#AlcoholFreeFor40 challenge shows what booze does to your body

HEALTHLINE: Ochsner's #AlcoholFreeFor40Challenge encourages people to not drink for 40 days

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Ochsner’s Eat Fit BR is challenging folks to give up alcohol for 40 days... with a bit of a twist. Their doctors will show you exactly how your body changes over that period. The challenge is designed to show the impact alcohol has on the body, mind, and spirit.

“It's a great way for people to reset after the holidays, and especially after Mardi Gras,” said Vanessa Richard, a registered dietitian with Eat Fit BR.

The challenge, which begins Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26) and concludes on Easter Sunday (April 12), encourages participants to track pre- and post-challenge metrics, including labs, body composition, hydration status, blood pressure, and a closeup photo to see face, skin, and eyes

Here's what to expect, according to Richard:

  • Within Days: Improved energy, better quality of sleep, clearer eyes, and improved appearance of under-eye circles
  • Within One Week: Reduced fluid retention, brighter skin, improved clarity and focus
  • Within One Month: Positive changes to your weight and healthier hair, nails, and digestion

Ochsner Eat Fit will host kickoff events around the state to offer testing for $25 (value of $400). The Baton Rouge event will be held Feb. 27 at Ochsner Medical Complex- The Grove. Advance registration is required for testing and can be accessed online. The post-challenge testing will occur April 8 and is included in the $25 fee.

“We’re measuring body composition, metabolic panel, high sensitivity inflammation markers, liver enzymes, and taking a closeup photo of someone’s face,” Richard explained.

Those embarking on the journey are encouraged to share their progress and connect with others via the #AlcoholFreeFor40 hashtag and its Facebook page. Participants are also encouraged to document changes in their mood, sleep, weight, and appearance throughout the process.

The #AlcoholFreeFor40Challenge shows how alcohol affects the body.
The #AlcoholFreeFor40Challenge shows how alcohol affects the body. (Source: Ochsner Eat Fit BR)

To make the challenge easier, Eat Fit partners with local restaurants like Mestizo. They’re offering a mocktail menu during Lent, in addition to their popular Keto cocktails.

“You give them a mocktail option, they’re coming in, they still feel social, still have a nice, tasty beverage, it gives them enough pleasure that they feel like they’re getting the full experience,” said Mestizo owner, Jim Urdiales.

Some of the mocktail recipes can be found here.

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