So it was during my family visits in Cyprus that I reflected upon my lifestyle choice to go teatotal. With the sun out on Easter Sunday, a φραπέ (frappé – a cold frothy coffee) to hand and a φλαουνα (flaouna – a savoury treat) to munch on, I was more than content reading my Women’s Health Magazine. In this month’s edition there was an article about the wave of predominantly young women actively choosing to cut out alcohol from their diet. It was an interesting read and gave me some comfort to know that I am not the only one among my generation who has decided to bin the booze.
The article dubs it the ‘sober curious movement’…
We are witnessing a new trend in the so-called ‘sober curious’: young ambitious people – mostly women – turning away from booze as an active choice without detriment to their social life.
So how do you cut the booze but still maintain a social life as bubbly as a champagne flute?
This is where my twofold teatotal lifestyle comes into play. Firstly, my innate love for tea and, secondly, my decision to ditch the drink.
My not-so-fondness of alcohol festers from a) not being able to find a drink that I particularly like b) 1 too many drunken incidents (say no more) and c) for my-body-is-a-temple health reasons.
Reading about the ‘sober curious’ movement has made me reflect upon how my love of tea has grown over the years and perhaps out of a need to replace the social convention of turning to the bottle. Drinking alcohol is socially perceived as a way to relax after a hard day’s work or to have fun on a night out. But, I will tell you something for nothing, alcohol isn’t the only answer to troublesome days and pumped up nights. In fact, I guarantee you can most certainly feel calmer after a cup of camomile, sleep better with a hot rooibos, feel more energised after a morning matcha and be more ready to boogie after a spicy chai than with any alcoholic beverage.
The point of today’s post isn’t to alcohol bash but to champion other choices. I ultimately believe that everything we do in life is self-fueled by our own habits. Sometimes we train our brain to get into autopilot good habits. Conventional mealtimes are an example of this, how we naturally always have breakfast, lunch and dinner as the time of day dictates and not necessarily our grumbling bellies. Other habits can be not so good, reaching for that glass of wine every evening to relax or, more so in my case, grabbing the nearest sugary treat after dinner to satisfy my sweet tooth!
Whether you feel like you eat too much junk food or drink too much alcohol, your lifestyle will never change unless you commit to breaking the habit and there are three fundamental stages to doing this successfully:
- You have to want to break the habit. No one can tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. You have to decide. If you set out half halfheartedly from the beginning you are highly unlikely to follow through.
- Find alternatives. Whether you are cutting back on the alcohol or reducing your sugar intake, finding alternatives that you can turn to to stop yourself from falling off the wagon are essential.
- Be honest with yourself, set realistic goals and stay motivated. If you set a goal that is too ambitious from the start you are going to find it difficult and quickly loose motivation . Focus on gradually cutting back until you reach a desired state that you are comfortable with and then look to stretch your goal from there. If you find yourself going through a tough patch, remind yourself of your goal and and keep it in mind to fuel your determination.
These three stages will work for all habits that you are trying to break whether that be drinking less alcohol, eating less sugar or quitting smoking. Your alternatives for all of these can be a hot cuppa or even cooler alternatives like refreshing smoothies and ice teas.
Coming soon will be more posts related to my teasential alternatives. Which teas best pair with certain foods, certain times of day and best matcha your mood. So get your strainer and best teacup to the ready – whether you are teatotal curious, semi-sober curious or just want to expand your tea palate get ready to try something new!
For now though, if you are interested in trying out some new teas but don’t know where to start, why don’t you head along to teatourist. You can get a great selection of teas straight to your front door. Want to know what I thought about this month’s selection box? Check out my review coming soon.
Watch this space – Hopscoff will be featuring on YouTube soon under Hopscoff Reviews, reviewing a wide variety of teas for you to enjoy at home 🙂
Until then – Happy Brewing!