I am so passionate about health and nutrition, that it physically pains me when I see what teenagers at my school ‘nourish’ themselves with. They generally start the day with some form of fizzy pop along with sticky bars or sour sweets. Have they had a breakfast before this, who knows? Lunch tends to be white rolls filled with breaded ‘chicken’. (I’m sure you have seen the Irish documentary ‘What are we eating’ where the chicken fillet roll was outed for what it really is. Some episodes are still available on the RTE player here). Anyway if it’s not a chicken roll, its potato wedges, or white pasta with tomato sauce or sausage rolls. And if you look at all of these foods, what do they have in common? They are all white, highly processed, high in salts, with little or no nutritional value. And then we wonder why the students cannot focus or concentrate in class?Read More »
½ cup hazelnuts
½ cup almonds
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp almond butter
5 large dates
(medjool dates are best but can be expensive, you can use regular dates, just soak in boiling water for about 10 minutes before use)
Recently I read the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. It was recommended to me by a friend, who felt it really resonated with her. One particular part of the book I was intrigued by was the various eating styles people have. Not necessarily the ‘diet’ people follow, but more the how and when people eat their food. According to Tribole and Resch, there are 8 eating styles. Which will you be? They include the following……..Read More »
Where has the good old fashioned Irish spud gone?
It seems that most people are latching onto the latest food trend, the sweet potato. Why? Well some claim it to be a superfood. A superfood is any food that has a large quantity of nutrients. Generally though once labelled a superfood, you are charged twice the price. When in reality an apple can be defined as a superfood, as it too is packed full of goodness. Currently we are bombarded by the food and fitness industry with the sweet potato, its nutritional benefits and hundreds of interesting dishes we can make using it. And I like others, followed the trend and left the spud well behind in my childhood. So is the sweet potato better for us or can we bring back the spud! Well let’s take a look…Read More »
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I have decided that this year I will not gain the annual 5 lbs weight in chocolate. I will not feel bloated and sluggish and bad come the New Year. I will not face into the torture of having to drink green smoothies day in and day out, until I start to resemble what I used to look like. Instead I will see January as a positive, set some New Year goals and be excited for what the new year may bring. Ok this is the plan, but as we know it takes more than just a plan. It takes determination, strong will and just damn hard work, but I am willing to give it my best shot! I set this blog up almost a year ago, as a New Year goal to be accountable for my actions in relation to my health. So I feel this rounds out the year fairly well. Therefore I am here and now making a promise to myself and to all of you. I will be respectful to myself and my body and only over indulge a ‘normal’ amount this Christmas.