100 episodes

The OYNB podcast will inspire you to take, or support you through a 28, 90 or 365 day alcohol-free challenge. Transform your life by changing your relationship with alcohol. Kick start your healthy habits and reconnect with your true self.

One Year No Beer | Hack your healthy Lifestyle Ruari Fairbairns & Andy Ramage

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 132 Ratings

The OYNB podcast will inspire you to take, or support you through a 28, 90 or 365 day alcohol-free challenge. Transform your life by changing your relationship with alcohol. Kick start your healthy habits and reconnect with your true self.

    Wellpower: Jessica Seeley Jennings | OYNB 111

    Wellpower: Jessica Seeley Jennings | OYNB 111

    Do you ever get hung up on perfection, black and white thinking, and the feeling that you must choose between all and nothing? That’s the kind of thing that today’s guest deals with on a regular basis. Listen in to Jessica Seeley Jennings to find out about her work with wellpower and accepting yourself.
    Jessica is the wife of Jeff Jennings, of Relationship Remastery. You can hear his interview in an earlier episode. In today’s episode of One Year No Beer, Jessica discusses some of the things that she’s learned in over 20 years of working with mental health disorders, eating disorders, and couples therapy. She’s also a certified alcohol and drug rehab counselor. 
    “I think we as human beings get stuck in polarizing opposites. We feel we have to be perfect and push and push ourselves to unrealistic extremes.”
    Jessica talks about the common all or nothing attitudes that she hears about in counseling and therapeutic settings. She discusses how people can let go of that way of thinking and find a balance that’s healthier and more sustainable. 
    Jessica also talks about communication and its importance. Chris, Kristine, and Jessica all agree that loneliness is a common problem, especially for people in certain stages of the OYNB process who have difficulty making connections with others. Jessica explains why people in our society have difficulty with connection and what they can do about it. 
    Listen in to the episode to hear what Jessica has to say about the power of wellpower vs. willpower, and why it can be important to accept what is and learn to reach for your goals in a different way. Jessica gives examples of her work and what people can do to help themselves when they’re struggling, as well as sharing how listeners can reach her.
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 
    JESSICA SEELEY JENNINGS
    Email: jessica@relationshipremastery.com

    • 39 min
    Be Proud & Love Who You Are! Seth Staggs | OYNB 110

    Be Proud & Love Who You Are! Seth Staggs | OYNB 110

    Changing your relationship with alcohol is a huge and important journey. But humans are complex, and they can go through more than one huge and important journey in their lives, and maybe even during the same time period. In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Seth Staggs about his childhood in the Bible Belt of America, coming out as a member of the LGBT community, and making his OYNB journey.
    As of this recording, Seth Staggs is on day 388 with no alcohol, making him a OYNB success story. Seth has had a lot of interesting things happen in his life, however, and giving up alcohol is just one of them. 
    “Looking back, I was looking forward to my 30s and was just kind of okay, what am I going to do to make my 30s better?”
    In today’s interview, Seth talks about what it was like for him to grow up in the Bible Belt among a religious family and community that did not accept LGBT people at the time. Seth understood that he was different, understood that he was gay, and even faced homophobia at school and in the community, but did not feel comfortable admitting it out loud as a teenager. It wasn’t until after high school that he began to tentatively admit who he really was as he found friends that were also part of an LGBT community that he hadn’t realized existed in his home state of Arkansas.
    Of course, coming out didn’t solve all of Seth’s problems. While he found acceptance and a sense of belonging at gay clubs and bars, he also found something else – alcohol. And it was from there that Seth developed a pattern of drinking that interfered with the other things that he wanted to do with his life. Seth says that he remains supportive of gay clubs and bars, but the alcohol was a problem for him. 
    Things really came to a head when a friend of Seth's caused an accident that involved drinking and driving. That helped Seth to realize that if it had happened to his friend, it could happen to him to. In January of 2019. Seth joined One Year No Beer. 
    In today’s episode you’ll learn more about Seth’s OYNB journey, and about how he decided to become vegan as well. You’ll also hear about how he had a slip in his journey but picked back up and successfully completed 365 days and then some. Finally, Seth also addresses the future – what he sees ahead for himself in 2021 and beyond. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 

    • 52 min
    Sharing the Alcohol-Free Journey: Johnny Johnson | OYNB 109

    Sharing the Alcohol-Free Journey: Johnny Johnson | OYNB 109

    One Year No Beer is about something much bigger than changing an individual’s relationship with alcohol. It’s about changing society’s relationship with alcohol. And often, when one person makes a significant change, they find a way to share that change with a broader group of people. That’s what today’s guest did.
    In today’s episode, Johnny Johnson discusses the drinking culture that he was a part of. He didn’t consider himself an alcoholic or think of his drinking as anything over the top – it was just normal. It was normal to go out for drinks on weeknights with colleagues and go out on the weekends with old school friends. It was normal to work through hangovers. It was normal to spend Sundays recovering so that the cycle could start over again with the next work week.
    “I looked back at my life and I started thinking, I'm just on this hamster wheel and I'm not enjoying life.”
    Johnny decided after his wedding that he was tired of this version of normal – tired of having hangovers, tired of worrying about what he might have done and forgotten about while he was drinking. So, he decided to give up alcohol for a while, then decided to join One Year No Beer so that he could experience the support of a community during his journey.
    But that’s not where Johnny’s story stops. He found himself telling friends and family about going alcohol-free because he was excited about it. And because he still wanted to go out and join in social activities, he also started exploring alcohol-free drinks. Johnny did find some nonalcoholic beers that he liked, but most venues carried big brands that he didn’t care for as much.
    Rather than giving up, Johnny was inspired by the situation. He decided to create his own alcohol-free beer. His goal was to get it into pubs and restaurants so that when he and other people like him went out, they could order an alcohol-free beer that they liked and were proud to be seen drinking.
    In today’s episode, Johnny discusses his journey with alcohol, his foray into nonalcoholic brewing, and his experiences with the One Year No Beer community. Listen in to learn how Johnny managed to create a healthy nonalcoholic beer and to pick up a promo code that will give OYNB members a discount on Johnny’s alcohol-free beer.
    LINKS & RESOURCES
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 
    JOHNNY JOHNSON’S LINKS
    UNLTD Beer: https://www.unltd.beer/

    • 46 min
    Overcoming Adversity: Chris Hemming OYNB | 108

    Overcoming Adversity: Chris Hemming OYNB | 108

    Sometimes, in the wake of a tragedy or difficult life event, people find themselves turning to alcohol to numb the pain. But today’s guest is proof that it’s possible to overcome tragedy and difficult life circumstances and to give up alcohol. It takes work and commitment, but it can be done.
    Chris Hemming is a man with a dramatic life story. In today’s episode, he frankly discusses how his little brother began experimenting with alcohol, and how that experimentation culminated in a fatal car crash on Halloween. Chris says that you might assume that after such a tragic event, he wouldn’t allow alcohol to be a problem in his own life. But of course, things don’t always work out the way that you might assume they would.
    “It's not easy. If somebody says it is, they're not telling you the truth. I think the answer is, is this is a daily battle.”
    Chris goes on to explain how, as an adult, he ended up getting pulled over, arrested, and charged with a DUI. And further, he relates how, while he was waiting for sentencing on his DUI case, he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal brain tumor. His sentencing had to be postponed so that he could undergo brain surgery and recover from that. 
    Fortunately, Chris did survive the tumor and brain surgery, and he learned some things from the whole experience. In today’s interview, Chris talks about the power of forgiveness – both forgiveness from other people and forgiving yourself. He also discusses his own relatively new alcohol-free journey. At the time of this recording, Chris has been alcohol-free for four months. 
    Chris talks about some of the things that he’s learned since his brain surgery, including how to cope with changes in his memory. He discusses his business, how it’s changed during this time due to COVID, and what he has coming up on the horizon. Finally, he shares his own advice for people who are beginning their alcohol-free journey. Listen in to today’s episode to learn more about Chris and his story. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 

    • 43 min
    The Power of Plant-Based Diets: Dr Alan Desmond | OYNB 107

    The Power of Plant-Based Diets: Dr Alan Desmond | OYNB 107

    Dr. Alan Desmond is a returning guest to the One Year No Beer podcast. Alan is a gastroenterologist and a passionate advocate of plant-based diets. 
    In today’s episode, Alan discusses his own One Year No Beer journey. He talks about how he would give up drinking when he was training for Spartan races and why he finally decided to give up alcohol for good. He was training for a Spartan Ultra, and he decided to begin a challenge 90 days before a race. Like many people who try the One Year No Beer challenges, he found that he slept better, woke up fresher, and was generally more productive without the alcohol. 
    “For me, it's been a real gamechanger. It's like you discover all this extra time in the day.”
    Alan also discusses his interest in plant-based diets. As a gastroenterologist, he explains, he frequently gets questions from patients about what they should be eating, what they should be avoiding, what types of foods will make them feel better and improve their diagnoses. Alan’s interest in giving his patients evidence-based answers to their questions led to his advocacy for a plant-based diet. 
    Now, Alan’s written a book about plant-based diets and how they can help individuals lead healthier lives. In discussing his book, Alan talks about how the right diet can lead to a healthier mind and a healthier body. His book details a 28-day plan that people can use to test out a plant-based diet and see for themselves how much better they feel. He even talks about how the right diet can reverse serious conditions like diabetes and chronic inflammation. Listen to the episode to learn more about Dr. Desmond, his book, and the power of plant-based diets. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 
    Dr. Alan Desmond Links:
    Dr. Alan Desmond on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.alandesmond/?hl=en
    The Plant-Based Revolution: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GKCF7B6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

    • 35 min
    I Chose Healing! Rakale Hannah | OYNB 106

    I Chose Healing! Rakale Hannah | OYNB 106

    The One Year No Beer Podcast has a new co-host! Kristine Laping will be joining host Chris Laping to bring you guests, stories, and insights on the One Year No Beer Podcast. In today’s episode, Chris and Kristine talk with Rakale Hannah. Rakale is a one-to-one coach in the ONYB community, but that’s not her only important role. Rakale is also a gifted musician who has just released an album entitled Other Side of Blue. Rakale has a moving personal story to share, and in today’s episode, she discusses her own journey and how she ended up in a position to help others in their journeys.
    Music has always been part of Rakale Hannah’s life. She grew up as the daughter of a Baptist preacher and both of her parents were singers, so Rakale has been singing since she was very young. But there was also a darker side to Rakale’s upbringing. She reveals that as a child, she experienced a lot of religious control as well as physical and verbal abuse at home. She talks about experiencing shame and feeling as if she had to present a face to the world that suggested everything was beautiful, even when the opposite was true. 
    "I've had times where I'll be on stage singing a song and someone will come to me and say, you were coaching me while you were singing like I felt the energy of change in your music.”
    Rakale discusses how her childhood experiences left her with pain and trauma, and how her journey involved working through those experiences. She talks about what helped her through her difficult childhood – notably, her own imagination played a big role, as well as connections that she made with others in her church. 
    She explains how she chose healing and transformation, and how that changed her life’s journey. Rakale discusses how her changes weren’t instantaneous – she spent time working with different therapists until she found the right one and she had to work through the unfinished business of her life one step at a time. Rakale states that it’s consistency that people need to seek, not perfection. She talks about the importance of showing up and making progress, even if doesn’t go as quickly as you’d prefer. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

VickiBradleyWriter ,

Life Changing

OYNB is life changing and for the better; it’s that simple. Highly recommended. My life is 100% better alcohol free. Thanks guys!

ZenAsIf ,

Shambles

I honestly thought this was a p*sstake until I realised the presenters were serious.

Looks like the OYNB ship is sinking fast.

HM8865 ,

Not for those in recovery

Really hate to leave a bad review but if you are looking for help with sobriety this isn’t it. I got 40 minutes into an episode when the host (Jen) chirps up ‘if I want to have a few glasses of Prosecco I will’ not impressed

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