Christmas Gift Ideas 2022 – With Christmas fast approaching, I am sure there are some of you (like me) yet to pick up a present for a loved one you almost forgot, or just don’t know what to get this year!
- Which Christmas gift guide – for health and lifestyle
- Alcohol and Christmas
- Christmas recipes to make
Which Christmas Gift Guide
A daveynutrition Gift Voucher
A Gift Voucher for our next Empower Program
My new book – Eat Up The Next Level
A pilates course from Margaret Walsh physiotherapy
Yoga from Infinity Hot Yoga
Skin treatment from Eavanna Breen
GPC Performance Membership
Physio with SPARC Ireland
Cooking with Trisha Lewis of Trisha’s Transformation
Coaching with Larry Doyle Coaching
Sports massage with Andrii Mahan Neuromuscular Physiotherapy
Alcohol and Christmas
It may not be realistic to expect yourself to abstain from alcohol over the Christmas period, with loved ones calling and occasions that call for a few glasses of red wine or creamy pints. Instead of setting unrealistic expectations for yourself, or even throwing it all out the window, think about what you can do to minimise the side effects.
Hangovers and the negative effects of alcohol can be minimised by a number of common-sense strategies. However, this advice should not be seen as an endorsement of heavy drinking or a manifesto to help you “get away” with doing so. In short, eat some nutritious slow-digesting food before you start drinking, drink in moderation, don’t mix your drinks, opt for lighter drinks such as seltzers rather than beer, wine or hard liquor, and drink some water while drinking and before you go to bed.
If you ignore all of these things and end up drinking more than you should, don’t compound matters by eating processed foods that provide no support to your recovery. Focus on rehydrating the next day, adding a pinch of salt and fruit juice to your water and eating foods with a high water content such as fruit and vegetables and including smoothies, or soups. Ensure that your meals the next day contain a good quality source of protein (eggs, fish, meat, chicken, yoghurt), prioritise intake of healthy fats (salmon, mackerel, avocado, nuts and seeds) as well as fibre (wholegrains, pulses, legumes, nuts & seeds). You could choose to have meals such as frittata, tuscan salmon, chicken burger, meatballs or a heart soup.
A cup of coffee and some movement can really help to bring you back to life and make you feel better. Even a light half an hour walk in the fresh air will be a big help – even if you don’t feel better right away, you will feel better for doing something!
Check out this blog for more information and tips on how to manage alcohol consumption.
Christmas is a very special time of the year to reconnect with friends and family and in doing so sharing meals and treats together.
What Christmas food to make
Christmas recipes you can make in advance
Chillies and curries are a great option when looking to prepare a meal in advance, particularly over Christmas when the weather is colder.
Christmas recipes you can freeze ahead
Christmas recipe ideas and inspiration
Great gift ideas Christmas 2022
Move clothing – A great Irish brand and I really like the jumpers
High quality Massage gun
Aftershokz headphones – Wireless bone conducting headphones
Rocktanium non-stick pots and pans
FlipBelt great for carrying phone and keys while running.
Wall Cups which are available on amazon
The Secret lab chairs – incredibly comfortable with great back support
Christmas Gift for boyfriend or husband
Crew fibre hair product