Issue 65, December 2016, London

Enjoy the festive season, your way

December signals the beginning of the party season and the next three weeks can mean a very jam-packed calendar for many of you. Here are six tips to help you survive the holiday season.

1. Eat at the party. Accept that around this time, your good eating habits will be somewhat compromised as you find yourself eating hors d’oeuvres for dinner yet again. I do try to stay away from carbs but when lunch was a long time ago, eating is quite necessary. As long as you haven’t wrestled the tray from the waiter then you should be fine. Think about it, you don’t eat any of the little toast bread things now but what if in the moment of weakness (and hunger) you attack that chocolate cake at 3am?

2. Stay hydrated. You will be offered many glasses of champagne from now until New Year’s, and sometimes those glasses of champagne come quite early in the day. You know your own threshold but beware the bloating and tiredness that could show on your face.

If you’re not intolerant to it, a cold glass of milk is a wonderful thing to help soak up all that alcohol; otherwise try a glass of orange juice. If shouting over the loud music has given you a hoarse voice the next day, try honey and lemon water or Pei Pa Kao, a thick syrup available in Chinese supermarkets.

3. Keep exercising. Even if it’s only a 15 minute walk around the park, the fresh air will do you good and you’re staying active rather than being at your desk all day.

4. Eat sensibly during the day. Just because you’ve tucked into the nice little finger food at the parties doesn’t mean December has become a no-rules zone. Everywhere I’ve been lately (work, friends’ houses, shops) I seem to be offered chocolate and confectionery. You need to say no (to some, if not all) otherwise January will seem so much tougher. Also, plan your lunches, something light but will sustain you during the day. Soups are nice and warm but stay away from the office pizza get-together.

5. Get rest. Don’t overtax yourself. There may be some late nights and early starts from now till the New Year so if you can, organize your day. You could try squeezing in an hour of relaxing acupuncture or massage – just remember to give yourself some time to breathe.

6. Enjoy yourself. Wrap up warm and enjoy the excitement and positivity all around you.

+ And one for later on in the month: Recharge your batteries over the Christmas break.



Worry and the Spleen

Carrying on the topic of last month's newsletter (here in case you missed it) is a blog post from acupuncturist Emma Suttie on how worry affects your digestion.


How to stay healthy this winter with Chinese medicine

Chinese medicine lays a lot of emphasis on maintaining good health based on seasonal changes. This is a great article introducing the concepts with some practical tips to help you maintain good mental and physical wellbeing through the winter months.




If you have been kind enough to refer someone to me – I want to say a big THANK YOU. That is the highest compliment and it’s warmly appreciated every time.


Other news: Gift vouchers and Christmas clinic hours

Give the gift of wellness. You can choose to purchase a single session of traditional acupuncture, my signature facial acupuncture treatments or the needle-free facial massage. Or for the ultimate wellness gift, you can give a course of treatments.

Click here for more info or contact me.

CHRISTMAS PERIOD CLINIC HOURS - Last days of appointments in December are:
  • Tuesday 20th, King's Road | 020 7225 2050
  • Wednesday 21st, Covent Garden | 020 7379 7662

Regular clinic resumes in January. Call to book your appointment or email / text me.

And finally...

No good deed goes unpunished in this short (only 71 seconds) animated video filled with humour. Enjoy it and enjoy the holidays!

Ka Hang Leoungk
Managing Editor, Pointspace

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