Thirsty Thursday: Wishful Drinking

My Whole 30 starts in exactly 6 days and I will not be drinking for the entire duration. Even though I don’t drink very much anymore (maybe twice a month?) I ALWAYS enjoy a good cocktail, and I’m going to be completely honest the thought of NOT HAVING THE OPTION TO DRINK for 30 days does get the low-grade anxiety pumping. But I’ll do it, and I’ll deal with it and I’m sure I will survive, but this weekend — I may have to mix up a last cocktail hurrah. :)

Perhaps you might like to also? If so, here is some inspiration:

1. The Salty Chihuahua

Have I ever told you about the drink that changed my life? It was a Greyhound made at a random bar in San Francisco called Lion Pub. Well, perhaps it also had to do with the fact that instead of a random bowl of beer nuts they had an awesome cheese tray. That helped too.

This looks like that delicious greyhound mixed with a little margarita action. I feel we’re doing SOMETHING healthy for ourselves even though we are drinking, right? (sigh!) I’m a complete sucker for drinks made with fresh squeezed juice, plus I love the mix of sweet and salty. Such a good flavor combo! And giant bags of grapefruit are so cheap at Coscto right now. Tempting.


2. Ruby Red Cherry Citrus Sangria

Hello lover!

It’s no secret that I love a good sangria, and we probably do not need to beat the dead horse that is my love for stone fruit. This is obviously right up my alley!

To be honest, this one might actually get made this weekend if I can figure out what the hell “Cherry Herring” is.  In case it doesn’t can someone make a batch and drink it for me in August? You know, pour one out for your homie? Come on!

3. Creamsicle Mimosas

I have an entire bottle of champagne leftover from our Bodega Bay Weekend. I am as shocked as you are. While I don’t have Marshmallow Vodka, I do have a bottle of Whipped Cream Vodka that may make a nice substitute. Perhaps we will have a fancy breakfast cocktail this weekend.

Man, I’m just envisioning a drunken weekend all of a sudden. That is not the point of this at all. It is tempting though…very tempting! :)

I’m being a little bit dramatic and I certainly don’t intend to binge on alcohol or crap food prior to our Whole 30 experience, but I am definitely giving some thought to the things that I think I *will* be missing and trying to devise some strategies to change my perspective or help myself ignore the issue altogether.

Have you ever given up alcohol — or anything you really enjoy — for an extended period of time? I would love to hear how you did it!

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10 comments to Thirsty Thursday: Wishful Drinking

  • Joann
    July 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Well…~10ish months of pregnancy forces you to give up the drink, lol. So just think of it as practice. :) I don’t drink all that often normally, but when I’m preggo(this is the 2nd time) I would KILL for a drink. Good luck on your whole 30!

  • sizzle
    July 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I was going to say that giving up drinking for a month does give you good practice for getting pregnant. I feel you though. The thought of it not being an option kind of bums me out. And I don’t even drink that much! All of those drinks sound delicious (and I don’t even like champagne). I’m joining you on the Whole 30 once I’m post-surgery recovery time.

  • Kate
    July 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Cherry Heering is a liqueur which the closest substitute would be cherry brandy. If the recipe calls for cherry herring, then I’m at a loss for fruit flavored fish substitutes.

    I gave up drinking during my January Whole 30. I mostly didn’t mind, but I love a glass or two of wine with some dinners. Or a hibiscus (just like a mimosa but with cranberry juice instead of orange juice) with Sunday brunch. It was only 30 days so I survived, but longingly and jealously watched friends imbibe.

    I think doing a Whole 30 was a good thing, but honestly, I didn’t get out of it what I read other people were getting out of it. Actually, I think it caused me a bit of anxiety which I normally don’t have. My husband was a super sport and did it with me and did not enjoy it whatsoever, but he was glad he did it and proud of himself afterward. I was proud of him, too because cheese is a major food group in his life.

    • Holly
      July 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Oh HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! That was hilarious. Fruit flavored fish substitutes in Sangria. HORK! I’m interested to see if it makes me anxious — doing Zone for a month made me pretty anxious and brought back lots of Weight Watchers PTSD, so with Whole 30 being so strict I kind of wonder. But then again I eat fairly clean now (when I’m not diving off the deep end at a food truck) so I’m wondering if just taking that next step (REALLY putting down the seed oils, no dairy, etc) will make me feel any different. It will be a good experiment regardless…we’ll see what happens. Thanks for the heads up on the heering. :)

      • Kate
        July 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        I checked the recipe and she indeed called for herring.

        Most of my anxiety for the Whole 30 came once the novelty of making absolutely everything we consumed wore off. After awhile making my own condiments became a real pain. It’s not like I go around drinking ranch dressing right off the grocery shelf, but every once in awhile when time is tight, it’s nice to be able to grab a higher quality bottled dressing to use.
        Also, there was absolutely no meals eaten in restaurants so that put a lot of pressure on me to make every morsel of food.
        Maybe I just made it harder than it needed to be.

        Anyway, my best advice is to plan, plan, plan and then maybe plan some more.

  • Home Sweet Sarah
    July 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Well you know I did that pretty recently. It was hard in the beginning — just not being able to partake on the weekends kind of left me feeling like, WHAT DO I DO NOW?!, but it was easy, really. And like you said, it’s not like you’re drinking a ton anyway, these days, so. You’ll do great! Plus, it’ll probably help to have G as a teammate in No Drinkville.

    • Holly
      July 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      True Story. At first G was like “um…I don’t know about this Whole 30.” But then I think he realized his other option was to cook for himself, and all of a sudden he came right around :)

  • Skogster
    July 29, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Are you going to be posting regularly about your experience with Whole 30?





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