Dry July is here again and with it comes the opportunity to start over and make the most of a booze-free month to supercharge your fitness and health.
Libby Babet, Nurture Change speaker and founder of three Aussie health and fitness businesses, has shared 5 quick tips to help you get the most from this month...
Libby’s Top Tips
Easy as 1, 2, 3
Every Dry July, I also do the 1, 2, 3 for a simple detox that makes me feel completely virtuous. All the 1-2-3 requires is that you eat one serve of colourful vegetables at breakfast time, two at lunch and three at dinner. One serve is roughly the size of your closed fist. It’s so simple but when you’re putting so many vegetables in, with a little protein and wholegrain carb alongside it, it’s tough to make room for too much else, which is of course the whole point! A good way to boost vitamins, micronutrients and fibre.
Every second day, switch your coffee for a healthier substitute
It’s tough to give up coffee completely in winter, but this little trick lightens the caffeine load and helps supercharge the liver cleansing you’ve already committed to with zero booze on the cards! On alternate days, switch your regular coffees for dandelion, green, or ginseng tea, or go for a creamy chai or matcha latte if you need something a bit more satisfying.
Swap - don’t stop - the carbs
Cutting down on refined carbs is one of the easiest ways to lighten up, but I’m all for swapping rather than stopping! Easy switches that make all the difference might be quinoa rather than white rice or pasta, sprouted or rye bread rather than white or store-bought options, nuts and seeds instead of muesli on your Greek yoghurt, licorice or carob tea rather than sweets after dinner, and pumpkin or sweet potato rather than starchier white potato.
Increase healthy fats
This trick boosts concentration, makes your skin glow, boosts fat burning power and reduces stress. Yep, fats are a whole lot healthier than we used to think! The best ones come from oily fish, olive oil, avocado, chia seeds, walnuts and almonds, grass-fed meats and free-range eggs.
Eat a little earlier or lighter at night time, then head to bed for extra Zs
Bringing your last meal of the day forward by a few hours, or just making it a bit smaller and lighter can help you sleep better and feel more rested in the morning. The power of proper sleep shouldn’t be underestimated - it can make you feel a million dollars!
To hear more from Libby, book your space to Fiji in November!