What is “Dry January?” This is actually a global trend that seeks to minimize or even offset the excesses in consumption (for both food and alcohol) that most of us indulged in during the festive holiday months (November and December). It’s actually something that most of us instinctively resort to after months of partying and celebration, that is also a prudent course of action to take, as January is also associated with a spike in hypertension, coronary problems and even deaths in the general population.
As most people don’t want to be a statistic during this month, it’s best to consider a few lifestyle modifications that will hopefully produce healthy results. Here are several of our suggestions.
RESOLVE TO FOLLOW YOUR PLANS. Most of us make resolutions that we hardly ever follow by the second week of January. However, why not stick to your plans as much as possible instead? If you aim to lose weight for instance, now is the best time to take that daily stroll or to take time to renew of your hardly-used gym membership. The important thing is to have something to do to keep your mind preoccupied with other things other than eating the holiday leftovers or drinking that extra bottle of vodka you’ve been keeping for a special occasion. Better yet meet with friends and keep to a hectic social schedule—with minimal food and beverage intake.
KEEP-OFF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR A WHILE. This is difficult to do considering how pervasive social media is today. The reason for this is that most people will continue to post the foodstuffs, the drinks and the activities they enjoyed well until February. By limiting your social media exposure, you will surely not be tempted to indulge as well. Besides, the time you can free-up from social media you can use to rest or even sleep—which incidentally (if you get 7 to 8 hours of shuteye) can help you lose weight.
EAT AND DRINK HEALTHY. This is a no-brainer. If you want to avoid fatty, unhealthful foods and alcohol, the second-best thing to do is to provide healthful substitutes. Why not eat more salads this month? As for alcohol, try drinking more freshly-made juices, dairy-based drinks or even …
MOCKTAILS. Moctails, anyone? Mocktails are drinks that may look like alcohol, taste like alcohol and may even be priced like alcohol—especially if you order it in a bar. The internet is full of recipes for mocktails that may not provide the buzz, but which can satisfy one’s need for a visually-pleasing substitute. Besides, think of the …
SAVINGS, SPLURGING AND HEALTHY LIVING. Trying to be high and dry this month will naturally result in savings. Just think of how much you usually spend for both food and alcohol daily and most likely, you will be able to spend only half of your previous budget. To make things easier for you, why not set aside the money you saved by splurging it later on something that you really want or better yet, simply save it for use in a rainy day. The key here is that by having a “Dry January” you will, at least for a month’s time, be able to modify your behaviour and be less unhealthy in you dietary and social habits. By doing so, you will in exchange for a “Dry January” have eleven months of plenty. How’s that for a trade-off?
Looking for a healthier substitute for a stiff drink? Why not try the Fibermaxx Protein Shake we shared in our previous blog article, Are Protein Shakes Good For You (June 16, 2017).