Survivors guide to Dry January
January heralds a month of detox/clean living for many folk……after all the excesses of Christmas, time for a simpler life…and time to let the liver recover, by going alcohol free. For those who are going ‘dry’ this month then here’s my top tips for a Happy January!
- DISCOVER SOME NEW VENUES
Ditch the pubs and cocktail bars, and scout out some lovely cafes/coffee shops to meet your friends. Who knows you might even become a coffee bore by month end! There’s some absolutely lovely independent venues out there, and January is the perfect excuse to go find some absolute gems!
- GO FOR MAXIMUM HYDRATION
The recommendations are to drink 2.5litres of water for men, and 2litres for women, though far fewer than half of people are said to drink enough. Alcohol can de-hydrate, so January could be the time to go for maximum hydration….and you’ll be sure to see the effect in your skin! Going alcohol free is a great way to get a peachy-complexion.
- SAVE THE CALORIES
I’m sure most people have probably put on a few extra kilos over Christmas, and there could be a double effect of going alcohol free…….loosing some weight before the month end. Alcohol can be full of hidden calories, and giving it up for a few weeks you’ll be able to see the effect!
- TELL EVERYONE
If you tell everyone, you are likely to stick with it…..and your friends will be able to cheer you from the sidelines [or nag you to keep it up to month end]. There are lots of charities that look to raise money – so you could use the month to be truly charitable. Cancer Research and Alcohol Concern are just two you could try – or you could raise money for your own favourite/local charity if that will be the motivation to keep you on track!
- SAVE SOME DOSH
If you cut down on the alcohol…[and boozy nights out]….you should be able to save money over January…and what you decide to do with that money is completely up to you. Donate it to charity [see above] or maybe go and splash out on a big treat for yourself. Stick a picture of that treat on your fridge, to stop you from grabbing a beer/wine!
- GET SOME GREAT SOFT DRINKS
Get an exciting range of drinks in the fridge……life can be anything but boring if you find some great flavours that will tickle your taste buds. Please don’t stick to the ‘run-of-the-mill’ big brands out there….instead experiment with cordials,soft drinks, smoothies, unusual teas etc. In fact if you do the job right, you could find a whole new world of adventure! We’ve even made a Dry January taster pack at Breckland Orchard, to give you 12 amazing options. …bye-bye borking drinks!
- MAKE BEAUTIFUL DRINKS
Some basic rules…
– serve your soft drinks in beautiful glasses….who says an elderflower presse can’t be sipped from a Martini or Champagne glass?
– serve them cold….warm soft drinks is a no-no [warm white wine anyone?]
– make some beautiful ice cubes [try freezing tiny pieces of fruit/herbs in water] to give your soft drinks a wow!
– garnish with lemon/lime of course….but why not sprigs of rosemary/blackberries/mint etc.
- DRINK T’S
If your friends are heading for the G&T, then drink some Tonic Water straight up……just ditch the ‘G’. You’ll get lots of the flavour, but without the alcohol!
- MAKE SOME GREAT MOCKTAILS
Muddle together mixers/softs/cordials/juices to come up with some fabulous mocktails. Tonic water/soda water or just sparkling water to taste…..heck go the whole hog with umbrells/sugared rim….have a ball!
- FEEL AMAZING AND ENERGISED
Dry January should give you a clear head every morning….so with all that energy you’ll be feeling fabulous…Enjoy!
Have a fabulous January……..feel better, feel more energised and have fun!