Almost ¼ million Irish people have diabetes, and a further ½ million of us are pre-diabetic. This is particularly shocking when you consider that most cases are preventable and that it can have serious long-term health consequences. It’s not all bad news though! There are some easy ways to identify if you are at risk and some simple dietary changes that can reduce your risk in as little as three months. Read on or watch Heather share her tips on Virgin Media’s Weekend AM.
With level 5 restrictions now in place, it’s hard to have a positive view of the next few weeks. Research from UCD’s Institute of Food and Health shows that 40% of us in Ireland ate more than usual and 1/3 of us reported weight gain over the lockdown earlier this year. But let’s look at the silver lining….. We have an opportunity over the next 5 ½ weeks to implement some healthy habits and emerge from the lockdown looking and feeling better in the run up to Christmas – like a gentle lockdown food reboot! [Read more…]
We believe that food is always first. Natural wholefoods are so much more than the sum of their parts and eating them should be one of life’s pleasures. However, evidence unfortunately shows the decline in nutrient levels in our food over the last 50 – 100 years. This means that it’s even more important than before to squeeze many nutritious wholefoods into our daily diet. It also means that some of us may benefit from the use of supplements. This can be in the shorter term as we work on dietary change.
We all want to look our best this summer, even if most of us will be hiding in wetsuits on Irish beaches. Read on for some simple do’s and don’ts to help you beat the bloat this summer and beyond.
Poly-what?? Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get mainly from plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, chocolate, herbs and spices. They are the reason why red wine, dark chocolate and green tea are known to be so good for us. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help many aspects of health, including IBS, weight management, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cardiovascular diseases.