8 episodes

Hi I’m Sarah - and my wife Lynsey and I are rethinking drinking……

Our 2020 Vision is to go sober not for just dry January but for the entire year.

Alcohol is such a big part of most of our social situations,
so we want to see what it’s like if we take it out of the equation; From Parties to Festivals, we’re going to share our natural highs and Inevitable lows -so whether you’re T total, having a dry moth, a binge drinker or listening with a hangover saying “ I'm never going to drink again….”
be sure to subscribe to binthegin2020 in your favourite podcast app to get each sobering update as it drops.

binthegin2020's podcast Sarah Gentry

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    • 4.7 • 18 Ratings

Hi I’m Sarah - and my wife Lynsey and I are rethinking drinking……

Our 2020 Vision is to go sober not for just dry January but for the entire year.

Alcohol is such a big part of most of our social situations,
so we want to see what it’s like if we take it out of the equation; From Parties to Festivals, we’re going to share our natural highs and Inevitable lows -so whether you’re T total, having a dry moth, a binge drinker or listening with a hangover saying “ I'm never going to drink again….”
be sure to subscribe to binthegin2020 in your favourite podcast app to get each sobering update as it drops.

    Happiness and Joy

    Happiness and Joy

     
    In Episode 7 of Bin the Gin 2020 - Sarah and Lynsey reflect on Episode 6 and their chat with addiction specialist, Michelle Morphitis and with a month long lockdown looming, they’re trying to find light in the darkness by sharing a big slice of happiness. Their message- Do more of what makes you happy.
     
    They’re also talking about their October 150k challenge of running, walking or swimming 150k throughout the month of October. 
     
    Their guest today is the one of this years BBC UNSUNG SPORTING HERO, NOMINEEs - Glyn Davies, who talks about his joy of keeping fit and running. 
     
    Recorded and Edited by Sarah Gentry.
    Social Media and Research: Lynsey Gentry.
    Search: binthegin2020 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
    Email: binthegin2020@gmail.com
     
    Sponsor us : justgiving.com/fundraising/lynsey-gentry
     
    Art work by Jill White from @Rocket68cards
     
    #running #runfree #happy #joy #health #selfcare  #lockdown2 #COVID19 #recoveryposse #menopause #silentdisco #Glastonbury #rocket68cards #sober #alcoholfree #happiness #smile #mountainwalks #sloegin #backtonature #rainbow #organised #lists #family #hugs #bellylaughs #hottubs #bubblebaths #trainers #lycra #parkrun #beach #seaswimming #wildswimming #forestwalks #festivals #airportarrivalslounge #radio #podcasts #music #dancing #butteredtoast #walking #cheesytunes #hometown #BarbaraStreisand #BugHotel #Alcoholfree #MarieCurie #nolo 
     
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Still Happily Sober In October

    Still Happily Sober In October

    Our Alcohol Free Year.

    In Episode 6 of BINTHEGIN2020, Sarah and Lynsey reflect on their journey so far, apologise for their absence through Lockdown and encourage you to join them as they take on a new challenge to add to their year of Abstinence -  To walk/run/swim 150K across the 31 days of October.

    • 59 min
    From Hedonist to Therapist.

    From Hedonist to Therapist.

    Episode 5
    In Episode 5 of Bin the Gin 2020 - Sarah and Lynsey discuss life in Lockdown, their new addiction to biscuits and chocolate, how they’ve been staying fit and keeping sane. 
    They talk to Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Gordon Matthews about an email he got from his friend and mentor  Trevor Silvester from the Quest Institute which is helping him get through the “new normal “
    It’s a great read and Gordon has allowed us to
    share his email here......
    The Challenge:
    Jeremy Bentham once exhorted us to ‘deal with life as it is, not how it’s supposed to be’. This is not easy. Your brain likes certainty, so when something shakes ‘normality’, it will either do its best to continue as before - even if it’s heading you towards a cliff (we call that denial) -  or it will access your memoragination for guidance. 
    With a shift from normality as big as Covid 19 it’s not surprising that many people have no frame of reference from their past. This is literally like nothing they’ve ever faced before – they cannot see a way forward. Often the felt response to this is akin to depression; the brain wants you to stop and bed down for a while until the situation ahead becomes clearer (protection response = freeze). Or, if the brain matches it with negative events from your past – like previous experiences of poverty, redundancy, loss etc – then if the match is strong you’ll experience anxiety (a fear of what you foresee as the outcome) and respond with fight or flight, or depression if your default with stress tends to be to freeze.
    So, the great rollercoaster of emotions we’re witnessing (and sharing) are perfectly normal, they’re just us responding to the situation as our brain is interpreting it. It’s good to remember that what we’re taking to be privation would be luxury to 80% of the world, and amazing safety for millions of refugees. It’s not what’s happening, but what we make of it (write that on your fridge.)
    The solutions:
    In times of great uncertainty remaining in Internal locus of control is a good idea. That is the secret. And it isn’t easy. 
    How do we do this?
    1.    For now, it’s impossible to plan long-term, so lower your gaze. Deal with what’s in front of you. What are the problems to be solved today? 
    2.    Operate within your circle of influence. Pay attention and give energy to those things you can control, not the things you can’t – these are in your circle of concern, which is much larger, but over which you have little power. 
    3.    With our normal rhythms disrupted, create new ones. Have a list of things to achieve each day. Achieving them is a successful day. Keep them smallish and achievable. Include exercise and something novel – like learning a new hobby (juggling is great for anxiety and creativity).
    4.    Secure your base. Sometimes appropriate protection is growth, so you might need to shrink or postpone your plans or ambitions. Don’t try to keep your life/business bigger than it can be – make it what it needs to be, not what you’d like it to be.  Look at what you need to sustain you and your family now and make that as safe as you can. This is your launch pad for when this is over.
    5.    Keep connected to people with a growth mindset. We feed what we focus on, so the more you tune into negative messages the more you’ll be primed to look for them.
    6.    Forgive yourself. This is not about being relentlessly positive. This is a difficult time with things happening that will have negative consequences for all of us to some degree or another. It’s appropriate to grieve for the future that will no longer be there, to fear the loss of things we love or hoped to, to hurt for the people suffering. All feelings are ok to feel, so don’t judge yourself by them. Cry for a while. Sit in a dark room for a while. Moa

    • 58 min
    While #nolo begins to trend COVID19 sends us round the bend

    While #nolo begins to trend COVID19 sends us round the bend

    Episode 4- Bin the Gin 2020
    Show notes.
    In Episode 4 of Bin the Gin 2020 - Sarah and Lynsey discuss how they’ve adapted to the new Corona Crisis and question their Friend Kate’s suggestion that they’ve picked an easy year to stop drinking. What do you think? They don’t agree and think perhaps that some people are possibly drinking more? 
     
    They talk to Claire from Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire who under normal circumstances, lives quite happily home alone but says now she’s in Isolation she’s definitely drinking and talking to herself more.
     
    Sarah’s Natural High was to be Shinrin Yoku  - In an Interview recorded prior to lockdown the girls talk to Reiki and Meditation practitioner, Nina about taking time to be quiet, hugging trees and how to fully immerse yourselves in the great outdoors.
     
    References - THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES by Peter Wohlleben
     
    Mother Nuture UK - Alternative and Holistic Health on Facebook on Instagram
     
    References: drinkaware.co.uk
     
    Recorded and edited by Sarah Gentry with a little help from Stevie Cripps.
    Social Media and Research: Lynsey Gentry.
    Search: binthegin2020 on twitter Facebook and Instagram
    Email: binthegin2020@gmail.com
     
    Sponsor us : justgiving.com/fundraising/lynsey-gentry
     
    Art work by Jill White from Rocket68.
    #Brewdog #nolo #kombucha  #Alternative #Reiki #Meditation #Yoga #Shinrinyoku #holistichealth #selfcare #isolation #lockdown #COVID19 #HebdenBridge #recoveryposse #menopause  #mothernurtureuk #naturalhighs #spirititual #legochallenge #glastonbury
     

    • 54 min
    Chewing the fat with some dry January chat

    Chewing the fat with some dry January chat

    Chewing the fat with some dry January chat.
     
    In Episode 3 of BIN THE GIN 2020, Sarah and Lynsey sample some Kombucha, talk about the menace of storm Dennis and welcome new listeners and followers including the #SoberPosse.

    Sarah has fun in her Kitchen with Stevie and Steve talking about their experience of Dry January and how their productivity and creativity went up as the month went on.  
     
    Stevie talks about how he brain dumps in his "morning papers" and how he’s adopted  the practice of not over thinking things with Mel Robbin’s "5 second rule." 
    A misunderstanding of when dry January ends leaves Stevie disappointed with Steve and reflecting on their time the Boys surmise that although a month is a good break, it’s not enough time to rewire habits and remap your brain. 
    A miscommunication sees Lynsey nearly agreeing to do a Bunjee Jump, Sarah Talks about the joys of a Gong bath, her latest Natural high and the pair discuss the benefits of being Alcohol free, their recent party experiences and Fact finder Lynsey looks at the many health and wellbeing benefits of going sober.
    Recorded and edited by Sarah Gentry with a little help from Stevie Cripps.
    Social Media and Research: Lynsey Gentry.
    Search: binthegin2020 on twitter Facebook and Instagram
    Email: binthegin2020@gmail.com
     
    Sponsor us : justgiving.com/fundraising/lynsey-gentry
     
    Art work by Jill White from Rocket68.
     
    References: drinkaware.co.uk

     

    • 47 min
    Swimming in the ocean causes a lot of commotion. 

    Swimming in the ocean causes a lot of commotion. 

    In this second episode of binthegin2020, Sarah and Lynsey share their listeners thoughts and reactions to their first podcast,  discuss the responses to 
    Lynsey’s 0.05%  beers and their placebo effect, explore some alcohol alternatives and look at breaking some old bad habits. 
     
    They’re joined by guests,  Diane, a well seasoned open water bather and Kate, Sarah’s old school friend, who joins her on her first Natural high, Swimming in the Sea, on one of the frostiest days of the year so far. 
     
     
    Recorded and edited by Sarah Gentry
     
    Social Media and research: Lynsey Gentry
     
    Search: @binthegin2020 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
     
    Email us: binthegin2020@gmail.com
     
    Sponsor us : justgiving.com/fundraising/lynsey-gentry
     
    Art work by Jill White from Rocket 68.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

RachNewman ,

Great effort

I stopped for 12 months in 2014 and your journey so far really resonates. It planted the seed with me and the last 5 years have been a see saw of drinking and wanting to stop, because I had experienced liberation and it felt amazing.. so at the start of the year and with a ton of quit lit and subscriptions to various sober curious forums I stopped for the long term and it feels AMAZING! so who knows where your year will take you! Good luck x

SJBache ,

Bin the Gin

Loving the podcasts, episode 2 even better. Really enjoyed listening whilst walking the dog, I would listen to Sarah on any podcast though and Lynsey never fails to make me laugh. Can’t wait to hear what you make of Kombucha...Keep going girls, you are doing brilliantly and I am loving listening to your journey.

Anne running ,

My first podcast....

Brilliant really enjoyed listening to your start of Bin the Gin....looking forward to the next one. X

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