One evening several years ago I gave up alcohol on a whim. I'd never been much of a drinker, and I was sipping at a margarita at a wedding reception when it hit me: "This feels unnecessary." I didn't like the taste of alcohol, and it never made me feel better -- only worse. So I quit.
Please, for the love of God, know that sex is normal and natural. Please do not feel shame if you end up giving in to normal biological urges, but before you do please seek out comprehensive information on sex, contraception, and protection.
The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.
Both emotional and physical purity were seen as the gold standard, and presented as totally attainable and absolutely necessary to be in good standing with God. I was completely sincere in my belief at that time and bought it all: hook, line and sinker.
The people who have had hostile reactions to my diet -- despite my best attempts to stay under their radar -- are either overeaters or heavy drinkers, or both. Once they fire a shot, I back away. Call me crazy. And while you're at it, color me healthy. And very happy.
Sex isn't everything, but it is important, and the impact of its absence depends on who controls access to it. Being protective of one's body and solitude is far different from having chastity thrust upon you.
The important lesson gleaned from the attacks and counterattacks around controlled-drinking research was inescapable -- non-abstinence treatment for alcoholics would never be tolerated in America, and in fact it virtually entirely ceased in this country.
Over the last year and a half, I have dated over 100 different guys. I'm not into dating, though. In fact, I hate it. Sexually conservative women like myself are having a next to impossible time finding anybody willing to wait.
My mother snapped, "Why would anyone buy the cow when they can have the milk for free?" To be compared to livestock made me feel like a useless possession. I had intelligence, right? I had wit and a depth of emotion and experiences to share. Surely my modesty wasn't the only bargaining chip?
Variety may be the spice of life, but it seems to be the undoing of eating well. It's much easier to call it good when the choices are limited. Subject someone to a buffet and there's a tendency to want to at least sample everything -- and to go back for seconds, and thirds, and fourths.
That amazing hormone estrogen is believed to be what's happening here. Alcohol raises levels of estrogen in postmenopausal women, and for the bones and the heart, that's a good thing. For breasts, not so much.
I want to help you be as juicy, gorgeous, healthy and happy as you can be, from your cells to your soul. But I've got to tell you about a new study that rattled my bones. Bottom line? Abstinence may help reverse bone loss.