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The Benefits of Going Alcohol Free For 40 Days

By Savanna Latimer, RDN, LDN
Ochsner Eat Fit BR

Do you think you could give up alcohol for 40 days? It can be a challenge no matter what but especially when so much of our daily lives involve alcohol like dinner parties, holidays, fundraising events, weddings, graduation parties and more. It can sometimes seem impossible to avoid alcohol. However, abstaining from alcohol has proven many benefits.

Giving up alcohol can feel daunting. However, joining Eat Fit’s Alcohol Free For 40 Challenge makes it easy. We support you along the way and provide pre and post metrics to track your progress including lab work, photos, body composition, and blood pressure measurement. Interested in joining the challenge? Learn more at

5 Benefits of going Alcohol Free for 40 days:

  1. Look Better- In addition to dropping extra pounds, you may find that your skin and complexion look brighter and healthier!

  2. Feel Better- Looking to sleep deeper, have better hydration, and less inflammation? Going alcohol free for 40 days can help!

  3. Save Money- It’s no secret that alcohol can be expensive with the average cost of a cocktail being over $10. Your pockets and bank account will thank you for taking a break from alcohol!

  4. Lose weight- Giving up sugary cocktails and extra calories from alcohol may benefit the number on the scale. Many participants lose extra pounds during the 40 day challenge.

  5. Develop Healthy Habits- Trade the happy hour cocktail for a walk or exercise class instead. You’ll be surprised at how the extra endorphins will make you feel and you may want to keep this habit after the 40 days have ended.

Zero Proof Cocktails

Drinks don’t have to be boring! Spice up your zero proof cocktails by adding kombucha, muddled fruit, herbs and more. Try our recipe below!

Zero Proof Berry Mojito
  • 6 Blackberries

  • 2 Mint Leaves

  • 4 ounces Berry Flavored Kombucha

  • 2 ounces Sparkling Water

Muddle blackberries and mint and add to a Collins class.

Add kombucha and ice to glass.

Top with sparkling water and enjoy!

About Ochsner Eat Fit

Eat Fit is a nonprofit initiative of Ochsner Health, designed to help the community live their healthiest, strongest lives possible. The team of Eat Fit dietitians works closely with local restaurants, markets and other foodservice establishments to identify and develop dishes that meet the Eat Fit nutritional criteria.

These items are identified directly on the menu with the Eat Fit seal of approval, making the healthy choice the easy choice when dining out.

Free to all restaurants and foodservice partners, Eat Fit encourages nutritious choices whether an individual is looking to lose weight, feel better or look better, as well as help to manage health issues including diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure.

With more than 500 partners, Eat Fit has expanded across the state to include Eat Fit Northshore, Eat Fit BR, Eat Fit Acadiana, Eat Fit Shreveport, and Eat Fit Monroe.

The Eat Fit team connects deeply within the Eat Fit communities, serving as a resource for all things wellness. Download the Eat Fit smartphone app to find participating restaurants with full nutrition facts of Eat Fit menu items, as well as recipes, community wellness resources, and to connect with a health professional in your area. And check out the Eat Fit Cookbook, a compilation of 125 recipes from 40 Eat Fit partners, at Follow Eat Fit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit for more information about Eat Fit in your region.

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