No Burgers and No Beer Make Coate...Something Something

We just wrapped the first quarter of 2016 and it’s been a tough one for those around me. January through March brought death, divorce, financial woes, health concerns, and more for many people I know.

The difficulties found their way into my own home as well. While January brought my wife back to living in the same state as me, we have both since struggled more than expected with missing our home in Colorado and attempts to find our identities in our new city, jobs, and careers. Jill’s gotten sick for extended periods of time, and I’ve battled a few painful injuries and the return of severe migraines.

To put it mildly, 2016 came out swinging and it landed quite a few of its punches.

Okay, well it hasn't been THIS bad.

Okay, well it hasn't been THIS bad.

All of this has lead me to feel generally “fuzzy”. I haven’t felt the same at work or in life in a way that extends beyond the obviously attributable factors of massive amounts of change. This is something that’s more about feeling like I’ve lost my “core” self, or at least gone away from it in some way. All of the various adjustments I’ve tried so far simply haven’t gotten me to where I feel I want to be.

So I’m going sober and giving up meat.

Well, for the month of April, anyway. And I still *might* eat fish.

Well, for the month of April, anyway. And I still *might* eat fish.

Now, this isn’t because I blame alcohol and/or meat as the main reasons for my fuzziness. And it’s not because I believe vegetarians or vegans are superior to carnivores (Nope). Nor do I believe teetotalers are better people either (Definitely nope). In fact, after reading Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent, I definitely side firmly with the Wets.

But I will say over the years a reduction in one or both of those, even for a short period of time like a few days, has had noticeable effects on my clarity, and helped me regain some semblance of a “center”.

It’s like the nuclear option for my health. Like putting Toews and Kane on a line together in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Or for those non-Chicago Blackhawks hockey fans reading, it’s like a reset button, that helps get things “back on course”. So I’m going to try to reset.

Why a month? I dunno. It’s an arbitrary time frame. I just want to see what happens. And in case you do too, I’m going to write about what I learn each week.

No Beef & No Booze: Week 1
No Alcohol or Meat At All: Week 2
My Plant-Based and Sober-Faced Month: A Retrospective