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Well, this is awkward. One of the ways I make my living is selling people fancy cocktails. And wine,
 

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December 3 · Issue #117 · View online
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Well, this is awkward.
One of the ways I make my living is selling people fancy cocktails. And wine, and beer. I don’t have any heartache about this, but it does make what I’m about to say a bit conflicted.
I don’t drink very much. Partly because even a small amount affects me the next day, and partly because it raises the risk of recurrence for breast cancer. The biggest reason I abstain is that alcohol is obesogenic. Meaning, it puts on weight, and fast.
Being a woman in my late 40s means that I can put on weight just thinking about a donut. I have to be careful about any and all indulgences, and boy oh boy, do they add up quickly this time of year.
If your calendar is filled with office socials, parties, and celebrations, consider not drinking at most of them. My go-to is a seltzer with bitters and a lime. It looks like it could be a cocktail, calms my stomach, and has no calories.
I would encourage you to not repeatedly overindulge this month with the idea it will all be solved in January. That sets you up to buy into another pointless diet, and the cycle continues while the problem remains.
Instead, make a plan for the week about which festivities you will attend and where you might have a drink. I save mine for places I know will serve something extraordinary. Some half-assed Chardonnay or Miller Lite is really easy to pass up when I think about the low amount of pleasure it will bring.
Your resident buzz-kill,
Rebecca


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