Ideas for FebFast
This month is the month of kicking an unwelcomed habit. It is known as the ‘FebFast’. Whilst we are already a week into February it is never too late to start changing an unhealthy or undesirable habit! The FebFast challenges people to undertake an elimination of:
- Alcohol – A glass of wine here and there doesn’t hurt, right? Often many individuals who enjoy a “recreational” drink after work are consuming much more than they should be. One or 2 beers or glasses of wine of an evening add up over a week. Not to mention the alcohol that is consumed over the weekend as well – often greatly in excess of the recommendations. Alcohol is void of nutrition and provides a whopping number of kilojoules.This challenge is good for those who binge drink when they go out or for those who have a glass or two each evening. Eliminating alcohol from your diet can be a fantastic way to lose some of those extra kilos!! Not to mention the money that will be saved.See the link below for the National Health and Medical research Council (NHMRC) alcohol guidelines. Alcohol guidelines – National Health and Medical Research Council
- Caffeine – This challenge means no coffee, energy drinks, coke, energised Mountain Dew, tea or even energised painkillers. This challenge can help you curb your addiction to caffeine, as well as saving you some money. If you spend $4 on coffee each day, that’s $112 over the 28 days of February!
- Sugar –Many of us struggle with that afternoon craving for something sweet, or after each meal. Perhaps you are drawn to soft drink with lunch or ice cream after dinner? If this sounds like you, the sugar challenge is right up your alley! The idea is to cut out those refined sugars for a month in order to kick the cravings and bad habits. This doesn’t include natural sugars found in fruit and dairy but rather those found in lollies, chocolate, soft drinks/ cordial/ flavoured water etc. This one is a great initiative given the rate of obesity in comparison to the amounts of sugar consumed by Australian’s.
- Digital – A technology free month. This is actually a fantastic idea. So many of us begin and end our days on Facebook, get excited when we receive a message and spend more time with our computers or video games than with our partners. By going a month with only limited technology; we can learn to appreciate socialising more, become much more active and avoid mindless eating! Most importantly, if you decide to join the FebFast program, or to support someone else who has registered, you will be helping to raise money for youth alcohol and drug addiction.
The take home message
Regardless of whether you have registered or not, it is a fantastic idea for anyone to get involved in, at any time. Forming habits can be so easily done, yet so difficult to break. Altering any of the above habits can greatly benefit your health by freeing up more time for exercise and by reducing your intake of fats, sugars and excess calories. It also helps when you have the support of others to do it with. So set yourself the challenge for a healthier lifestyle!
See my upcoming article on ‘How to kick a habit’ for more help.
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This article was written by our dietitian Belinda Elwin who is a Dietitians Association of Australia member and Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist.
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See the FebFast website febfast.org.au