Sunday, July 14, 2024

Damp January, Dry January or California Sober

New Year, new you, extra weight, exhaustion from the holidays – all reasons to maybe make a temporary change in January – but what is right for you?

The holiday season is fun and full of indulgences, but it can leave you feeling a little wrecked in at the start of a fresh new year.  January is the time of year when you make a fresh start and set goals to improve yourself.  Get fit, lose weight, do more, focus – all great goals, but only 9% of people follow through on their new year resolutions.  As people share their intentions, about 15% of people start Dry January, but it is the right or the practical solution?  Trying to figure out Damp January, Dry January or California Sober depends on your goals.

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Ask what are you trying to accomplish?  Giving your liver a break, taking a general tolerance vacation from intoxicants?  Perhaps you want to shed the extra holiday weight. The average weight gain during this time period is anywhere from 0.8 pounds to just under 2 pounds. Or maybe you just want to clear your head. Here is a guideline to help you make a decision.

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Damp January

Damp January is an initiative where people choose to reduce their alcohol and/or marijuana consumption during the month of January. It allows a more flexible approach, focusing on reducing intake rather than complete abstinence. Considering there is a 3 day weekend in the middle of the month, it can make keeping the goal a bit easier.

if you’re following Damp January, it means that you should be drinking in moderation, with a more mindful approach.  Weight loss is a bit harder and you have should plan your consumption and set limits on amounts.

California Sober

California Sober is an initiative where people stop drinking and drugs other than marijuana. And they partake of marijuana in moderation.  This is a more flexible approach and many people use vapes and gummies instead of alcohol at social events.  Done correctly, this also can used to assist in weight loss.

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Dry January

Dry January is the OG of all three and it means stopping everything cold for 31 days.  This is the least flexible approach, although slipping once or twice doesn’t mean you should give up. This is the best program for weight loss and giving your body a break. This is a tolerance break for both alcohol and marijuana users who have a high frequency of use.

Damp January, Dry January or California Sober can all help you mind and body.


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