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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
- 20 ml passion fruit juice
- 30ml cucumber juice
- 10ml agave syrup
- 1 tsp orange blossom water
- Peel cucumber
- Juice fresh, or blend & sieve to remove pulp
- Store in the fridge- it will keep 2 days
- Build ingredients into the glass minus the kombucha
- Add crushed ice, then take your spoon & “churn” the cocktail to mix the...
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...
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.
- 25ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 20ml Oleo Saccharum
- Ice cubes soda water
- Pour all the grapefruit juice and Oleo Saccharum into the wine glass filled with ice cubes
- Top with soda water and stir gently
- Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
- Large grapefruit peel
- White wine glass
Honey and Ginder Julep
- 1 tbsp just-boiled water
- 8 mint leaves
- 4 tsp honey crushed ice
- Ice-cold ginger beer
- Mix the freshly boiled water with 2 fresh mint leaves and stir to wilt.
- Stir in the honey and then remove the mint leaves. Leave to cool completely.
By Millie Gooch on
Despite the fact that weddings are supposed to be the happiest day of some people’s lives, if it’s a) not yours and b) you have to do it sober, you can begin to think that, in fact, quite the opposite is true.
There are two main reasons why weddings are notoriously difficult to navigate without a drink. The first is that nuptials are a kind of an ‘all in’ package deal. With a lot of social events, you can simply leave if you’re feeling horrifically bored or out of sorts, it’s simply much harder to stand up during your second course or in the middle of the Best Man speech and declare that you’ve actually just had enough. There’s a certain level of expectation as a wedding guest that you’re more or less locked in for the duration and that...