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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
What to eat to stay on your feet, here’s your Christmas shopping survival guide!

Writing your list and checking it twice? If you are hitting the shops to do a spot of Christmas shopping this weekend, then I have a few ideas in my Christmas Shopping Survival Guide that might help to keep your energy levels fuelled. Hydrate yourself: The first sign of dehydration can be fatigue and flagging […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
Veganism is popular – but is it healthy?

2018 has been the year of the plant-based diet and the trend for veganism is on the up. With concerns over the environment, animal welfare and health, and supermarkets and major retailers offering new products to support a plant-based diet, more people are switching to the vegan way of life, at least a few days […]

Read more
Get into the swing of the changing seasons

September feels like a fresh start. A time to reflect and get ourselves back on track after the relaxed months of summer. Maybe its because kids are back to school and we are back in the routine of real life, or maybe it’s the change of season that gets us motivated to take action to clear […]

Read more
How to pack your kids a healthy lunch

The start of a new school year not only means new uniforms and shiny shoes, for many families September means getting back to the routine of making packed lunches for your little ones. So how do you pack your kids a healthy lunch? ::What’s in your child’s lunchbox? Around 42 per cent of children in […]

Read more
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, […]

Read more
The health benefits of tea

If Ireland has a ‘national drink’, then arguably it has to be a good cup of tea: whether in times of grief and sadness or happiness and celebration, it is what we turn to for comfort. Tea drinking has been considered a healthy habit since ancient times, and now there is a mass of evidence to […]

Read more
Get kids in the kitchen this summer!

Summer holidays can be a challenging time for parents trying their best to feed their kids well. With long summer days, holiday lie-ins and the temptation to curb boredom with food, children (and adults) are more likely to be tempted by sugary treats, ice cream and junk food, but good nutrition does not have to […]

Read more
My tips for eating your way to better health

Good health is a question of balance. According to the World Health Organisation, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. We have the power to change our health simply by making some changes to the food we choose, how we move our bodies […]

Read more
Fats and oils for cooking, spreading, drizzling

If there is one nutritional issue that tends to confuse people, it’s the question of fats. What are the best oils to cook with, spread on and drizzle over your food? Before we go any further, though, let’s talk about saturated fats. For years we have been told to eat ‘low fat’, avoid saturated fat and […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
Tips for a healthier barbecue

Summertime salads, grilled meat and fish, gathering with friends and family – you can’t beat a barbecue. But wait a minute… isn’t our penchant for barbecue meant to be a health risk, associated with everything from obesity to heart disease and cancers, not to mention food poisoning? Before you throw out the charcoal, here’s how […]

Read more
Here’s my menu to help you survive your exams

AS EXAM season starts and GCSE and A-level exams get under way, good nutrition could be the key to helping students cope a little better with stress, as well as having an impact on memory and concentration. Here are my top tips for eating to survive exam season: :: Keep well hydrated. The first sign […]

Read more
Eating better is simplest form of health insurance

If I told you that there was something we could all do to be a healthy weight, feel more energised, stop sugar cravings, support our immunity and promote good health, would you want a bit of it? Most of us would jump at it, wouldn’t we? Although it sounds too good to be true, this […]

Read more
Sugar taxed at last but beware of the alternatives!

So, the sugar tax is here. Last week saw the introduction of a UK-wide levy on soft drinks, with the aim of tackling childhood obesity. This has encouraged many of the soft-drink manufacturers to change their recipes to create a lower sugar alternative. What is the sugar tax? The UK government has introduced a two-tier […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more