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Ruby is the marketing and digital assistant at Healthy Food Guide. She loves reformer pilates and is always obsessing over superfoods.

See inside our fantastic December issue for how to eat to fight festive stress, ways to give back this Christmas, the café that’s tackling mental health, fantastic crowd-pleasing recipes and a beautiful festive spiced loaf cake. 

Plus, our special section this month is all about dealing with IBS, in which Megan Rossi (aka The Gut Health Doctor) discusses causes, cures and tips to help reduce your symptoms. Have a scroll to find out what else is in store…

Eat, drink and be merry!

There’s so much focus on feeding others at Christmas that it’s easy to forget about eating well yourself, especially when silly season is in full swing. So, while there’s no harm in treating yourself to some of the treats December has to offer, make sure you get in lots of goodness too, to keep your mood and energy levels high.

We reveal the festive foods that will help you dial down the tension, promote calm and even increase feel-good hormones.

Healthy recipes with festive flair

From beautiful porridge bowls for your Christmas breakfast to meat-free mains and a stunning festive loaf, we’ve got plenty of recipes to get excited for this season.

Make your own wreath (using fresh herbs!)

Add an extra special touch to your home with your very own homemade Christmas decorations. We show you how to make festive wreaths using fresh herbs, so they not only look beautiful but smell amazing too!

Decorating with herbs

Solve your sleep problems through bedtime stories

In the same way that eating well is so important during Christmas time, so is getting the right amount of sleep! And there’s a new trick (for adults) to help you get a better night’s rest – reading bedtime stories. Yes, this pastime is no longer just for children and we explain why.

SPECIAL SECTION: How to ease your IBS

We chat to registered dietician Megan Rossi about what can cause IBS, changing your diet to reduce symptoms, what FODMAPs actually are as well as 5 simple takeaway tips think about to alleviate its effects.

MEGAN ROSSI

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