Five ways to deal with Christ­mas

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

when they’re the last thing you feel like. Only you can take care of your health and hap­pi­ness and of­ten learn­ing to say no is the best place to start. Use the time you gained to do some­thing you love – go for a walk, prac­tise some yoga moves or sim­ply curl up on the couch with a good book – you will feel so much bet­ter for it. di­aphrag­mat­i­cally is to lay on your back with your legs up the wall. Lie in this po­si­tion for 5-10 min­utes and fo­cus on your breath. Place a folded towel un­der your back or bot­tom for sup­port if you like. Take 10 min­utes to fully re­lax into this pose, it’s es­pe­cially restora­tive with some sooth­ing mu­sic. about all of the peo­ple you have to buy for, or what you should wear to your Christ­mas party and so on – flip this around. Con­sider in­stead how priv­i­leged you are to have so many loved ones and that you have the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate with them. Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

Hi Hol­lie. There are many nondairy al­ter­na­tives avail­able now. You can make your own nut milks us­ing soaked al­monds or cashews or co­conuts, or you can gen­er­ally pur­chase rice, oat, al­mond, even hazel­nut or macadamia milk.

I have found that most peo­ple find rice milk sim­i­lar in taste and con­sis­tency to trim milk. If buy­ing a milk al­ter­na­tive, check the la­bel for added sweet­en­ers and avoid those. A word that will typ­i­cally ap­pear on the la­bel if an ad­di­tional sweet­ener has been used is ‘mal­todex­trin’. It can be good to mix up the types of milk al­ter­na­tives you use, choos­ing a dif­fer­ent one each month, for ex­am­ple.

If you find your­self stress­ing about all of the peo­ple you have to buy for – flip this around. Con­sider in­stead how lucky you are to have so many loved ones.

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