I’m all about having a fun and refreshing drink for weekend BBQs with friends or floating around the lake with my family. My Strawberry Mojito Mocktail really hits the spot in this department.
I love a mojito mocktail alongside my Perfect Paleo Burger & Super Crispy Potato Wedges for a classic summer combo. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, my Strawberry Avocado Salad has you covered (as long as you’re not strawberried out 😉 ).
Oh baby, how could I forget? This would be so delicious with my Spiced Fish Tacos with Avocado Crema, too. So many options to try out this summer.
I feel like I didn’t overly need to convince you to eat more of these juicy summer fruits. Just in case, though, I’ll pop a few of my favourite reasons below.
Moral of the story here? We want to reduce inflammation and amp up our dietary vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to love up our skin.
Aside from the occasional Bachelorette party, I very rarely drink alcohol. I’ve never enjoyed drinking it and forced myself to down it at high school parties and university keggers. I’d always wake up with a migraine and my body just felt awful.
As I approached my mid-20s, I started to just say no. I didn’t care to keep up with my friends and preferred not to feel like death the next day. In the beginning, my friends really stuck it to me and I definitely felt pressured to drink every time I saw them. I stuck to my guns and, eventually, they began to realize their efforts were in vain. The comments diminished and I felt empowered that I didn’t need to “give in” in order to enjoy myself.
But why does this phenomenon happen?
From an evolutionary standpoint, early humans had to form social groups in order to survive. If we were shunned from the group, this often meant death. As a result, we have developed a natural tendency to conform to the norms of our social groups and shy away from behaviours that deviate from the “accepted standards”.
When we spend time with people who share similar behaviours and characteristics, going against the group norms can be seen as a challenge to the group. For example, choosing not to drink in a social setting may be met with resistance from those who are accustomed to drinking.
Whether on a conscious or subconscious level, by you choosing not to drink it almost acts like a “mirror” to your friends. It can suggest to them that their own drinking habits may also need reevaluation. This causes discomfort for your friends and they fight back with what we know as “peer pressure.”
We also see this happen when a person starts changing their diet. Both family and friends feel extremely uncomfortable with it and often make hurtful comments.
Now let’s fast forward to this year.
I’ve noticed a big shift in our society toward alcohol-free not being looked down upon. I’m happy to see this shift because we’re finally telling a person that their health desires, personal beliefs, religious views or possible issues with substance abuse are valid.
Now, we know that the big core root causes of acne are poor gut health, sluggish detox pathways and hormonal imbalances. So let’s take a look at how alcohol impacts these areas (and your skin!).