Going vegan is having a moment, with celebs from Arianne Grande to Bill Clinton singing the praises of avoiding all things animal. But is it really as healthy as it seems? Read on to find out more, learn what to watch for on a vegan diet and get our one-day vegan meal plan with recipes (including our favourite coconut lentil soup).
Many of us will have kick-started the year on a diet, determined to lose weight for good this time. But how many of us will still be on that diet by the end of the month? UK research shows that the average time a woman can stick to a diet is 5 weeks and 2 days. After that, it’s back to old eating habits again…
Many of us believe that liver disease is alcohol related, but in reality, this is far from the truth. You might also think this doesn’t affect you. However, the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is estimated to be at least 25% of the Irish population and on the rise. There are no tell-tale signs or symptoms. However, if you have some of the below risk factors, it is likely that your liver health is not optimal:
– Obesity/ overweight, particularly if carrying excess
– High fat and sugar in diet
– Consumption of one or more sugary fizzy drinks per day
– Diabetes or pre-diabetes
If you are confused about correct portion sizes, don’t worry, you are not alone. It is estimated that only one out of a hundred people could correctly identify the right portion sizes! It is always one of our most interesting topics in our 12 week Lose Fat Around the Middle course and usually a big eye opener.
Dr Ciara Wright was recently speaking at an international medical conference on safe and sensible weight loss for IVF.
When losing weight is the last thing you want to do
Hearing that you need to have IVF can be very difficult. It is an emotionally and often physically draining process, with the highs of your hopes and expectations and the lows of test results, bad news and failed cycles. When your dream of having a family is proving hard to realise, it can be just another blow to hear that you need to lose weight. We all know that losing weight is difficult at the best of times, but in the midst of the rollercoaster of IVF, it can be even more difficult.