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Nuts about
Christmas
Dietitian Lucy Jones
explains why almonds
are her snack of choice
for the festive season

Society
JOIN IN WITH SARAH
Some people enjoy a moan
at Christmas, but often
with little reason. Festive
TV might not be to their
liking, shops seem to put
decorations up earlier each
year, and so on. But for
some people, Christmas
really can be a frankly
miserable experience.
And so, for anyone feeling
lonely this Christmas Day,
comedian Sarah Millican
will once again be helping
via social media. If you find
yourself on your own on 25
December, simply log into
Twitter and follow #joinin.
As the much-loved standup says: 'It's important to
remember that Christmas
Day is not always, if ever,
like the adverts. Some
people have a rough time of
it and for those who are on
their own and would rather
not be, we do #joinin so
like-minded people can chat
and hopefully make this
potentially lonely day much
less so. It's good for folk to
know there are nice people
waiting to chat to them.
Just jump in.'

Nature
MAN'S BEST FRIEND
'A dog is very easy to break,'
says Robert De Niro's exCIA operative Jack Byrnes
in 2000's excellent comedy
Meet The Parents. 'But cats
make you work for their
affection. They don't sell
out the way dogs do.' Even
the taciturn Jack might
change his opinion with
the news that a pet dog
can cut the risk of heart
disease for those who live
alone by 36%. The study,
published in Scientific
Reports, couldn't explain
exactly why dogs have such
a positive effect, but it could
be due to the increase in
exercise, responsibility
and companionship. A
whopping 3.4million
Swedes aged between
40 and 80 were studied with 13% of them owning
dogs - and the report
reads: 'Dog ownership is
associated with a lower risk
of cardiovascular disease
in single households and
with a reduced risk of
cardiovascular and allcause death in the
general population.'

Environment
HAPPY MOO YEAR
If you were to draw up a
shortlist entitled 'Things
Currently Damaging The
Planet', you'd probably have,
say, 'Donald Trump', 'overpopulation', 'pollution',
and so on. What you
probably wouldn't have is
'Burping and Trumping
Cows'. However, methane
from cows is said to be
surprisingly harmful to the
environment. But help has
come in the form of Mootral
(really - we're not making
this up), a probiotic
for cows which calms
bellicose bovine bellies.
The company behind
Mootral claims if 40% of
the world's cows (that's
1.5 billion of the mooing
beauties) take Mootral,
the reduction in methane
would be the same as taking
200 million cars off the
road. And that's great moos
(works better said out loud).

December 2017 BA LA N CE

Some people think it's cool
to knock Christmas, but not
us - we love it. Spending
time with friends and family,
giving and, let's be honest,
receiving gifts and all that
food! What's not to love?
However, sometimes the
food can get a bit too much
and you may wonder if you'll
ever be able to get up from
the sofa again. Help is at
hand in the festive form of
almonds. Packed with natural
goodness, a high source of
fibre and a source of protein,
almonds will help you stay
strong throughout the
hectic festive season.
What's more, these clever
little nuts are a high source
of magnesium, which helps
reduce tiredness and fatigue,
so you can fully enjoy the
Christmas festivities.
Try our mince pie flavoured
almond recipe at balance.
media/almonds.
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Lucy says:
'Almonds are a
versatile snack.
Add some creative
crunch to your day
by roasting, toasting,
coating or spicing.'

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