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Weight loss: what works?

We all want a dietary quick fix – the magic bullet that helps us lose weight, fast! From intermittent fasting and low carb, to calorie counting and diet shakes, there are endless diets making promises for fast, fat-burning results. So, what really works? The short answer is there is no such thing as one diet […]

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Crash Diets Don’t Work

How many times have you been on a diet? Do you get excited about the latest diet, follow it for a while and see what happens, only to find that it didn’t live up to expectations, or do you have one favourite diet that you go back to time and again that gets you the […]

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Ten Good Things

When it comes to diet and nutrition, the rules and restrictions of healthy eating can seem overwhelming – and quite honestly, entirely off-putting. One week, headlines tell us that we should all be eating less fat, the next week the message is low sugar. No wonder we end up feeling dazed and confused about the […]

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Weight loss – what works?

Weight loss diets and trends come and go. From low fat diets, to calorie counting and low carb to high protein, it seems that every passing fad is a short term fix. Over the years, I have noticed a few trends that have stood the test of time. If you want to change your diet to […]

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Mental Health and Nutrition

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme for 2019 was focused on body image and the impact it has on our mental health. Shocking statistics published by the Mental Health Foundation revealed that in a survey of 4,505 adults and 1,118 teenagers, one in five adults felt shame, and over a third of teenagers (37%) felt upset about their […]

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How healthy are you and can eating affect that?

How would it feel to be 100 per cent super duper healthy? When I ask that question in the workshops that I run, the first thing people usually say is “to feel energised”, closely followed by “happiness”. Sunday April 7 was World Health Day. According to the WHO (The World Health Organisation), the definition of health […]

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Why I’ll still be cracking into eggs for breakfast

Is there another food that has had such a hard time from headlines and more health scares than eggs? The original ‘Go to work on an egg’ headlines encouraged us to swap our cornflakes for a boiled egg as a nourishing way to start the day. Then along came the fear of high cholesterol and the […]

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Eat your heart out – nutrition for a healthy ticker

Northern Ireland has one of the highest rates of heart disease in the world, with heart attacks and strokes remaining our biggest killer. There are several risk factors thought to be linked to an increased risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stress, poor eating habits, genetics, smoking and being overweight. […]

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A healthy body isn’t made of New Year resolutions

Now that most of us are back at work and 2018 is becoming a distant memory, you might be starting to reflect on how you can make 2019 the year that you become a newer, faster, fitter, slimmer, better version of yourself. However well-intentioned our New Year’s Resolutions, often we set the bar too high. January […]

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How eating well can help optimise mental health

World Mental Health Day was on Wednesday. When we talk about mental health, often the food we eat and the impact it has on our mood can get overlooked. The field of nutritional psychiatry is a fairly new one, but more and more health professionals are looking to diet and nutrition as a way to help […]

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Eating for exercise – what, when and how much

When it comes to looking after yourself, diet and exercise go hand in hand. Whether you are exercising for health and wellbeing or for competitions and performance, what you eat before, during and after training can affect recovery, fat burning and stamina. Some smart choices will help you get maximum results. If you are trying […]

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Bring balance back to your diet

If every Monday morning starts with great intentions to get fitter, healthier and become a new and improved version of yourself, but by Saturday you are chastising yourself for another failed diet, then maybe it is time to change the way you think about food. For many of us food means dieting, restriction, watching calories, carbs, […]

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Chewing the fat!

For far too many years, the diet industry has been encouraging us to limit our intake of calories in a quest to lose weight. A low calorie diet inevitably means a low fat diet, as gram for gram fat contains more calories than the other macros in our diet, providing 9kcals per gram compared to […]

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Sunny spell lays bare obesity problem

Seduced by the heat of the sun, t-shirts have been whipped off and legs that have been in hibernation since last summer have seen the light of day. If you have noticed an extra inch or a little more wobble with each passing summer, you are not alone. Research shows that, in the past 20 years, […]

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Diet tips for those with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is neurological condition that affects around 8,000 people in Ireland. It is named after Dr James Parkinson, who first identified it in 1817. Parkinson’s disease affects the way the brain co-ordinates body movements. This Wednesday (11 April) is World Parkinson’s Day, with events happening all over the UK and Ireland all week to help raise awareness about […]

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What has changed in our society to make so many of us fat & sick?

Recent headlines have not been great news for our health, and perhaps a sign that our nutrition is out of balance. Type 2 diabetes has increased by 62% since 2007 and more than 7 in 10 millenials will be overweight or obese by the time they reach middle age. Is this a sign of our times? What has […]

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Not all calories are equal

A third of us underestimate how many calories we work our way through each day. That’s according to a new report from the Office of National Statistics. They reckon that we eat about 1000kcals more than we think we do. So whether the people that took part in the survey gave an under-estimate to look good […]

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Keeping it simple

Keeping it simple When it comes to diet, nutrition and all things healthy, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the wealth of information that is at our fingertips. Sometimes nutritional advice can be so conflicting that it can get confusing trying to sort out the truth from the nonsense and work out what we […]

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Getting Your Five a Day?

Getting Your Five a Day? Most of us know by now that the idea of eating at least five portions of fruit and veg every day is the bare minimum we need for optimum health but are you getting your five a day? If you are struggling to eat 5 portions, here’s a few ideas […]

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Cleanse and Detox

Every now and then it is a good idea to give your diet a bit of a shake up and I think there is no better time that the change of seasons. So, I thought I’d share a wee taster of Vital Nutrition’s 10 day, cleansing, rejuvenating, low GI detox plan. Keep an eye on […]

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Lose weight the easy way!

Lose 10lbs in 4 weeks, drop a dress size in 7 days, lose belly fat fast! These are some of the headlines that sell newspapers and magazines, but what is the real truth behind successful weight loss? Over the years, I have seen hundreds of clients who struggle with their weight, and there are usually […]

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Mediterranean diet for a healthy holiday

If you are jetting off to warmer climes of the Mediterranean this summer, eating like the locals could mean you come back from holiday healthier and happier than when you left. Research shows that that eating a varied, plant-based diet packed with fruit, vegetables, pulses, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds, with fish a few times […]

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The food of love…

Chocolate, asparagus and oysters are all said to have aphrodisiac properties, but with chocolate being a contributing factor to obesity, asparagus out of season and oysters not to everyone’s taste, are there better alternatives for your Valentine? Here Jane gives us the low-down on how diet can help boost your sex drive and bring back […]

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