What does your FebFast look like? Preparing for a month-long commitment like FebFast, where you abstain from certain behaviours, typically related to health and well-being, takes thoughtful planning and dedication and now is a good time to start thinking about how, what and why FebFast!

Here are some of our tips to help you prepare for FebFast:

Define Your Goals:

Clearly define your reasons for participating in FebFast. Whether it's to improve health, break a habit, or raise awareness for a cause, understanding your goals will keep you motivated.

Choose Your Challenge:

Decide on the specific behaviours or habits you want to abstain from during FebFast. It could be cutting out specific foods, drinks, or activities. If you’re abstaining from alcohol or caffeine for instance, Buds and Beads Sparkling Tea and Herbal Leaf Tea blends are the perfect alternative.

Did you know giving up alcohol:

  • Improves Sleep ✓
  • Reduces Anxiety and Depression 
  • Contributes to Weight Loss 
  • Saves Money 

Create a Plan:

Develop a realistic and achievable plan for the month – think the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid). Break down your goals into smaller, manageable steps to make the challenge more attainable.

Inform Others:

Let friends, family, and colleagues know about your commitment to FebFast. Having a support system can make a significant difference, and others can help keep you accountable. Or even better, encourage a family member or your partner to jump on board – this tends to work for me.

Remove Temptations:

Identify and remove triggers or temptations from your environment. If you're cutting out certain foods or drinks, clear them from your pantry and refrigerator.

Find Alternatives:

Identify alternative activities or habits to replace the ones you're giving up. This can help redirect your focus and make the transition easier. Whatever you’re abstaining from, start now by cutting out one or two of your servings so that it is easier to remove altogether come February.

Prepare for Challenges:

Anticipate challenges and have a plan for how to overcome them. Whether it's dealing with cravings or managing stress, having strategies in place will help you stay on track. Also, BE KIND TO YOURSELF and acknowledge your achievements.

Stay Hydrated:

Drinking plenty of water can help with hydration and may also help you feel full, especially if you're cutting out certain snacks or beverages. So how much should we be drinking? The golden rule of keeping hydrated is:

  • About 15.5 cups (3.7 litres) a day for men
  • About 11.5 cups (2.7 litres) a day for women

Plan Your Meals:

Plan your meals in advance, ensuring they are balanced and satisfying. This can prevent impulsive eating and help you stick to your goals.

Track Your Progress:

Keep a journal to track your progress throughout FebFast. Documenting your journey can be motivating and provide insights into your habits and triggers.

Celebrate Milestones:

Celebrate small victories and milestones along the way. Recognize your achievements and use them as motivation to continue with your commitment.

Educate Yourself:

Take the time to educate yourself on the benefits of the changes you're making. Understanding the positive impact on your health or well-being can reinforce your commitment.

Remember that FebFast is a personal challenge, and the most important aspect is your commitment to making positive changes. If you find it challenging, don't hesitate to seek support from friends, family, or even professional resources. Febfast.Org is a fantastic supportive community, check them out HERE.

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