The festivities are over!
Three course dinners have been swapped for salads, nobody wants the left over chocolates, we’ve bought our gym memberships and even given up alcohol. Dry January has made its return! People are swapping beer and wine for water and avoiding all things party!
What is Dry January?
Dry January is an annual event backed by the charity Alcohol Concern who say they want to “enable you to take control of your relationship with alcohol” and “drive a conversation” about drinking. In doing so, those who take part are not meant to drink a drop of alcohol until February.
There have long been debates about whether or not alcohol is good for you or whether giving it up has any benefits. While we maybe don’t feel as fresh the day after drinking, our internal organs really take a pounding from alcohol intake. Not only that, but our teeth suffer too.
Dry January and Increased Sugar Intake
It has been a well known fact that those who give up alcohol suffer from intense sugar cravings so it is not surprising that Dry January and increased sugar intake go hand in hand.
People who binge drink are more likely to suffer from fluctuations in their blood sugar levels and therefore struggle to control their cravings for something sweet. Unsurprisingly, our teeths take the hit for this!
Today, we’re looking at how you can curb that Dry January increased sugar intake !
As much as we all can’t be bothered sometimes, exercising is a brilliant way to curb the cravings! Surprisingly, sugar and exercise have similar effects on the brain. Going for a run, a brisk walk round the park or taking park in a high-intensity class such as spin class will give you a similar feeling that sugar would. Without adding pounds or damaging your teeth of course!
Natural highs are much better for you physically and emotionally than a sugar high which is often short lived. So go on, get involved and get active!
Look for healthy alternatives!
Okay so chocolate might be more appealing than a banana. Slow release carbohydrates in sweet tasting foods like sweet potato and peanut butter will regulate your blood sugar levels. This will help you avoid the ‘spike’ in energy that often occurs when we eat sweet treats! Chopped up banana dipped in peanut butter makes for that perfect 3 o’clock snack! Watch your sugar intake!
Remember why you started.
Changing your lifestyle can be difficult. Don’t try to change every single thing in your life at once. Changing our habitual behaviours can be a bit of a shock to the system so a constant stream of baby-steps is often more effective than massive strides! It takes 21 days to break a habit after all.
Ditching the drink is challenging and if you need a few sugary treats to keep you going on the days where the cravings are overwhelming, go ahead and have them. If anything, a few sugary snacks here and there will help you stick to your plan of action and achieve your goals.
Finally, reward yourself and continue to progress!
Good luck with the rest of your Dry January from all at the Defacto Dentists Team!