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MAN­AGE STRESS

Stress can play havoc with your health, and the last thing you want is to spend your hol­i­days feel­ing ill. Don’t let the hol­i­days over­whelm you. Plan and stick to a bud­get, make sure your fam­ily and friends sup­port you when or­gan­is­ing events or meals, and find time to rest in be­tween plan­ning fes­tiv­i­ties.

HAN­DLE AND PRE­PARE FOOD SAFELY

If you’re pre­par­ing meals for the fes­tive sea­son, it’s im­por­tant to keep hy­giene in mind. With so much go­ing on there’s al­ways a risk of cross-con­tam­i­na­tion, so make sure any raw meat, poul­try, seafood and eggs, as well as their juices, are kept well away from ready-to-eat foods and sur­faces. Cook food at the cor­rect tem­per­a­ture, even if Christ­mas din­ner is a lit­tle later than planned.

CHOOSE YOUR TREATS CARE­FULLY

If you’re watch­ing your weight, you don’t have to let Christ­mas go by without in­dulging a lit­tle. Make sub­sti­tu­tions for cer­tain things, like swap­ping bis­cuits and sweets with dark choco­late and sweet, sea­sonal fruits.

DON’T SKIP MEALS

It’s easy to fill up on high-calo­rie snacks and treats, and skip your reg­u­lar, more nu­tri­tious meals. Try to cut down on fill­ing snacks, and keep to reg­u­lar meal­times to avoid blood sugar lev­els dip­ping and ris­ing too much.

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