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Nutrition for Men’s Health

Yesterday was Father’s Day, so it’s the perfect time to talk about optimum nutrition for men’s health. Unfortunately, men tend to draw the short straw in the health stakes from mid-life onwards, with a shorter life expectancy than women and an increased risk of heart attack and strokes. Testosterone levels decline naturally as men age, […]

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10 easy ways to eat more vegetables

Everyone knows all about five-a-day, but it seems that not many of us are reaching the target. New research shows that almost 1 in 5 (19.5%) of us here in Northern Ireland eat less than one portion of vegetables a day. That’s lower than anywhere else in the UK. What counts as a portion of […]

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It’s not what we eat, it’s what we don’t eat – the value of a well-balanced diet

The fact that eating a well-balanced diet supports our mental and physical wellbeing and is likely to reduce risk of some diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers is old news, but what may come as a surprise is just how dangerous the food on your plate could be. Last week the […]

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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 you should eat your greens (and purples)

The term ‘superfood’ is often used to describe exotic foods that are relatively new to our diet, with exotic names like acai, goji or chia, but there are a group of green (and purple) super-duper foods that the Irish have been eating for generations that promise a myriad of health benefits. Brassicas or cruciferous vegetables […]

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Eat more fibre, for the good of your health!

We know it keeps us regular and helps to prevent constipation, but apart from the effects on bowel health, did you know that getting sufficient fibre in our diet is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, weight management and bowel cancer.  We should be aiming for 30g fibre a […]

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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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Are you getting enough fibre in your diet?

Dietary fibre may not be the most glamorous subject in the nutrition world but there may be more to this indigestible substance than keeping us regular. Getting sufficient fibre in our diet could play a role in supporting weight management, blood-sugar control, cardiovascular health and hormone balance. :: What is fibre? When we think fibre, […]

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What’s in your shopping basket?

Most of us have the same route around the supermarket week after week, filling the shopping basket with the same sort of stuff we know our families will eat. Changing just one or two things in our weekly shop has the potential to change the food we eat for the good of our health, and eth chances are your […]

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Is five-a-day really enough?

A HIGHER intake of fruit and vegetables is linked to a reduced risk of diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. We know these foods are good for us, so why are so many of us vegetable dodgers? With recent advice suggesting we should aim to eat seven to 10 portions of vegetables and fruit […]

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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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