This Naked Mind Podcast

By Annie Grace

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Bestselling author Annie Grace invites you, without rules, pain, or judgement, to explore the role of alcohol in our lives and culture.

Episode Date
EP 142: Reader Question - Reader Question - Why do I feel better the day after drinking?
05:32

Most people feel miserable and hungover the day after drinking.  Why do some people have the opposite effect? I feel full of energy and great!  Annie explains why this does happen and why alcohol is sometimes referred to as the ‘dirty drug’.

Jan 19, 2019
EP 141: Naked Life Story: Jamie
29:20

Being alcohol free is all sunshine and roses, right?  Annie visits with Jamie, who decided to give up drinking in September of 2017. Although Jamie has no regrets about quitting, she gets real about the struggles that can arise after quitting - including learning how to ‘feel feelings’ after 20 years of using alcohol to deal with them. This interview is a refreshing reality check, dealing with what it’s like when our expectations simply don’t become our reality after we’ve accomplished the first step – which is going alcohol free.

Follow Jamie's Sobriety Instagram

Jan 18, 2019
EP 140: Reader Question - After a while not drinking, when I drink again I feel so much worse than before. Why is this?
08:08

I don’t drink nearly the amount I used to, but when I do – I now get the worst hangovers.  Is this normal?  Annie explains that YES, this is normal and tells us why.  She educates us on the chemicals involved in this and why even a couple of drinks can leave us with a hangover from hell.

Jan 12, 2019
EP 139: Naked Life Story - Mike
42:47

Growth happens outside of our comfort zone – Annie Grace meets up with Mike, who attended the Naked Mind Live Event in October – and for Mike, this is absolutely true.  He stepped out of his comfort zone nearly a year ago and took back control of his life.  The changes and opportunities that have come as a result of his decision to stop drinking have proven one thing….he should’ve done it sooner.

Jan 11, 2019
EP 138: Reader Question - How do I reach the same level of fun conversation without alcohol?
09:00

I fear that I won’t be able to have the same type of connection and fun if I’m not drinking. Can you reassure me that socializing will still be fun even if I’m the only one not drinking?  This is a question that we have all had when considering quitting drinking. Annie puts this in perspective for us and gives us comforting reassurance that yes! Conversation, connection, and fun can still be had and WILL be had sober….and it those things can be better than ever!

Jan 05, 2019
EP 137: Quit Pain Pills with Dr. Leslie Cole M.D.
40:52

Our country is in the midst of a crisis – an opioid crisis.  When we have pain – we immediately want it taken away and when that pain is relieved – we form an attachment to the source of rescue (in many cases, this is pain pills).  Annie welcomes Dr. Leslie Cole, MD to the show today to discuss the dangerously addictive nature of opioids and narcotics. Dr. Cole has an impressive, diverse background and she shares extensive knowledge and information that you won’t want to miss!

Episode Links:

Dr. Cole's Website - Quit Pain Pills

Jan 04, 2019
EP 136: Reader Question - Do you have to figure out all the stuff inside you before you can heal?
16:44

Do I need to go back and relive what caused me to start drinking in the first place in order to fully heal?  Annie Grace answers this question using research and study findings to help answer this question. She shares the importance of taking care of our bodies both physically and mentally, including getting enough sleep, eating right, and exercise as a big part of healing from the inside out.

Dec 29, 2018
EP 135: The Pitfalls of 30 Day Alcohol Free Challenges with Annie Grace and Scott Pinyard
33:47

Annie Grace sits down with Scott Pinyard, This Naked Mind’s head coach, to discuss tips and topics that will help you be successful with a 30-day break from alcohol – The Alcohol Experiment!  Annie and Scott will walk us through six things that we can do to help us enjoy our vacation from alcohol and avoid the pitfalls that threaten to sabotage our efforts. Some of these topics include changing our mindset, having the right tools, and finding a buddy – to name just a few. Today’s episode is packed with helpful information that you won’t want to miss – especially if you’re planning on a dry January! 

Dec 28, 2018
EP 134: Reader Question - I quit drinking. When will I lose my spare tire?
05:38

I thought when I quit drinking, I’d lose a bunch of weight.  It’s been a while now, so why am I not losing like I wanted to and thought I would?  Annie shares her personal experience of the ups and downs of losing and maintaining weight after quitting drinking.  Listen and share your own advice and experience on this topic!  It’s a hot one as we head into the New Year!

Dec 22, 2018
EP 133: Naked Life Story: Nate
26:59

In today’s episode, Annie welcomes Nate, who at one time was a happy-go-lucky, athletic college student who could enjoy life without even the thought of a drink. Find out how alcohol quickly wove a messy web that trapped him into a world of depression. Nate shares how he found his way out of the dark world of addiction and realized that drinking was robbing him of the quality of life he once knew. He now lives a ‘naked’ life – FREE from the lies of alcohol.  

Episode Links:

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley  

Dec 21, 2018
EP 132: Reader Question - Why don't I get bad hangovers anymore?
09:41

Sometimes I have close to two bottles of wine at night, but don’t really get a hangover the next day. Why is this?  Annie Grace answers this question with science, personal experience, and reasons why hangovers do and don’t happen. Find out why it’s actually not such a good thing when we aren’t experiencing hangovers.

Links:

Mayo Clinic 

Dec 15, 2018
EP 131: Mingle Mocktails with Laura
27:44

Diet tonic water, seltzer with a twist of lime, diet cola, ginger ale.….to name just a few. If you’re living a sober life, these drinks might sound familiar (and honestly, kind of boring). Annie’s guest, Laura from Mingle Sparkling Mocktails is on a mission to change your drink options from boring and tasteless to exciting and delicious!  Thanks to Laura and Mingle Mocktails, you can feel like you’re part of the party again! With Christmas right around the corner, the timing is perfect to discover what Laura has to offer - from blackberry hibiscus bellini to cranberry cosmopolitan - say hello to the wave of the future in social drinking!

Episode Links:

Mingle Sparkling Mocktails 

Dry Drinker Alcohol Free Drinks 

Seedlip Drinks 

Sans Bar - Chris Marshall (owner)

Sober Lifestyle.com - ??

Dec 14, 2018
EP 130: Reader Question - How to deal with loneliness?
08:49

What do we do about the loneliness we feel when we’ve given up drinking? Alcohol was what used to fill that void, but now there’s longer alcohol to fill that space. Annie shares some great ideas of how to overcome this issue of loneliness – and this comes from her personal experience with loneliness. Find out how rewarding some of these options can be.

Dec 08, 2018
EP 129: Naked Life Story: Erika
29:33

From leaving the car running after a drunk drive home to threatening divorce while under the influence, today’s guest sits down with Annie to share about her journey to a naked life.  Erika worked hard to surround herself with people who were like-minded drinkers and had her drinking habits down to a science. Things have changed. If you’ve struggled with drinking, you might find Erika’s story surprisingly relatable to your own.

Dec 07, 2018
EP 128: Reader Question - How to deal with alcohol triggers?
10:02

What’s the deal with triggers? And how do I deal with them?  Annie delivers an answer for this common question, that will help us connect the dots and understand why triggers and cravings are so problematic, including the role dopamine plays in this issue.  Annie takes it one step further and gives us hope, by explaining that YES…triggers can eventually be a non-issue if we use our conscious mind to change the structure of our brain.

Dec 01, 2018
EP 127: Naked Life Story: Heather
45:09

Today, Annie welcomes Heather, a 34-year-old writer from California, to today’s podcast. Heather shares the story of her 3-phase drinking career and how she broke free!  Heather talks about the importance of granting ourselves permission to question our relationship with drinking and the freedom that comes with being sober. She no longer feels exhausted from the mental toll that alcohol required and find out why Heather refers to this as ‘mental gymnastics’.

Nov 30, 2018
EP 126: Reader Question - Alcohol Free: Is it worth it?
11:29

Is giving up alcohol really worth feeling like my life is consumed with quitting drinking?  Annie gives us reassurance and presents the question….if your house was burning down, wouldn’t you want to get out?  It’s easy to lose sight of why we quit in the first place, but today’s podcast will bring you back to not wondering, but KNOWING that YES! It’s worth it!

Nov 24, 2018
EP 125: Naked Life Story: Mike
34:59

Have you ever done something so embarrassing while you were drunk that you wanted to crawl in a hole the next day?  Annie welcomes Mike to the podcast, who shares his ‘David Hasselhoff’ drinking moment and how this was a turning point for quitting.  From blackout nights and weekend warrior binge drinking, Mike has traded his ‘badge of honor’ for a sober life – a life free from embarrassing blackout moments.

Nov 23, 2018
EP 124: Reader Question - I stopped drinking and my husband has no intention of stopping. How do I deal?
07:17

Should it bother us if we’ve quit drinking but our spouse hasn’t? And should we force our newfound lifestyle on others?  Annie Grace calls on a friend and early reader to help shed some light on this question. Find out what their thoughts are and also learn what a ‘switch flipper’ is and how we can still enjoy cocktail time with our special someone while maintaining a sober life!

Episode Links:

Heidi Mayo’s Blog

Nov 17, 2018
EP 123: Naked Life Story: Sara
32:01

Annie welcomes Sara to today’s episode of This Naked Mind.  Sara delivers an honest, emotional interview about her path to freedom and the reasons she gave up drinking. Annie and Sara discuss the ‘mommy wine culture’, the emotional pain of miscarriage, and the benefits of living a naked life.  Both Sara and Annie give some creative, fun tips on how to offer alternatives when hosting a holiday gathering and how to handle an alcohol-free mom’s night out!

Nov 16, 2018
EP 122: Reader Question: Why do I feel detached when I'm not drinking?
09:23

Let’s face it…..when we are the only ones not drinking, it can leave us feeling detached, separated, and awkward.  How do we deal with this and put a positive spin on these types of scenarios? Annie gives us reassuring tips on how to approach this and ways we can change our thinking so that we don’t feel detached and isolated.

Episode Links:

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 

Nov 10, 2018
EP 121: Naked Life Story: Danita
42:05

Today, Annie Grace welcomes Danita, a 61-year-old who has a truly inspiring Naked Life story!  At 61, Danita brings a perspective from one of the fastest-growing demographic groups of drinkers…..women over 50.  Danita highlights the importance of the community of support and friendship she has found through This Naked Mind and calls them – ‘the best friends she’s never met’.

Nov 09, 2018
EP 120: Reader Question - I can't be sober for more than 12 days. Can you help?
13:16

What is the problem here? Why do I consistently break my sobriety at 12 days?  In today’s episode, Annie hands over some great resources to help us overcome those “sticky” spots of sobriety.  We will learn about the art of ‘urge surfing’ and the 3 C’s, to name just a couple of the ways to help us through.

Episode Links:

Urge Surfing Meditation

Claudia Christian 

Nov 03, 2018
EP 119: Why Am I Stuck?
17:20

For some people, the transition to a sober life is not such a slam dunk.  Rather, it feels like an unreachable goal that will never be achieved.  Join Annie in today’s podcast as she addresses the issue of feeling ‘stuck’.  You’ll learn about the 3 S’s and why it’s harder for some to live a naked life than others and what to do when it just isn’t clicking. 

Nov 02, 2018
EP 118: Reader Question - Why Don’t You Drink Alcohol?
12:18

Why do some people choose to drink in moderation while others choose to quit altogether?  If I never had a “rock bottom” or “aha” moment, then should I still give up drinking completely?  What are the benefits of being completely sober versus just drinking in moderation?  Find out why Annie decided for her, the best option was to just not drink at all and how she continues to reap the benefits of living a naked life.

Oct 27, 2018
EP 117: Rock Bottom with Annie Grace
16:08

In today’s episode, Annie talks ‘rock bottom’.  What does hitting rock bottom mean for you and why do some of us just accept that we must get there before we change?  Would we be better off if we had thoughtful foresight for our future and took control now?  Today’s episode is a monologue where Annie dives deep into the ‘rock bottom’ philosophy and shares her own experience on what drove her to avoid a painful end to addiction.

Oct 26, 2018
EP 116: Reader Question - Does alcohol really relax us?
11:18

Why do we automatically assume that a drink will help us relax? Do we really get the desired effect of "relaxation"? What effect does alcohol actually have on our bodies and minds with regards to "relaxation"?  Annie answers these important questions using personal experience, research, and the facts.  Find out what goes in on in our bodies when we begin to drink.  Are we adding fuel to a fire of stress and anxiety? Or is it okay to self-medicate using alcohol as our drug of choice?  Don’t miss the powerful information shared in today’s podcast!

Oct 20, 2018
EP 115: The Pretty Side vs The Ugly Side
10:40

In today’s episode, Annie gives us a sneak peek at an upcoming podcast she will be doing with an inspirational man she met during a recent speaking engagement.  Listen in as Annie shares why she finds this individual to have a story worth sharing.  Annie also refreshes us on some alarming statistics surrounding the culture of alcohol in our country – sobering statistics we all need to hear.

Episode Links:

Lady Boss 

Myron Golden  

Oct 19, 2018
Ep 114: Reader Question - How do I handle my social anxiety without alcohol?
12:11

Why do I feel more anxiety about socializing when I know I won’t be drinking?  Is it best to just avoid going out altogether?  Annie Grace unpacks several tips for helping us deal with this common problem.  Find out what safety behaviors are and how we can unteach our brain to depend on these behaviors to deal with social anxiety.

Oct 13, 2018
Ep 113: Naked Life Story: Andrew
54:26

How did your ‘relationship with alcohol’ actually develop? Or how about your ‘relationship with food’?  Did you choose this relationship? Or was it influenced by others?  On today’s episode, Annie meets with Andrew Shanahan, the founder of Man Vs Fat - a weight loss organization designed specifically to support men trying to lose weight.  Andrew shares how, over time, he developed an unhealthy dependence on both food and alcohol and his journey back to health and freedom from both.

Episode Links:

Man Versus Fat -  Andrew Shanahan

The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober: Discovering a happy, healthy, wealthy alcohol-free life by Catherine Gray 

Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr  

The Alcohol Experiment by Annie Grace  

This Naked Mind by Annie Grace  

Oct 12, 2018
Episode 112: Reader Question: Why does it seem so easy for others? Why can't I get free?
10:26

Why is abandoning addiction so hard for some and easy for others? What are we doing wrong? Is it just me? Or is this normal?  Are there other resources I can use?  Annie Grace reassures us with her advice on what to do when we just aren’t achieving our goals of giving up drinking and shares valuable techniques and resources that will help us get back on track!

Episode Links:

Easy Way for Women to Stop Drinking by Allen Carr  

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins 

Life Process Program – Overcoming Addiction by Dr. Stanton Peele 

Oct 06, 2018
Episode 111: The Abstinence Myth with Dr. Adi Jaffe
38:30

Can we be successful at beating addiction if we don’t abstain altogether? Annie Grace welcomes back her first-ever, second-time guest, Dr. Adi Jaffe in today’s episode to discuss his book, “The Abstinence Myth.” Dr. Jaffe’s unique perspective regarding addiction and abstinence is captivating and refreshing, giving hope where all seems hopeless!

Episode Links:

The Abstinence Myth: A New Approach for Overcoming Addiction Without Shame, Judgment, Or Rules  by Dr. Adi Jaffe 

The Abstinence Myth Website  

IGNTD Podcast 

Oct 05, 2018
EP 110: Reader Question - I stopped drinking alcohol but now I binge on Netflix and ice cream. What's the deal?
11:03

How do we avoid trading one addiction for another? Is it always a bad thing to replace our focus on alcohol to something new? Join us as Annie shares her advice on this issue and some of the tools she personally used to refocus her energy when she gave up drinking!

 

Episode Links:

Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg  

Habit Loop 

The Below-The-Radar Addict by David Sack  

Hip Sobriety School 

Sep 29, 2018
EP 109: Naked Life Story: Greg
33:23

Annie Grace heads to New York City for today’s interview with Greg!  Listen in as Annie and Greg discuss their thoughts on the effect alcohol has on the social fabric of NYC, as well as the disproportionate impact that drugs and alcohol have on the gay community.  Greg shares the reasons HE stopped drinking and gives us a unique perspective on his new-found freedom and the joy he finds in being productive and energetic instead of hungover in a city that never sleeps!

Sep 28, 2018
Ep 108: Reader Question - How can I handle my guilt and regret from my drinking days?
12:32

It seems expected to go through a period of guilt and regret while on the recovery journey, but  is it possible to make this a positive experience instead of a chapter full of self-loathing and guilt? If so…how? Can we avoid letting this “white space” get the best of us? Annie gives her advice on how best to get through this phase and how to feel good in our own skin.  While some may say that misery is just part of the path – maybe we can turn that misery into something beautiful!

Episode Links:

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins  

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford 

Sep 22, 2018
Ep 107: Relationship Junkie with Sherry Gaba
30:54

Hang out with Annie Grace as she interviews Sherry Gaba - author, psychotherapist, and a certified recovery coach (most notably on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab)!  Sherry discusses the ins and outs of “love addiction”, the fear of being alone, and the dangers of trading alcohol addiction for other addictions – including love and co-dependency. Sherry gets transparent in this interview, discussing her life journey that includes four failed marriages, the struggles of being a single mom, and her fears of being alone. 

Episode Links:

The Law of Sobriety by Sherry Gaba 

The Marriage and Relationship Junkie by Sherry Gaba 

www.sherrygaba.com 

Take the Love Relationship Quiz Here

Wake Up Recovery

Sep 21, 2018
EP 106: Reader’s Question - Why does living alcohol-free feel lonely?
07:05

From baby showers to funerals – alcohol is everywhere we turn.  Has it become the glue that holds our social life together? And what do we do with this issue of loneliness when we’re the only one not drinking? Annie Grace gives us LEGIT answers and resources to lighten the load of feeling lonely.

Episode Links:

Hip Sobriety 

Soberistas: Love life in control 

Hello Sunday Morning 

Join Club Soda 

Sep 15, 2018
EP 105: Naked Life Story: James
24:51

Annie sits down with James, who’s celebrating six months of sobriety! Way to go!  But James didn’t always have much to cheer about! Find out what it finally took to prompt James to seek help for his addiction.  Check out how his life has improved in so many ways since being alcohol free and how he and his wife are finally able to be in an adult relationship after 22 years of marriage – thanks to his decision to quit drinking.

**PLEASE NOTE - This episode may have some small glitches that are difficult to hear. Please forgive us.  This audio was edited as best possible.

Sep 14, 2018
EP 104: Reader Question - How did you tell your friends you stopped drinking?
10:21

Why is it so hard to ‘come out’ about the fact that we no longer drink? And why do we feel like we owe people an explanation for declining a drink?  Find out how Annie Grace tackled the task of telling friends, family, and colleagues that she was done with drinking for good…..and how empowering it feels to answer the ever-present question of “Can I get you a drink?” with “Yes! I’d love an iced tea!”

Sep 08, 2018
EP 103: Naked Life Story: Steven
31:47

Tune in today as Annie Grace hears Steven’s Naked Life story!  Follow along as Steven shares how he went from an all-American, non-drinking athlete in high school to slowly developing a problem with alcohol in college and young adulthood and finally back to being rid of alcohol for good, thanks to This Naked Mind! Find out what made this ‘effortless’ for Steven and hear him share how weddings; St Patrick’s Day; playing with his kids; and literally everything is BETTER THAN EVER without drinking! 

Episode Links:

Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr  

Alcohol Lied to Me by Craig Beck

 

Sep 07, 2018
EP 102: Reader's Question - Did you stop drinking all at once or a bit at a time?
11:20

Are there rules about how to begin this process of going alcohol free?  Should we force the issue of going cold turkey?  Annie Grace shares her thoughts on finding peace with starting the process of quitting drinking.

Episode Links:

Visit Heidi Mayo's Blog

Sep 01, 2018
EP 101: Naked Life Story: Liz
37:39

Getting drunk after the kids’ basketball games and waking up at 3 a.m. every night was getting old for this week’s guest!  Join Annie Grace and Liz – a fellow podcaster, mother, and ‘retired’ drinker, as they get real about what life was like before giving up alcohol and the journey to achieving an alcohol-free lifestyle. 

Episode Links:

Alcohol Explained by William Porter

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

Drunk Mom, Sober Mom Podcast

Visit Liz's Website 

Aug 31, 2018
EP 100: 100 Reasons with Annie Grace and Scott Pinyard
01:03:07

It’s the 100th episode!!!  To celebrate this milestone, Annie Grace and Scott Pinyard create an impromptu ‘top 100’ list of advice, learnings, and insights they have gained on their journey. This casual, lighthearted episode boasts a wealth of knowledge from two individuals who have found freedom and discovered happiness in being alcohol free!

Aug 25, 2018
EP 99: The Grind with Joey Tork and Jason Harmon
55:05

Annie Grace was recently interviewed by Joey Tork and Jason Harmon from The Grind podcast. The interview was so amazing, that she wanted to share it with the This Naked Mind audience!  Joey and Jason discuss with Annie how they came across her book and how it has changed both of their relationships with alcohol. Joey, Jason, and Annie create both an entertaining, yet extremely captivating experience that you won’t want to miss!

Episode Links:

The Grind Podcast 

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Aug 24, 2018
EP 98: Reader Question - How long does alcohol take to leave the body?
05:52

I’ve heard that it takes one hour for our liver to metabolize one unit of alcohol…if this is true, why do you say it can take up to 10 days for alcohol to leave the body?  Annie clears up this head scratching question and explains the science behind why our body doesn’t clear itself from alcohol in just a matter of hours.

Aug 18, 2018
EP 97: Is Addiction a Disease?
28:32

Join Annie and her lead certified Naked Mind coach, Scott Pinyard, as they discuss one of the most difficult and frequently asked questions, “Is alcohol addiction a disease…..or not?” Annie and Scott dissect this challenging question and give us a look at both sides of the argument of whether or not alcohol addiction can be called a ‘disease’. Do we have convincing research to really say it is a disease? Or do we lean on this title to remove responsibility from ourselves?

Episode Links:

The Biology of Desire:  Why Addiction is Not a Disease by Marc Lewis

Aug 17, 2018
EP 96: Reader Question - What is PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome)? And does it happen for everyone?
07:29

In what stage of recovery does PAWS occur and does it happen to everyone?  Annie answers questions about PAWS and shares scientific research and her opinion on why it happens, how long it lasts, and how to change our thinking in order to avoid it.

Aug 11, 2018
EP 95: MindBody Mastery with Katelyn Michals
38:48

Annie was recently interviewed by Katelyn Michals, creator of MindBody Mastery podcast.  Listen as Katelyn interviews Annie Grace about her own journey to recovery.   Annie shares with Katelyn, how she applied Dr. John Sarno’s methods and trained her unconscious mind to change her relationship with alcohol and how “This Naked Mind” was created using this method.

 

Episode Links:

MindBody Mastery podcast

Healing Back Pain by Dr. John Sarno

The Great Pain Deception by Steve Ozanich

The Alcohol Experiment 

The Easy Way to Control Alcohol by Allen Carr 

The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr 

Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray 

The Work of Byron Katie 

Aug 10, 2018
EP 94: Reader Question – I Stopped Drinking but My Friends are not Supportive. How to deal?
08:16

What do we do when our friends are judgment or not supportive of our decision to change our drinking habits? Annie speaks about her own personal experiences with this and provides some great insight and advice as to how we can approach these scenarios.

Aug 04, 2018
EP 93: Overcoming Family Odds with Jeanne Foot
25:48

Jeanne is a mental health advocate, certified addiction counselor and recovery specialist.  Jeanne shares her story with Annie which includes growing up in a family that seemed to be constantly dealing with one crisis after another, much of which was caused by addiction. Jeanne describes how she took her own experiences with various recovery methods and developed The Recovery Concierge, a program designed to help customize recovery plans for those looking for something different than the conventional programs.

Episode Links:

The Recovery Concierge

Aug 03, 2018
EP 92: Reader Question – Should I Count Alcohol Free Days?
07:07

Is it better to keep track of our alcohol free days or just to not think about it?  Annie answers this question that we all have asked ourselves by describing her own personal experiences as well as providing some insightful information about the differences in each of our journeys.

 

Episode Links:

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Jul 28, 2018
EP 91: Naked Life Story: Sheila
30:54

Sheila had a 45 year history with alcohol where she thought many times about trying to stop drinking before she finally did.  She shares her story with Annie about how she grew up around alcohol being a very normal part of life and discusses when she eventually started questioning her drinking habits.  Sheila describes her journey of stopping and starting again and how she is reached the place of stopping and never looking back.

Jul 27, 2018
EP 90: Reader Question – Does the Euphoria of Becoming Alcohol Free Wear Off?
10:54

When we finally find freedom in our relationship with alcohol, many of us experience feelings of pure elation and joy.  But what happens if that feeling wears off?  How do we cope with the end of the “honeymoon phase” of being alcohol free? Annie shares her own personal experience and provides us with some really practical advice and information for this phase of our journey.

Jul 21, 2018
EP 89: Alcohol Can Make You Fat
09:51

Does Alcohol really contribute to weight gain?  Annie Grace explains the three main reasons why alcohol makes us fat, according to scientific research. She also debunks some widely accepted myths about alcohol and it’s sugar content as well as how alcohol processes in our bodies.

Jul 20, 2018
EP 88: Reader Question – Social Drinking – How Do I Muster the Willpower Not to Drink?
08:02

We may have absorbed all of the information we need to experience a mindset shift when it comes to our desire to drink, but then we go out with friends and all of that seems to fade away.  How are we supposed to get through social interactions where everyone is drinking, without breaking down and having a drink?  Annie sheds some amazing insight, based on her own personal experience, into one of the most powerful things we can arm ourselves with in order to help us back up our decision not to drink.  She also provides us with some really useful tips for how we can prepare for those social interactions without the fear of giving in to any cravings that might occur.

Jul 14, 2018
EP 87: Naked Life Story: Dean
31:14

Dean is a husband, father, business man and a special constable (part-time police officer) in the UK. Dean tells Annie about his story and how is relationship with alcohol started out, like so many of us, by casually going out drinking with his friends.  After a terrible work-related injury that would change his plans for his life and the loss of his dear grandmother, Dean’s relationship with alcohol quickly got out of control. Until one day, after 6 years had gone by in a blur, Dean experienced an Aha Moment that resulted in Spontaneous Sobriety. Now, he hasn’t had a drink in over 14 months and describes how much life has changed since he took back control of his relationship with alcohol.

Jul 13, 2018
EP 86: Reader Question – How long does it take to start really feeling better after I stop drinking? With Dr Adi Jaffe
12:18

I’ve stopped drinking, but how long does it take to really start to feel the changes as my body recovers from the damage alcohol has done? Annie and Dr Jaffe address this commonly asked question by Annie sharing  her own personal experience with while Dr Jaffe provides insight based on scientific research.

Jul 07, 2018
EP 85: Naked Life Story: Danielle
28:10

Danielle Baldino started drinking while in college and over the next few years found herself shifting from drinking with friends for fun to weekend binge drinking as a way to cope with loneliness and life as a newly married woman being at all what she expected.  Danielle shares her story with Annie and describes her recovery journey where she has now been alcohol free 6 months.  Danielle has a blog about truly living life with the good, bad and ugly and she also started a meetup for women in recovery in the San Diego, CA area.

 

Episode Links:

Danielle’s Blog: Morning Soda

San Diego Meetup

Jul 06, 2018
EP 84: Reader Question – Why can’t I stop drinking alone?
12:08

I’m drinking at home alone at night to quiet the noise, relax and fall asleep faster, so how can I stop doing that? Annie explains why alcohol seems to provide a temporary sense of relaxation, why quieting the noise isn’t actually a great idea and how alcohol truly affects our sleep patterns.

Jun 30, 2018
EP 83: What About Food? With Kaelin Tuell Poulin
31:47

Kaelin Tuell Poulin is the founder of LadyBoss Weight Loss and her mission is to “help women lose weight while loving themselves again”. Annie gets so many questions about food and sugar cravings and addiction so she brought her friend, and an expert on this topic, Kaelin on because her method uses many of the same principles as This Naked Mind, but for food and sugar.  Kaelin shares her own personal journey with Annie and shares an exciting offer for those of us who are wanting help in this area.

 

Episode Links: 

7 Day Free Experience with LadyBoss Lifestyle

Jun 29, 2018
EP 82: Reader Question – What are Naltrexone and The Sinclair Method?
10:19

Naltrexone and The Sinclair Method come up all the time in reader’s questions to Annie.  Annie spends some time explaining what Naltrexone is and how The Sinclair Method works based on her research as well as the feedback from so many of her readers.

 

Episode Links:
One Little Pill

Annie’s Podcast with Claudia Christian

Annie’s Podcast with Dr Adi Jaffe

Jun 23, 2018
EP 81: Beyond the Bars with Rob Lohman
57:26

Rob Lohman is the founder of The Addiction Recovery Hub and Host of the Beyond the Bars Radio Podcast.  Rob shares with Annie about his story of immense addiction and his amazing journey through recovery in such an honest and raw way.  Rob’s journey has brought him to a place where he has such a heart for helping others and he is currently developing a transformational house for men who are on their own recovery journey.

 

Episode Links:

Beyond the Bars Podcast

The Addiction Recovery Hub

Jun 22, 2018
EP 80: Reader Question – I drink to f*ck my brain up, just for a little while, can you help?
11:05

So many of us have turned to alcohol in times where we just want to lose ourselves and escape the pressure and noise.  What can we do to get out of this cycle?  Annie answers this question with some great information and amazing advice.

Episode Links:

Byron Katie's You Tube Channel

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted by Dr Daniel G. Amen 

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

Jun 16, 2018
EP 79: The Truth About Alcohol with Lee Davy
41:36

Lee Davy is the founder of The Truth About Alcohol.  Lee shares his incredible story with Annie of how he found spontaneous sobriety after years of excess partying and how “The Truth About Alcohol” came to be from his desire to help others uncover the truths he had discovered about alcohol.

Episode Links:

Webinar Details for Resistance Training on June 22nd

Strive

Follow Lee on Instagram

Life Changing Experience

Lee is also in the middle of a 365-day challenge where he is facing his fears. Check out his Instagram Live show Sundays through Thursday.

Jun 15, 2018
EP 78: Reader Question – How Did I Stop Drinking?
09:46

In this episode, Annie describes her own personal journey that brought her to the research behind This Naked Mind and how her method of unconscious conditioning worked to finally bring that ultimate freedom in her relationship with alcohol.

 

Episode Links:

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Dr John Sarno

The Alcohol Experiment 

Jun 09, 2018
EP 77: Naked Life Story: Jenna Sinclair
44:26

Jenna Sinclair spent much of her childhood in pubs observing her mom drinking too much and being carried home by some of the locals on a regular basis.  It didn’t take too long before Jenna realized she was following in her mom’s footsteps and wanted to make a change.  Jenna tells Annie her story and describes that “aha moment” that has helped her to find freedom and increased her desire to help others in any way possible.

 

Episode Links:

Jenna’s Website

Jenna’s Food Blog

Alcohol Explained by William Porter

Jun 08, 2018
EP 76: Reader Question - Does drinking really prevent Alzheimer's?
12:11

Annie responds to an article titled “Moderate to Heavy Drinkers are More Likely to Live to 85 Without Developing Dementia” by breaking down the details from the study and providing her own research.  Annie also addresses the headline culture that we live in that allows for articles like this to become sensationalized.

Jun 02, 2018
EP 75: Allowing with Laura McKowen
43:45

Laura McKowen somewhat reluctantly overcame what she describes as a “life-threatening drinking problem”. She then started to share her story with others through her website and podcasts before she decided to leave her successful corporate advertising career in order to pursue writing, teaching and speaking full time.  Laura very candidly and honestly shares her story with Annie and how she came to a place where her life’s purpose is to help others in such an amazing way.

 

Episode Links:

Laura’s Website

Jun 01, 2018
EP 74: Reader Question – Are you happier without alcohol?
08:43

Is it really possible to be happier without alcohol?  That can be really hard to even imagine.  Annie describes her thoughts around happiness with alcohol and happiness without it by providing some specific examples for various emotions that are tied to happiness and her experiences relating to each of those emotions.

 

Episode Links:

Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life by Barbara Fredrickson

May 26, 2018
EP 73: Drinking in Full Control with Ruari Fairbairns
39:22

Ruari Fairbairns is the co-founder of One Year No Beer and the author of The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge.  Ruari shares his story with Annie starting with how he got drunk for the first time at the age of 12, to having a career in his 20s that required taking clients out for drinking and entertainment, to an anger management class that gave him the idea to just take a 90 day break from alcohol. That 90 day break from alcohol changed Ruari’s life in so many amazing ways that he and his friend Andy Ramage decided to start One Year No Beer to help others find this amazing freedom as well.

 

Episode Links:
One Year No Beer

28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge by Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns

Follow One Year No Beer on Facebook

Follow One Year No Beer on Instagram

May 25, 2018
EP 72: Reader Question – Did you quit forever?
12:11

Annie gets asked this question all the time.  Did she go into this with the plan to quit forever or just to drink less? And does she consider herself someone who has quit drinking forever?  Annie describes her intentions and the outcome of finding complete freedom in her relationship with alcohol.  She also gives us some great advice on what kind of commitments we should be trying to make and how to approach those commitments.

May 19, 2018
EP 71: Naked Life Story: Sasha Tozzi
37:52

Sashi Tozzi started drinking at 15 years old as a way to overcome her shyness and social anxiety.  By the time she turned 20, things had escalated to the point where her family staged an intervention with her about her drug and alcohol use.  After 6 more years of heavy partying, she made the decision to give sobriety a try and hasn’t turned back since.  Now, Sasha is a writer, recovery coach and rapid transformational therapist who wants nothing more than to help others find the same “joy, passion, love, and purpose” that she found.  Sasha shares her story with Annie and they discuss how she is now able to function in social settings without the crutch of drugs or alcohol. Sasha also gives some great advice on how to talk to a loved one who might be drinking too much from the perspective of her own personal journey.

Episode Links:

Sasha's Website

Follow Sasha on Instagram

Follow Sasha on Facebook

Private Facebook Group

May 18, 2018
EP 70: Reader Question – How Do I Overcome Guilt & Regret
13:48

When we finally find freedom in our relationship with alcohol, what are we supposed to do with all of the guilt and regret for the things we did in our past?  Annie offers some amazing insight into how guilt and regret can be both a positive and a negative thing depending on how we allow these emotions to manifest in our lives.

 

Episode Links:

Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

May 12, 2018
EP 69: Allowing Feeling with Scott Stabile
33:00

Scott Stabile has a very traumatic past and yet has made it his mission in life to “spread as much love as possible” and is doing just that with his social media presence and his writing. He is the author of Big Love, a book that is made up of a collection of his personal essays where he shares how he overcame everything by focusing on Love.  In this beautifully honest interview, Scott and Annie discuss the profound impact of simply loving ourselves.

 

Episode Links:

Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart by Scott Stabile

Scott's Website

Follow Scott on Facebook

Follow Scott on Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

May 11, 2018
EP 68: Reader Question - How can I not be a zealot about the fact that I no longer drink?
10:42

When we finally find that freedom in our relationship with alcohol, it can be so hard not to try to push it on everyone around us.  Annie gives us some great advice on how to approach those around us who may still be struggling to find their own freedom, especially when they may not even realize they are struggling with it.

May 05, 2018
EP 67: The Billion Dollar Body with Nicholas Bayerle
34:28

Nicholas Bayerle is the CEO of Billion Dollar Body.  Nicholas has an immense passion to help men find and live into their amazing potential. Annie and Nicholas discuss the amazing transformation that can happen when we realize that we are all in possession of a billion dollar asset.

Episode Links:

Billion Dollar Body

Billion Dollar Body Live Event

Follow Nicholas on Instagram: NicholasBayerle

Follow Billion Dollar Body on Facebook

May 04, 2018
EP 66: Reader Question - I'm trying to moderate and I'm wondering why does the day after drinking feel so bad?
14:08

If we are doing pretty well at moderation, then what are the scientific reasons behind why we feel so terrible the day after we have a drink?  Annie explains why this might be happening and provides a lot of great insight into what we should be aware of in order to determine if moderation is the right path for us.

Apr 28, 2018
EP 65: Moderation
33:51

On today’s podcast, Annie reveals her most recent research on the topic of Moderation.  She explains that there are two reasons we might want to moderate and two possible outcomes.  She then outlines 6 vital things science says about moderation.  Annie also introduces a brand new program called the Naked Mind Intensive where she will be taking the participants through her work with live online interactions and coaching.  This program starts May 1st so enrollment closes on April 30th.

Episode Links:

Learn all about the Naked Mind Intensive 

Apr 27, 2018
EP 64: Reader Question - Non-Alcoholic Drinks: Are they okay?
13:47

Should we start drinking non-alcoholic wine or beer after we have eliminated alcohol?  And can it cause some sort of trigger to crave alcohol again?  Annie provides some great information on how we should approach this question.

Apr 21, 2018
EP 63: Natural Healing from Alcohol with Dr Terry Trinka
42:23

Dr Terry Trinka is a neurological optometrist and certified nutritionist who specializes in helping people with both vision and health problems.  Annie Grace started seeing Dr Trinka two years ago when she was looking for a holistic approach to help treat her depression and anxiety.  Annie and Dr Trinka’s discussion provides so much in depth information into a natural approach to healing our bodies as we begin the process of detoxing from alcohol. 

Episode Links:

Eye Brain Connection 

 

Apr 20, 2018
EP 62: Reader Question – What is the science behind why I feel like I want to drink so badly?
12:23

When we have made a conscious decision to no longer drink, what is the scientific reason for why we find ourselves desperately wanting a drink? Annie provides us with some great research on what is happening in our brain when we drink and why we feel the need to keep drinking even when we really don’t want to.

 

Episode Links:

TNM Podcast EP 39: The Sinclair Method with Claudia Christian

Apr 14, 2018
EP 61: Naked Life Story: Paul Churchill
40:07

Paul Churchill is the founder of Recovery Elevator Podcast, which started out as a personal accountability tool and now has over 2 million downloads!  Paul tells Annie about his own struggles with alcohol addiction and what led him to start the Recovery Elevator Podcast.  Paul and Annie discuss the stigma around alcohol addiction and Paul’s mission to help change that stigma in our society.

 

Episode Links:

Recovery Elevator

Apr 13, 2018
EP 60: Reader Question – I see no benefit to alcohol, why can’t I just quit?
08:54

If I understand and agree with pretty much everything I read in This Naked Mind, why am I having such a hard time actually quitting?  Annie gives us some great information on why we might be experiencing this frustrating situation and provides some great resources to help us move forward.

Episode Links:

Alcohol Explained by William Porter 

The Alcohol Experiment

Urge Surfing

Apr 07, 2018
EP 59: Workaholism with Dawn Nickel
53:09

Dawn Nickel is the co-creator of She Recovers.  Dawn talks to Annie about her personal struggles with addictions to alcohol, marijuana and most recently, work.  Her recovery work in all of these areas led her down the path to creating She Recovers in the hopes of reaching other women who struggle with any kind of addiction.

 

Episode Links:

She Recovers

Guiding Principles

Apr 06, 2018
EP 58: Reader Question – Am I an alcoholic?
08:27

How do I know if I am an alcoholic? So many of us have asked ourselves this question at some point. Annie tackles this question with information on the term “alcoholism” vs the newer term of “alcohol use disorder” and provides us with a better question we should be asking ourselves in order to gain freedom in our relationship with alcohol. 

Mar 31, 2018
EP 57: Naked Life Story: Andy Ramage
35:42

Andy Ramage is the co-founder of One Year No Beer and the author of The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge.  Annie and Andy discuss how One Year No Beer started by Andy describing his own personal journey with alcohol.  Andy found freedom his relationship with alcohol that ignited an unmistakable passion to help others do the same. 

Episode Links:

One Year No Beer

28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge by Andy Ramage

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins 

Mar 30, 2018
EP 56: Reader Question – Is Drinking Just Truly a Habit?
09:45

Annie discusses how to expose the unconscious belief that drinking is just a habit by explaining Liminal Thinking and how our experiences, observations, assumptions and conclusions have determined our current reality. 

Mar 24, 2018
EP 55: My Fair Junkie with Amy Dresner
44:29

Amy is a former professional comedienne who struggled with addictions to anything and everything.  After getting sober in 2012, she wrote a beautifully honest addiction memoir, My Fair Junkie.  Amy talks to Annie about her addictions and the life of freedom she is now living in such a refreshingly real and raw way.  

 

My Fair Junkie by Amy Dresner 

Mar 23, 2018
EP 54: Reader Question – How Can I Not Forget All the Reasons I Quit Drinking?
09:39

When we are finally settling in to sobriety, it might be easy to forget how bad things actually were when we had no control in our relationship with alcohol.  How do we stay mindful and aware.  Annie provides some great advice and tips on staying the course.

Mar 17, 2018
EP 53: Science & Social Conditioning with Annie Grace & Michael Patrick
23:48

Annie was recently interviewed by Michael Patrick for the StillFeel21.com Podcast.  Annie and Michael discussed spontaneous sobriety, the unconscious mind, societal conditioning around alcohol and whether or not alcohol can truly relax us.  There is so much great information packed into this short interview that Annie wanted to share it on her own Podcast as well.

 

Episode Links:

http://www.stillfeel21.com/

Mar 16, 2018
EP 52: Reader Question – How To Overcome Cravings?
23:25

When we truly believe that alcohol is not helpful to us in any way, but still find ourselves craving it, how can we stick to our decision and fight against cravings?  Annie provides an explanation for what a craving is and where it is coming from and shares a significant amount of research with us to give us some amazing advice and information on overcoming these cravings.

 

Online Community Resources:

TNM Community

Hello Sunday Morning

Club Soda

One Year No Beer

Mar 10, 2018
EP 51: The Unconscious Root of Addiction with Steve Ozanich
43:56

Steve Ozanich discovered personal healing through Dr John Sarno’s work and has dedicated his life to helping others in the same way.  He is an author and teacher specializing in TMS or MindBody Syndrome.  As a result of Annie’s own personal healing through Dr John Sarno’s work, she met Steve during the initial phase of her research into what is now the This Naked Mind method.  On this episode, Steve and Annie discuss the MindBody Syndrome in great detail, outlining how our pains and addictions are often a result of our unconscious mind. 

 

Episode Links:

Steve’s Website

Mar 09, 2018
EP 50: Reader Question – How Can I Loosen Up Without Alcohol?
11:25

Can we still enjoy social settings that involve alcohol when we have made the decision to stop drinking?  And if so, how can we loosen up to enjoy ourselves without drinking?  Annie shares her personal experiences with social drinking activities and gives us some great advice for how to handle these situations without giving up our social lives.

Mar 03, 2018
EP 49: Naked Life Stories: Kelly Fitzgerald & Carly Benson
43:46

Kelly Fitzgerald is the author behind the blog Sober Senorita and Carly Benson is the founder of Miracles are Brewing.  Kelly and Carly both tell Annie about their stories of addiction and their experience with spontaneous sobriety and how they eventually came together to start The Bloom Club out of their desire to provide resources that they wish they had access to in the early stages of their sobriety journey.

 

Episode Links:

Kelly Fitzgerald’s Sober Senorita

Carly Benson’s Miracles are Brewing

Kelly & Carly’s The Bloom Club

Mar 02, 2018
EP 48: Reader Question – I Quit Drinking But My Spouse Has Not. Any Advice?
10:49

When we make the big decision to stop drinking, but our spouse is still drinking, how do we handle that?  Annie gives some great advice and discusses the common mistakes that we can make in our relationships during this major change in our own lives.

Feb 24, 2018
EP 47: Naked Life Story: Jolene Park
34:44

Jolene Park is a functional nutritionist and health coach who works with purpose-driven companies and individuals.  She is also one of the Certified This Naked Mind Coaches.  Jolene recently did a TED Talk on gray area drinking.  Jolene shares her own personal story with Annie and provides some amazing tips on supporting our body’s psychology when we stop drinking.

Episode Links:

Jolene’s Website

Jolene’s TED Talk

Certified This Naked Mind Coaches

Feb 23, 2018
EP 46: Reader Question – How Do I Let Go of Self Sabotage?
11:29

How can we find enough love for ourselves to stop the self-sabotage and truly find freedom? Annie shares her advice on how to change how we treat ourselves and move towards a life of gratitude and happiness.

 

Episode Links:

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor 

Feb 17, 2018
EP 45: Naked Life Story: Holly Glenn Whitaker
38:34

Holly Glenn Whitaker is the founder of Hip Sobriety and co-host of HOME podcast.  Holly shares her story of multiple addictions and her journey to recovery that uncovered a passion to help others find the same freedom she found.  Holly and Annie touch on everything from eating disorders to how borderline personality disorders relate to drinking too much.    

 

Episode Links:

HOME Podcast

Hip Sobriety

Hip Sobriety School

 

 

 

 

Feb 16, 2018
EP 44: Reader Question – How Do I Talk To A Loved One Who Is Drinking Too Much?
19:48

It can be so difficult to have a conversation with someone about their drinking.  Annie shares great personal insight and her research on how to approach this topic by providing five suggestions.

Feb 10, 2018
EP 43: Naked Life Story: Annick Ina
33:18

Annick shares her amazing sober social life - from going out until all hours to dealing with pressure from drinking friends. Get ready for an upbeat, positive and incredibly empowering look at a hugely social alcohol free life.

Episode Links:

Soul Superstar: Stories From My Sober Heart, by Annick Ina

Annick’s Blog

Feb 09, 2018
EP 42: Reader Question – How Do You Pull Yourself Out of the Guilt Around Drinking?
11:00

When we start to experience the hyper awareness about our relationship with alcohol, we often experience a crippling sense of guilt.  Annie discusses this topic with great information about Cognitive Dissonance as well as a message of hope for why that feeling of guilt is actually a really positive step in the right direction.

Feb 03, 2018
EP 41: Relationships, Marriage & Alcohol with Stacey Martino
41:11

Stacey Martino is a relationship expert with so much energy and passion to help others have the best relationships they can.  Stacey and Annie discuss the strain alcohol can have on relationships and most surprisingly, the difficulty that is often created when someone in the relationship begins to make positive changes.  Stacey provides some amazing insight into how to start the process of mending hurt relationships in order to move forward together.

Episode Links:

Relationship Breakthrough Secrets

Relationship Development

Feb 02, 2018
EP 40: Reader Question - How Do I Maintain My Determination When The Horrors Of Drinking Fade?
09:17

After any period of success with not drinking, it can be easy to forget how bad things were at our worst and only remember the good times.  Annie details the “experiment” she did for this exact reason and provides some great tips on how we can stay the course by continuing to be mindful and truly honest with ourselves about the good and bad times of our drinking days.

Jan 27, 2018
EP 39: The Sinclair Method with Claudia Christian
47:49

Claudia Christian has had a hugely successful career as an actress, producer, author and much more.  Claudia tells Annie about her own struggles with alcohol use disorder and how after multiple failures with rehabs and other treatment options, she finally found freedom through The Sinclair Method and Naltrexone.  She passionately describes her frustrations with the standards of treatment for alcohol addiction and how this resulted in her starting the C Three Foundation with the goal of helping others find the same freedom she did.      

 

Episode Links:

C Three Foundation

The Cure for Alcoholism by Dr. Roy Eskapa

One Little Pill

Jan 26, 2018
EP 38: Reader Question - How Long Does it Take for Miserable Cravings to Go Away?
14:46

After three to four months of sober living, why do I suddenly have a new wave of stress induced cravings crashing down on me?  Annie Grace answers this reader’s question by explaining the impact stress can have on our minds and bodies and how we can fight the cognitive dissonance of wanting something that we don’t really want.

Episode Links: Addiction Q&A with Kevin T. McCauley, M.D. 

Jan 20, 2018
EP 37: Naked Life Story: Catherine Gray
35:35

Catherine Gray is an award-winning writer and editor who found herself consistently drinking a “life-endangering amount of alcohol”.  Catherine vulnerably and honestly shares her story with Annie as they discuss her former fears of what a dull sober life might look like and her realization of how sobriety is quite the opposite of dull.

Episode References:  

     The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray   

     Catherine’s Website (www.unexpectedjoy.co.uk)

     Catherine’s Instagram: @unexpectedjoyof

Catherine’s Book Recommendations:

            This Naked Mind by Annie Grace

            Unwasted by Sacha Z. Scoblic

            Kick the Drink...Easily! by Jason Vale

            Dry by Augusten Burroughs

            Blackout by Sarah Hepola  

Jan 19, 2018
EP 36: Reader Question – Cravings & Triggers: What Exactly Are They And How Do You Deal With Them?
12:28

What are cravings and triggers and how can we get over them? Annie explains how cravings and triggers work and then provides great insight into how we can work through them by mindfully paying attention to them rather than trying to force them to quiet down.

Jan 13, 2018
EP 35: Naked Life Story: Mary
54:24

Mary is the artist behind the cover of This Naked Mind. In her early twenties, she found herself living a blackout drunk life in New York City, but has been able to gain control, freedom and happiness as very occasional and moderate drinker.  Annie and Mary discuss moderation and how it is not the answer for everyone, but how some can find success in moderation after putting in the work to shift the mindset.  Mary’s story is one of honesty and freedom and we are excited to share it with you. 

Jan 12, 2018
EP 34: Reader Question – Alcohol and Depression?
13:44

What is the relationship between alcohol and depression?  Annie answers this question by describing her own personal experiences with depression and explaining her thoughts on the link between alcohol and depression.

Jan 06, 2018
EP 33: Detoxification with Helena Cavan
46:54

Helena Cavan is the owner and director of The Milestone Detox, a boutique juice and raw food detox retreat company based in the Cotswolds.  Annie and Helena discuss how the toxins of alcohol affect our bodies and why the detoxification process can be so helpful during our first few days of going alcohol free.  Helena also provides some really great tips for a simple detoxification process.

Episode Links: The Milestone Detox

Helena's Recommendations:

Bicarb Salt Mixture - Capsules

Bicarb Salt Mixture - Powder

Apple Cider Vinegar

YouTube - Candida Explainer Video

Helena's Grapefruit Liver-Healing Juice Recipe:

  • 2 peeled grapefruits
  • 1 piece of fresh turmeric root (at least one thumbnail big but more if possible)
  • Put through a juicer and drink, taking the following supplement or drizzling a tablespoon of fresh linseed oil into the juice. The fat helps the uptake of the color chemicals in the grapefruit and turmeric.
  • 1x 1000mg omega oil gel cap supplement - we use Omega 3 linseed oil
Jan 05, 2018
EP 32: Reader Question – How Do I Overcome the Trigger of Boredom
13:09

Why is overcoming boredom so difficult?  Annie shares her research into boredom and why it is actually an amazing part of being human.  She answers this question by sharing great insight into ways to turn boredom into a truly positive experience.

Dec 30, 2017
EP 31: Naked Life Stories: End of Year Interviews
18:40

We are constantly overwhelmed by the stories that we hear from so many readers who have had their lives changed as a result of This Naked Mind. To end this beautiful year, Annie shares just a few of these messages as another reminder that we are not alone and that there is hope for finding freedom in our relationship with alcohol.

To share your story, just call +1(605)937-8849.

Dec 29, 2017
EP 30: Reader Question - How Can I Prevent Relapse and Does All Sober Time Count?
14:00

Why is it so easy for us to fall back into the trap of alcohol after we seemingly escaped for a time?  And does that mean our success up to that point doesn’t count?  Annie answers these questions with her message of “no judgment, pain or rules”.  She reminds us that everyone’s journey is different and provides some great tips for how to avoid future relapses.  She also explains why all success, even seemingly small success, should be celebrated.

Dec 23, 2017
EP 29: Naked Life Story: Meredith
49:13

Meredith is a very busy and active wife, mother, attorney and triathlete who woke up after almost two decades of heavy drinking and knew she had to make a change in order to survive.  She openly and honestly shares her story with Annie and inspires hope and positivity for not just surviving, but truly living a beautiful life.

Dec 22, 2017
EP 28: Reader Question – How Do I Get Free When I’m Trapped in Alcohol Addiction?
18:10

If it is so easy to get sucked into the trap of Alcohol Addiction, how are we possibly supposed to escape? Annie explains Allen Carr’s Pitcher Plant analogy and then provides valuable information, resources and hope for finding our way out of the trap.

Dec 16, 2017
EP 27: Naked Life Story: Jamie
36:00

Jamie is a Registered Nurse who was living a very boozy life in Manhattan. Jamie tells Annie about how the life she wanted since she was a little girl was found on the other side of the bottle. Jamie’s story is truly hopeful, straightforward and honest.

Dec 15, 2017
EP 26: Reader Question – How Can I Combat the Depression After Giving Up Drinking?
10:58

Why do we feel so depressed when we initially stop drinking?  Annie provides some great information on why we might feel so down during the first few weeks after giving up drinking as well as why it will all be worth it in the long run.

Episode Links: Interview with Dr. Jaffe

Dec 09, 2017
EP 25: Naked Life Story: Debi
28:32

Debi, a successful flight attendant, has changed her entire life for the better by cutting out alcohol. She has even opened her own business as a result! Listen to Debi's inspiring story.

Dec 08, 2017
EP 24: Reader Question – Why Do Our Friends React Badly When We Stop Drinking?
09:02

First, our friends were worried about our drinking, asking us to take it easy and now that we've stopped they seem almost offended by our decision!? What is behind the bizarre phenomenon of how our closest friends are not exactly happy when we make the decision to put away the booze?

Dec 02, 2017
EP 23: Naked Life Story: Scott
34:50

Scott joins Annie Grace with a big beard, a huge smile, and an incredible journey of being true to himself and really waiting for the internal mindset--going from 'I never get to drink again' to 'I never have to drink again'. Not only does Scott share his own path, but he shares how he now gives back and is helping others find the freedom he has found. Finally Scott and Annie Grace dive deep into the question: Is alcohol addiction a disease?

Dec 01, 2017
EP 22: Reader Question - Does Alcohol Make You Happy?
09:22

People sure seem happy a few drinks in, yet we all know that alcohol is defined as a depressant? How can this be? Does alcohol really make you happy or is that just an illusion? What does the science say and more importantly why do we feel happy when we drink? Annie Grace answers.

Nov 25, 2017
EP 21: Naked Life Story: Dr. Denise
40:03

From the perspective of a Dr. of Chiropractic, Denise shares her journey to freedom from alcohol. Denise and Annie touch on the cognitive dissonance around working in wellness, yet still drinking and the void that comes after alcohol and how pain is not only necessary, but a truly beautiful part of life. Denise's story is full of life, intelligence, positivity and hope. Her no-nonsense attitude speaks to all of us in our journey to be our best selves.

Nov 24, 2017
EP 20: Reader Question - What do You do about Missing the "High" from Drinking?
13:50

What goes up must come down... But wow, do we like the 'up'? How do you deal with missing the alcohol-induced 'high'? And is there really anything to miss? Annie explores this topic based on compelling evidence.

Nov 18, 2017
EP 19: Naked Life Story: Maureen
34:49

Maureen tells an incredibly honest and uplifting story of her life, both with, and now without alcohol.

Nov 17, 2017
EP 18: Reader Question - Is Not Drinking Really More Fun?
06:33

What's the verdict? Could a life sans alcohol actually be more fun? Annie answers this question and gives compelling evidence as to how a life without alcohol can truly be a happier, more fun and more joyful existence.

Nov 11, 2017
EP 17: Naked Life Story: Jenn
39:24

Jenn tells her story without holding anything back. Wow! Thank you, Jenn, for your transparency and honesty.

Nov 10, 2017
EP 16: Reader Question - Should We Stop Using the Word "Alcoholic"?
17:29

What's wrong with the term 'alcoholic'? Why is it harmful? How does it encourage problem drinking? Would society and individuals actually be healthier without the 'alcoholic' label? Is the term doing more harm than good and keeping people stuck? Annie explores this sensitive and controversial topic with compelling research-based evidence.

Nov 04, 2017
EP 15: Elevating Your Life with Alex Charfen
45:22

Alex Charfen had his last drink 14 years ago. Not because he had 'a problem', but because he realized alcohol was a barrier to the life he wanted, a barrier to the contribution he was destined to make in this world. Alex gives us hope, showing us how to elevate ourselves, and our lives, to a higher level of importance than drinking. This episode is so empowering because once you see alcohol as a barrier to the life you want, it becomes exciting and freeing to make a change, rather than painful or tragic. Alex and Annie explore how our addictive natures just might be what's right with us, rather than what is wrong with us as well as how to find freedom and take a stand living an alcohol-free life in an alcohol-saturated society.

Nov 03, 2017
EP 14: Reader Question - Can I Become an Occasional Drinker Again?
15:20

It seems to be every ex-drinkers dream to be an occasional drinker again. Is that possible? If we can what do we need to do in order to achieve it?

Oct 28, 2017
EP 13: Alcohol Explained with William Porter
38:10

William Porter, author of Alcohol Explained, dives deep into how alcohol works in the body. Why is alcohol both a depressant and a stimulant? Why does alcohol help you fall asleep but leave you awake at 3am? Why is it that alcohol can feel so good (euphoria) and then later feel so bad (anxiety, hangovers)?

Oct 27, 2017
EP 12: Reader Question - I'm Drinking Again - How Do I Stop?
13:47

Why is it so hard to stop drinking again? Especially when we know we can? After all we've stopped before, sometimes for months even years - so what gives? Annie Grace explores this important question. 

Oct 21, 2017
EP 11: Naked Life Story: Michelle
33:27

Michelle explores her relationship with alcohol giving an intimate look at how alcohol was all tied up in an unhealthy relationship with sex. Annie Grace and Michelle deep dive into the ties between drinking and sex and how life looks on the other side. 

Oct 20, 2017
EP 09: A Better Question with Dr. Adi Jaffe
45:17

Dr. Adi Jaffe, Behavioral Neuroscientist and Ph.D. joins Annie Grace in discussing 'The Abstinence Myth'. Dr. Jaffe gives his insight into prescription medications for reducing drinking and finally Dr. Jaffe and Annie decide that there is question to ask ourselves than: "Do I have to stop drinking?

Oct 14, 2017
EP 08: Reader Question – Is moderation possible?
13:06

Annie explores the topic of moderation. When it works, when it doesn't and what neurologically, physiologically and psychologically someone needs to know when moderating. 

Oct 13, 2017
EP 07: Naked Life Story: Emma
36:25

Emma is a highly successful P.hD. who share's her journey of drinking more than she wanted and getting back in the driver's seat in her relationship with alcohol. 

Oct 07, 2017
EP 06: Reader Question – Did I relapse in my journey through alcohol addiction?
15:18

Annie Grace talks about her journey and bumps in the road. Important insight about 'relapse' and why we might consider getting rid of that concept altogether. 

Oct 06, 2017
EP 05: Exploring Willpower with Dr. Amy Johnson
46:36

Dr. Amy Johnson author of The Little Book of Big Change joins Annie Grace to talk about thoughts, cravings and willpower. A truly powerful episode! 

Sep 30, 2017
EP 04: Reader Question – How do I stop drinking at home alone?
08:31

How do I stop drinking at home alone when I feel like alcohol is my only friend in these times of loneliness? Today Annie Grace is answering reader's questions. 

Sep 29, 2017
EP 10: Reader Question – Overcoming a Craving: My Best Advice
06:53

Annie explores surprisingly effective ways to overcome cravings. Hint: No willpower involved! Episode links: Brain Study / Urge Surfing.

Sep 26, 2017
EP 02: Reader Question: Why do I have so much anxiety the day after drinking?
10:48

Annie explores the relationship between alcohol and anxiety. A short, effective answer packed with research and insight. 

Sep 21, 2017
EP 01: Who is Annie Grace & What is a Naked Mind
29:02

Annie Grace takes you deep into the fear she felt asking the question; "am I drinking too much?" She takes you through her journey to anwser that question. She shares her mission to remove our collective / societal fear around that simple question. The mission of empowering anyone to question their drinking without fear of labels, stigma or judgment.

Sep 19, 2017