Wellbeing

Health and fitness tips to make the most of your sober month!

Top Skincare Tips from Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor Aliyah Mughal

By Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor Aliyah Mughal on


There are so many benefits to looking after your skin, and a big benefit of going booze-free for the month is that your skin will thank you for it.

Aliyah Mughal has been a Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor since 2016. Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors are No7 Advisors trained by Macmillan and Boots to give face to face advice to help people cope with visible side effects of cancer. From defining sparse brows and lashes to caring for nails that are suddenly more brittle, they offer lots of tips to help people feel, and look, more like themselves again.

Suddenly the colder weather is upon us, so having dryness and getting dreaded spots is very common right now. Let’s get stuck in with Aliyah’s top tips for healthier skin this Sober October:

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Sober October 20-Minute Full-Body Workout

By James England on

As a personal trainer and someone leading a life of sobriety, I have first-hand experience of the powerful benefits that combining these two lifestyles have. As innocent as a few drinks sound after a hard day’s work, it is a sure way to unnecessarily increase your daily calorie intake without realising which can be damaging to progress! (A pint of lager can contain up to 180 calories, roughly the same as a slice of pizza. Drinking five pints of lager a week adds up to over 44,200 extra kilo calories a year - YIKES!!)

When you combine both abstinence & exercise together, you are creating a really positive and powerful partnership, the longer we focus on this the better the outcome. Not only will you notice the incredible benefits...

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Top tips by Drinkaware

By Drinkaware on

When you decide to give up alcohol it’s good to have a plan. Here are some tips from charity, Drinkaware, to help you have a successful Sober October.

Discover the benefits

As well as reducing the risk of long-term health harms, reducing the amount you drink can have a lot of short-term benefits too. Your sleep will improve, you’ll have more energy, you might feel less anxious and you could even lose weight. Understanding the short term benefits of cutting back and noting the changes as they happen can be a good way to help keep you motivated through the month.

Tell people about your plan

Telling family and friends about your plan to stop drinking can help keep you on track. This way, you can share your successes with them, and they’ll...

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Kate Bee’s Tips For A Successful Sober October

By Kate Bee on

1. Make a firm decision, not a flimsy one

Treat your break from drinking in the same way you’d approach cleaning your teeth. You don’t try and clean your teeth, you just make it happen. Even if you’ve had a busy day, you still find time to brush your teeth! It’s non-negotiable. However difficult, try and treat your Sober October challenge the same way.

2. Mother yourself for the month

Think of it this way: if your child was grumpy, restless and irritated, you wouldn’t reach for the wine bottle to soothe them, right? Instead, you’d troubleshoot the problem and try to make things better. You’d mother them. Are they tired? Hungry? Thirsty? Bored? Do they need a cuddle? Connection? As adults, our needs are basically the same. So, when that...

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Boost your wellbeing this October with the National Garden Scheme’s top tips

By The National Garden Scheme on

Why not develop those green fingers of yours as part of your booze-free October? Gardening is not only rewarding but it gets you exercising in the fresh air, positively impacting your wellbeing. While you’re keeping your mind and body healthy through Sober October, these tips will help keep your garden healthy too.

So, whatever the weather, venture outside and get stuck in with the National Garden Scheme’s top tips for October in your garden:

1. Get Tidying

This is the time of year when a small amount of work with the right tools can bring you satisfying results in the garden. Trim branches, sweep up fallen leaves, clear brambles, and carry out path repairs, or to lay new ones – there’s lots to do. Start creating compost!


2. Plant Trees...

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A short guide to non-alcoholic beer – plus five of the best

By Tom Hallett on

Whether it's a couple of cans of beer in front of the TV or a few pints down the pub with friends on a weekend, it's the rituals associated with booze many moderate drinkers miss the most when they reduce their alcohol intake.

And while many pubs, bars and restaurants have been slow to take advantage of the non-alcoholic beer revolution (the market grew 39% in 2018 alone), your choices are no longer limited to a dusty bottle that's been lingering for years on the back shelf behind the bar.

The situation away from pubs, bars and restaurants is even more rosy. Supermarkets and off-licences have upped their non-alcoholic beer game significantly, while there are dozens of online stores that specialise in non-alcoholic drinks.

Why...

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Tropical Green Mocktail Recipe

By Camille Vidal on

Camille Vidal is a wellness advocate, a yoga teacher, a drinks & cocktail expert and the founder of La Maison Wellness, the home of the healthy hedonist and an online inspiration for Living Well.


Tropical Green

This delicious and refreshing cocktail will lighten up your taste buds and give you the opportunity to support a good cause by going Sober this October.

Ingredients

  • 20 ml passion fruit juice
  • 30ml cucumber juice
  • 10ml agave syrup
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • Kombucha

Method

Cucumber Juice
  1. Peel cucumber
  2. Juice fresh, or blend & sieve to remove pulp
  3. Store in the fridge- it will keep 2 days
Technique
  1. Build ingredients into the glass minus the kombucha
  2. Add crushed ice, then take your spoon & “churn” the cocktail to mix the...
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I gave up alcohol ten months ago and here’s what’s happened since

By Scott Pearson on

I used to wake up with a feeling of dread. You know, that feeling that you’ve said or done the wrong thing in a drunken stupor? Sometimes I’d have to do my best Poirot and piece the night together from stories others told me of my behaviour, along with Uber email receipts and transactions on my banking apps. After too many years of making the same mistakes, and realising I only had myself to blame for my rising anxiety, poor fitness, and debt levels to challenge those of a small country, I knew something had to give.

In October 2018 I woke up one morning with the worst hangover of my life, and from that point on I knew my relationship with alcohol was over. The important thing to mention is, that even when I was drinking, my life wasn’t...

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Mocktails by Olly Smith

By Olly Smith on

Olly Smith is a multi award-winning drinks expert and broadcaster, and publisher of 'Fizz', a book with over 80 joyful cocktails and mocktails for every occasion.

Sherbet Fizz

  • 25ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 20ml Oleo Saccharum
  • Ice cubes soda water

Method

  1. Pour all the grapefruit juice and Oleo Saccharum into the wine glass filled with ice cubes
  2. Top with soda water and stir gently
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.

Garnish

  • Large grapefruit peel

Glass

  • White wine glass


Honey and Ginder Julep

  • 1 tbsp just-boiled water
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 4 tsp honey crushed ice
  • Ice-cold ginger beer

Method

  1. Mix the freshly boiled water with 2 fresh mint leaves and stir to wilt.
  2. Stir in the honey and then remove the mint leaves. Leave to cool completely.
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