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Recipe: Pink Ombre Spring Fool

Spring has totally sprung here in Ireland.  I love this time of the year when the place starts to burst with vibrant colours as the flowers begin to bloom. When I was growing up we had a weeping cherry blossom tree in our front garden and our street was lined with cherry blossom trees so […]

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How to Stay Healthy over Easter

Have a Healthy Easter

Easter is up there with Christmas and Halloween as a holiday with a lot of sweet temptations which may see even the most healthy person over indulge in the hard-to-resist array of chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and other treats on offer.  And oh, did I mention all the chocolate? But it can be easy to […]

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Spotlight on Stress: How Stress Can Mess With Your Healthy, Happy, Glow

How Stress Can Mess With Your Healthy Happy Glow

The American Medical Association has recognised stress as the basic cause of more than 60% of illnesses and diseases and it’s thought that 75% – 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related complaints.  I don’t know about you, but to me that seems a lot!!  And whether or not you live in the […]

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Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

  When I was younger, Mother’s Day usually consisted of me making my Mum breakfast in bed.  French toast, orange juice and a cup of tea was the menu of choice and the card was pretty much always home-made.  I lost my Mum to cancer when I was 17 so I haven’t celebrated Mother’s Day […]

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The Language of Love

“All of us blossom when we feel loved”  Gary Champman Given that it’s Valentine’s Day later this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about love and relationships.  We all know that having friends or being in a romantic relationship makes us feel good emotionally but did you know that good relationships can keep you healthy […]

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Staying healthy when travelling

I’m heading off to France this weekend for a few days.  Staying healthy when travelling can be tricky when you can’t rely on your ‘go-to’ shops and restaurants for food, your usual workout routine and your bed-time routine.  It gets even trickier when, like me you suffer from an autoimmune disease and follow a restricted […]

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Let the Sunshine In! Why you need some Vitamin D!

Sunshine Vitamin D

Vitamin D is frequently called the “sunshine vitamin.” Every tissue in the body has Vitamin D receptors, including the brain, heart, muscles and immune system.  It assists with the absorption of calcium helping to build strong bones, teeth and muscles.  It also activates genes that regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine, serotonin) […]

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Benefits of Exercise (and weight loss isn’t one of them)

This time of year gym memberships sky-rocket and exercise classes are packed out with people who are eager to lose the pounds they put on over Christmas.  But looking at exercise as just a means to lose weight is really short sighted as weight loss is just an added bonus if it happens. Exercise is […]

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Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude!

Gratitude quote

As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the habits I’m cultivating in 2015 is the habit of practicing gratitude as it can have a great impact on getting a healthy, happy glow. In Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book The How Of Happiness, she says how 50% of our propensity for happiness is based on a […]

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Hello 2015!! New Year…. New Healthy Habits

new year

  Yes, I’m probably behind the rest of the world but today is the beginning of my new year. Let me explain.  Today is the day I go back to work and leave the holidays behind.  While everybody else has been making (and maybe already breaking) resolutions I’ve hung out in holiday mode for the […]

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