Avoid the Christ­mas blow out

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The lead up to the Christ­mas/new Year pe­riod is of­ten full of fran­tic dead­lines, ex­tra so­cial com­mit­ments and, of course, all of those de­li­cious once-a-year fes­tive treats.

If you’ve worked hard all year to keep your New Year’s res­o­lu­tion of get­ting in shape phys­i­cally and men­tally, these five tips will help en­sure you make it through the fes­tive sea­son with­out the dreaded ‘Christ­mas blow out’.

1. Cre­ate a food diary

If you’re try­ing to keep on top of your health goals, it might be time to start a food diary to help keep track of what you’re eat­ing. Clever apps like Calorific, My Diet Coach and Yazio are all op­tions that help track food, calo­ries and goals, en­sur­ing fes­tive blow-outs aren’t on the cards.

2. Take time out

Men­tal and emotional health is just as im­por­tant as phys­i­cal health at this time of year. You’re tired from 12 months of be­ing on the go, and as your so­cial life is likely kick­ing into over­drive it’s more im­per­a­tive than ever to cre­ate bal­ance so you don’t burn out. Take time out ev­ery day to do some­thing you love, be it ex­er­cise, med­i­ta­tion, jour­nal­ing or man­dala colour­ing in. What­ever it is, make it an ac­tiv­ity that re­duces stress, boosts en­ergy and sets you in good stead for the year ahead.

3. Be pre­pared

In­ci­den­tal snack­ing, like grab­bing a packet of chips from the vend­ing ma­chine or eat­ing all the party pies be­cause you’re starv­ing, is one of the most com­mon fes­tive sea­son pit­falls. How does it come about? Lack of prepa­ra­tion. Put some time aside each week to pack your lunch and snacks in ad­vance, so when that pang of hunger hits you’re pre­pared with healthy choices. Keep them in your hand­bag or at your desk so they’re read­ily avail­able when­ever you need them. An­other tip? Up your wa­ter in­take to coun­ter­act any in­creased al­co­hol and salt you might be in­dulging in.

4. Make ‘mov­ing’ dates

If you’re try­ing to squeeze in catch-ups with friends be­fore the year wraps up, opt for healthy dates like walking or run­ning over din­ner or a drink. You’ll still get a chance to talk, but rather than be­ing seden­tary (and prob­a­bly hav­ing a few drinks and a greasy meal) you’ll be out in the fresh air and ex­er­cis­ing in­stead.

5. Em­brace pro­bi­otics

New re­search sug­gests di­ver­sity in your gut health cre­ates in­creased re­silience, mean­ing look­ing af­ter the nat­u­ral gut flora that ex­ists in us all has the abil­ity to make you health­ier. One of the eas­i­est way to pre­serve your nat­u­ral bac­te­ria is to take pre and pro­bi­otic sup­ple­ments, which work to bal­ance the good and bad bac­te­ria, in­creas­ing nu­tri­ent ab­sorp­tion, boost­ing im­mu­nity and even al­le­vi­at­ing stress.

Price­line Phar­ma­cies Grand Cen­tral, North­point and Westridge would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to wish all of our val­ued cus­tomers a safe and happy Christ­mas sea­son. We look for­ward to help­ing you with all your health and beauty needs in 2018.

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