On these series of blog posts I will be sharing my story, bringing you some great product and book reviews and encouraging you to look at your relationship with alcohol. These suggestions aren’t for you if you are clinically alcohol dependent, but they are definitely for you if you are functioning well, generally ok, but you feel you drink too much, or too often. You want to be free of the desire to drink. Sounds impossible right? If you are regularly drinking too much, it can feel impossible but trust me, alcohol steals your joy, and being free from it can open you to a whole new world of possibility.
If you’ve decided to cut down or quit drinking or you are just ‘sober curious’ we run an event for you Self care for the Sober Curious, its a free event in London hosted by the charity My Yard, there will be alcohol free drinks and vegan nibbles . The next one is Monday 29th April 7pm at The Jago in Dalston London. Our special guest is Laura Willoughby co-founder of the online community Club Soda she is incredibly knowledgeable and there be lots of time for Q and A and we hope to have a kombucha tasting! Its free (donations to the charity are welcome0 but you do need to book via eventbrite
Follow me on instagram @janeyleegrace and the charity @myyard.org.uk to find out about the next one.
Just in case you were wondering what you might drink once you’ve quit the booze, Heres a little vid from the Club Soda Pop up dry Bar
Janeys new podcast is launched! Janey Lee Grace Alcohol Free Life brings you great guests, sober heros experts and quit lit authors, inspiration, motivation and self care tips – perfect for you if you’re cutting down or quitting the booze or just ‘sobercurious’ So far Janey has interviewed inspiring guuest such as Clare Pooley , Dr David Hamilton, Shahroo Izadi, Ailsa Frank and Catherine Gray, many more people with incredible stories to tell are lined up. Find it on itunes (or spotify) and please subscribe rate and review
Alcohol Free is the new black! Please listen for free on itunes, subscribe and rate …Thank you!
I had a ball speaking and interviewing people at The Mindful Drinking Festival in London in January there was a chance to taste the new wave of alcohol-free and low alcohol drinks now available, including beers, spirits, and a host of drinks invented by radical alchemists – kombuchas, shrubs and elixirs. Look out for the next one hopefully in London in the summer if not before.
So you cracked Dry January? Why not #staydrytillluly?
I’ve teamed up with an amazing charity My Yard who provide healthy food for people in crisis. Their new project is called Stay Dry till July. I am championing a ‘#selfcareinsobriety January Insta competition Every month there will be an opportunity to win a prize that we are selecting from brands to assist you in some way to stay dry, not just for January but beyond…at least until Dry July….we reckon if you make it that far, you will have successfully changed your relationship with alcohol and probably wont want to look back!
Rachel Dimond the founder of My Yard Charity says…
‘When you are in crisis, eating well can be the lowest of priorities. A good diet combined with healthy lifestyle choices is often the first thing to go during a crisis. My Yard offer a helping hand to get your back on track. With an increasing number of people isolated and not able to access help either from friends, family or organisations such as churches, charities etc. My Yard fills the gap when things spiral out of control and there is no-one else to turn to. We believe that whatever your situation, eating well and exercise is key to good mental and physical health.
Using surplus food, an allotment, available spaces and kind chefs, My Yard deliver personalised boxes fresh fruit, veg and and other staples, mostly rescued from surplus. The community allotment brings individuals together to exercise and grow organic produce. Regular cooking workshops and trips to restaurants inspire young people to cook from scratch. Community lunches are cooked using surplus supplies, with therapists offering free treatments in reflexology etc. bring together local people increasing social mobility and community building.
We care about your self-care!
Launching Stay Dry till July
My Yard is thrilled to announce a new project from January 2019. Increasing numbers of people recognise the need to drink less and opt for Dry January, but end up counting the days till they can start again. But why give up alcohol just for a month?, With so many other options available and a growing number of adults frustrated with themselves for having too much too often, or bowing down to social pressure we are welcoming BBC Radio 2 presenter, author and holistic living expert Janey Lee Grace as our ambassador. Janey, who quit drinking for Dry January and never went back…will be hosting a series of Live Streamed discussions and tips to stay in good health and spirits (The alcohol free kind!) whilst letting go of unwanted habits.
So watch this space for more on the #staydrytilljuly project and follow us on Instagram
@janeyleegrace @myyardcharity #staydrytilljuly
Don’t forget join us for Selfcare for the sober curious meet up in London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/self-care-for-the-sober-curious-tickets-58912766671