5 things to start eating this January

Monday 7th January 2019 - RTE -

After an indulgent December, January is all about abstinence and discipline. Champagne is replaced with green juice and post-lunch naps make way for early morning runs. But opting to eat more healthily in 2019 doesn’t have to mean enforced deprivation. The start of a new year is also an oppor... Read more →

What is clean sleeping and why should you start doing it?

Friday 4th January 2019 - RTE -

Plenty of us will be making lifestyle changes to ring in the new year – but how many have resolved to sleep better in 2019? Yet slumber is a part of your life that experts agree needs protecting. Gwyneth Paltrow, goddess of left-field health advice, is a vocal proponent of "clean sleeping", a... Read more →

Hard to swallow: Office teabags have more germs than toilet seats

Thursday 3rd January 2019 - RTE -

Prepare for a year's worth of office gag material. For many of us, nipping to the office kitchen for a quick cuppa is a sacred and healing part of our day. It offers a break away from screens, a moment for chitchat and - crucially - an opportunity to enjoy a cup of reviving tea, tannin-laden nectar... Read more →

New year, new you: thinking big and starting small

Thursday 3rd January 2019 - Eithne Hunt, UCC -

Opinion: when it comes to improving our health and wellbeing, we need to maintain behavioural changes and establish new habits Get fit, lose weight Spend more time in nature and less time on screens Drink less, move more Worry less, meditate more Spend less, save more It's that time of yea... Read more →

Struggling to sleep? 6 ways to relieve insomnia naturally

Thursday 3rd January 2019 - RTE -

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending a night staring at the ceiling – tossing, turning and willing sleep to come. Between unanswered emails and unpaid bills, there’s a million and one things that can keep you awake at night, and poor sleep can have a significant impact o... Read more →

'The fact we don't spend enough time together drives us to spend more on toys'

Thursday 20th December 2018 - Bill Linnane - Irish Independent

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I know this because everyone around me is sick, I can't remember the last time I sat down to eat, my bank account is overdrawn by €400, and I almost got knocked down in a shopping centre car park. You know - Christmas. In previous years, we di... Read more →

Christmas should be a time of celebration, not obligation. Practice saying no, even if it’s only in front of the mirror

Wednesday 19th December 2018 - Katie Byrne - Irish Independent

'I have to' is one of those phrases that we hear a lot of during the festive season. 'I have to get a present for my sister-in-law.' 'I have to take the kids ice-skating.' 'I have to do a Christmas lunch with my colleagues.' We get ourselves into a tizzy trying to be all things to all people ... Read more →

Enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds

Tuesday 18th December 2018 - Orla Walsh - Irish Independent

The holiday season is all about family, friends, celebrating and sometimes overindulging. But you can maintain your weight during the festive winter month while enjoying yourself, says our resident dietitian Orla Walsh The weight gain that many experience around Christmas cannot be blamed solely on... Read more →

Food to help build and boost natural defences against colds and flus

Monday 17th December 2018 - Paula Mee - Irish Times

You are – to a large extent – what you eat. Paula Mee gives tips on how to guard against weakness. We have three tiers of protection against parasites, bacteria, moulds, yeast, fungi and viruses. First we have natural physical defences. These include the skin, and the mucus membranes in... Read more →

Peak risk time for a heart attack is 10pm on Christmas Eve

Friday 14th December 2018 - Sarah Knapton - Irish Independent

The risk of having a heart attack peaks at 10pm on Christmas Eve, scientists have found, suggesting that stress, sadness and over-indulgence during the festive season can be deadly. Swedish researchers trawled through the details of 283,000 heart attacks reported in the country between 1998 a... Read more →