Is there any hope for me? I’m 73 and struggle to stick to any diet, as I love to cook and eat, but my biggest problem is wine. Any suggestions?
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Hello, I have the same demon and I try to abstain completely apart from holidays.
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Hello, thank you for your supportive reply. I suspect total abstinence is the only way forward for me, but I enjoy a celebratory beverage at the end of the day. So, if you have any recommendations for non-alcoholic drinks, I’d be very grateful.
Is it white wine? Then you could do a white wine spritzer with soda water ( sorry) if it’s red... my fave. Then I’m not sure apart from sipping it slowly from a shot glass instead!
Red, unfortunately! But I like your shot glass idea!
How much wine are we talking about? I used to have a drink every evening...spirits...so to cut down, I committed myself to only 4 days a week to begin with.
Where I would add a bottle to my weekly shop, I also stopped doing that. Its more like 5 or 6wks now.
1 glass of wine 🍷 each evening is different to 1 bottle. Whatever you're doing perhaps try to cut out a little bit at a time. Going cold turkey is also an option, though you have to be sure that's sustainable for you personally. ☺
Thank you for your very thoughtful and helpful reply. That’s an interesting suggestion. At the moment I try, not always successfully, to have one booze-free day per week. The other days I can cheerfully polish off half a bottle of red wine of an evening, and of course this is waaay too much.
I’ve looked at alcohol-free options, but I don’t want to commit to buying, say, an expensive bottle, only to find that I hate it and it’ll sit in the cupboard forever, a silent and reproachful mistake.
What do you drink, if you don’t mind my asking?
At the moment I drink gin or vodka mainly. Before I started on this journey...about 24wks now...I would also regularly have brandy and rum. The darker drinks are higher in carbs, so I have them only on occasions.
I know what you mean about the non alcoholic versions...it can be hit and miss.
I found it helpful to select the days I wasn't drinking that way I always knew. It then became times when a drink day became a nondrink day simply because I hadn't thought about it.
So if you decide its one day, pick a set day and see if that works for you.
There is also a drink less forum on here. Eleanorba can you share the link please? It's where others talk about what they have been doing to cut down or abstain altogether.
Thank you, that’s very helpful.
May I ask, do you think abstaining makes a great deal of difference to weight loss?
Cutting down definitely helped with my weight loss. I also read that when you're burning energy, alcohol is the first that gets burned, which resonated with me. So I was conscious that I didn't want all my exercise to get rid of just the rum and coke I had the night before. ☺
I'm also feeling the overall health benefit of not drinking as much.
Don’t buy alcohol free wine, I did when I was pregnant hoping it may be a very slight substitute. A bottle of shloer light ( red) would be better. Sainsbury’s
Thanks very much.
Snap! I too love food and drink and can easily contemplate my next meal while eating one. I wish I could have the mentality of "seeing" food as fuel rather than enjoyment. As for wine, I started buying the small/individual bottles as a way to restrict my intake and then moved on to the occasional measure of peaty whisky. I find that the strong flavour satisfies me better pretty much like vintage cheddar cheese rather than a mild cheddar.
I have to be careful because if I have more than one or two measures of spirits then I think about nibbles, finding that difficult to resist and hating myself the next day!
Good luck and may the force be with you.
Thank you. I liked your idea of small bottles of wine, but as here in France we’ve just gone back into lockdown, that’ll have to be placed on the back burner.
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