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Booze-Free Brewskis

Turns out, you CAN have too much of a good thing (or so we've learnt after overindulging for the last three months solid). In great timing for us, February is all about ditching the booze (and sugar), and having a better brewski instead. Our livers and wallets say thanks to us during this time. 

If, however, you, like us, have become accustomed to drinking delicious fruity cocktails and Italian aperitifs over the summer, we're here to help. We weren't ready to give up the world of fun-coloured cocktails garnished with expensive dried citrus just yet, so we've made recipes that taste just like the real deal. Better yet, these tasty tipples won't lead to pounding headaches or ex-text regret. If either of those happens after consuming one of these mocktails, that's on you boo.

Healthy Ways to Curb Sugar Cravings

Written by  Jacqueline Alwill,  Remedy Drinks Accredited Nutritionist @brownpapernutrition 

Are sugar cravings hitting you hard each day, and you want to stop them in their tracks? Let’s look at some of the common culprits contributing to sugar cravings and how you can say goodbye to those cravings for good.

1. AIM FOR 2 + 5 EVERY DAY. Let’s get back to basics, friends. The foundations of a healthy diet begin with consuming two servings of fruit and five serves of vegetables (minimum!) per day. But did you know that most Australian adults don’t consume anywhere near this amount? Only 5% meet this target (Source: ABS). So why is this important for curbing those sugar cravings? Well, it’s pretty simple. Without a diet rich in fibre from fruit and vegetables, our blood sugar levels are peaking and dropping throughout the day. When we have fibre-rich foods, however, starting with fruit and veg (but also including all foods from the plant kingdom - nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, whole grains), this slows the rate at which sugar is released into the bloodstream, allowing our cells to absorb it more efficiently and keeping our blood sugar levels stable. So, if you’re struggling with sugar cravings but also struggling to eat your 2 + 5, then start here. 

2. MAKE SIMPLE SWAPS: Love an afternoon soda but find you’re STILL craving sugar after the sugary soda? Time to swap that crazy sugar-coated can for something natural, guilt-free, satisfying, charged with goodness and without sugar. Meet Remedy Sodaly - your new fizzy friend that’s FULL OF FLAVOUR and contains beneficial prebiotics from apple cider vinegar. Why do I want apple cider vinegar in my soda, you say? Well, apple cider vinegar, with its juicy prebiotic pectin and acetic acid, helps to slow the rate your food is emptied from the stomach to the small intestine, allowing our body to regulate glucose better. PLUS, prebiotics provide the fuel for trillions of beneficial bugs in our gut so they can work their gut and health lovin magic, helping to regulate our appetite and blood sugar! Neat right? You’ll find Remedy Sodaly in all your favourite flaves, including Lemon Lime & Bitters, Raspberry, Orange, Lemon Squash, Guava and Passionfruit at your local grocer. Try making the swap the next time you're craving something sweet but want to make it right!   

3. DON’T SKIP MEALS: Ever thought you were doing the right thing by eating a small meal or skipping a meal to save on calories? Mmmmm, what about when you eat double or more at your next meal, though? Or skip lunch only to find your sugar cravings are cranking after dinner. Those cravings are behaving this way because you haven’t given your body the fuel it needs throughout the day. The result? The sugar fiend emerges. The lesson? Don’t skip meals. Your body and your blood sugar levels will thank you for it. 

4. FIBRE FIRST: If you feel like you’ve ticked all the boxes so far and wondering why you’re still craving sugar after your meal, try shuffling the way you consume your meal around ever so slightly. Start the meal with your most fibrous component – hello, big bowl of salad. Follow this with your protein and fats BEFORE you eat your starchy carbs such as potatoes, rice, pasta etc. (these break down to sugars in our body). Consuming your fibre first helps to buffer and slow the breakdown and absorption of the starchy carbs and their sugars, resulting in a more even delivery of glucose to the bloodstream. PSA. If you’re really clever, have a Remedy Sodaly with apple cider vinegar 20-30 minutes before your meal to reap the benefits! 

5. HIT THE SACK: You’ve likely experienced a day of feeling hungry for sugar after a night of poor quality or not enough sleep. Sleep is the low-hanging fruit for health, but we’re increasingly battling to reach out and grab it, so we find ourselves seeking out those energy-dense high-sugar foods and drinks to combat low energy. Not only that, but reduced sleep can affect the production of hormones, including those involved in regulating our hunger. Ghrelin, our appetite-stimulating hormone, rises with poor sleep, whilst leptin, our hormone responsible for helping us realise satiety, is lowered. The changes in how each is regulated are the perfect storm for hunting down sugar from the minute we wake. 

I Trialled Remedy Shots For A Week

Words by Brodie Lancaster

 

When a few colourful boxes from Remedy arrived at my doorstep, I hoped the lingering, haze of feeling cloudy, unfocussed and generally un-chill in my body, gut and brain might dissolve away with some special attention from the Shots.

Monday, 7:30am
A fun piece of trivia is that you actually become a new person on Monday mornings. It's science!

After taking a very slow, plodding walk around the park near my house, I came home and made a smoothie. And the very act of making and drinking a smoothie for breakfast – of choosing this as the start to my day – turned me into an inspirational person. I tumble in the frozen fruit and add some oats, spinach almond milk and a Remedy Immune+ Shot, which adds a really lively zinginess (and vitamin boost). 

Tuesday, 2:30pm
My next attempt to Become a Better Version of Myself comes after lunch, the prime time for feeling really keen to scroll through TikTok endlessly when I'm meant to be working when I feel suddenly tempted to have a nap and do anything except look at my computer. I grab a Remedy Energy Shot, which has been chilling in the fridge for a few hours. The berry flavour is so invigorating and the jolt I get within a few minutes really makes sense when I read the label and notice it's made with 60mg of caffeine (the same as a cup of coffee). These mini-but-might shots are going to come in handy.

Wednesday, 4pm
This is one of those days when there is no time to do anything. I was trying to finish some deadlines on the side while working my day job, which meant my meals amounted to anything that could be inhaled while my hands were still on my keyboard. I had to race to the cinema to meet a friend, but luckily I had the foresight to throw two Remedy Energy Shots in my bag on the way out the door. I had the first during the opening sequence of the movie, and the second one later as I followed through on a plan to meet another friend at a gig. One fewer shot and I absolutely would've made a French exit and snuck home in a cab.

Thursday, 7am
Four days in, and my new liquid rotation has really settled into a bit of a routine. A massive water bottle is never far from my grasp, but now it’s joined by the familiar clink of a Remedy Shot bottle. I start the day with a Remedy Digestion Shot – before I’ve even had coffee! This version of me would be unrecognizable to myself a week ago (who is she?!). After doing a quick Pilates YouTube workout on my lunch break, I back it up with a Remedy Energy Shot. Its juicy berry flavour has started to feel like a real treat.

Friday, 9am
Last night I had "a quick cocktail after work" with friends, which turned into a bottle (or two) and I woke up late and feeling gnarly.

This feels like the right time to tuck into a Remedy Digestion Shot. I've been thinking of trying to copy the hot girls on TikTok and do a shot of apple cider vinegar in the mornings, but there's a mental barrier holding me back. I use vinegar for cleaning and pickling and salad dressing. Is it really something I want to neck back, voluntarily? Turns out, that if it's blended with real ginger and zingy lemon and packaged in a cute bottle, the answer is yes. It feels a little spicy going down, which tells me it must be doing something.

Saturday, 6am
I wake up at 6am to head to a garage sale where I have a stall. It's going to be a long day, but I'm primed for it because this is my first three-shot day. I start with the trusty Remedy Digestion Shot as I throw back a little McMuffin and coffee breakfast (it's all about balance, right?). Later, after a rush of sales, I have a moment to catch my breath and take the chance to have a Remedy Immune+ Shot. This shot has quickly become my favourite of the three. I'm mostly unfamiliar with all the ingredients, which tells me they're exceptionally good for me. I have a little break for lunch then start feeling the familiar creep of brain fog setting in, I finish the trio with a Remedy Energy Shot to help me power through the rest of the day.

Sunday, 2pm
Everyone seems to be in the midst of – or slowly recovering from – a cold at the moment. While prepping my lunch for the week (another desperate attempt to be 'That Girl' – aspirational, organised, tidy, not sick in bed), I alternate between multivitamins and immunity boosters, all washed down with the zippy Remedy Immune+ Shot. If I can make it through the tail-end of winter without being knocked down with the flu, I’ll have that little baby to thank!


Soft Drink Lovers Rejoice, Sodaly Is Here!

Calling all soft drink lovers! There is a new bevvie in town just for you that's just for you. Sodaly is the deliciously different, 100% natural soft drink you’ve longed for. It’s big on flavour, low on calories (only eight calories per can!) and has no sugar, for real.

We know choosing something “healthier” normally means you’re making a compromise i.e. it either tastes bad (we see you, wheatgrass) or it’s full of nasty, artificial ingredients that make you feel just as guilty as the sugary option *cough* diet soft drink *cough*. This is why we’ve created a range of full-flavoured, healthy soft drinks that actually taste great! Remedy Sodaly is satisfying & invigorating with a punch of real fruit flavour.

Remedy Sodaly is truly guilt-free, made with a base of ACV, which contains gut-friendly prebiotitcs known to aid in digestion and deliver other benefits like enhancing immunity and healthy skin. You'll find it in four delicious flavours available online, in store now.