Monday, March 23, 2015

Day 7 - 1 Week Down

I can't believe it's Day 7 already. This has really been the easiest first week ever. In most cases, cleanses get easier every time you do them.

(Except for a few years ago when we had to go to New York on a cleanse. Even the Big Apple sparkles better with a drink or two.)

Anyway, I began the cleanse last Tuesday, March 17 - St. Patrick's Day. I completely forgot! You know you're old when you forget it's St. Paddy's Day.

You know you're really old when you start an alcohol cleanse on St. Paddy's Day!! Yikes!!

It's the first time I've started a cleanse on a Tuesday (let alone St. Patricks!), but I liked it. And I'm already 1/4 of the way through.

Here's a great article from NPR about the latest non-abstinence based recovery programs. It shows that many problem drinkers are able to get control - without quitting forever. It's not a perfect science, but there's plenty of evidence to suggest that 12-step programs aren't the only way to deal with a drinking problem. Check it out.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ch-ch-changes ...

Check out the new spring green template! 

Obvi making some changes to the blog here! I'm still committed to alcohol cleansing – in fact, my next 28-day cleanse starts next week, so I'll continue blogging about it here. But I'm also going to be expanding Ms. Functional to incorporate other parts of my life. Because – believe it or not – my world is about more than just drinking. ;)
            I truly am passionate about my fiction. Always have been. I'm just finishing up the first draft of the sequel to my paranormal series, THE HUNTER'S MOON. I'm writing the second book before even releasing the first one because I want to have a serious package together for my next venture. Plus … I love to write, so it's really not hard to get me to sit alone in the darkness of my office for hours (months, years!) doing nothing but writing and re-writing.  
            Unfortunately (for me) I don't really like to promote myself very much. Am I just polite? Am I insecure? Am I lazy? I don't know! But I'm determined to get better at it because promotion is such a big part of the writer's job right now.  Hopefully, I won't get too inyerface about it. ;)            
            One of my other passions is less public.
            'Natural wellness' sounds less ageist, so we could also call it that. Some of you may have already guessed this because several of my blog posts veer off into more general health topics. But I'm serious here: I'm passionate about natural anti-aging.  In the same way I developed the Cleanse System, I've got myriad anti-aging hints that are natural, easy, effective – and cheap! Just like me! I mean, just like cleansing! I'm going to start sharing them here, too. 
            I'll also be posting videos about both wellness and writing, plus just stuff about life, like reviews and such. Plus I've added an excerpt of THE CLEANSE SYSTEM to this blog. It's about the first quarter of the book and I'll update with new chapters and hints regularly. Check out the tab above to start reading! My husband has written the forward (unasked!) and I think I cried the first seventeen times I read it ...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hey Gorgeous!

We've all secretly suspected it. Even musicians have crooned about it in songs like "The Girls All Look Prettier at Closing Time.

Guys call it the 'beer goggle effect.' Once you're drunk (and desperate for a booty call) everyone looks better. But now there's scientific proof that drinking actually does make us all more good looking.

A (crazy!) new study out of Bristol University was conducted on students to rate how attractive they found people of the opposite sex when they were drinking. Turns out that after one drink, everyone was rated as being more attractive than when they were sober. Researchers hypothesize it's because alcohol relaxes the muscles in our faces, flushes our cheeks and dilates our pupils. All signs of health and youth. 

Alcohol can make your seem more attractive

Careful though, because after more than one drink, we start getting less attractive again. Bad news for bartenders who kind of rely on us to drink until we're all red-eyed, slobbering and stumbling our way home. 

By the way, this study is something everyone should keep in mind as Spring Break season is upon us. Never mind sunburns, Binge Drinking is one of the biggest risks young adults face when they get together during reading week.  Alcohol poisoning, accidents and dumb decisions regarding everything from driving to sex can put a real damper on the fun. So - girls and boys - stay safe and stay attractive during Spring Break this year: drink less! 

You can spend all that extra money on souvenirs for mom. And SPF. 

Here's more on that whacky study from The Telegraph