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Having a Dry July has great health benefits. We've brought together a collection of articles that could help you with your Dry July.

Three ways to achieve your New Year’s resolutions by building ‘goal infrastructure’

By Peter A. Heslin on

Every year most of us make New Year’s resolutions. Eat healthier. Exercise regularly. Invest more in valued relationships. Learn a language. And so on. Often they are the same resolutions as last year.

Why do our resolutions often so swiftly wither away?

A prime culprit in this annual rollercoaster of optimism and disappointment is overconfidence in the power of our intentions.

The excitement of a new year (and perhaps the fruit of celebrating a little too hard) cloud remembering a hard fact of life: good intentions readily evaporate without a trace in the face of everyday experiences such as exhaustion, temptation and long-standing habits.

Fortunately, academic research on goal-setting can help. Studies over several decades have...

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Strawberry & Basil Fizz

By The Mindful Mocktail on

This combination of strawberry and basil refreshing and healthy, plus it tastes great.

Ingredients

3 strawberries, chopped

4-6 basil leaves (depending on your taste preference)

Juice of half a lime

1 tsp sweetener of choice

Sparkling water or kombucha


Method

- Add strawberries, basil, lime and sweetener (if using) to a glass.

- Muddle together for about 1 minute. If you don’t have a muddler, use a wooden spoon or similar - anything that will ‘smoosh’ all the ingredients together!

- Top with sparkling water or kombucha and stir.

- Add ice and garnish and Enjoy!


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Blueberry, Mint & Lime Mocktail

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 10-12 blueberries
  • 8 mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Sparkling water or kombucha
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice (opt)


Method

  1. Place blueberries, mint, lime and sweetener (if using) into a glass.
  2. Muddle together for about 1 minute to release the juice from the blueberries and lime, and the flavour from the mint. If you don’t have a muddler, use the back of a wooden spoon or similar.
  3. Top with sparkling water or your favourite kombucha and stir gently.
  4. Add ice and garnish with some extra blueberries and mint.

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How To Be Happy - 10 Routine Changes Scientifically Proven

By Juice Daily on

Nothing spells a bad day more than spilling coffee on a crisp white shirt come Monday morning, but trivial as it may seem, it can be an instant downer on your mood.

While it’s only natural to get in a funk every now and again – according to a British survey, we have at least 10 grumpy days a year (five hours a week) – it can play an unhealthy part in our overall sense of wellbeing.

The biggest mood booster for women, according to the Healthspan survey is ‘me time.’ So while you can’t out run a bad day, you can shape and mould your routine a little bit each day to care of yourself and make the overall outcome that bit brighter.

Here, scientifically proven tweaks to make life happier. 

1. Do exercise you like

With music you like. A...

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How To Get A Good Night Sleep

By Melissa Ingram on

Every single one of us needs to simply stop and recharge – regularly! Most of us have experienced times where stress is high, deadlines are tight and yet we still seem to be able to move mountains. On the flip side, I can guarantee that all of us have also experienced periods of the same pressure yet feel we are not firing on all cylinders – resulting in lower quality of work being produced or it taking longer to complete.

Allow your body enough time each night to recharge. Start with attempting to get 7 – 8 hours of quality sleep every night. We are all different with regards to the amount of sleep we require to operate optimally, however the average 7 – 8 hours is a great place to start. While we sleep we unplug from our lives and...

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Watermelon, Strawberry & Lime Mocktail

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 8 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup lime juice

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until combined.
  2. Pour into an ice filled glass and garnish.

Tip: Add some mint for extra kick! 

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Raspberry Lime & Mint Mocktail

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 8 raspberries
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice (opt)
  • Sparkling water


Method

  1. Place raspberries, lime, mint and sweetener (if using) into a glass.
  2. Muddle together for about 1 minute to release the juice from the lime and raspberries, and the flavour from the mint. If you don’t have a muddler, use the back of a wooden spoon or similar.
  3. Top with sparkling water and stir gently.
  4. Add ice and garnish.

For more recipes like this, follow @themindfulmocktail on Instagram


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How to Set Goals

By Melissa Ingram on

Many of us set ourselves tasks and goals to achieve what we feel will make a difference to our lives. Sometimes we find it difficult to achieve these goals as the journey becomes too long, too hard or it simply gets overshadowed by other ‘higher priority’ tasks and therefore these goals are pushed to the side.

Start by asking yourself some simple questions that can help you take control of your life and achieve your goals:

  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • What are your habits and what do you want to change?
  • What have you achieved in life?
  • Do you live in the moment?


What are trying to achieve and what is your ultimate goal? Is it to live cleanly, train for a 10km fun run, sleep better, lose weight, drink more water, change careers, start a...

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Rose Lemonade

By The Mindful Mocktail on

This pretty, refreshing drink is perfect for one or a crowd. It looks so pretty served in a jug for guests, just increase the quantities.

Ingredients

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup sweetener of your choice

1/3 cup rose dried rose petals (found in health food shops)

Lemon juice

Sparkling water

- Add water and sweetener to a small saucepan and dissolve over medium-high heat. Don’t let it boil - you don’t want to water to evaporate!

- Turn heat to low, add rose petals and stir.

- Leave on low until the colour fades from the petals. It will only take a few minutes. You can remove from the heat and leave it longer to seep if you want a deeper flavour/colour.

- Strain and leave to cool.

To Serve

- Place 2 TBS rose syrup into each glass.

- Add 3 TBS...

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