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Get set for health in 2017

After all the excess of Christmas, the new year can be a good time to take stock of your lifestyle. Instead of cutting things out, why not think about what you can do more of to improve your health and wellbeing.

Top tips to survive the Christmas party season

It’s that time of year again, the festive season filled with celebrations, gifts, food, and alcohol! It has been shown that in Ireland, our alcohol consumption increases by up to 114 per cent in the lead-up to Christmas, which may be partially to blame for that sore head and the extra weight gain during the season. Party food and a glass or two of wine may be difficult to turn down over the next few weeks, so here are a few tips to keep the damage to your waistline to a limit.

Keeping up that sparkle for the Christmas season!

The Christmas party season can be tiring, but many people are unaware that if they are feeling tired it might be because of something they are, or are not, eating. If you are feeling constantly tired it is important to talk to your GP to ensure there is no underlying cause. But you can also check your diet to make sure it doesn’t include any ‘energy robbers’, such as the following:

Heart healthy eating: go Med!

The Mediterranean diet strikes again! The latest research on people with heart disease suggests that by following this way of eating they can reduce their risk of dying early from heart disease by 37 per cent. So what is it that is so special?

Mood-boosting fruit (and veg!)

Research done in the UK has shown that having your recommended five-plus fruit and vegetable portions a day is not just good for your physical health, it also improves your mental health.

Hot off the grill: healthy BBQ ideas

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Nothing is quite as good as a BBQ on a summer’s evening; they can be a good social occasion for family or friends to sit down for a chat together. There is always the tendency with a BBQ to eat more than you planned for, but with a bit of pre-planning you can ensure that you can balance the ‘meat-fest’ out with healthier foods that are tasty and good for you. Here are a few tips to get you going in the right direction.

What’s the crack – coconut oil?

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Coconut oil used to be the preserve of face and body lotions but in the last year it has become popular, hailed as the latest health food. But what is the evidence to support these health claims – it seems it might not be as black and white as you might think!

Strawberries – the fruit of love!

The ideal fruit for Valentine’s Day is definitely the strawberry. Not only is a strawberry the colour of love, in the shape of a heart - it is also good for your heart. Researchers in the US discovered that people who ate strawberries (and other fruits coloured red, purple, or blue) had a lower risk of heart disease. So what has the humble strawberry got that can have this positive effect?

‘Spare tyres’ and other Christmas leftovers!

 

‘Tis the season to be careful!

Cara Cunningham, MINDI, Community Dietitian

 

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