Food friendship
Jan09

Food friendship

Joy Carter: Firstly Happy New Year! Here we are in detox January, a time when many embark down the ‘New Year Resolution Road of diet detox’, but our resident nutrition specialist Sophie Murray advices against sudden choices of famine and explores better avenues… Sophie Murray: Hi again Having been on a few nutritional lectures recently my passion has had an even bigger boost. I am being asked quite a lot about one...

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Hydration, family and you
Jul29

Hydration, family and you

Hydration – does it make a difference if you don’t drink enough? I’m going to give you a typical case study that I have come across – a child, late teens who had constipation. Going to the loo was painful and they were feeling sluggish too – often tiredness prevented them concentrating at school too. It had been such a long term issue that it became a habit and they had almost got used to the symptoms. Because it was embarrassing, it...

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What’s the buzz around nutrition
Jul19

What’s the buzz around nutrition

What’s the buzz around nutrition? By Sophie Murray What’s the buzz around nutrition? Its always in the news – front page news links it every day it to another condition. This week I was reading about Alzheimer’s Disease prevention being linked to food once again in a tabloid paper. And not so long ago I was reading about children’s behaviour affected by what they eat. It seems that finally the message is coming through main...

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5 tips for creating positive family meal times
Jun25

5 tips for creating positive family meal times

In my last post we explored the benefits of family meal times & saw that when more effort is made to create a positive environment for your family to eat together, the less likely your children are to to suffer from depression or become involved in youth crime. Here are my 5 tips to incorporating this beneficial practice into your family’s routine: 1.  Make it a constant in your children’s lives Research shows that...

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Are family meals worth the effort?
Jun01

Are family meals worth the effort?

My parents kitchen table… the most memory infused hunk of wood I’ve ever known. It was a run-of-the-mill, six seater, rectangular object. But right there… family occurred. Between the five of us, we laughed at each others perfect imperfections, we cried over spilt milk, we shared stories, we waged war, mammy’s speciality ‘Irish curry’ was dished up, & repeatedly my little brother’s veg...

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