Bailey is joined by Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Specialist and expert in nutrition for alcohol use Dr. Brooke Scheller to talk about how sobriety leveled up her health and life, and how it can help level up your life too. 

It doesn’t matter if you are a long-time heavy drinker, drink only on the weekends, or an occasional drinker, deciding to stop drinking and getting sober from alcohol is an awesome decision to make to improve your nutrition, health and wellbeing. It’s not easy, but it’s an excellent first step. You might not be ready, but just the thought of wanting to stop drinking is a good place to start.


Dr. Brooke herself suffered from heavy drinking habits from a young age. She is now 18 months sober and has been able to change her relationship with alcohol, repair her body from long-term alcohol use and uplevel her life.


Dr. Brooke and Bailey dive deep into why people drink, how culture has an influence on people’s relationship with alcohol, long term effects that drinking has on your body, why do people struggle with sobriety and the negative effects of social pressure.


Additionally they talk about what alcohol does to the nutrients in your body, the importance of having a supportive community around you when trying to quit and why taking one step at a time is key in the whole process of becoming sober. 


About Brooke Scheller:

Dr. Brooke Scheller is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Specialist and expert in nutrition for alcohol use. She is the creator or Functional Sobriety, a method of supporting a sober or sober-curious lifestyle through nutrition, supplementation and wellness practices. Dr. Brooke offers online courses and individual one-on-one programs that use cutting-edge nutritional practices to change your relationship with alcohol and repair the body from long-term alcohol use. 


Dr. Brooke is currently building a functional sobriety training program for clinicians and coaches, launching in early 2023, as well as a book on alcohol and nutrition that will be published in Fall 2023


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Key Takeaways:

  • The earlier you start drinking, the more you are training your pleasure systems to associate alcohol with fun
  • When you stop drinking it takes your body and brain some time to readjust to associating new patterns of what is normal around fun 
  • Alcohol keeps you small and from doing the things that you really want to do and are capable of doing
  • Alcohol sabotages your mood, your mind and your physical energy
  • The more alcohol you put into your system, the more it thinks it needs to survive
  • Have supportive people around you when trying to quit drinking 
  • There is a connection between young age drinking habits and adult age drinking habits 
  • Look back and have a new awareness not only on alcohol and its place in your life but how that is affecting what you want in your life 
  • You don’t have to have an alcohol problem to decide you want to quit drinking
  • Don’t let alcohol stop you from reaching your goals
  • Alcohol depletes nutrients that your body needs
  • No matter how many nutrients and healthy food you eat, if you drink alcohol, they all get wiped away
  • You don’t have to make the change forever; sobriety is about taking it one day at a time
  • You have the ability to pull off at the next exit instead of heading to the bar


In the episode we cover:

  • Welcome Brooke Scheller to The Mindrise Podcast!: (00:00)
  • The view of alcohol in the past versus today: (01:06)
  • Why do we have alcohol cravings?: (05:14)
  • Catalyst momento to take the decision of stop drinking: (08:35)
  • Residual long term effects of drinking: (14:00)
  • Why do people drink and struggle with sobriety: (19:23)
  • Social pressure when trying to quit drinking: (27:30)
  • How Dr. Brooke felt at the end of her drinking days: (00:00)
  • Sobriety terminology: (32:18)
  • The bad effects of alcohol on nutrients in the body : (34:44)
  • The benefits of one month without alcohol: (42:42)
  • About the power of one day at a time & wrap-up: (47:37)


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