Alex: A lot of people in LA go sober for the month of January. Mostly because they drink so much over the holidays and need a refresh. I decided to join the trend and take on the challenge. I don’t have a drinking problem or anything, but I wanted to realign my will power. As a writer, you set a lot of your own deadlines and I felt like I was slacking with self discipline so I needed to remind myself that I control my choices. I went with what I thought would be simple… sobriety. But it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I noticed how much of a crutch drinking is in a social setting. The booze becomes a security blanket that warms me up when stepping outside of my comfort zone. It’s easier to talk to someone you just met or dance and not care what anyone thinks once you’ve had a few drinks. But after the first night…
Nik: Paleta. That is all.
Alex: What kind of balls are those? Beef balls? Chicken balls? Lamb balls? Man balls? You plate like a whore.
Nik: Ate like one too.
Alex: For how long?
Nik: Two weeks.
Alex: And they deliver?
Nik: Yep, every morning.
Alex: And the food was good?
Nik: I can’t get enough of the Harvest Pumpkin. It’s so gooooood. I crave it.
Alex: Will you make your pumpkin cake soon?
Nik: I love all of their soups. I buy a bunch and keep them in the freezer. They’re perfect for nights when I work really late and don’t feel like pounding a big meal before bed.
Alex: I love pounding before bed.
Nik: I’m seriously…
Nik: I love a challenge.
Alex: Me too, especially when there’s food involved.
Nik: I wonder if I can actually commit to something for 30 days.
Alex: Well there’s only one way to find out. I’m signing up!
Nik: A friend told me about My Fit Foods. It’s great. I’m a huge fan. I’m not trying to lose weight, but I find cooking for one to be rather dull, not to mention expensive, so I stock up on meals for the week from this place. Someone with OCD more severe than mine definitely organized the store. You walk in to find walls of refrigerators organized by breakfast, lunch and dinner. Within
Nik: Green juice. I’ve been doing this for over a year, but I love it and wanted to share. Every Sunday I buy five green juices from Pressed Juicery or Juice Crafters and line them up in my fridge for the week. It’s the first thing I drink every morning. This simple ritual puts me in a healthy state of mind. We’re lucky to live here because you can find a
Alex: Hangovers are real. They remind me how much older I am. Remember in college when you could go out Thursday, Friday, and Saturday? Sometimes add a Sunday Funday? Well, and Monday and Tuesday… I’m at that phase where you still can do that, but you’re greeted the next morning with a headache, nausea, and a body coma. I’m no stranger to a bad hangover, but even after three drinks I can feel it in the morning. Thank heavens for Juice Crafters, sunglasses, and Advil. What’s your cure?
Alex: My mother called me today. It caught me off guard, I wasn’t ready. As my phone was ringing I had an instant flashback to the last time we spoke: “I don’t want to see you, Alex.” It has been months since I’ve talked to her. The feeling of hope that she was her old self again took over. I was walking into my friends house when I decided to pick up the phone and ...