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Hands up if you struggle with Food Cravings

You are not alone.  Food cravings are intense desires for a specific food and often unrelated to hunger.  Food cravings can be caused by a variety of physical or mental factors. They may be a sign of hormonal imbalances, a suboptimal diet, high stress levels, or a...

Foods for Improved Energy

Foods for Improved Energy

While it is true that your body converts all food into energy, certain foods such as those high in fat and calories can leave you feeling fatigued as they require more energy to digest, may cause insulin spikes giving a quick burst of energy followed by tiredness. If...

Let’s Talk About Calories

Let’s Talk About Calories

With gym’s reopening and many of us having gained an average of 3kgs, our tight jeans have got us focused on losing some of that excess weight. I hear plenty of talk regarding burning off those calories, what does high in calories actually mean, feeling the pressure...

Mindset is the foundation of change

Mindset is the foundation of change

If we want to make changes, we have to do the work.  But before doing the work we must work on our mindset in order to sustain lasting changes. I like to refer to it as ‘getting your head in the game’. Now more than ever before we need to connect to our inner selves...

Treat others how you wish to be treated

Treat others how you wish to be treated

Allow me start at the beginning. …. I left my country of birth, the beautiful Emerald Isle of Ireland, before my 2nd birthday and was brought up as an expat, as my parents emigrated to Zimbabwe – then known as Rhodesia, with my baby brother and I.  After 6 years and...

She can burn a Salad!

She can burn a Salad!

  “the very process of cooking can nourish your psychological wellbeing” Psychology Today Did you ever think that slicing and dicing your vegetables can ease your anxiety and lower your depression & stress levels? Well according to mental health experts it...

Why can’t I stop snacking?

Why can’t I stop snacking?

Do you find yourself opening the kitchen cupboards and fridge several times a day?  Do you end up eating the whole tub of Ben & Jerrys ice cream?  Can’t stop eating crisps and biscuits? If so, you are emotional eating. Emotional or comfort eating is a way to...

My Lockdown Birthday Blog

My Lockdown Birthday Blog

In case you missed it, I turned the big 50 this week!  A birthday in isolation was not exactly what I had in mind.  However, I made the most of the day.  Dressed up, showed up and had so much fun.  Even the weather was kind that day so I was able to sit in the garden...

Treat Yourself to Sleep

Treat Yourself to Sleep

Good quality restorative sleep is exactly what our bodies and minds need to reduce anxiety and support our immune system.  It is also one of the most effective ways to take you out of a stress state and into a relaxation state and is essential for optimum performance....

Top 5 Causes of Stress & How to Manage Them

Top 5 Causes of Stress & How to Manage Them

  Let me start by saying not all stress is bad.  In short doses it can even be helpful.  Small amounts of cortisol, our stress hormone, can improve our brain function, for example when giving a talk, hosting a board meeting or performing in an exam.  Our concentration...

Boost your Immune System

Feeling run down?  Having good gut health can help boost your immunity, which is comforting to know when you are feeling under the weather with colds and flu, sniffles and sneezes. So, what is the immune system?  The immune system is the body’s defence against...

Choose Action over Fear

Choose Action over Fear

  The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered the state of fear I was in and all the emotions that came with it when my husband suffered his stroke 4 years ago.  My anxiety has been creeping in.  I was waking up in night sweats.  My chest was tight. My breathing short. ...

My Top Ten Tips for a Better Nights Sleep

My Top Ten Tips for a Better Nights Sleep

    No caffeine after noon. Remember Green Tea contains caffeine No technology 90 minutes before bedtime. Remove all screens from the bedroom. Even your TV! Buy an old fashioned alarm clock. Do not use your phone Have black out blinds or lining on your...

My Lifestyle Philosophy

My Lifestyle Philosophy

  Diets Don’t Work: They are effective at helping you loose weight but not to keep it off for good. I have seen countless friends and family yo-yo dieting. How many times have you tried a diet and lost weight only to gain it back and possibly more? Deprivation is...

Is Fat the Enemy?

Is Fat the Enemy?

I posted a Facebook Live recently discussing the different types of fat as I am often asked is it really ok to eat them. There is so much conflicting opinions and research is being carried out all the time so I have done my best to keep you updated with current data....

The Skinny on Water

The Skinny on Water

I don't know about you ,but I am drinking so much water with the rising summer temperature, I am spending a lot of the day in and out of the loo!   Containing zero calories and essential for our survival, it can sometimes be tricky to drink the recommended 2 litres a...

Unprocess Your Diet

Unprocess Your Diet

Unprocess Your Diet I had the pleasure of chatting with Darina Allen of Ballymaloe House and Cookery School at the Ballymaloe Good Living Day event recently. We concluded our conversation with the shared view that life is complicated enough and what we really need to...

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