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Healthy New Year

  • Author: Anne Cleaver
  • Published: 6th January 2016
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Healthy New Year

January can be a grim month.  We have left behind the colour, food and fun of Christmas but inherited a legacy of bulging waistlines, aching backs and lack of fitness.  There are lots of colds about, the weather is awful and you just want the spring to arrive.

What is to be done?  Well, if you are anything like me you are already on the second page of a long list of New Year Resolutions!  The problem is that I become so despondent by all the ‘do’s and don’ts’ that before I know it I am reaching for the last few Quality Street in the tin – and I don’t even like the ones that are left!

So, my New Year’s Resolution is to throw away the list before it drives me to eat yet more chocolate. Keep it simple and identify just a few important aims.

Food is the first objective.  Forget the chocolate and fill up on fresh vegetables, winter salads and plenty of fruit.  The oranges at Nigel the Greengrocer are simply wonderful and you can dream of warm, dry and sunny countries as you eat your fill.  January is a great month for casseroles – slow cooking brings out the flavour.  Pop into Reeve butchers and buy some well-priced cuts that won’t break the bank but will taste delicious.

Exercise is the next goal. Did you know it is about 2 miles from the Drift Road shops all the way round to St James Church and back again?  Walk the circuit every day and you will clock up 14 miles a week.  OK, you are not going to win any medals but you will be lapping everyone sitting at home on the sofa and who knows, you may be jogging by the spring and then you will want to talk to the Clanfield Joggers for the next level in your fitness.

Dry January?  I know a lot of people who have signed up for this challenge and I am seriously considering it – how about a three week dry month – can I join a bit late?  The great thing is that it doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy good healthy food offered by our local pubs and restaurants.  The Rising Sun, Farmer Inn, Mela and the Mirchi offer a wide variety of soft drinks and what is better than spending a convivial lunchtime or evening with friends and family and banishing the January blues. 

Smoking?  I have never smoked but it is a no-brainer – there is help and support out there for you - so quit today and give yourself the best present ever.

Pace yourself this January. If you find yourself reaching for the chocolates one day then don’t beat yourself up – it will be better tomorrow.

Clanfield Online wishes you all a very healthy and happy New Year!




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