These 'healthy' food brands are actually saltier than seawater, dietitian warns

Thursday 19th October 2017 - Orla Walsh - Irish Independent

The average Irish diet is very high in salt, which may be contributing to the worrying levels of obesity in both children and adults, independent of calorie intake, writes dietitian Orla Walsh. A new survey has revealed certain brands of pesto are saltier than seawater. Although a popular choic... Read more →

Health budget almost €15.3B in 2018

Friday 13th October 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Department of Health will have a budget of almost €15.3 billion next year, however doctors have described Budget 2018 as ‘deeply disappointing and regressive' from a health perspective. According to the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the health budget for next year will not be abl... Read more →

How you can you control PMS through diet

Thursday 12th October 2017 - Orla Walsh - Irish independent

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is an umbrella term for a group of physical, behavioural or mood changes that occur one to two weeks before menstruation. Symptoms usually stop once a woman's period begins. This means that for some women two to three weeks of every month are being disrupted by menstr... Read more →

PCOS: Is diet the answer?

Tuesday 10th October 2017 - Orla Walsh - Irish Independent

As a dietitian it's incredibly frustrating how little attention is given to nutrition in the pursuit of fertility. Fertility and all our hormones are interlinked. Your diet can help improve metabolic and reproductive health. After all, food feeds not just you as a whole but every single system w... Read more →

Working out at home

Monday 9th October 2017 - Siobhan Byrne - Irish Independent

Hopefully everyone is starting to settle back into a routine after the summer holidays. For some this will be easier than others but, remember, structure and a little discipline can go a long way to making life easier. This week will see our final home workout before we move on to gym w... Read more →

Are the alternatives just milking it?

Friday 6th October 2017 - Orla Walsh - Irish independent

Milk used to mean cow's milk. Although low-fat milk and skimmed milk have been popular for some time now, there is now a flurry of milk alternatives on offer that are growing in popularity. As many people are now incorporating these milk alternatives in their diet, their sales have more than dou... Read more →

Know your limits

Thursday 5th October 2017 - Siobhan Byrne - Irish Independent

Last week we looked at some of the basic ways to begin your gym routine. This included incorporating a warm-up cardio and starting your weights programme with a light weight while building up gradually to your working sets. Remember, the key to getting in shape is to be consistent with ... Read more →

Everything you need to know about soy products and how they impact your health

Monday 2nd October 2017 - Orla Walsh - Irish Independent

Soy bean products are growing more and more popular - from milk to tofu, there is an entire spectrum of foods available. However, there are still some controversies over soy. So just how safe is it? And how much should you be eating? Dietitian Orla Walsh separates truth and fiction. Soy comes from ... Read more →

Low fat, high fat? ...make your mind up

Friday 29th September 2017 - Orla Walsh - Irish Independent

A study published in the Lancet journal made the front cover of many newspapers worldwide. The data is from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study and was led by researchers at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences. It followed more than 135,000 people from 18 low-incom... Read more →

Time to hit the gym

Thursday 28th September 2017 - Siobhan Byrne - Irish independent

Over the next four weeks, I'll be going through some of my favourite exercises to do at the gym. Bodyweight exercises always have a place in my fitness routine, and are especially good if you are tight on time or stuck for someone to mind the kids so you can get to the gym. Strengt... Read more →