12 ways to better self-care Because we're worth it! As today kick's off self-care week, Kathy Donaghy asks the experts for tips and advice on how we can build a happier, healthier lives

Wednesday 14th November 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

What does real self-care look like? Sometimes it's doing the hardest things - like getting into a good morning routine and doing a workout even though it's the last thing you feel like. Prioritising your sleep and sorting your finances may not sound like self-care, but the experts say it'll be a w... Read more →

Diabetes: The latest research A staggering 225,840 people are estimated to be living with the disease in Ireland. With World Diabetes Day this Wednesday, our resident dietitian Orla Walsh looks at the most up-to-date advice on managing the condition

Wednesday 14th November 2018 - Orla Walsh - The Irish Independent

Diabetes mellitus (DM) - commonly referred to as diabetes - is now considered an epidemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). From the very young to the very old, it can affect people from all walks of life. The warning signs can be so mild that you don't notice them and that's especially true... Read more →

Early detection saved my life' - Testicular cancer survivor Les Reilly on why all men should check themselves

Monday 12th November 2018 - Arlene Harris - The Irish Independent

Men are notorious for neglecting their health so every November, the Movember campaign aims to raise awareness for male specific conditions and encourage men to be more open about their health and seek help when needed. The campaign has been running in Ireland for ten years, but Les Reilly wa... Read more →

Karl Henry's foolproof plan to get in shape for Christmas: week two

Monday 12th November 2018 - Karl Henry - The Irish Independent

How did you get on with last week's worksheets? Did you put some time aside to plan out your goals for our five-week plan? Did you think a little about what you are going to do over these five weeks? I hope the recipe turned out well - cooking from scratch is so important! Today I want to pro... Read more →

'I had miscarriage and used IVF to conceive our girls,' says Michelle Obama

Monday 12th November 2018 - The Irish Independent

Michelle Obama says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama underwent IVF to conceive their two daughters. “We were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well,” Mrs Obama, 54, writes in her upcoming memoi... Read more →

ust one caffeinated energy drink could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in 90 minutes - study

Friday 9th November 2018 - Geraldine Gittens - The Irish Independent

Just one caffeinated energy drink could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in 90 minutes, a new study has found. Energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster have been linked to stomach, nerve and heart problems in the past, but this study by the University of Texas is one of the first t... Read more →

Seasonal Affective Disorder: All you need to know about therapies for the winter blues

Friday 9th November 2018 - Caomhan Keane - The Irish Independent

The dark, short days of winter can have a profound effect on the mental health of Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers.  A week ago, the clocks went back and while many people celebrated with a well-earned extra hour in bed, for others 60 minutes wasn't nearly enough. For the 7pc who s... Read more →

The water makes your problems seem smaller' - Sea swimming in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold

Friday 9th November 2018 - Kathy Donaghy - The Irish Independent

When the sun shines, there's nothing better than taking a dip in the ocean. But in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold, would you still fancy a swim? The sand is cold underfoot. I look out to sea. It's flat and calm, but the chill in the air runs through my body. I know the water i... Read more →

Simple things we can do to restore the ocean - and how it can heal us

Tuesday 6th November 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

As an island nation with a rising tide of plastic around us, there's a growing awareness of the plight of Ireland's seas. Here, three environmentalists tell Kathy Donaghy the simple steps we can all take to restore the ocean - and how it can heal us, too. It's estimated that there are 51 trillion... Read more →

I would never let anyone ruin my opportunities' - Best chef in the world on dealing with kitchen bullies

Tuesday 6th November 2018 - Geraldine Gittens - The Irish Independent

Clare Smyth, voted the best female chef in the world, has dealt with her fair share of kitchen bullies. The 40-year-old, who was awarded two Michelin stars this year for her restaurant Core, tells that kitchens were places of "fear" when she trained to be a chef. Smyth was the... Read more →