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Hi Seamus,

It sounds like you did what most people tend to do at Christmas and over-indulged a bit.  

It’s very hard not to when the holidays tend to revolve around having lots of lovely food and things like selection boxes and mince pies are on offer all the time!

However, when we eat more than our bodies need, and don’t get chance to work it off through activity, we can end up feeling out of sorts.  

What you need is a fresh start, and January is the perfect time of year for that because it’s when we make our resolutions for the rest of the year.

A good way to get started is to get lots of fruit and vegetables into your diet, as they will speed your metabolism up and help you get rid of any excess weight you’ve put on.  Stay away from sugary drinks (even the energy drinks) and stick to water … maybe even with a slice of lemon in it.

Make sure you get plenty of sleep so that you feel rested (FACT – young people from 10 to 17 need 9 or 10 hours sleep every night!) and plan to get some form of exercise every single day.  Just because your sports clubs aren’t open doesn’t mean you can’t be active!  You can get a skipping rope and skip, take the dog for a walk, go for a cycle or a run, or even a swim if there’s a swimming pool nearby.

The important thing is to try to stick to a routine, and not give up after a few weeks – make your fresh start one that lasts the whole year long!

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