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  • Writer's pictureAmy Donovan (BNatMed)

Happy New Year!

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Hello and happy new year to you all!

I hope your year is off to a safe and happy start so far.

I am so looking forward to beginning my naturopathic practice to support the people of Te Awamutu this year!

I have been having some much needed time out to recuperate and recharge after the energy deficit study and living between Te Awamutu and Auckland caused.

Depending on which part of the country you have spent this portion of summer - but actually the whole country appears to have been ripped off - there seems to have been more inside days than days to catch rays!

These are my Christmas lilies which, I might add did not realise when Christmas was as they have only just come into their full glory likely due to that lack of sun!

With the weather being so inconsistent it is easy to get caught out on those (rare) sunny days, so I have put together a little list of tips to keep in mind to help your health this summer.

Tips for your health this Summer...

1. Water!

Ensure you keep up the water intake over the hot summer months.

Aim for 8-10 large glasses each day.

Alcohol is a diuretic which promotes water loss from the body so make sure you are compensating for this too

2. Plant based foods

This can be done easily even when you are getting through the Christmas leftovers. Simply make sure each meal has at least 1-2 portions of fresh vegetables or fruit added.

A good guide for what a portion should look like is a decent handful.

3. Be sun smart

Invest in a high SPF natural sunscreen and remember to re-apply particularly after swimming and exercising.

Take shelter during the hottest part of the day, typically 11am – 4pm.

When you are outside in the sun, make sure you have a hat and adequate clothing.

I always think of that old ad with that cute little talking pig that used to be on every summer “The only thing that looks good pink, is a pig!”

4. Look after one another

Just because it is the holiday season, for some of us this does not equal a happy time.

People tend to feel financial and family pressure more at this time.

Also, loved ones that are no longer here will be missed more greatly over the holidays.

Keep an eye and ear out for those around you who may be struggling and ensure you offer help – a kind word, a hug, a visit or an invitation.

5. Consider your long term health

If there is an aspect of your health that you would like to improve on, know that there is always potential to make a situation better.

I will be practicing out of Yoga & Co from February 2017 offering you holistic health guidance to support your health goals and assistance to achieve them through natural medicine solutions.

Contact me and we can have a quick chat about what Calyx Health can offer you to reach your full potential.

This is a photo from where I have spent most of my summer, my favourite place, Whaingaroa Raglan.

Restoring, rebuilding, resetting after an extremely challenging year, and setting my intentions for the year ahead.

Swimming, walking, reading, massage, precious time with family and friends, and eating and drinking local.

“Your dignity can be mocked, abused, compromised, toyed with, lowered and even badmouthed, but it can never be taken from you. You have the power today to reset your boundaries, restore your image, start fresh with renewed values and rebuild what has happened to you in the past.” ― Shannon L. Alder

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