We all know that alcohol is bad for us. It takes a toll on the liver, increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and various cancers, weakens our immune system, and makes us gain weight. A recent study even found that drinking just one alcoholic beverage a day can shorten our lifespan.
Many of us want to cut down our alcohol intake, but we’re dubious about how much of a short-term, visible effect it will have on our bodies. Now, a viral post by a Swedish Instagram influencer who calls herself “Jelly Devote” highlights what a difference easing up on the booze can make.
In her early 20s, the fitness star was partying it up with her friends, drinking beer and hard cider at least three times a week. Now 27, she’s scaled back to having a glass of wine or champagne every other week, and the effects have been incredible.
“There is so many changes in how I look, how I feel, and how I live my life,” she wrote in the caption to her Instagram post. “I’ve never felt better, I have balance. I eat a doughnut 🍩 followed by a salad 🥗 I don’t drink alcohol 🍷 often, I down my water 💦 and most importantly I’ve gone from hating myself to loving myself.”
The #fitspo star doesn’t know exactly how much she weighed at her heaviest, because she hated herself so much she couldn’t step on the scale. She also doesn’t know exactly how much she weighs now, because “weight doesn’t matter, you matter. How you feel about yourself.”
ALCOHOL VS WATER 🥂💦 UNHEALTHY VS HEALTHY 🍩🥗 UNHAPPY VS HAPPY ☹️🤩 20 VS 27 YEARS 👱🏼♀️👵🏼 . There is so many changes in how I look, how I feel, and how I live my life. 👐🏻 . I’ve never felt better, I have balance. I eat a doughnut 🍩 followed by a salad 🥗 I don’t drink alcohol 🍷 often, I down my water 💦 and most importantly I’ve gone from hating myself to loving myself ❤❤🙋🏼♀️ . People always ask how much I’ve lost, and I honestly don’t know what my highest weight was (not the picture) due to hating myself so much I didn’t weigh myself (probably around 75kg) and I don’t weigh myself anymore (lightest I’ve been 45kg, NOT HEALTHY MIND) 🙆🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️💁🏼♀️ . Weight doesn’t matter, you matter. How you feel about yourself. Don’t focus on a number that can fluctuate 5kg in two days 💆🏼♀️🙅🏼♀️ . I’ve now been “balanced” since the crazy party nights in Bali 👯♀️🏝 and I’m feeling SO good again! Party life ain’t for me! I rather be in sneakers 👟 then heals, and rather drink protein and smoothies 🍌🍇🍓 then sipping champagne 🥂 . #ibs #transform #fit #fitspo #fitness #workout #weightloss #transformation #beforeandafter
In another inspiring before/after post, the influencer motivated people to realize that you could look a lot better as you get older by making healthy choices. “Age is just a number and I’m so happy I’ve grown up,” she wrote. “Don’t be scared of getting older. Don’t be mean to yourself at any point. Love yourself now, not just when you have ‘reached your goal.'”
19years VS 27years old 🤓 . I might not be the biggest to the left, just very unfit and insecure about myself. I remember hating how I looked, everything from my teeth to my short chubby fingers. I wish I could speak to myself when I was 19, and tell myself, one day you will love yourself and accept yourself for the one you are ❤ and it will feel AWESOME! . Age is just a number and I’m so happy I’ve grown up, MENTALLY. I don’t pick myself apart anymore, I lift myself and others up! 🙋🏼♀️💖 . Don’t be scared of getting older. Don’t be mean to yourself at any point. Love yourself now, not just when you have “reached your goal”. 🌺🔥 . #weightloss #transformation #fitness #fitspo #ibs #abs #beforeandafter #transform #inspo #selflove
She also posted some real-talk about bloating and how to lessen its effects.
Let’s talk about #bloat 😤😖 . We all have it more or less. I’m just in that category “more” due to my #IBS 🙋🏼♀️ which I now choose not to be too upset about, or letting it affect my quality off life anymore! 🙅🏼♀️💖 . Every body bloat differently, some after a meal, some after a certain meal/food, some after workouts, som jut from nowhere and some just from anything! 😤 . Bloating is “normal” to a certain degree where it’s not causing you agony and pain over the “normal”. I have chronically disease, so I’m used to it now! 🤷🏼♀️💁🏼♀️ . So what can we do when we bloat to help it?! I’ll tell you now gurl ✨😍 . 💜 first thing I do, be active! If you are feeling bloated, a quick walk or a gym session to get your intestines moving will ALWAYS help! 💜 When you eat, chew slowly. If you eat too quick, you swallow air and will be very gassy 💨 💜avoid acidic and carbonated drinks coffe, tea, juice, and alcohol should be avoided 🍸 💜 drink a lot off water to flush it all out, so to say 💩👻 💜 boil some water, add cinnamon and honey 🍯 and drink it morning and night 💜 avoid too much salty and fatty food, try to eat cooked vegetables etc instead off raw since it’s harder for you to digest = bloat 💜 eat smaller and more often to avoid over filling yourself 💜 avoid stressing and try to sleep 💤 more 😴 💜 make sure your not allergic to certain food, lactose? Gluten? Take an allergy test! 💜Do yoga to release trapped wind and get your intestine going! . . I hope you liked some off my tips, if you swipe you can see how I currently look super bloated. Not funny, and very discouraging 😤 but you need to push through even in bad times, that’s how it turns around to good times again 😍❤ . Ps if you like me doing more things like this, like and let me know 🙋🏼♀️💖 . #weightloss #transformation #fit #fitspo #fitness
And, most recently, showed how confidence and the right pose can make a photo “sexy.”
NOT SEXY VS SEXY 🧐🤨?! . Okay first off all. I don’t like using the word sexy 🤭 but I was half way through my “sexy” morning coffee ☕ pic.. when I got bored 🤓 . And then I realised, why is left considered “not sexy” and right is “sexy”?! 🧐 . Both are the same bodies, same “sexy ness” (I’ve never used the word sexy this much 😅). . Being sexy comes from so much more then how you look 👀 confidence is sexy, intelligence is sexy, ambition is sexy! There is so much more then a certain look about you that makes you sizzling HOT 🔥 gurl 😍❤ . So don’t let anyone ever tell you anything other than that you are sexy just by beeing YOU! 🙌😍😘 . Ps. I’m done with using the words sexy now 😅😂 . Tag someone YOU think is SEXY!!😍❤🔥 . …now I’m done 😂🙌 . #ibs #transform #weightloss #transformation #beforeandafter #notsexy #fit #fitspo #fitness
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