Practical Ways To Avoid Weight Gain Over The Christmas Holidays

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Christmas is coming, and while it’s an exciting and wonderful time of the year, it’s also the time when many of us tend to gain weight. With chocolate, turkey dinners, and a more sedentary lifestyle over the coming weeks, we are going to see the effects on our weighing scales after the holiday season is over.

Of course, you could throw caution to the wind, and then focus on using fat burning supplements or a new diet plan in the new year, but there are ways to stay in control of your weight over Christmas, and still have fun.

For starters, let people know your Christmas gift list. They might only buy you chocolates, sweets, and delicious (but unhealthy) food hampers otherwise. Then there are those subscription boxes which are all the rage, but not helpful when they contain edible goodies. Add some of our Christmas gift ideas to your list, and you won’t get any unwelcome surprises under the Christmas tree.

Then make a plan to be active. Rather than sitting down after Christmas dinner to watch The Sound of Music for the gazillionth time, do something else, such as going for a walk with the family, or taking part in some active party games. Make a plan to do something every day too, so get your heads together with the family, and create a festive itinerary to get everybody off the sofa. Go carol singing, head to church, visit family and friends, have snowball fights (if you are blessed with the white stuff); do anything but sit on the sofa where you might be surrounded by  unhealthy snacks and nibbles.

Of course, where food is concerned, you should opt for the healthy options. You don’t need to surround yourself with chocolates and cookies. You don’t need to go for the larger portions when you’re eating your Christmas meals. Take a look at these healthy Christmas treats, and start to prepare a batch now in time for the Christmas season. And when thinking about your big Christmas dinner, you owe it to yourself to consider this menu when you’re planning what to cook everybody on Christmas day. By opting for the healthier options, and by being mindful about the portions you dish up for yourself, you can avoid piling on those festive pounds.

Finally, try and avoid stressful situations. This is easier said than done, we know, especially with all the prep you have to do for the season, but you will maintain your weight if you can put strategies in place. When our stress levels rise, so do our cortisol levels, and that has been linked to weight gain. While it’s difficult to reduce stress, you might still plan everything you need for the holidays in advance, so you’re not flapping like a Christmas turkey, and as we said, you might also factor in exercise during the festive period, which is a known way to reduce stress levels.

These are just some of the ways you can stay in control of your weight over the Christmas season, but let us know if you have any further tips.

We hope you have a very healthy and happy Christmas!

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While it is mandatory, your car’s insurance doesn’t have to be expensive at the same time

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What are the precaution methods you take when driving your car on Ireland’s roads? While it may be true that you do take some measures to keep yourself safe, I also want to share a few tips that can be extremely useful in the event of a road trip around the country. The first things you should check are the car’s lights and tires. All the lights of your car, front and back, should be fully functional. Then take a look at the car’s tires. They should be properly inflated, for an adequate internal pressure, and in good shape, so that a rainy weather will not cause you any trouble. Don’t forget to grab a map or update your navigator, or even both, making sure that you will always find your way no matter where you go. Pay attention to the signs present on the road and when you come across unmarked crossings, always respect the right of way. You should also keep an eye on the fuel level, so you won’t run out of fuel in an area where gas stations are far away or scarce. Finally, check your car’s insurance policy. It is not a good idea at all to hit the road without proper car insurance.

Having a car insurance gives you the peace of mind that regardless of what happens while you’re out on the motorways, you will be covered at all times. But, this doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune, as cheap car insurance is just as good to keep you covered in a wide array of situations. So, why overspend when you can easily get reliable car insurance at a better price. Where can you find this kind of car insurance? And how can you be sure that you’re getting the best prices? The answer lies in finding a trustworthy partner that is capable of offering competitive prices for high-quality services.

With all these in mind, it is definitely worth checking out the car insurance price offer of Chill Insurance. Every car owner would like to know that his or her car enjoys proper insurance coverage, without the need to reach deep into his or her pocket. But, is cheap car insurance reliable enough? What if it won’t provide sufficient coverage in case of an incident? It is normal to have such worries, but this is why you should read the details of your car insurance policy before signing the contract and opting for a particular type of car insurance. We all want to save money on insurance policies, but at the same time, we have to make sure that the policy will offer the type of services we are looking to obtain. We need to see whether our requirements and needs are properly covered so that we feel safe each time we drive our cars.

This is why you need an experienced car insurance broker. After activating for a number of years in the car insurance domain, such a broker will have what it takes to make you a competitive car insurance offer, based on your needs and driving habits. It really doesn’t make any sense to pay a large amount of money on car insurance policies if you don’t drive your car on a daily basis, for example. Your car insurance broker should ask you a set of questions in order to find out what you need, not just push forward the most expensive car insurance policy, just because it can bring you so many “advantages” or “benefits”. A good insurance broker will always care for the interests, needs, and budget of its clients, instead of trying to make a profit with each insurance policy.

So, if you weren’t sure where to start looking for a more affordable car insurance policy, now you know that Chill Insurance is the brokerage company you need to contact. Give them a phone call or complete the online form, and allow them to offer you a quote.

Four More Reasons To Quit Smoking

Most of us are well aware of the many health risks of smoking. As well as being the leading risk of lung cancer, it also plays a significant role in throat, mouth, bowel, kidney, liver, and stomach cancer. What’s more, it increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, COPD, pneumonia and does a lot more damage besides. But there are other reasons to make the change, as well, that often go overlooked. Here, we’re going to explore a few.

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The aesthetic benefits

Do you take pride in your appearance and like to look as good as possible? It’s likely that a smoking habit is doing a lot to undermine it. Besides discolouring your fingernails and your teeth, there’s evidence, as shown at Daily Record, that smoking speeds up the appearance of both fine lines and deep wrinkles in the skin, particularly on the face. What’s more, quitting can immediately start to make your skin look ten years younger.

The mental benefits

For all the physical damage that smoking can do, it’s important to recognize that it has an impact on the mind, as well. Smoking has been linked to an increase in depression amongst young people. What’s more, while it’s often used as a stress reliever, it has been shown that it increases symptoms of stress and anxiety over time. These are common symptoms of addiction, which can get worse over time, increasing irrational behaviour and making you more dependent on cigarettes and diminishing your own abilities to cope with feelings.

The cost benefits

Cigarettes are expensive. Smoking a single pack of twenty a day, which is below the average, costs around £3,000 a year, which is by no means a small amount. Some of the methods used to fight addiction, like vaping, come with their own costs, from buying refills to SMOK coils UK, but all added together, they are a fraction of what you would spend on cigarettes themselves. There are handy online calculators that you can use to see exactly how much you would save if you quit for a year, taking into account how much you smoke at the moment.

The social benefits

When you’re used to smoking, it can be hard to see just how unpleasant it is. Most smokers aren’t fully aware of just how strong the odour is, for instance. What’s more, the social impact of smoking can actually make life harder for you in some specific ways. For instance, as Property Hawk shows, more and more landlords are taking the stance of not allowing smokers to rent from them. Furthermore, more people are aware of the risks of second-hand smoking, so they have more reason to want to avoid those who smoke, too.

Hopefully, the points above have shown that there is always plenty of reason to make a change and quit smoking. The two most effective methods at the moment are using e-cigarettes as a much safer alternative or going cold turkey. Whatever route you take, consider looking at smoking hotlines which can offer plenty of practical advice.

 

3 Areas Of Self Improvement To Focus On

If you are someone who is keen to always be improving, then you might be aware that it is often best to do so in as many different regions of your life as possible. However, there are a few parts of your life which are generally particularly important to focus on, in that as long as you are improving them you will be able to say that you are improving your life in general. In this article, we are going to take a look at just three areas of self improvement which you might want to focus on most of all. As long as you are working on these three things, you can easily say that you are making a lot of big changes in your life, and that you are that much more likely to succeed in all the ways you would like to succeed.

Wealth

First of all, you need to make sure that you are focused on wealth to at least a degree which is comfortable to you. Money is not important or a priority to everyone, but we all need to at least make sure that we are not going to be in poverty and that we can live as comfortably as possible. With that in mind, it is clearly a good idea to try and improve your relationship towards money in such a way that you can increase your wealth, and that is something which is worth thinking about early on in any self improvement journey. Generally this will mean that you need to look at your attitude towards wealth, work out what needs changing, and do so – and in that way, you should be able to improve your wealth potential greatly in a short period of time.

Mind

Your mind is one of the most important tools you are ever going to have. As such, it is important that you do what you can to look after it as well as you can. There are many ways in which you should be trying to take care of your mind, and one of the most important is to work on improving your cognition as best as possible. You can do this by using brain training games, finding a natural remedy for learning retention, and by ensuring that you are focused on improving your health in general so that your brain has more of a chance to work at its fullest capacity. Look after your mind, and you are really looking after yourself on the whole, so be sure not to overlook this if you can help it.

Body

The body being the temple of the mind, it is clearly important to look after it if you want to look after your mind – and that is important for mostly everything in life, so clearly this is something that should be a priority. Make sure therefore that you are getting all the exercise that you could possibly need, and that you are treating your body as well as you would like it to be treated. That means focusing on what you put in it, how you use it and so on. This makes a huge difference to your life on the whole.

Penthouse Fit for any Fashionista

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It isn’t very often that a penthouse apartment in the middle of Mayfair becomes available. Nor the apartment of a beloved global fashion designer. When both of these combine, then you know you have something special on your hands.

The former penthouse of Alexander McQueen, CBE and four time British designer of the year is currently on sale in London’s lavish Mayfair for a cool £6 million. Now I’m sure most of us could simply use the change we find down the back of the sofa to pay for this… but there are people who unfortunately aren’t so lucky. This doesn’t mean however that we can’t have the opportunity to enjoy the views and charms of this property.

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The penthouse is a duplex, set across two floors, with the top floor leading out onto a 700sq.ft rooftop terrace. If this hasn’t made you want it already I don’t know what will, especially when you consider the glorious summer weather we are enjoying! Inside through the French windows, there is a humongous dining room that joins onto the large terrace before leading down a spiral staircase onto the lower floor. An open fire and state of the art entertainment systems provide a great area for entertaining in the reception room while the bespoke kitchen with breakfast bar and wine cooler that will make you not want to cook for fear of making a mess. Wine doesn’t have to go in the food anyway!

The focus of the home is the corridor that has been turned into a catwalk that spreads the entire width of the apartment. Flanked by mirrors and portraits of McQueen himself the area has become a homage to the opulent style and flamboyant nature of the shows he curated during his lifetime. The ensuite bedrooms include vast walk in wardrobes with plenty of space to perfect an inspiring outfit before an evening in London’s top restaurants.

Located in Dunraven Street, very close to the Mayfair Estate Agents selling the property, it benefits from the calm oasis that certain areas of Mayfair can provide and is only a 3 minute walk from Hyde Park. With historic connections to the Royal Family and fashion royalty, this property is sure to turn heads on the market.

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Feeling Your Best: Budget Busting Ways To Do It

Let’s face it, we all want to look and feel our best, don’t we? However, some would think that to look our best we need to spend and invest in our appearance, but often this isn’t the case at all. There are ways that you can look your best without the need for a brand new wardrobe or spending copious amounts of money on the latest beauty trends. I wanted to share with you some of the budget busting ways you can do it.

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It’s not about the clothes but what is underneath

Sometimes when it comes to the clothes you wear, they can often not look as good as you imagine them when they are on the hanger, or on the model when they are being advertised. This scenario is true for many people, but the issue isn’t necessarily the clothing and more to do with what you are wearing underneath. Having the right underwear that is fitted correctly can really make the difference. While you may not want to spend a lot of money you can pick up some cheap bras online easily enough, just make sure you get your sizing right so that they fit your perfectly. Being held in all the right places means that clothing will fit your body shape better.

Makeup and hair can drastically change your appearance

Sometime sit isn’t just about the clothes that you wear and more about how you present yourself. You could be in a plain white t-shirt and ripped jeans but if your hair looks fabulous and your makeup is on point then you will look amazing. Take the time to work on things like your hair and makeup, it doesn’t take much investment but it can make all of the difference to your overall appearance.

Wearing the right colours for your skin tone

Could you be wearing the right colours for your skin tone? The truth is, whether we love a colour or not, if it doesn’t suit our skin tone then it can have the opposition effect that we are hoping to achieve. This is when researching the best colours that suit you can really enhance your features. Warmer or cooler tones suit different people, so a little research online could help you find the right ones for you.

Having a capsule wardrobe

Finally, too much choice in your wardrobe can cause you dramas and actually have you reaching for the same outfit instead of trying new combinations. This is when a capsule wardrobe can really help. It gives you limited choice for items that can easily be mixed and matched together. It can then give you the creativity to try and recreate different outfits. Whether you match bold colours with textures, or go with simple combinations a capsule wardrobe can help you rediscover your style, and it is much cheaper than buying into the latest trends every week.

I hope that these tips help you to feel your best even when you are on a budget.

Could You Be Healthier & Happier In 2018?

If there’s one thing that everyone wants to be, it’s happy and healthy, because like the old saying goes, if you don’t have you health, you don’t have anything. Health is something that, until recently, was seen as being a mainly physical thing. However, that’s all changed in the past 20 years or so, with emotional health being taken as seriously as physical health in many parts of the world.

So, when it comes to leading a healthy life, it’s just as much about being emotionally happy as it is about being physically healthy. Because without your emotional health, you don’t have your happiness. Often, stress is linked to issues with mental health, which is why wellness is taken so seriously today by medical professionals. Gone are the days when there was a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ attitude – mental health is no longer stigmatised, it’s finally starting to be treated in the same way as physical health.

Bearing all of that in mind, when it comes to managing your health on a daily basis, it’s important to take into account both your physical and mental health. Do you wonder if you could be healthier and happier in 2018? If you want to determine whether you are as healthy and happy as you could be, then it’s a good idea to take an in-depth look at your health, focusing on small changes that you could make, that offer the potential of high impact results.

For everything that you need to know about leading a healthier and happier life in 2018, read on.

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Look at your diet

First things first, focus on your diet. You know that saying ‘you are what you eat’? Well, when it comes to your health and wellbeing, it’s completely apt. The fact is that if you live off of junk food and takeaways, you can’t expect to be healthy, even if you are a ‘healthy’ size and shape. The fact is that we can’t always see the damage that we are doing – sometimes the damage is invisible.

So if you aren’t eating as well as you could be, now is the perfect time to change that. They say that getting into a habit takes just 28 days, so although the first 28 days will be tough, if you can stick to a healthier way of eating for that long, you should find that you’re able to stick to it in the long-term. It’s not easy making changes, but if you are set on achieving your goal of being healthier, it is possible.

Take steps to be more active

As a rule of thumb, it’s important to aim to do a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity every week to stay healthy. If you are trying to lose weight and get in better shape, then you will, most probably need to do more than this. But as a general rule, 150 minutes of exercise a week is plenty.

If you are exercising as much as you should be, then it’s important that you realize how serious the repercussion of not being physically active can be, and take steps to change this. Being physically active reduces your risk of a wide range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease, so it’s something that it’s important that you make time to do. It doesn’t matter how you exercise, just as long as you are taking steps to be physically active on a regular basis. Not great at motivating yourself? How about hiring a personal trainer to do that for you?

Quit those nasty habits

Do you have any nasty, unhealthy habits, like drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or smoking? If the answer is yes, then it’s important that you take steps to rid yourself of them.

Not only can drinking impact your physical health, both in the long and short term, but it can also have an impact on your mental health. Alcohol is a depressant, and so, drinking it can cause feelings of depression and anxiety to occur. Aim to keep to a 2 drink maximum a day, to ensure that your alcohol consumption won’t impact your health in a negative way.

Smoking can have a serious impact on your health, both in the long and short term, which is why if you smoke, you need to consider quitting. You can never be truly healthy if you are putting carcinogenic smoke into your lungs. If you don’t feel strong enough to quit cold turkey, perhaps you could try vaping instead? You can learn more about this via specialist websites like ecigwizard.com. The fact is smoking is highly detrimental to your health, so if you can quit, you really should do.

Get rid of stress

If there’s one thing that can have a serious impact on your mental health (and also your physical health) it’s stress. The truth is that while our bodies are designed to be able to manage certain levels of stress, when the levels of stress that we are under get too high, they can have a huge impact on our mental health. Studies have shown that people who are overly stressed are more likely to develop various mental health problems, including both anxiety and depression. That’s why managing stress in an effective way is so vital.

The good news is that when it comes to managing stress, it’s not as difficult as you would think. The fact is that if you know what steps you need to take to manage stress, you can do so effectively. One of the best methods of stress management is exercise – studies have shown that regular exercise is a fantastic and highly effective stress reliever. It doesn’t matter how you choose to exercise, just as long as you take steps to stay active.

There you have it, a guide to everything that you need to know about being healthier and happier in 2018. Take note of the tips and advice above, and you can ensure that you have the healthiest year ever, and put your wellness first for once.