A healthy, happy Christmas

PUBLISHED: 05:33 29 December 2014

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner

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Our job is one of the most rewarding, demanding and frequently distressing jobs around. Despite this, I feel I have the best job in the world.

Dr Matt Piccaver who works at Grove Surgery in ThetfordDr Matt Piccaver who works at Grove Surgery in Thetford

Over the series of articles I will be writing for EDP Norfolk magazine in coming months, I’ll be covering a whole range of medical topics, from the every day to the esoteric.

It seems as if 2014 has flown by, and here we are already making plans for the Christmas festivities. In common with most people, I make great plans not to over-indulge, only to regret that extra mince pie or sausage roll. So here are my common sense tips on how to have a healthy Christmas:

1 Don’t drink too much – sounds simple, but we should stick to no more than 21 units of alcohol (about seven pints) if you’re a man, and 14 units (five pints of beer) if you’re a woman. Take a few days off in the week, and try not to drink more than a few units a day.

2 Don’t buy too much in the Christmas shop – we all seem to spend weeks finishing off festive fare. If it isn’t in the house, you won’t be tempted to eat it.

3 Don’t eat too much – men need roughly 2500 calories per day, and women 2000. We can probably get that at a single sitting on Christmas day! Spread out your eating and slow it down.

4 Don’t spend what you haven’t got – there is a great pressure to spend, spend, spend at Christmas, but I often see patients with problems caused by the stress of money worries. We need to look after our mind as well as body.

5 If you are on regular medication, get your order in early – you’ll need to speak to your local surgery about when you can order medicines, but like the Christmas post, don’t leave things too late.

6 Stock up on some simple remedies – something for the “morning after the night before” and indigestion remedies might not be a bad idea. Speak to the pharmacist for more information.

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