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Posts Tagged ‘ Healthy Eating ’

The Nutrition Corner

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The Nutrition Corner is a weekly grab of news and informed opinions on the latest developments in nutrition and health by a qualified nutritionist (both degree and PhD). 

Decoding the headlines

We all see or hear about the food and health headlines everyday in the newspapers, TV, internet blogs, the guy down the gym, the old woman down the street…One day you could be reading your morning coffee is the next best thing and the next day its going to kill you!! Most media outlets just single out one eye catching phrase or sentence from new research without going in-depth and try to explain what it means. This is why we are met with such conflicting  advice everyday that confuses everyone and undermines the important messages that we need to take in. Continue reading

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The Disturbing Truth About The Food You Eat

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Standing in the supermarket’s food section aisle you’re confronted with hundreds of different products compounded by the happy proliferation of subcategories. You have a wide choice of grocery items at your fingertips. Or have you?

A 2013 study by the U.S. consumer rights group, Food and Water Watch, examined the market share of 100 common grocery items and unearthed a disturbing trend: you’re actually down to 2-4 big companies when buying most grocery items. This is certainly a global trend, extremely valid in modern Ireland. Continue reading

2014 Trends for Healthy Eating

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The World Health Organisation’s recommendation to cut our sugar consumption by half shows just how seriously experts believe our health is being affected.  According to Elizabeth Peyton-Jones, health officials finally realise that sugar is toxic, and that we are slowly killing ourselves by consuming too much of the sweet stuff.

“WHO is an independent body responsible for the world’s health which normally deals with disease and viruses.  The fact that it is now issuing guidelines on sugar, which is known to be responsible for killer diseases, should finally indicate how serious this issue is,” said Peyton-Jones, discussing what differences we are likely to see in our eating habits in the coming year. Continue reading

Clean Eating Fish Pie

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I know I haven’t done any Christmassy recipes yet (I promise they are to come!) but I am already planning the meals that will get me back on a healthy track when gloomy January comes around. This fish pie will help you overcome the post-Christmas slump when the sight of a mince pie or nan’s christmas cake is enough to make you heave in your sweatpants which are all that fit you right now (Mean Girls joke, sorry)  Keep this recipe on hand for a light, satisfying recipe that is filled with nutrient rich fish and vegetables. Continue reading

The Green Smoothie

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The Green Smoothie

I have been making these smoothies for about 5 months now as I find them the easiest way to get all the right fruit and veg into me in one quick and painless drink! It fills you up for quite a while so if weight loss is what you are after then you could use one green smoothie to replace one meal – though I would never under any circumstances suggest you do any of those “detox” diets where all you drink is smoothies; it is not likely to last long and would be verrrry boring! Instead, when I am trying to be slightly more healthy, I have a good breakfast, followed by a green smoothie for lunch and remain satisfied till dinnertime. Here is one of my current favourite recipes; remember there are no rules when it comes to what you put into your smoothie just as long as the amount of veg outweighs the amount of fruit you put in. Fruit is still full of sugar so think of it as a way to make the veg taste a bit better in order to get it into you! I freeze sliced banana, spinach and kale so that it both lasts longer and makes the smoothie nice and cold.

My Green Smoothie Recipe

  • Handful of frozen Spinach
  • Handful of frozen Kale
  • 1/4 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Handful of Blueberries
  • Juice of one Lemon or Lime
  • 1 tblsp. Flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. Honey (optional)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon (optional)
  • Grated Ginger (optional)

What to Do:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Cover ingredients with water and blend until smooth
  3. Drink and feel healthier in seconds 😉

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Caramelised Pear And Puy Lentil Salad

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I have not posted in so long, it has been insanely busy with a new job and house and settling into work and everything else 🙂 Also I tend to be cooking out of cookbooks lately and always feel bad about recipes not really being original that I don’t want to post them! But anyway today I am doing just that. So recently I bought the cookbook, Honestly Healthy.  Continue reading

The Dark Places Where Excuses Lead…

  • avoid_alcohol_and_cigarettes_image_title_hjlzy ‘It’s Sunday morning (or evening to decent society). The curtains are closed but even the small slivers of light that get through are proving painful. My stomach is turning and so is the room, I’m enclosed in cold sweats and nausea. There is one more feeling present that overides all others; damning shame. Four weeks of work put in jeopardy by inconvenience leading to procrastination, procrastination leading to frustration, frustration leading to self pity, self pity leading to here..’ Continue reading
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