What is mindful drinking: drinking well and not depriving yourself of anything

“We often go on autopilot, and instead of understanding if we like alcohol, or how it makes us feel, we follow friends and drink what they drink, without awareness”

If in my first twenty years I drank to drink, now I only drink if I like something. The derogation can be, at most, a gin and tonic in a plastic cup at a concert or an industrial beer on the beach. I do a job that exposes me to alcoholic opportunities so I always try to keep a few alcohol-free days a week. I still go overboard but less and less (and with ever-worse aftermath of the hangover) and no longer intentionally. IT WILL NOT BE PRACTICAL ALREADY MINDFUL DRINKING WITHOUT KNOWING? Should I write a book on it?

The term was born from a book written by the journalist Rosamund Dean in 2017 that promises to help cultivate a new, healthy and aware relationship with alcohol: not to quit, but to moderate

I speak now of Mindful Drinking not surprisingly: from the photos of old people who display signs asking for alcohol to the memes on the alcoholic breakfast it seems clear that everyone (all those who habitually consume alcohol) is drinking even more than usual. It is an unimaginable stress situation. I am not surprised that the consumption of alcohol has increased as well as, given in hand, the consumption of “comfort” food has increased. One example above all: in quarantine the home delivery company Winelivery recorded increases of 250%.

But this deregulation is it dangerous to alcohol? If we can shrug and say “Okay, I’ll open a bottle again tonight, I don’t have to drive, I have two aperitifs on Zoom and then oh, there is a world pandemic”, what are the effects on the long term? Are we at risk of compromising our health or creating an addiction?

What is mindful drinking

A few days ago I ran into an article on mindful drinking. The name is borrowed from mindful eating, in which the principles of mindfulness are applied to eating, as the psychotherapist explains to me Lara Ferrari: “Often it is trivialized and it is thought that mindful eating is just tasting the food focusing on the sensations. In the protocol taught in the ME courses, the daily practice of conscious nutrition is accompanied by a formal meditative practice. It is a non-prescriptive approach, unlike “traditional” diets, which does not have weight loss as its main purpose but the reappropriation of a peaceful relationship with food. It is a path that begins with a psychologist and not with a nutritionist or dietician. “

“He suggests pretending to drink gin and tonic, while instead it’s just tonic water, so ‘none of your friends will make fun of you.’ But what kind of friends do you have?”

It seems almost counterintuitive to talk about meditation techniques applied to drinking. And indeed Mindful Drinking turns out to be anything but a formal meditative practice. Apparently the term originated from a book written by the journalist Rosamund Dean in 2017 that promises to help cultivate a new, healthy and aware relationship with alcohol: not to stop, but to moderate. The book is part of a movement that has grown exponentially in recent years, especially in the United States, which does not want to push people not to drink but to drink less, as the CLUB SÖDA NYC, a network that organizes non-alcoholic events.

And even the Mindful Drinking festival was born. Sifting online (no, I didn’t want to buy the book), it seems that the basic principles are: to make a preventive plan of when to drink, what to drink, where; don’t be bribed (with frankly ridiculous advice like pretending to drink a gin and tonic when it’s just tonic water so none of your friends will make fun of you – but what friends do you have?); do not drink as a relief mechanism from negative emotions. Dean says she personally sets the rule of three: three days a week, maximum three drinks. A prescriptive approach decidedly different from that of mindful eating.

“Let’s start by asking ourselves questions: what am I drinking the best choice for me? How does it make me feel? It will make it easier for us to stop when we want.”

“I don’t like alcohol so I don’t text!” Ferrari laughs. “First of all we must differentiate those who have problems related to alcohol consumption from the so-called social drinker. We often go on autopilot, and instead of understanding if we like alcohol, or how it makes us feel, we follow friends and drink what they drink, without awareness. Let’s start by asking ourselves questions: what I’m drinking the best choice for me? How does it make me feel? It will make it easier for us to stop when we want. “

Ferrari notes that this approach may be better than “all or nothing.” When we have rules, we always tend to transgress them. We don’t drink anything for a while, then we give the go-ahead … and we end up feeling very bad. “Mindful drinking and mindful eating are not perfectly superimposable but” surely it is useful, while drinking, to realize if you do is doing to handle negative emotions. A bit like emotional eating. It happens to eat a biscuit just to get up or drink a glass of wine if you are depressed or angry. But it would be better to realize what emotions are underneath and wonder if alcohol, or food, are the only way we manage them, those emotions. In this perspective, mindful drinking can perhaps help us regain possession of moderate drinking.

Unfortunately I have to remind you of one thing. The Ministry of Health found itself forced, among other fake news, to deny the alleged beneficial properties of alcohol. And he took the opportunity to add that “Abusing it increases the risk of infection because it “damages all components of the immune system” […] In fact, there is a dose dependent correlation between alcohol consumption and viral infections. ”

Another reason why getting drunk every night on the sofa is not exactly a brilliant idea. Remembering that moderation is also needed in moderation: as soon as I see my friends again, I plan to take a colossal hangover. But above all remembering that, if you are afraid of developing an addiction to alcohol, there is no shame in asking for help.

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10 series and documentaries to calm the sports ‘overalls’

Resigned to making a virtue of necessity, sports fans seek in these days of house arrest and absence of competitions imaginative ways to calm your voracious appetite. Discarded as unsupportive and irresponsible the option of putting on shoes and going outside to jog and stretch muscles, they are forced to watch old games over and over again devoid of the excitement of an uncertain result or to set up the gym at home and dust off the aerobic videos of Jane Fonda and Cindy Crawford, preferably on VHS (if even TVE has recovered the legendary ‘Tuning’ of Eva Nasarre!).

A less ‘vintage’ formula is to resort to increasingly overwhelming offer of sports-themed documentaries and docuseries Available on the various audiovisual streaming and rental platforms. This is a stormy jungle in which sweetened chronicles abound on the insides of a team (from the glittering ‘Matchday’ on Rakuten TV dedicated to Barça to the esteemed ‘We are a team’, available on Filmin, which portrays Osasuna’s latest rise ) and the hagiographic stories of overcoming that relate the rise to the top of some well-known athlete of unavoidably humble origin.

Away from those more ‘mainstream’ lands, here they are offered a dozen recommendations (including a couple of fictions) that stand out for their originality, their rare honesty or their interest. In no case is it a canon, so it is worth continuing the search because there are many more.

Five series

El Diego lands in the Mexican city of Culiacán, home to a renowned drug cartel (“it’s like sending a diabetic to a candy store,” says a journalist), to take over the depressed local team and try to get him into the First Division. . It is one step away from achieving it, but along the way it leaves a handful of incredibly rare images and memorable phrases (“Presi, here we are. The Maradonian revolution begins!”) That justify the viewing. Seven half-hour episodes. Available in Netflix.

From the passion that Leo Messi generates throughout the planet to the conciliatory role that football played in the reconstruction of Rwanda after the genocide and the exciting move of the Icelandic team for the 2016 Euro Cup to the rise of women’s football in Japan devastated by the tsunami from 2011, the ambitious four-handed series cooked by John Carlin and Raimon Masllorens aims to capture the universal and almost religious dimension that the sport of ball and kick has acquired. Six one-hour episodes. Available in Prime Video.

“Anyone who goes to a football game and expects Torquay to win is silly,” says a & mldr; Torquay. Accustomed to the trumpet chronicles of feats and victories, we often lose sight of the fact that defeat is also part of the sport. This luminous series reminds us of this through eight stories (here is football, but also athletics, boxing, skating, golf, and even curling!) That highlight how important and difficult it is to lose well. Eight half-hour chapters. Available in Netflix.

If there is a series that rises above the rest in the increasingly populated sub-genre of documentaries dedicated to following the season of a team, it is undoubtedly this. Conceived as a chronicle of what was to be the glorious return of Sunderland to the Premier, it ends up being the portrait (admirably honest) of a full-blown sinking. It is impossible not to get a bit of the Black Cats after seeing it. Eight 40-minute episodes. Available in Netflix.

Remarkable (and addictive) Norwegian fiction series that explores sexism in the world of soccer with the help of a coach who assumes the leadership of a modest male team that has just promoted to First. His nemesis is a player in the twilight of his career who aspired to the same position and, attention, is played by former Valencia striker John Carew. Better not to speculate on how the thing would have been if the action had been located in a more southern country. Two seasons. Available in Filmin.

Five movies

The false center forward Carlos Henrique Raposo passed in the 90s for some of the most distinguished soccer clubs in Brazil (Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense, Vasco de Gama, Palmeiras & mldr;) and for as many foreign teams without ever playing a single match. This documentary relates his incredible epic told by himself and by friendly soccer players such as Bebeto and Ricardo Rocha. Halfway between ‘Catch Me If You Can’ and an ad for Speedo swimwear. Available in Movistar Plus.

Reggie Miller, a franchise player for the Indiana Pacers in the 1990s and an Olympic champion in Atlanta 96, has always maintained that his older sister, Cheryl, was better than him. This documentary directed by Alison Ellwood reconstructs the inspiring story of Cheryl Miller and USC Trojan, the overwhelming varsity team that forever changed the history of women’s basketball in the United States in the 1980s and laid the foundation for the creation of the professional league ( WNBA). Available in HBO.

Refrain from confined runners with withdrawal syndrome. After undergoing 17 knee operations, vegan ultramarathon runner Fiona Oakes (type her name in Google if you want to know her amazing achievements in the world of long distance running) faces, at 47, the imposing Marathon Des Sables: 250 kilometers in six days through the desert of Morocco. And all for a good cause. Just seeing it leaves you exhausted. Available in Amazon Prime Video.

Throughout his titanic career, Muhammad Ali attended the popular talk show ‘The Dick Cavett Show’ more than a dozen times as a guest. Over the years, the fighter entered into an unusual friendship with the presenter, which led to his appearances on the program leading to revealing conversations in which, without filters or barriers, both discussed issues such as race, politics, religion and also, from time to time, boxing. Available in HBO.

Perhaps the best fictional movie about basketball in which basketball is not played. The reputed Steven Soderbergh shot it with a ‘smartphone’ in just two weeks and focuses on the handling of the agent of a promising player who tries to save the career of his client during a ‘lockout’ (lockout) of the NBA, providing In passing, a lucid reflection on the nature of the sporting event and who its true owners are (or should be). Available in Netflix.


Netflix UK news in April 2020 – Streaming movies and TV shows during social distancing

As we all spend more time indoors to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, it is very likely that you will be broadcasting the latest news from Netflix.

The streaming giant will provide us with a whole host of new original series, original films, content for children and families, documentaries and anime to keep us entertained.

Popular return shows include Ricky Gervais After Life’s dark comedy and the Spanish thriller Money Heist, as they await swords and shields ready for the fourth tip of The Last Kingdom.

Elsewhere, we have some epic films with the black thriller Extraction with Thor himself Chris Hemsworth and the political drama Sergio, with Wagner Moura and the beauty of Bond Ana de Armas.

There’s a lot to tune in, so see what you can stream in April 2020.

Netflix TV original

Nailed!: Season 4 – April 1

Everyone needs a culinary victory – so get stuck with this fourth series of Nailed It cooking show!

Sunderland ‘Til I Die: Season 2 – April 1st

Sunderland AFC hopes to change things in the new reality series that sees them compete in the third level of English football.

Money Heist (La casa de papel): Part 4 – April 3

The professor and thieves must defend themselves against the schemes both inside and outside the Bank of Spain.

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020: part 3 – 7 April

As Ruka takes her next step, Hana encounters new rivals as life in Tokyo continues.

The Circle Game – Coming soon

That’s right, The Circle arrives in France and individuals have to make strategies and decide to be themselves or someone else to win the cash prize.

Brews Brothers – April 10

Two stranger brothers brew beer and face some family fights in this new ongoing series.

Outer Banks – April 15th

A small group of teenagers discover some shocking secrets and set off on an adventure they will never forget.

Fauda: season 3 – April 1 6

Doron traps a determined young boxer when a long secret mission puts the team against a Hamas leader at the top of Shin Bet’s wanted list.

El Dragón: Return of a Warrior: Season 2 – April 17

Héctor has an advantage over his sister’s murder because of a bombing investigation. In the meantime, a new drug on the market means that the parties are fighting for the prototype.

#blackAF – April 17th

Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones appear in this family comedy inspired by Barris’ real-life journey.

Cooked with Cannabis – April 20

The chefs compete to get guests and special guests high on elevated cannabis cooking using green leafy herbs, CBD sauces and THC infusions.

Absurd Planet – April 22

This fun series takes a look at the lives of the most incredible animals on Earth.

The house of flowers: season 3 – 23 April

The soapy drama of a wealthy family from Mexico City has returned for the third time.

After Life: Season 2 – April 24

Ricky Gervais returns for the second season of After Life

After Life returns when we see that while still struggling with the immense pain for his wife, Tony (Ricky Gervais) is trying to become a best friend for his loved ones.

All his friends face a problem, as the local newspaper is expected to close.

Can local Am-Dram help cheer everyone up?

The Last Kingdom: Season 4 – April 24

Edward and Aethelflaed fight over Mercia’s future and the dream of the father of a united England.

Meanwhile, a resolute Uhtred tries to recover the lost birthright.

Never have I ever done it – April 27th

This series of adult comedies by Mindy Kaling talks about the life of a modern first generation Indian teenager and follows the experiences of her creator.

Extracurricular – April 29

Extracurricular follows a gang of high school students who get tangled up in a series of morally conflicting events and choices.

Summer – April 29

Inspired by Federico Moccia’s books, Summertime follows Summer as she leaves for her travels far from her hometown and meets the motorcyclist Ale along the way.

The Victims’ Game – April 30th

A forensic investigator with Asperger’s syndrome risks personal danger after discovering that his foreign daughter is linked to a series of murders.

The Forest of Love: Deep Cut – April 30th

Two emotionally scarred women are dragged into the plans of a charming swindler and his film crew.

New weekly episodes

Riverdale: Season 4

The popular teen drama continues as Riverdale explores the bloody and steamy year of Archie, Betty, Jughead and Veronica.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 12

Ru Paul’s Drag Race continues its new season

The latest American drag race continues with its lip syncs and A-list guest judges.

Better Call Saul: Season 5

Breaking Bad Better Caul Saul’s current spin-off series continues. Just what scratches did Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) take now?

Original Netflix movies

Coffee & Kareem – April 3

Twelve-year-old Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) plans to split her mother Vanessa Manning (Taraji P. Henson) and boyfriend police officer James Coffee (Ed Helms).

However, the intriguing boy’s violent plan to eliminate coffee leads to the exposure of a criminal network that puts the whole family at risk and Kareem and Coffee unite.

Money Heist: The Phenomenon – April 3

A documentary film that tells the sensation and the fandom of the whole world behind the Spanish thriller series Money Heist.

Tigertail – April 10

In New York, Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) is departing from Taiwan and an old lost love as he tells everything to his daughter Angela.

Love Wedding Repeat – April 10

This romantic comedy with a difference follows alternative versions of the same wedding that Jack (Sam Claflin) tries to give his sister the perfect day, but soon faces an angry ex-girlfriend, a secret guest surprise and an unexpected meeting with the one who escaped, Dina (Olivia Munn).

La vie scolaire – April 10

This drama follows a school counselor who helps disadvantaged students in one of the poorest areas of Paris.

The Main Event – April 10

Eleven-year-old Leo Thompson (Seth Carr) discovers a magical wrestling mask that gives him exceptional strength, leading him to participate in a WWE competition, starting to become the next wrestling superstar.

Sergio – April 17th

Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas star in Sergio

United Nations diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello (Wagner Moura) has spent his career dealing with some of the world’s most unstable regions and dealing with volatile, revolutionary and war criminal leaders for the greater good.

Just as he tries to settle down with the woman he loves (Ana de Armas), Sergio takes one last job – in Baghdad, recently plunged into chaos following the invasion of US forces.

Betonrausch – April 17th

Based on a true story, this film follows the rise and fall of two highly successful real estate agents in Germany.

Legado en los huesos – April 17

Inspector Amaia Salazar investigates a suicide linked to a large murder case in this sequel to “The Invisible Guardian”.

Earth and Blood (La terre et le sang) – April 17

The owner of the Said sawmill receives some unwanted guests: a sign.

El silencio del pantano – 22 April

A successful cold-blooded crime novelist is involved in the politics and local mafia in Valencia, Spain.

The wounds of Wroclaw – 22 April

When a body is discovered sewn inside a cowhide, a Wroclaw detective discovers that a murderer is recreating an 18th-century “plague” of apparent criminal punishment.

Draw – April 24th

Chris Hemsworth leads the action thriller Extraction

Produced by Avengers Endgame directors Antony and Joe Russo, Extraction follows Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), the fearless black market mercenary who has nothing left to lose while trying to save a kidnapped son of a crime lord. However, the dangerous journey through the criminal underworld will change Rake and the boy forever.

Willy and the Guardians of the Lake: Tales from the Lakeside Winter Adventure – April 27

Willy Whistle seems to take this opportunity to become a guardian as winter approaches and the lake is under threat.

Rich in Love (Ricos de Amor) – April 30

While Teto works for his father’s company, he falls in love with Paula and tells her that he is poor, but the lie will come back to haunt him.

Dangerous lies – April 30

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After losing her maid job, Katie Franklin (Camila Mendes) becomes the custodian of a wealthy man in her large estate.

As the couple become friends, Katie is left as the sole heir after her death, and she and her husband Adam (Jessie T. Usher) are dragged into a complex web of lies, deception and murder.

Netflix original comedy

The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show – April 1

Hold the highest knot and grab the remote for the upcoming six-part sketch series, Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show.

David Batra: Elefanten I Rummet – April 1st

Swedish stand-up David Batra makes jokes about being married to a recently resigned political leader.

Chris D’Elia: No Pain – April 14th

Stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcast host Congratulations, Chris D’Elia is back for a new special comedy.

Mauricio Meirelles: Levando o Caos – April 16

Brazilian comedian Mauricio Meirelles brings the comedy to a live audience in São Paulo.

Middleditch & Schwartz – April 21

Middleditch And Schwartz Comedy Special 2019

Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz bring their two-person comedy show, Middleditch & Schwartz, to a global audience in a collection of three completely improvised Netflix special comedians: Dream Job, Law School Magic and Parking Lot Wedding.

Sincerely, Kanan Gill – April 24

By comparing his teenage dreams with his future self, Kanan Gill becomes dark and fun.

Netflix original documentaries

How to fix a drug scandal – April 1st

The shocking crimes of two drug lab chemists change a state’s criminal justice system forever.

LA Originals – April 10

Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon examine their journey from talented artists to pioneers of culture.

The Innocence Files – April 15

Who was unjustly sentenced in The Innocence Files?

The Innocence Files sheds light on the untold personal stories behind eight instances of unfair belief that the non-profit organization of the Innocence Project and the organizations within the Innocence Network have discovered and worked tirelessly to overturn.

Book circus – April 22

For nearly four decades, the unpretentious couple Karen and Barry Mason ran Circus of Books, a Los Angeles porn store that became a center for the local gay community.

A Secret Love – April 29

A Secret Love tells the true love story between Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, a love story that has lasted for seven decades. Terry played in the women’s professional baseball league, inspiring the hit film A League of Own Own.

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story – Open 29

Should 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown have been sentenced to life imprisonment? This documentary examines the meaning of guilt.

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Netflix kids and family

Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy – April 3

A new chapter begins for Lucky and her friends as they head to the Palomino Bluffs Riding Academy.

StarBeam – April 3

The seaside city is protected by a young superhero and his technical sidecick.

The Last Kids on Earth: Book 2 – April 17

Jack, June, Quint and Dirk are on an adventure to find the missing zombies and find a place on the nice children’s table.

The Willoughbys – April 22

Convinced that they are better off alone, Willoughby’s children devise a mischievous plan to get rid of their selfish parents but soon find the true meaning of the family.

Original Netflix anime

Hi Score Girl: Season 2 – April 9

Haruo, Akira and their friends face their final level after all the training in arcade games.

Drifting Dragons – April 30th

The crew of the airship Quin Zaza sets off on a dragon hunt!

What will you watch on Netflix in April? Let us know your plans in the comments below.


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