Present and Sober
If you can sense that you're destined for more and curious about how alcohol might be holding you back, then Present and Sober is the podcast for you! Join your hosts Sam and Ellie for a weekly dose of practical mind and body practices that will elevate your daily life and show you the wonder and potential of living life alcohol-free. Let's make life bigger, together!
Maria Fox: Alcohol, the police, wellness & weight-loss
November 30, 2021 • 73 MIN
Maria Fox is a senior leader in the police in the UK who is on a mission to radically change the story around alcohol, stigma, and addiction support in the services. Maria is also very active as a mentor in the 'This Naked Mind' world and many of you may know her from the 'Live Alcohol Experiment' where she offers a wealth of positive encouragement to participants. Not only is Maria a brave voice calling for change, but she is also incredibly informed about the impact of alcohol on our metabolism & finding a healthy weight for us as individuals. Through her work with 'Lumen', she is helping people to reclaim their health and feel good about themselves. Jump in - it's a good one!
Simon Chapple - Why you need connection
November 23, 2021 • 46 MIN
Simon Chapple (of awesome 'besober' fame) is a successful sobriety coach, author and speaker who helps people master sobriety and completely change the direction of their lives. Simon is one of the original 'This Naked Mind' coaches and has accomplished a huge amount, while having a hugely positive impact, on the growing alcohol-free movement and community over the past few years. It's our pleasure to be talking all things connection with Simon today - be sure to tune in to discover a way to come and meet us all in person this coming January at Simon's super exciting event - Sobriety BREAKTHROUGH live! Details below...
Megan Brooks #3: I'm humble (but I love myself)
November 16, 2021 • 71 MIN
Megan's journey from self-awareness to self-love is not just inspirational, but a wonderful roadmap for anyone who feels like they need a little more self-care in their life. For many of us on the alcohol-free journey, the words ' self-love' make us feel 'funny' or downright uncomfortable - I mean, what do they even mean, right? Loving others is something we can work with, but ourselves? If this is you, you're not alone, which is why we know you'll resonate with the third part of Megan's incredible journey home to herself.
4 more awesome reasons to be alcohol-free!
November 9, 2021 • 47 MIN
Sam and Ellie's list of awesome reasons to be alcohol-free is growing and growing. This week we talk about 'high-quality nos', all the things Sam has lost (yes including his mind on a few occasions), and how wonderful it is to be able to trust yourself again. Come and tune in for some laughs (and a few serious points of note).
The Truth about Sugar! (Teri Patterson)
November 2, 2021 • 79 MIN
SUGAR!!! It's a thing, and it's EVERYWHERE. Whether we're alcohol free or not, navigating the world of food is just not possible without sugar playing some part. The things is... there's 'added' sugar, 'healthy sugar', 'hidden sugar' (the list goes on) so how on earth do we figure this stuff out? We get a guide, that's how! And today's guest is just that. This Naked Mind coach and functional nutritionist Teri Patterson is here to save the day with the low down on the sweet stuff and what we can do to take back control if we've found ourselves eating too many donuts over lockdown. Come tune in to get some clear, up to date and actionable ideas around sugar.
How to Make Habits Stick!
October 26, 2021 • 66 MIN
So you've decided to make a change in your life, and you're all in! You've bought the yoga mat, signed up to the gym or bought the journal - it's habit building time. The thing is... how on earth do you make it stick? How do you move through that bit 'at the beginning' where we're forming the habit? If you're asking these questions, you are 100% in the right place! Not only are these questions normal but they are a sign you're super close to making those healthy habit stick (for good). Come and get it done!
Foundational Habits You Need in Your Life!
October 19, 2021 • 51 MIN
So what are the foundational habits that really make the difference? You know, the ones you can 'stack' other habits on top of? The type of habits that form the foundations for a life that fills up your cup rather than draining it. There are many to choose from journaling & meditation to cold showers? In today's episode, Sam & Ellie dive deep into the habits that help them support their best life - come tune in for lots of awesome ideas on how to build healthy habits in your life!
Why you Need Better Habits...
October 12, 2021 • 51 MIN
Habits. You know what I'm talking about... those routine things you do that support you to achieve your personal and professional potential. The thing is, they can be a little elusive, a little hard to make, and way too easy to break! So... if setting (and keeping) healthy habits is on the agenda for you, this podcast will be right up your street. In the first of a three-part mini-series, Sam and Ellie will help you get to grips with the habits that will help you create a life so big, alcohol will be left by the wayside wondering what happened to you. See you there.
'How Stopping Drinking Helped me Heal from Cancer' (Kath Elliott)
October 5, 2021 • 58 MIN
This week Kath Elliott is with us to talk about Aussie binge drinking culture, breast cancer awareness, and her incredible journey to a bigger life! Check out her bio below and be sure to tune in for a truly inspiring story. Kath works as an Alcohol Mindset Coach based in Melbourne Australia and has been living alcohol-free since July 1, 2019...
5 More Reasons to go Alcohol Free
September 28, 2021 • 54 MIN
The list of reasons to explore an alcohol-free life is endless and exploring them is huge amounts of fun. Of all the tactics for the journey, keeping this list at hand is very often one of the most powerful. Why? Because it reminds us of all the incredible things we're gaining! Come and tune in to Sam and Ellie talking about all the awesome time you will save, how the small things in life are really the big things and how true freedom is the ultimate goal. See you there!
Why isn't it easier to stop drinking?
September 21, 2021 • 43 MIN
Are you truly taking responsibility for your alcohol-free journey? Do you often find yourself blaming circumstances or others for the challenges you face? This is a biggie, and it's not always easy to see where we might be giving our power away but we all unknowingly do this to some extent. If you have ever found yourself blaming others for things being difficult (and who hasn't at some point?), then this is the podcast for you. Come see how taking RADICAL responsibility can make the journey to alcohol free-dom not just easier, but more deeply rewarding.
Am I ready to stop drinking?
September 14, 2021 • 50 MIN
How do we know when we're ready to stop drinking? There is ALWAYS a reason to continue but there are so many powerful reasons you stop. If you feel like 'you're there' but it's just not sticking, or you're just curious about when the right time could be, then this is the episode for you. This is not all about knowledge, in fact it's about a whole lot more and waiting until you 'feel you know it all' before you stop might not be the best course of action. Come see.
Top 5 Reasons to go Alcohol-Free
September 7, 2021 • 52 MIN
So often when we stop drinking, we focus on all the things we're moving away from... lost Sundays, arguments, and those dreaded hangovers (you know how it goes). But what about all the amazing things we are gaining? We're motivated by both, us humans, and this mini-series is built around focusing on the positive we are gaining from this amazing journey! So come and join us for this week's episode of the Present and Sober podcast where we start the VERY long list of reasons to be alcohol-free!
How to deal with alcohol cravings!
August 31, 2021 • 36 MIN
We've all had them, and they certainly aren't 'fun', but cravings really can be a magical doorway into learning on anyone's alcohol-free journey! With the right frame, we can up-skill and move through alcohol cravings with more and more equanimity. The bonus? They don't last as long and they become fuel for our freedom! If all this sounds to good to be true, tune in for an episode full of tools and tactics to help you leave alcohol cravings behind for good!
Alcohol triggers - what you need to know
August 24, 2021 • 56 MIN
We're surrounded by alcohol. It's in the supermarket, down every street, and at (almost) every party - and this can be scary. It can make us feel like we're walking into a sea of triggers and potentially - cravings. But this alcohol-free journey is all about making life bigger, not smaller, right? And we can't constantly alter the world 'out there' to make ourselves comfortable. But we can upgrade our understanding and learn tools and tactics to help us move through and beyond triggers. Come and join us for episode 12 of the Present and Sober podcast where we talk about how to do just that.
'How stopping drinking was easy for me' (Megan Brooks; Part 2)'
August 17, 2021 • 31 MIN
Join us for episode 2 of Megan's awesome journey through adversity to a place where the 'work is the joy'. In this episode, we cover a lot of the tools and tactics that served Megan to move into this place of change and forgiveness. Wherever you are on your alcohol-free journey - you will get a lot from this one - Megan is a true inspiration and humble to boot.
'Stopping drinking was the easy part' (Megan Brooks; Part 1)
August 10, 2021 • 53 MIN
We have an incredible alcohol-free guest on this week's episode of the podcast for - Megan Brooks. Megan has an amazing story of resilience in the face of some truly difficult life experiences, and she has moved into a place of discovering that 'the work is the joy'. Come and learn how removing alcohol from our lives and facing difficult experiences from our past can become the catalyst for our living our best life, and learn from someone who is truly walking the walk.
'I drink to connect'
August 3, 2021 • 62 MIN
'But alcohol is needed for connection, right?', this is the message we've all received for years. Movies, adverts, and society at large all sending us the message that 'alcohol is the secret sauce when finding friends' or 'a party isn't a party without alcohol!'. But is this really true? If you look around an alcohol-fuelled party at 1 am, are we really seeing 'connection' or something completely different? Come and join us for this week's episode of the Present and Sober podcast as we dive into this belief and consider the reality behind this 'promise' of connection. Regardless of where you are on your alcohol-free journey, we know you'll gain some inspiration and insight from this one!
'I drink to relax'
July 27, 2021 • 63 MIN
Why did/do you drink? Do you still hold the belief that drinking is the ultimate shortcut to relaxation? We're certainly told this (and sold this), on adverts, billboards, and just about every Hollywood film known to humankind. Watch any high-pressured TV program and what will the winner say after they're handed the title? 'I NEED A DRINK!'. The message? Alcohol relaxes us, alcohol regulates our emotions. But is this the whole picture? Is it possible we've been lied to by big alcohol? When Ellie realised that drinking might not just be the silver bullet for relaxation that she had always believed it was, it propelled her on a journey to her best self and she's never looked back. Come and join us as we shine a light on the truth behind a belief that many of us have held as 'fact' for a long time.
'I'm doing the best I can!'
July 20, 2021 • 49 MIN
When you look back on your day, what are the parts you remember? Do you see the whole picture and remember the small wins you had that made you smile, or do you focus in on the one negative passing comment that your boss made? As humans having a bias towards the negative has kept us safe as we have evolved into the modern world, but ensuring we're seeing the bigger picture and practicing compassion for ourselves and others is far from a fluffy practice, it has the power to change our worlds. Wherever you are in your journey (be it alcohol-free or otherwise) this is a powerful piece of the puzzle. Come and see how you really are doing the best you can in this week's episode (even if you feel like you're not)!
'Covid Gave me an Alcohol Free life!'
July 13, 2021 • 52 MIN
Covid has changed the world in many ways over the past 18 months on both the macro and the micro. This week, we have a truly inspiring story (from our first guest!!!) that shows how the worst things in life can become incredible gifts if we trust in the journey and keep looking forward! When Siobhan from @what.the.doctor.orders realised that alcohol could no longer be a part of her story, she was hit the realisation of just how ever-present it had been in her life up to that point - and it wasn't easy to accept. But over the course of the next year, she turned the 'worst thing' that had ever happened to her into the 'worst best thing' and built a life she would never have dreamed possible. Get ready for a story full of pain, resilience, joy, and a lot of fancy mock-tails! Let's go...
'Why you might be stuck...'
July 6, 2021 • 37 MIN
Alcohol and celebrating go together like coffee and cake, right? You just CAN'T have one without the other! That's the message we see all around us - a celebration isn't a celebration without a drink in our hand! But is this REALLY the case? Is this reality or just something we believe and never question because everyone has bought into the story? Come and join us for this week's episode where we explore the different layers of belief that keep us stuck in an unhealthy relationship with alcohol (or any other substance). Understanding how things work at the level of substance, society and self is a huge piece of the puzzle when we're setting ourselves free from behaviours that no longer serve us and we know you'll her a lot from this one!
'I'll be happy when...'
June 29, 2021 • 45 MIN
Do you ever find yourself in 'I'll be happy when' syndrome? Is there something in your future that you just know will finally solve all your problems - the house, the partner, the long holiday? If you never fall into this way of thinking and truly spend your whole life in the present moment, you're a superhuman (or the buddha) and we want to know your secrets! In this week's episode, Sam and Ellie explore this very common way of seeing the world and talk about how coming into the present can bring you more happiness than anything outside you ever will. Holidays are nice, but how do we make life a holiday? We loved recording it and we hope you love listening to it! See you here - Sam and Ellie.
Sam's Alcohol-free Story
June 22, 2021 • 44 MIN
This week we go on a whistle-stop tour of Sam's life and journey to leaving beer behind for good. A 'typically British' attitude to drinking (you know, more, more and more!) led Sam through his teens and college, before uni and 8 years of travelling saw things start to unravel. Finally ending up in Poland with a career but one hell of a drinking problem. Come and explore the twists and turns that have led him to truly believe that not drinking truly is the most rebellious and badass thing you can do with your life, and discover why a packet of mouldy cheese holds the true secret to freedom!
Ellie's Alcohol-free Story
June 15, 2021 • 42 MIN
Come and join us for Ellie's inspiring alcohol-free story. For years Ellie considered herself to be a social drinker and never questioned the role alcohol was playing in her life. But in raising three amazing young children, she was shown the impact that alcohol was having not only on her relationships with her children but also with herself.
Let's make life bigger, together.
May 23, 2021 • 47 MIN
01/06/2020 Present and Sober Episode 1 'Let's Make life Bigger, Together!' So here we are with episode one of The Present and Sober Podcast! Come and join us to find out more about who your hosts (Sam and Ellie) are and why they are so passionate about the alcohol-free lifestyle. Despite having very different life experiences Sam and Ellie both sensed there was much more to life and embarked on a journey that ultimately led them to meet on a coach training specializing in gray area drinking. If you're interested in discovering how mind and body practices can help you upgrade your life, and you're curious as to how drinking might be holding you back, then this is the podcast for you! - Why Ellie gets angry at the radio (sometimes) - (1.55) - The importance of the mind-body connection - (11.58) - How one of Ellie's clients found freedom from drinking - (32.00) Resources - @present.and.sober.podcast - 6 Vital things about Moderation - https://learn.thisnakedmind.com/six-vital-tips-on-moderationa - The Alcohol Experiment - https://learn.thisnakedmind.com/the-alcohol-experiment-registration Please come and... - Sign up to the mailing list - podcast.presentandsober.com - Leave us a review 😊 - follow us @present.and.sober.podcast - Join the FB group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/presentandsoberpodcast - Share the show with friends - podcast.presentandsober.com