How to Drink Less Without Feeling Deprived!

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Women’s drinking has been rising dramatically during the last couple of years. It’s become our go-to for numbing and escaping the challenges of modern, busy life in a pandemic. The good news is more and more women are questioning their relationship with alcohol.

If you’re starting to wonder if alcohol is still serving you, please celebrate that awareness! Drinking less (or not at all) is a positive wellness choice, and I'm on a mission to normalize that decision.

Join me as I share the 5 keys to making alcohol small and irrelevant in your life. Based on the practical, science-based approach of This Naked Mind, my path to achieving freedom from alcohol has worked for me and thousands of others. It’s like nothing you’ve ever tried, and it’s truly the way to take alcohol out of the driver’s seat. If you’re ready to take back control over alcohol, and drink less - start...

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Martha Wright: From Vineyards to Mocktails

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Sobercurious or looking to drink a little less? You won't want to miss this episode!

I interview fellow This Naked Mind Coach, Martha Wright, about her decision to become alcohol-free and her midlife career transition from wine importer and vineyard owner to alcohol-free beverage expert & advocate.

Martha and I discuss women’s gray-area drinking and the revolutionary approach to changing your relationship with alcohol: the This Naked Mind philosophy. Martha provides a few of her best tips for living life fully (including visiting wine country!) while staying alcohol-free, along with her best picks for alcohol-free wines, spirits, and botanicals.

Find Martha’s picks list at www.clearpowercoaching.com/resources

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Ally’s Garber’s Story – Running Towards Recovery

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Guest Ally Garber, successful career woman, mom of two, and lover of running, shares her personal story of mental health challenges, alcohol dependence, and recovery -- with honesty, insight, and a great sense of humour.

Ally and I discover we have a lot in common in terms of our shared stories, including the decision to stop drinking during the last year of a parent’s terminal illness.

This easy conversation includes a new take on “mommy wine culture”, a discussion of the pitfalls of moderation, advice for sober-curious “gray-area drinkers”, and the unexpected joys of becoming alcohol-free.

Want to start exploring your relationship with alcohol? Maybe drink a little less? No need to commit to anything, start with my FREE 3 video series, here: www.wendymccallum.com/myths

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Ask the Coach: How Do I Know If I Have a Problem with Alcohol?

 

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Are you a gray-area drinker? Join the club! Over 80% of North Americans drink and about 70% of them wish they drank less.

How do you know when it’s time to make a change? 

I explore this question in today’s episode, highlighting some of the signs that it may be time to start exploring your relationship with alcohol. 

I also talk about the one question we ask ourselves that doesn't really matter, and the one we need to be asking ourselves more often.

Finally, I give listeners a jumping-off point for starting to dig into their own relationship with alcohol with a simple coaching exercise.

Wish you drank a bit less? There's no need to commit to anything more than getting a little curious. I'd suggest you start by digging into your own beliefs around alcohol with  my 3 FREE alcohol belief-busting videos at www.wendymccallum.com/myths

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Jessica Landon: Laughter, Gratitude & Connection in Women’s Recovery

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Jessica Landon was a successful Hollywood actress living a charmed & glamorous life, but it all fell apart when she spiraled into full-blown alcoholism at age 26 which led to jail, then living on the streets, weighing just 78 pounds. She lost it all, but somehow, after 9 trips to rehab, she found the will to leave alcohol behind and build a life she didn't need to escape from. 

She now lives in Los Angeles with her fiancee and beautiful baby boy, and is an advocate and coach for moms in recovery.

Jess shares her powerful story with raw honesty, including the role that laughter, gratitude, and connection played in her own recovery.

Jessica and I discuss gray-area drinking, the sober curious movement, mommy wine culture, and the critical importance of community and connection for women when it comes to healing and recovery.

Follow Jessica on instagram at @jessicalandon12 and find out more about Sober Mom Squad meetings...

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Christina’s Story - Finding Freedom from Food & Alcohol

 

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This is my first of (I hope!) many client interview episodes. I think you'll love Christina's story as much as I have loved being part of it!

At the young age of 12, when she realized she needed a size bigger pair of pants than her friend, Christina started down a lifelong path of dieting, weight loss, weight gain, and body shame.

Exhausted and physically unwell, she reached out to me one year ago, at the end of her rope and ready to try different, not just harder. My holistic approach to healthy change was something she’d never tried before, but by embracing curiosity and self-compassion, Christina was able to achieve her goal of true freedom from food. She felt so great, she then tackled her unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

Constant thoughts of food and alcohol no longer consume her, and she’s loving how present and joyful she feels in all aspects of her life. In this episode, Christina...

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Jardine Libaire, Author of The Sober Lush

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Jardine Libaire is a novelist, screenwriter and the co-author of one of Wendy’s favourite books of this year, The Sober Lush: A Hedonist's Guide to Living a Decadent, Adventurous, Soulful Life - Alcohol Free. She’s also an all-around lovely guest.

Life without alcohol is the opposite of boring! It can be rich and so much more rewarding if you’re open to it. Jardine and I share our secrets to living a more joyful, connected, and resonant life without (or with!) alcohol. It’s all about slowing down, getting more present, creating new rituals, and celebrating the little things.

This is a delightful and inspiring conversation you won’t want to miss!

Find out more about Jardine at www.jardinelibaire.com and follow her on Instagram @thesoberlush and @jardinelibaireprojects.

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Ask the Coach, Stress & Alcohol - Developing Healthier Tools for Coping

 

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In this re-share of Episode 335 of the This Naked Mind Podcast, I join This Naked Mind Head Coach Scott Pinyard to share some of my drinking story and talk about burnout – how we define it and what its most common symptoms are. We answer two listener questions: one from someone using alcohol to cope with stress, knowing it’s hurting but also feeling like it’s helping, who’s wondering how to handle stress without alcohol; and one from someone who started drinking again and is struggling to stop.

Using alcohol or other unhealthy mechanisms like food or social media to cope with stress is so common. Scott and I discuss how to change your thinking patterns and cope differently, the importance of building a toolkit of healthy coping mechanisms, how stress is compounded by alcohol, how meditation can relieve stress, what practicing self-care looks like, how gratitude can help you drink less, and the fact...

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Wendy’s Alcohol Story

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In this special episode, guest host Julie Lesperance takes the reins to interview me about my personal alcohol story on my 3-year anniversary of living alcohol-free. I explain how and why my relationship with wine changed over the course of my life, when and why I started to question it, and how I found freedom and went on to become a Certified Naked Mind Coach. 

If you think you’re the only one questioning your relationship with alcohol, you’re not. If you’re thinking things aren’t “bad enough” to make a change, you’re wrong. 

"Grey-area drinking" exists on a huge spectrum. You don't need to objectively have " a problem", be an "alcoholic" or hit a "rock bottom" to change your habits. The truth is: you simply don't HAVE to drink (or drink as much), and it's 100% up to you! (Boy, was it ever liberating when I realized that!)

You get to...

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Jessie Harrold - Why Women's Rituals & Self-Care Matter

Listen to this episode above! (There is no video of this podcast, the universe was not cooperating - it's definitely worth a listen, though - it was a GREAT conversation!)

 

Jessie Harrold is a coach, women's mentor and doula who has been supporting women through radical life transformations and other rites of passage for over a decade. She is also the author of Project Body Love: My Quest to Love My Body and the Surprising Truth I Found Instead.

 

In this episode, Jessie and I discuss some of the transformative life experiences women go through (like motherhood, leadership, empty nesting, menopause and sobriety). We also talk about the importance of slowing down, listening to your body and heart and using what you learn to develop rituals of meaningful self-care. Tune in to hear Jessie's famous "pee example"!

 

Jessie shares her definition of “ritual” and explains how we can use ritual to “put a pin in our life map” and...

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