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Kathryn Thomas

Eat in Season

It can take just a few minutes to eat 1000 calories but hours to burn them off. Really be mindful about what you are consuming and try to eat in season. Irish strawberries, for example, at this time of year are delicious as are many organic salads and vegetables. Use plenty of herbs, seeds and nuts to spice up your salads. Note to self…Salads do not have to be boring!

Hydration

It’s the tip we all know and probably the one we don’t increase enough in the summer months. We need to drink extra water when the temperatures rise, even if that is only a few degrees with the Irish Summer. If you drink more than 1 coffee a day, try exchanging it for a herbal tea. There are so many out there at the moment. Make your water bottle your habit. Keep it with you like it is your iPhone!

Get Outdoors

There is no better feeling in the world than exercising in the fresh air when the weather is on your side. Keep track of how much time during the week you spend outside. It is great not just for the body but for the mind as well. Choose either Friday or Saturday night as your night to socialize and let your hair down. Then with the remainder of your weekend, put something in the way, with your family and friends, that does not revolve around alcohol. Thinking outside the box organizing a surprise day for everyone can be great craic and every weekend a different person comes up with the plan to keep the troops entertained. We have gone paddle boarding, visiting farmers markets, had picnics on the beach, even DIY’ing somebody’s garden with a BBQ as a big thank you. Get creative!

Change the Linen and Open the Windows

With warmer nights, a lot of people find it more difficult to sleep. Changing the sheets more regularly ensures a fresher and much calmer feeling when getting into bed for a bit of shut eye. Keeping a window open at night, if it is safe, is also a wonderful way of circulating fresh air through the room