What’s in your lockdown store cupboard?

Never have the ingredients of our store cupboard been more important. As lockdown looks set to continue, and we are being urged to shop just once a week, most people I know have been getting to know the contents of their larder a lot better.

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Stay well in lockdown

It can be easy to slip into the routine of grabbing quick snacks and junk food as a treat when confined to the four walls of your own home, so being prepared and stocking up with healthy food is the key wellness in lockdown.

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Food focus during the coronavirus crisis

As we all find ourselves spending more hours than we could ever have imagined in the sanctuary of our own homes, this is the
perfect time to focus on good food to nourish our bodies, minds and souls.

This is not a time for dieting, cutting back or food restrictions. Instead, with more time on our hands, this is the ideal opportunity to eat more healthily, keep ourselves well nourished and get creative in the kitchen.

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Ideas on how to cope in coronavirus crisis

Whether you are social distancing, or self-isolating to help reduce risk to you and your loved ones, each week I will have some ideas for you to help support your health and well-being. I hope they help you feel better and make a difference.

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Small changes are the key to new healthy habits

Most of us have daily habits, or weekly rituals around food that we do without even thinking. Maybe you have created a good habit around breakfast, so that you eat your healthy, nourishing porridge/overnight oats/low sugar granola/eggs without a second thought, or perhaps you always have a water bottle handy so that you can keep well hydrated throughout the day.

No matter how small or insignificant these little things seem, added together, they contribute enormously to your nutritional intake, and ultimately your health.

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A taste of the Med

Heading to the Med – why your holiday food could help keep you healthy… Plenty of us are looking forward to packing our bags, leaving the rain behind and heading off to find some Mediterranean sunshine over the next few weeks. Part of the fun of a holiday is to discover new foods and flavours […]

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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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Feeling Sad? Tips for beating the winter blues

For many of us, the darker nights and limited daylight hours can make us feel a little more sluggish, but for some people the change of season can trigger the onset of more severe symptoms of low mood or depression, fatigue and anxiety. Seasonal Affective Disorder (Sad) is thought to affect one in 15 of […]

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Eat with the seasons, for your health and to enjoy autumn’s flavour palette

The darker days creep up on us slowly but there is no denying the fact that we are well in the grip of autumn now. How does the change of season affect your health? Do you embrace the ritual of making seasonal and nourishing soups and stews, or do you find yourself eating more comforting […]

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Healthy eating for one just takes a little prep

If you live on your own, shopping, cooking and eating healthy food can seem like a lot of effort, but I promise you, there are some simple tricks to max up your nutritional intake without too much effort. Not only will you be eating healthier food, but these simple ideas will increase your variety and […]

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There’s more to health and safety at work than high vis and hard hats

Most of us are doing our best to eat well, most of the time with a view to staying healthy, but have you ever stopped to consider the impact of the food you eat on your safety at work. This week I have been visiting different workplaces across Northern Ireland to discuss just this. I’ve […]

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Eating to boost your immune system for winter

As Autumn settles in and the nights get darker our health can take a bit of a downturn. Earlier this year, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended that honey and over-the-counter medications should be used for coughs and colds before turning to our GP to ask for an antibiotic. The common cold […]

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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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Time restricted eating – a beginner’s guide

In modern life we are surrounded by food, all of the time. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready in an instant at any time of the day or night for when we feel a bit peckish. We have become a society of grazers. For the vast majority of us, […]

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Don’t forget that there’s a knack to snacking

Are you a snacker? Sometimes there are so many conflicting rules and contrasting regulations about healthy eating, that it can end up getting totally confusing. Take snacking as an example. One rule says we should eat little and often, and then something else tells us not to snack between meals. So how so we know what […]

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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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Eggs are not just for Easter

If you were off chocolate for lent, I’m sure you were eagerly anticipating munching your way through at least one chocolate Easter egg at the weekend.Whether chocolate, painted, rolled or hunted, eggs are synonymous with Easter celebrations as a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. The tradition of painting eggs pre-dates Christianity as a […]

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