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By the Monday after the New Year, we’ll be ‘back to normal’. I keep hearing this sentiment and chuckle to myself about what exactly is ‘normal’. One thing is certain, the post-Christmas turning of the year is when many people feel the need to clear out and detox after the indulgences of the season.

Let’s face it, most of us overeat and consume too much alcohol over Christmas. Doing the rounds on social media recently was the amusing observation that it’s all fun and games until your jeans don’t fit! So true!

But steer clear of bogus treatments sold in pharmacies and supermarkets that claim to detoxify your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated. This article in the Guardian hits the nail on the head in my opinion.

A combination of healthy eating and exercise are the only way to shift the weight – do not waste your money on cleverly marketed detox products. Become master of your own body. It’s about calories in and calories out.

Start by deliberately eating a whole lot less and drinking lots of filtered water in order to boost energy and feel better. After even two days, you’ll feel better! Clear your house of the biscuits and chocolates; restock with natural foods. Avoiding processed food by cooking your own food using naturally ingredients really pays off (and tastes better too).

There are huge resources online about healthy eating. I’d go along with many of them, including the dietary recommendations on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation programme.

And, of course, pilates is the perfect complement to any weight loss programme – pilates movements strengthen the core muscles, develop long lean muscles without adding bulk and improve posture giving the appearance of being taller. Hope to see you on the mat soon, see schedule on website. Here’s to a healthy, happy New Year!

Best wishes, Eimear