Health & Fitness

10 Questions with: Sinead Beasley – Female kick boxing champ!

10 Questions with: Sinead Beasley – Female kick boxing champ!

Sinead Beasley is an Irish kick boxing champion and personal trainer in Fit Studios Fairview. Since winning the female kick boxing championship in Slovenia last year, Sinead is now the “W.A.K.O European Champion” and holds a gold medal for representing her country! This girl is certainly no stranger to hard work, dedication and clean eating – Which is exactly why I thought she’d be brilliant ‘fits... »

Gym Style – All Black Everything

Gym Style – All Black Everything

Not that I need an excuse to wear any more black than I already do, but I heard a great saying “I wear black to the gym because it’s like a funeral for my fat”. As I train 5 days a week with Sophie Kavanagh of No.17 Merrion Square, I go through a lot of gym gear! When I look good I feel good, and that applies in the gym also. Last week I got a pair of “New Balance 574 Black... »

Sophie says… How to stay motivated

Sophie says… How to stay motivated

I often get asked how I stay motivated and what I do to keep focused. The first thing I ask people is what is your goal? if there is no goal in mind and we are constantly winging it, how do we know when to push and when to back off? A After that I ask, have you made the DECISION to make that goal? as a decision is not merely a wish or desire it is something that cuts off all other paths of eventua... »

Fat is the new black.

Fat is the new black.

Choosing the ‘Low fat’ option in the hope to lose a few pounds? Stop, before you go any further – check the nutritional content and you will be shocked to find that the ‘low fat’ version is often higher in sugar, artificial sweeteners and flavourings, than its full fat counterpart. The media, food industry and healthcare systems across the world have name and shamed saturated fat consumption as on... »

Benefits of eating CHIA SEEDS

Benefits of eating CHIA SEEDS

These seeds are little gems! You can put them in everything from salads to smoothies! Find out why you should: Fight Belly Fat Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, this type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health. Get Full Faster Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chi... »

Simple Paleo Diet Breakdown: do’s & don’ts

Simple Paleo Diet Breakdown: do’s & don’ts

        Eggs Unprocessed meat: Turkey (turkey breast, turkey mince, turkey burgers, turkey rashers) Chicken (If buying chicken pieces read the ingredients – some contain gluten, starch, salt, preservatives etc. Better off buying fresh cooked chicken at a deli if you’re on the go) Bacon steak   Fish Green veg (plenty of green veg is key!) Avocado (Amazing for energy & g... »

The Truth Behind ‘healthy’ Cereal bars

The Truth Behind ‘healthy’ Cereal bars

Research by the consumer group Which? in 2012 found that most cereal bars are high in sugar and fat, making their healthy image a “myth”, according to the BBC and The Independent.Using a combination of their research and a bit of my own, I’ve found some of the best and worst cereal bars on our supermarket shelves. The Nutri-Grain Elevenses bar contains nearly four teaspoons of sugar – more than in... »

No More Yo-yo

No More Yo-yo

Going from an art student to a ‘beauty queen’ was a huge transition for me and in many ways the two lifestyles seemed worlds apart. One big change I noticed was my value for food and my diet. When I was in college I ate what I wanted when I was hungry, it was simple. No one noticed or commented on what each other ate and if they did it was usually to ask if they could have some. I took care of my ... »