

ACT 1 SCENE 1: Introducing Holiday Roy

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By Roy Gluckman (Empty stage. No lights. Upon speaking, a spot light lights up Roy, our protagonist and subject under discussion. He lifts his bowed head slightly and begins addressing the crowd nonchalantly.) I’ve always interpreted the quote by Napoleon Hill quite literally: “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” However, realising that “my destiny” was not, in fact, up to me exclusively, and that rather it involved a myriad…

Alcohol and Sugar – Ugly Stepsisters

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Hi, I’m Andrea, and I am a cake addict. Having just passed the 3 month mark of no alcohol, I feel proud of my achievement, and also surprised at how easy it has been! Although typically met with gasps and utter horror by others at the mention that I am not drinking, my life has remained remarkably normal and, in fact, even more awesome than ever before. Positive aspects from not drinking: I have picked up several hobbies again (drawing/ hooping/ Pilates/dance) I’ve developed an interest in trying new things…