Here's one thing that you may well know, but fail to consider: Drinking makes you ugly.
Not pretty, or sexy, or glamorous, or sophisticated. Ugly. It's also 100% unhealthy for you - the health benefits of red wine or "moderation" obliterated by how much we actually consume, and achievable through a short daily meditation practice.
It undermines your attempts at health and beauty in countless ways, some apparent and easy to spot. Some sneaky, gradually showing up over time.
So all that work that you do to defy the odds and be the sexiest little thing you can be? Goes out the door when you happy hour consistently.
It's amazing when you think of the things we do for optimal wellness: from eating organic or raw or vegan or Paleo to SoulCycling and power-yogaing to pumping water in our anuses (or coffee as I recently discovered...coffee enemas. Coffee. Enemas.). We buy $12 juices, avoid aluminum and fluoride, swallow the pressed oil of fish carcasses, stick needles in our bodies, swish coconut oil around in our mouths for thirty minute intervals. And now we're drinking fucking clay people. Clay.
Everywhere we look, we are trying to be the best versions of ourselves in both physical and mental health, and the extremes we go to achieve these things are remarkable. We do almost anything to defy the aging process, to optimize our looks and our vitality and our waistline.
But we stop short at cutting out the alcohol. Our wine and our cocktails are the non-negotiable.
Years ago I texted a girlfriend "I think alcohol is making me fat," and she sent a picture back of Paris Hilton and said "then how come Paris isn't."
I remember thinking "RIGHT!" and tying one on that night, and going to the gym the next day to burn equal calories, red faced and bloated and utterly disgusted with myself, as if treadmills undid that.
I thought about this yesterday as came across this post in Pop Sugar, What It Takes To Burn Off Your Happy Hour, a guide in pictures of the calorie counts of some of the more popular drinks and the length of time needed to burn the calories. I remember thinking so clearly that the post-drink workouts made the difference up for the damage done. Negation.
Except it doesn't negate, or cancel out. Because alcohol doesn't just make you fat.
Alcohol also causes inflammation, dehydrates, interferes with the metabolism of nutrients (absorption), replaces healthy calories, changes your pH balance (causing body odor), leads to loss of sleep (which leads to other unattractive unhealthy things), accelerates the aging process, worsens skin issues like acne, causes bloating, dehydrates your hair (buh-bye shine), causes memory loss, shrinks gray matter (over time more than schizophrenia), depressive states, dependency, broken capillaries, and leads to other unhealthy and/or risky behavior, like poor food choices, unprotected sex (STDs!), smoking, drunk dialing ex-boyfriends, and on and on.
The truth is, no amount of clay or juice or kale or yoga will ever offset the negative, health- and beauty-damaging effects of alcohol consumption. Only cutting it out does.
To your health and your knowledge and your power. To your vanity.