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Dry January – Join Us!

Uploaded: Jan 2, 2021

Well Food Partiers!, there comes a time every so often when the best celebration is one of quiet contemplation. Welcome to January my dear.

For a lot of us, eating and drinking is a thoughtless process. Every day the same thing. Open mouth, insert whatever, chew, chew, swallow and repeat. Just like a machine processing widgets, many humans spend the entire day consuming food and drink completely detached from our bodies and our digestion systems. Drink enter in, pee process out. Food enter in, poop process out. Over and over and over. Day after day. Year after year.

However, true masters of mastication realize now and again, the best way to thoroughly appreciate the amazing act of eating and drinking, and all the joy it brings, is to stop.


A change up in the way you eat or drink is such a revelatory action, that gives us a break from our habits, a realization we have those habits, and insight about who we are, and how we handle things.

Or don’t.

A line I’ve used for years is, “if I haven’t accomplished anything else, I healed myself from an eating disorder.” Tongue-in-cheek, I know I’ve racked up a few more bonus points in life, but this remains a success I’m very proud of, not only because it helps my body to be better, but because it exercises and strengthens my mind too. Now you may be one of the lucky folks with no history of eating or drinking disorders, but no matter. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, time spent discovering blind associations with either process can spill benefits over and into many parts of your life.

So join us! A group of my friends are doing Dry January. Some have a goal of January 20th for obvious reasons…. and others hope to go the distance, crossing the finish line on February 1, or who knows when. You might eliminate alcohol, sugar or something else. Play it however you want. I’ll be putting up fun recipes throughout the month, and hopefully words to inspire. Please add your inspirational practices in the comments as well. If you are really serious, contact me and I’ll add you to our support joker email list.

Here’s to fun in 2021!

In prep, let’s take these first few weeks to reconnect with our body, mind, and self.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by AMRW, a resident of another community,
on Jan 4, 2021 at 5:18 pm

AMRW is a registered user.

Respectfully, absolutely not. Food and drink (especially wine, let's be honest here) is one of the only joys I have left during the pandemic and I'm not giving up either. I also get a bit grouchy every January when the diet industry tells me my body should be different than it is.
Long story short-bring on the food and drink!!! It's a wet January at my house!

Posted by Have been on Dry January for Years, a resident of another community,
on Jan 7, 2021 at 8:13 pm

Have been on Dry January for Years is a registered user.

We started kicking of the New Year with a dry January about 10 years ago, it's a big movement in the UK Web Link Our Nightly mocktail is a Bundaberg Ginger Beer with fresh lime, hard to tell that the Vodka is missing! We are wrapping up Day 7; 25% there! We may give ourselves special dispensation on Jan 20th for a celebratory glass of champagne, been waiting 4 years for that day.

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