Bye Alcohol (For Now)

20 DAY CHALLENGE

I decided to take 20-30 days off of consuming alcohol, which actually I do quite frequently during the school year, but this summer has included many vacations, days off, visiting friends, concerts, long hours of day-drinking, and A LOT of rose… A LOT.  First off, my bank account is feeling it :/ which is reason number one why I’m slowing down. Second, I’ve been getting sick and having stomach issues recently, which has been very rare in the past 5 years up until now. Third, my skin has been looking dry and damaged and I am NOT a girl who likes to wear face makeup so keeping my skin healthy is a priority. Luckily, even a short amount of time without alcohol will help our bodies to bounce back and reverse some of the negative effects. I researched some of the benefits of temporarily abstaining from alcohol and here’s what I found (from various resources):

 

1.     Your immune system and liver will begin to improve and function more effectively

Alcohol makes you more vulnerable to viruses and is a direct toxin to your liver. It also causes inflammation in your liver, which makes it difficult for your body to clear toxins and turn fat into energy.  Abstaining from alcohol will help these processes to reverse and allow your liver to function more effectively.

 

2.     You’ll sleep better

I know a lot of people that have sleep problems, and recently I have been one of them. When you drink alcohol, you aren’t fully sleeping through the night. It can help you fall asleep, but it suppresses REM sleep and can mess with the quality of your sleep. Basically, you’re just resting, not truly sleeping.

 

3.     Your skin will improve

Alcohol is a diuretic, making you dehydrated. It causes water to leave the body, and less water in the body leads to very noticeable negative effects: dry-looking skin, red cheeks, rosacea, eczema, dandruff, etc. (NOT FOR ME)

 

4.     You’ll lose weight

Alcohol adds MANY calories to your diet without you realizing it. One IPA can have over 200 calories, one margarita can have 300 calories, and so on… And we all know we don’t drink just ONE. Not only that, but alcohol increases your senses and cravings for food. So we consume tons of calories from drinking, and then we’re hungry and order fourth meal from Dominoes. By cutting alcohol out, and not replacing it with dessert, you’ll start to shed extra pounds by not doing much else.

 

5.     You’ll save money (!!!!)

This is a no-brainer. Drinking is very expensive… need I say more?

 

Lastly, if you are just NOT going to temporarily quit, at least check out the section in my E-Book about alcohol and the different ways that you can modify your drinks to decrease calories and sugar!

 

WHO’S WITH ME?

 

XO,

Anika 

 


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Girl Power Series with Shop Modern Gypsy

GIRL POWER.

The LOVELY ladies of Shop Modern Gypsy asked me to be the next feature on their GIRL POWER series for their blog. I copied and pasted the interview questions for you guys to read here! & the link to the full blog post is HERE.

1. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF & WHAT YOU DO! 

I am a BRAND NEW writer and blogger. I just launched my website ( www.anikacapozza.com ) at the end of January and am mainly just focused on health and nutrition right now. 

Along with the launch of my blog, I wrote a short E-book called “WE’RE NOT ON A DIET!” which is a realistic meal plan and cookbook that includes several recipes & healthy tips/tricks for consuming alcohol, eating at a restaurant, etc.. Having the strict guidelines of a “diet” can totally suck. I strive to continue to develop a blog where people can find yummy recipes, tips, and tricks to become HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER, without the strict guidelines of a diet. Soon, I want to start writing about much more like fashion, styling, modeling, skincare, you name it. 

2. WHAT DOES "GIRL POWER" MEAN TO YOU?

The word “power” tends to have negative connotations that surround it, mainly because people tend to abuse power. But, “Girl Power” to me is nothing like that. To me, it means being strong, brave, and being authentically YOU. It means being able to empower and inspire other women and lift them up towards their personal goals and desires, while fulfilling yours at the same time. 

As a new writer and blogger, I made a list of the words and phrases that I believed would help any business/brand succeed. On this list, I wrote “be authentic”. I work towards this everyday. I want MY personality to shine! I want other women to be able to read my words, get to know me, and feel inspired to be authentically THEMSELVES. This is the feeling that I get when I read some of my favorite bloggers posts. Women being able to empower other women to be authentically themselves, totally embodies this idea of “girl power” <3

 

“My girl power role models have definitely taught me to be ME, while still inspiring me to create and go for my dreams. ”

— ANIKA CAPOZZA

 

3. HOW CAN ANY GIRL FIND HER OWN POWER?

There has to be SOMETHING every girl – and every human for that matter – LOVES to do. You know that little something that you think about every day, something you know you are passionate about? How can you make this dream become a reality and become your lifestyle? All women have the “girl power” within them to DO. Join a community of women who empower each other, who share, create, invent, inspire, and GO-FOR-IT together. That to me is POWER. We all have the power within us, sometimes we just need to ignite that flame.

4. WHO ARE YOUR GIRL POWER ROLE MODELS?

I have so many. It ranges from some of my favorite female musicians to some of my favorite bloggers. Right now, one of my favorite girl power role models is Lauryn Evarts of ‘The Skinny Confidential’. She is someone who has this power to make her blog posts feel like a conversation. This is somewhat hard to explain… but she basically gives a string of words, words written on a screen, so much LIFE. She gives these words so much personality. When you’re reading, it feels as if you’re having a one-on-one conversation with her IN PERSON, despite the fact that they are just words on a screen. Seriously, if you haven’t already, you should definitely go check her out! 

5. IF YOU HAD TO PICK ONE SONG THAT REPRESENTS GIRL POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I read this question, and a song started playing in my head… “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra… I MEAN, DUH.


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Healthy AND HAPPY. (an intro)

The theme to my blog is essentially "Becoming Healthy and Happy",

and I have yet to write about the "happy" side of things. There is a lot that you guys maybe don't know about me, and part of what I want my blog to be is a place where I can WRITE, SHARE, and INSPIRE those who want to read!

This new section of my blog is called "LET'S GET REAL"

and it is going to be about POSITIVE aspects of life, the plus side of sometimes negative situations (BECAUSE let's get real... not everything is great ALL the time, but you can ALWAYS find a light in each and every situation), motivation, things that have moved me or inspired me to change or to act a certain way, and thus, inspiring you through sharing my own experiences. 

My first main blog post will be up this week. Stay tuned. And a huge, huge thank you for those of you supporting me and inspiring me to expand in this way, and to keep GROWING.

<3

XO