Wellbeing

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

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4 health habits to make the most of Go Sober

By Kirsty Welsh on

You’ve committed to a month without booze. That’s pretty huge! Here’s a virtual-fist pump from me to you!

It makes sense to maximise the next 31 days in terms of your own health gains; without alcohol in your body you can think clearer, move easier and you are creating a far more receptive environment for nutrient absorption, detoxing and cleansing. All these things move you closer to looking and feeling your best and most youthful.

Think of it as a 31-day health challenge, where you can actually do all the things you’ve been meaning to for so long!

I suggest that for the next 31 days you make healthier eating choices in general, but, and keep an open mind here… Why not try some lifestyle changes are directed at the mind-body connection?...

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Mocktails for Go Sober

By Go Sober Team on

Giving up the booze doesn’t have to be boring – we’re not talking about sipping kale juice smoothies here. Think of it less of an exercise in detoxing and more of an opportunity to experiment with great flavour combination – without the unpleasantness of the morning after.

‘Mocktails’ have always been somewhat of the cocktail's frumpy sister, but whereas the cocktail can easily hide behind a boozy kick, with non-alcoholic concoctions flavour is king. Not only are they a healthier alternative to their alcoholic siblings, but they’re just as much a treat for the weekend.

We’ve cherry picked a selection of tasty recipes below, lovingly created by Georgi Radev – resident mixologist of one of London’s finest cocktail bars, Mahiki.


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How to prepare for your sober October

By Go Sober Team on

No one said that being a Soberhero was easy. Only the bravest and most fearless heroes will see it through to November without any alcohol touching their lips. You’re doing something amazing – and we salute you.

In preparation for your Go Sober: 

  • In September try to slow down your alcohol intake to half of what you would normally consume.
  • Plan your social calendar. If you have an event that you really want to drink at, ask someone to buy you a Golden Ticket
  • Have a substitute for your usual weekend drinks. Try a mocktail or juice instead. 
  • Plan your meals and your shopping list.
  • Remove all temptation from your house. Ask a friend or family member to mind your alcohol for you during October. 
  • Prepare your mind as well as...
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Top tips for detoxing for Go Sober

By Melissa Ingram on

The goal of detoxing is to cleanse the body of toxins however the truth is our body is detoxing all the time, via our skin, liver, kidneys and bowel. Even if you’re very health conscious, detoxifying once in a while is still important to give your body a rest from chemicals.

While abstaining from alcohol during Go Sober, try not to overdo it on other stimulants. Why not try a complete detox and cut back or cut out altogether things like caffeine, cigarettes and sugar and give yourself the best possible chance of a healthy October!

Some dos and don’ts when detoxing

  • A slow approach is advised and more likely to result in a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix.
  • Don’t starve yourself – being hungry simply makes the experience unpleasant...
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Managing Sugar Cravings This Sober October

By Peter Rule on

We all seek the taste of sweet foods naturally in our diet, however it can be easy to crave excess high sugar foods for many varied reasons.

We have 5 basic recognised tastes – sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami (savoury) however we can become imbalanced in our food choices due to stress, low energy, eating on the run, looking for psychological reward or treat or nutritional deficiencies, just to name a few.

Refined sugar is addictive due to the release of dopamine from the brain. Dopamine is one of the principal neurotransmitters involved in creating substance dependence on things like alcohol. The excess dopamine that is produced gives rise to powerful feelings of pleasure; however these excess levels also take a long-term toll on...

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Nutritious Breakfast Options

By Rosie Mansfield on

As Go Sober kicks off, now is the perfect opportunity to replenish your body and reap the benefits of being hangover-free. These healthy breakfast options are a tasty and nutritious alternative to the traditional fry-up and will keep you energised for an active weekend.

Poached Eggs & Avocado

Poaching is the healthiest way to cook eggs, which contain high quality protein to help keep you fuller for longer. Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy fatty acids, and can even help lower cholesterol levels.

Oats & Banana

Bananas are a time-saving breakie option which will give you a boost of energy due to the high levels of potassium levels. Use it as a topping for wholegrain oats packed full of b-vitamins and you’ll instantly feel...

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Surviving Go Sober

By Sarah Gibson on

Tips from psychologist Sarah Gibson

Thinking of taking on Go Sober? Wondering if you’ve got the willpower to see it through? For so many Brits, the prospect of a dry thirty-one day stretch can seem as gruelling as any marathon. Psychologist Sarah Gibson shares a few tips to help you rise to the challenge.


Link your goals to what you value

Remind yourself each and every day of how Go Sober relates to the kind of person you want to be: someone who helps people who are dealing with serious illness, someone who invests in their own health, someone who embraces challenge. Remember that such values-oriented action can have profound psychological wellbeing benefits as well as the obvious physical benefits of abstaining. It’s not just a win-win. It...

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Setting goals

By Mel Ingram on

Many of us set ourselves tasks and goals to achieve what we feel will make a difference to our lives. Sometimes we find it difficult to achieve these goals as the journey becomes too long, too hard or it simply gets overshadowed by other ‘higher priority’ tasks and therefore these goals are pushed to the side.

Start by asking yourself some simple questions that can help you take control of your life and achieve your goals –

  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • What are your habits and what do you want to change?
  • What have you achieved in life?
  • Do you live in the moment?

What are trying to achieve and what is your ultimate goal?

Is it to live cleanly, train for a 10km fun run, sleep better, lose weight, drink more water, change careers, start a...

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Nutrition tips for your Go Sober

By Rosie Mansfield on

October is almost upon us folks and we all know what that means… Go Sober is here. The one time of the year where a little healthy peer pressure is welcomed into the community, as Brits unite together to give up the booze and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

I want to help you make the most of your month off the booze, so here are my top nutrition tips for October (and beyond!):

Go Alkaline

Now is the perfect time to alkalize your body from the acidic environment that alcohol tends leave in its trail. Stock up on cucumber, kale, raw spinach, avocado, sprouts, lemons, Himalayan salt and of course green smoothies.

Supplementation

Healthy food is always first, but there are a few supplements that may help with detoxification from...

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