Easy Bake Pizza for the Weekend

Homemade Pizza

Looking for something tasty and quick to make for the weekend. Try this easy to make pizza from our friends in Redicare. You can get the kids to help and pick their favourite toppings! Serve with salad on the side for the perfect weekend tasty treat!

Serves 2

Prep time:                   15 minutes

Cooking time:             30 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

360 ml shredded mozzarella cheese

175 ml almond flour

2 tablespoons cream cheese

1 egg

Topping

225 g Italian sausage

360 ml shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Line the baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. Mix the cream cheese, grated cheese, almond flour and egg.
  4. Place on the baking tray and flatten into a pizza shape.
  5. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Top with cheese, add the chorizo and place in the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Top 10 Tips for Inhaler Use

Top 10 Inhaler Tips from The Asthma Society of Ireland

  1. Talk to your healthcare professional about your medication and device technique. Ask them which inhaler to use first and how long to wait between each inhalation
  2. Clarify medication dose, when to take your inhaler and what to do if breathing symptoms deteriorate
  3. Talk to them about the importance of checking inhaler technique REGULARLY
  4. Discuss how and when to clean the device
  5. Consider expiry dates of the device. Ask them if your device is reusable; if there is a discard date and how to discard the device.
  1. Discuss safe storage and disposal of the device
  2. Ask them how to prime the device
  3. Ask what to do if your device malfunctions
  4. Discuss the signs for an empty device and when it needs to be replaced
  5. Ask them for patient information, Asthma Society resources or for a referral if necessary.

Article sourced from Asthma Society of Ireland – See original article here

Inspirational ideas for Kids of all ages!

The role of parents in Ireland has changed dramatically over the last couple of weeks in ways that we are still discovering. With the latest necessary government restrictions in place in response to the Coronavirus, keeping our children healthy and happy in mind and body is becoming an increasing worry for some parents.

Many of us in LloydsPharmacy are parents and we are also learning as we go. We’ve put together some of the best tips and suggestions from our team to help inspire you with activities for kids of all ages! Tell us some of your tactics in the comment section below!

Toddlers

Toddlers are full of energy, so it’s a good idea to keep them as active and occupied as possible. Organising fun activities such as jumping, or dancing sessions can really get them engaged and using up all of their energy.

Ages 4 – 6

Involving children in this age group in tasks such as baking or preparing meals can do wonders for their sense of curiosity. Allowing them to be involved in some of these more “grown up” tasks will also give them a feeling of achievement and motivate them to eat what they have prepared.

Ages 7 – 9

If you have garden space it is great to organise a Nature Hunt. Create a list of items for them to go and find items such as Daisies, twigs, smooth rocks, etc. This, accompanied with a picnic, can really keep them busy and create a wonderful family day “out”. If you don’t have garden space, this can be also done indoors by doing a treasure hunt with an indoor picnic set up in your main living area. Doing something unusual in a usual space can fire up the imagination!

Ages 10 – 12

Tweens can be a tricky group because they like to think that they are older than they actually are. It’s good to give them a bit responsibility with their tasks. Get them involved in meal preparation but give them the opportunity to choose which recipe to cook, this can keep them engaged and let’s them take pride in their work. Arts and crafts are also another good activity for this age group. It’s a good chance to find out if they have certain interests or a passion for art that they can build on for the future. Exploring creativity as a family can help boost confidence.

Teenagers

Teens are used to spending a lot of time out with their friends and this age group can be the most difficult to keep occupied. Talk to them about what is going on, they are more than likely consuming information on WhatsApp or Instagram that may not be factually correct and can cause anxiety. Give them the facts and help them to understand the situation better. In terms of keeping them busy, give them larger projects. Let them paint their room, ask them to declutter, throw out old clothes, learn to play an instrument, plant flowers in the garden. All of these things take time and can help them explore their potential new interests in their own way.

Although all of these suggestions can help you to keep your kids minds and hands busy it’s important to look at the bigger picture. We all have an opportunity to spend more time with our families, more than we would ever normally have.

Take this time to have fun with your families. Play board games, have family quizzes, exercise together, enjoy meals as a family from menu creation to dessert and most importantly engage with each other.

Enjoy it. Amid the stress and strain that we will all find ourselves under in the coming days we are creating new memories, new family traditions, better and stronger relationships and learning to work together as communities in ways that we never have before!

TOP 5 Allergy Tips

Allergies

With many of us spending more time than we usually would indoors and allergy season starting we thought we’d share our top tips for looking after your allergies inside and outdoors.

Causes of allergies

Allergies are caused by the body reacting to an allergen as though it is harmful, like the way it would react to an infection. Your body produces a type of antibody to fight off the allergens and one of the chemicals involved in this allergic reaction is called histamine.

Common Allergens

  • house dust mites
  • grass and tree pollens
  • pet hair or skin flakes
  • fungal or mould spores
  • food (particularly milk, eggs, wheat, soya, seafood, fruit and nuts)
  • wasp and bee stings
  • certain medication, such as penicillin and aspirin
  • latex
  • household chemicals

Some people are more likely to develop an allergy because it runs in their family and environmental factors also play a part.

1 – Clean, clean, clean.

The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen that causes it. This is not always easy. Allergens such as dust mites or fungal spores can be hard to spot and can breed in even the cleanest house. Vacuum regularly and wipe down any hard surfaces that collects dust with a damp cloth.

2 – Dogs and Cats and Birds oh my!

If you live with pets and find that you are reacting more than usual to them as you spend more time indoors, try to set limitations. Keep your bedroom a pet free zone. Wash pet beds and clean out cages regularly. Vacuum carpets and rugs to prevent a build up of allergens. Groom dogs and cats to reduce shedding.

3 – A dry home is a happy home.

Spores are released from moulds when there is a sudden rise in temperature in a moist environment, such as when central heating is turned on in a damp house, or someone dries wet clothes next to a fireplace.

Keep your home dry and well ventilated. When showering or cooking, keep internal doors closed to prevent damp air from spreading through the house and use extractor fans.

4 – You are what you eat.

Many of us are experimenting in the kitchen this week. Remember to keep an eye on any food allergies people in your household may suffer from and keep these in mind when cooking. The most common food allergies are caused by crustaceans, dairy and nuts.

5 – Last but not least. Pollen!

Pollen allergies, more commonly known as hay fever, are caused when plants release pollen particles into the air (pollinate). Different plants pollinate at different times of the year, so the months that you get hay fever will depend on what sort of pollen(s) you are allergic to. Typically, people are affected during spring and summer.

Pollen gets its very own top 5 tips!:

  • Check weather reports for the pollen count and stay indoors when it is high.
  • Keep doors and windows shut during mid-morning and early evening, when there is most pollen in the air.
  • Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after being outside.
  • Avoid grassy areas, such as parks and fields.
  • Get someone else to cut the grass for you if you have a lawn.

TOP 5 Tips to Quit

When you decide to stop smoking, getting help and support can really help to improve your chances of quitting. Our trained Health Coaches are here to help you through your Smoking Cessation journey.

Our Top 5 Tips to help you to Quit Smoking:

  1. Pick a quit date – Prepare for the day you quit and avoid temptation – choose a quit date that’s unlikely to be stressful and make sure you don’t have any cigarettes, lighters or matches on you. Avoid the pub or other places where people around you might be smoking.
  2. Change your routine – Make your home and car smoke-free. Change what you have for breakfast. Drink your coffee in a different room. The urge to smoke can be triggered by patterns in our behaviour. Change the pattern and remove triggers when possible.
  3. Reduce your caffeine – Caffeine symptoms like restlessness, muscle twitching, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Many people who are overstimulated may become jittery, leading them to reach out for a cigarette to calm their nerves. Cutting your caffeine consumption by at least 50% can give you the right amount of caffeine you need without feeling the symptoms of withdrawal or being over-caffeinated.
  4. Do regular physical activity – Studies show that even short periods of physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, reduce the urge to smoke during exercise and even 50 minutes afterwards.
  5. Take one day at a time – Short term goals will be easier to achieve and once you have made it to the end of each day congratulate yourself on reaching your goal for that day,

Bonus tip – Try Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) NRT can increase the chances of quitting.

The most common types of NRT are patches, lozenges, gum, inhalers and tablets. NRT replaces some of the nicotine that you previously got from smoking but at a lower level.

Call into your local LloydsPharmacy to talk about our NRT options available in store.

Introducing our Online Health Service – RediCare

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Did you know 60% of the Irish population suffer from a chronic illness? So, it’s safe to assume you know a family or friend who suffers from such an illness. Did you also know that one in four women in Ireland will die from cardiovascular disease, and are almost six times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer? That’s some very scary stats! However, 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease are preventable. The team at RediCare have developed an online health programme to help manage, treat and prevent such illnesses and here a LloydsPharmacy we are the exclusive Pharmacy offering this service to our customers.

Tell me more about RediCare…

RediCare is an online health programme that enables you to manage and treat chronic health issues. It is also a digital therapeutics platform…but what does this mean? Well it’s a new type of evidence-based therapy that uses software to help manage diseases. The type of diseases that this platform is focused on is high blood pressure, overweight and obese conditions, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

RediCare provides health education videos, easy to prepare recipes, shopping lists, exercise routines and one-to-one consultations on lifestyle and dietary advice. A 6-month subscription to the programme is only €50 – an absolute bargain!  LloydsPharmacy has partnered with RediCare to offer this service to our customers and support them through their journey. Our highly trained colleagues are ready and waiting in your local pharmacy to help you along this journey, whether it’s checking your blood pressure and BMI, or advising on your supplements and vitamins.

Ok…. now show me some results!

RediCare have seen some overwhelming results. 8-12 weeks after starting the RediCare programme:

  • Weight can reduce by up to 6kg
  • Waist circumference can reduce by up to 6.82cm
  • Triglycerides can reduce by 13.7%
  • HbA1c* can reduce by up to 13.26%
  • Blood pressure can reduce by up to 8.32%**…. amazing results, right?!

Since RediCare is accessed online, it is so easy to check food information, get 1-to-1 consultations or read up on a recipe anywhere!  Andy Sheppard, the nutritionist, showed us some shocking statistics -to anyone who eats Cornflakes for breakfast, the sugar content alone is scary!  He also discussed the benefits of fasting, and how “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” was part of Kellogg’s clever marketing campaign, and it stuck!

Dr Niall Colwell, Consultant Cardiologist, works with RediCare and has seen the clear benefits of the programme “After around 8 weeks, you can lose around 6kg in weight and have significant reductions in cardiovascular risk factors (BP, Cholesterol, HbA1c) which in turn helps reduce heart attack and stroke risk.”

You can sign up for RediCare in the following stores:

LloydsPharmacy Charleville

Unit 12 Charleville Town Centre, Cork
Telephone: 063 32794

LloydsPharmacy Grand Parade

8 Grand Parade, Cork City, Cork
Telephone: 021 4274563

LloydsPharmacy Ballincollig

Units 6/7, SuperValu Shopping Centre, Cork
Telephone: 021 487 2104

LloydsPharmacy Togher

Unit 2, The Lough Shopping Centre, Cork
Telephone: 021 4964629

LloydsPharmacy Hollyhill

Unit 9 Hollyhill SC, Cork City, Cork
Telephone: 021 4392266

LloydsPharmacy Youghal

102 North Main Street, Cork
Telephone: 024 92189

LloydsPharmacy Kinsale

Kinsale Quarter, New Road, Cork
Telephone: 021 4773939

LloydsPharmacy Midleton

21 Main Street, Co Cork, Cork
Telephone: 021 4631586

* Patients with baseline HbA1c >6.5% (avg. 7.87%)

**Systolic blood pressure, Diastolic -5.66 or (-6.92%)

New Year, New You!

The new year has just begun, which means you’ve a blank slate ahead of you to make the best of the next 12 months. Are you looking for some resolutions for the new year to better yourself and your health? You might have overindulged a bit over Christmas – all that food, drink and festive treats. It’s time now to get back on track, and we have put together 5 things we recommend you do to be healthy and happy in 2020.

1 – Get Healthy and Get Active

Being active is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. When you’re out and about, take the stairs instead of the lift or the escalator. If you use the bus or public transport, get off a stop or two earlier. Make sure you choose something you enjoy so you’ll stick to it. Or choose a fitness buddy to support you.

2 – Refreshing Yourself For 2020

Water, water, water. Your body is about 60% water so it’s important you drink enough of it. Try to drink at least 6 glasses of water a day. Dehydration has negative effects on your health, including dry skin, inability to concentrate and headache. Often our bodies don’t recognise thirst and instead, we think we’re hungry, so drinking a glass of water with your meals can stop you overeating. If you don’t enjoy drinking still water, you can opt for fizzy water or you can add some sugar-free cordial.

3 – New Year New Menu

With todays busy lifestyles someties it can be difficult to find the motivation to cook a healthy meal and some days it’s so tempting to get a takeaway. But takeaways and frozen meals are full of excess sugar, salt and calories. Not only that, but they are more expensive than when you cook at home. If you plan your meals in advance and keep healthy snacks to hand you are more likely to stick to a healthier eating plan.

Change Your Health Direction helps you out with recipies, shopping lists and daily trackers to plan your meals and keep track.

4 – Take Some You Time

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Practicing mindfulness has huge benefits, including reduced stress levels, increased self-control and emotional regulation. A simple way to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Meditation can take many forms, but the main thing is to focus your attention to the moment you’re in. Watch the birds outside your window, clear your mind while you’re going for a walk or simply sit still and concentrate on your breathing.

5 – Sleep the Night Away

A bad night’s sleep can leave you feeling tired, irritable and unable to concentrate. On the other hand, nine hours of sleeping like a log can see you springing out of bed feeling bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to take on anything the day might throw at you. But when you’ve got a lot on your mind, getting a good night’s sleep can be easier said than done.

Change Your Health Direction will guide you through tips to getting a great nights sleep as well as herbal remidies to help you drift off.

Call into your local LloydsPharmacy to talk about Change Your Health Direction!