Arthritis? Me? But I’m only 37…

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A few weeks ago, I got a very surprising diagnosis from my doctor. I am 37 years old – I’m a fitness instructor and Personal Trainer by trade, having recently moved into this area from the IT sector. I love running, interval training, being outdoors, making good food, I’m a wanna-be surfer, an energetic mum-of-one […]

Cocoa Breakin’ My Heart

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As much as I LOVE chocolate (and I really, really do love it), this time of year can be tough for us all, including parents. There are chocolate treats everywhere, and kids expect to get giant Easter eggs, go on chocolate egg hunts, and receive elaborate deliveries from the Easter Bunny… It seems that the […]

Advanced MyFitnessPal – how to get the most from the MFP app

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Many of us have heard of MyFitnessPal, and use it regularly, in particular to calorie-count and track food intake and activity levels. (In case you haven’t used it before, check out this short article for some basic info). It is based on the long-proven concept that tracking and monitoring progress and achieving “mini-wins” makes it […]

Forget detoxing – eat these foods instead

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There’s a lot of talk this month about “detoxing”, or “foods to avoid” and “low fat diets”. But what about what we should eat? If you’re trying to eat well and recover from the excesses of Christmas, here are my Top 8 foods to include on your shopping list (see below for an explanation of […]

The Ultimate Christmas Survival Kit

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As we all know, Rome wasn’t built in a day. But it also wasn’t knocked down in a day either. (Ok, ok – I know it’s not been knocked down. But I’m using poetic licence here and attempting to create a relatable metaphor for our health and fitness so bear with me.) It doesn’t take […]

Top 5 tips to jump-start your energy levels

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If you suffer from a lack of energy, you’re not alone. But there are ways to combat that sluggish feeling. Here are my 5 tips to jump-start your energy levels. Take a look at the videos to get some more info. 1. Drink enough WATER to avoid getting dehydrated – 2 litres per day is […]

Cheap as Chips – but so much healthier

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€5 PER PERSON each day for 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks There’s often a misconception out there that healthy eating is expensive. So a few months ago, I did up a Unislim meal planner for a family of four adults, including all meals AND snacks for an entire week (it even included a bottle […]

Old Mother Hubbard, went to the cupboard…

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After a busy weekend that involved much socializing and not much planning for the coming week, I felt like Old Mother Hubbard on Monday evening, staring into my almost bare cupboard with a rumbling stomach and a 4 year old that is likely to get hangry if not fed regularly. Thankfully, there are a few […]

Macros, macros everywhere, nor a bite to eat

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Until very recently, I was completely unaware of the world domination of counting macros and yet another acronym, IIFYM. I’m all about longevity when it comes to my eating and exercise habits, so I don’t really follow any fads or extreme diets as I find they don’t work for me long-term. Also, if something appears […]

How do you eat yours?

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My childhood memories of Easter are one or two large Easter eggs shared among 5.34 children, where we scavenged and fought tooth and nail for the thickest bit of the Buttons egg, and collapsed at 8.30am, bloated and chocolate-coated. Once the initial sugar hit dropped, we cried into our watery lamb stew and wished that […]