We’ve been posting Happiness Hacks from our coming book Hacking Your Way to Happiness and put 12 of the 22 hacks into a 2020 calendar. Rick (Judy’s out-of-the-box-thinking brother) sent her what he thought was possible hack cure for fibromyalgia. We didn’t get it in time for the Hack Your Way to Happiness calendar so we’re sharing what Rick sent in this special post.
Note this calendar is small, 5.5″ x 7″
We’re not sure about fibromyalgia but for those of you who are planning to imbibe this New Years hopefully the hack won’t get you wacked.
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DRINK ON A FULL STOMACH (that doesn’t mean balancing a beer on your belly)
Make sure to have solid food in your system before having any alcohol. Experts recommend that you eat high-protein foods such as cheese and peanuts, which help to slow the absorption of alcohol into the circulatory system and burn it off.
KEEP HYDRATED (with water, not wine)
Dehydration can cause your blood volume to drop, allowing less blood and oxygen to flow to the brain and allowing the stress hormone cortisol to have a greater impact on your system, so make sure that you are getting adequate fluid. If you drink alcohol while dehydrated, it will have a seriously negative impact on your system. Water improves the processing of brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.
SIP IT SLOWLY (nothing to add, we just like the alliteration)
Your body absorbs alcohol quicker than you metabolize it. The faster you drink, the more time the toxins in booze spend in your body, affecting your brain and other tissues, and the bigger the hangover will be in the morning.
ONE PER HOUR (drinks, not miles)
Metabolism depends on several factors (gender, weight, age, health), but in general, most people can metabolize roughly one drink an hour.
ADD SOME ICE (we’re not referring to the Rapper)
Diluting alcohol with ice or water will increase your time between refills and decrease its effects on your body and brain. As you slowly enjoy your beverage, the ice will melt and create more liquid as it reduces the strength of the alcohol. You can also use soda water or another non-alcoholic beverage as a chaser. Don’t be influenced or embarrassed into not chasing your drink. Your own health and safety are what’s important.
DON’T MIX ALCOHOL WITH DRUGS
Whether it’s flu medicine, painkillers, sleeping pills, antibiotics, prescription meds, antidepressants – you name it, it doesn’t matter – it is a really bad idea to mix alcohol with drugs.
Alcohol Packs on the Pounds (We’ve saved one of the worst for last)
Alcohol is calorie-dense
Alcohol intake is for adults – 18 years and older but our Happiness Hacks Calendar is G-rated
*P.S. We bought calendars for ourselves with Zazzle discount coupon. Make sure to check out the Zazzle specials. Half of the profit we make will be donated to the charity, The Gentle Barn.