By Chef Selwyn Richards
In certain limited situations, alcohol can be beneficial. However, there are many more unhealthy situations and concerns, related to drinking alcohol. Alcoholism and medicine interactions are two of the many issues.
Overcoming alcohol cravings
*Recognize your “triggers”. External triggers include people places, things, or time of day. Knowing your triggers helps you to avoid them.
* Internal triggers can be from emotions or even nutrition deficiencies. When you have an urge to drink, think about what you are feeling. Are you sad, frustrated, or nervous? Try to avoid these situations.
*Keep alcohol out of your home.
*Avoid activities that involve drinking whenever possible.
*Remind yourself why you are limiting alcohol.
*Talk to someone when you can’t handle the craving. Contact your sponsor, a trusted friend, or a family member who understands.
*Distract yourself with healthy activities like lifting weights, meditating, or watching short videos online.
*Eat a healthy meal three times a day.
Alternatives to alcohol:
*Non-alcoholic beers and wines
*Coffee and tea
*Fresh fruit and vegetables, more proteins
*Going for a walk, swim or other exercise
*Taking a long relaxing bath
*Spending quality time with your kids and family
*Listening to your favorite music
*Learn a new skill or hobby like cooking or drawing
Selwyn Richards is an award-winning master chef. He is also the President and Executive Chef at The Art of Catering Inc. and is the author of “The Art of Cooking: Soul of The Caribbean”. Chef Selwyn can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone — (905) 619-1059.