Six months on whole-food, plant-based diet doesn't need to be boring

Valerie O’Connor has spent the last six months on a whole-food, plant-based diet but finds that eating in restaurants now has become really boring — though tasty options are straightforward with a bit of imagination.    

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Tranquilliser trap: The pain of pill addiction

In 2015, almost 900,000 prescriptions were written for just two benzodiazepine drugs, with users becoming heavily dependent on them — often with painful results, says Helen O’Callaghan.    

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GentleBirth method already helping mums 'wired for fear' before childbirth

Arlene Harris hears how the GentleBirth method is helping expectant mums and dads have easier, more relaxed birthing experiences.

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Osteoarthritis can affect anyone at any age

Osteoarthritis can strike at any age, writes Abi Jackson.

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Natural Health with Megan Sheppard: Benefits of organic foods and glucosamine

I have read that organic foods are the same nutritionally as conventionally grown produce. Am I wasting my money on organic foods?

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We only have great sex on holiday, how about at home?

My husband and I have such great sex when we’re on holiday — but as soon as we’re home it becomes quite boring and monotonous again. How can I keep the holiday spirit alive at home?

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Take it to the limit - burning fat in less than 30 minutes

Get your strongest summer body with this workout that will build lean muscle mass and burn fat – fast.

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The Shape I’m In: Hilda Fay

MISS Hannigan may be a raging alcoholic who’s criminally cruel to the children in her care but for actor Hilda Fay it’s a role she’s wanted for more than 20 years.

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We only have great sex on holiday, how about at home?

My husband and I have such great sex when we’re on holiday — but as soon as we’re home it becomes quite boring and monotonous again. How can I keep the holiday spirit alive at home?

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Natural Health with Megan Sheppard: Benefits of organic foods and glucosamine

I have read that organic foods are the same nutritionally as conventionally grown produce. Am I wasting my money on organic foods?

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Working life: Clinical psychologist Mark Smyth

Mark Smyth is a senior clinical psychologist at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

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Picking the right foods can help get you through the day in work

YOU know the ritual. It’s nearing slump o’clock on a workday afternoon and you find yourself rooting around in your pocket for change for the vending machine.

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It's My Life: My biggest mistake?

YESTERDAY I overheard two women chatting. One said to the other, “That was the biggest mistake of my life.”

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Video shows expectant mums how to stay safe when driving for two

Belt protects mum and unborn baby, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Ageing with attitude: Rallying Rosemary Smith is still mad for road

Margaret Jennings speaks to a trailblazer who has defied gender stereotypes, and is defying age stereotypes in a viral Formula One video for Renault.

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More research needed on artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners may cause obesity and increase the risk of diabetes, says new study.

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Video shows expectant mums how to stay safe when driving for two

Belt protects mum and unborn baby, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Fit for business: Kathryn Thomas gives us the inside scoop to Pure Results

It began with weekend bootcamps. Now, as Pure Results grows from strength to strength, Kathryn Thomas and her sister Linda are turning their attention to the corporates. Vickie Maye meets the team and puts the programme to the test

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HIIT workouts to get you motivated to train

Stay inspired and enjoy exercise with this challenge HIIT workout, says Amanda Khouv

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IT’S MY LIFE: Tric Kearney looks back at her life as a student nurse

AS a student nurse in the ’80s sexism was alive and well and a lot more blatant than it is today. Despite the fact it seriously annoyed me, I often ignored it believing most men thought it a bit of fun rather than insulting.

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Getting the right holiday balance for kids of all ages

Arlene Harris, who goes on holidays with her teen boys, asks experts about how to balance respecting older children’s need for independence with responsible parenting

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Rising to challenge of aerial arts is a lifesaver

 Receiving a diagnosis of the bone-wasting disease osteoporosis led a Californian woman into a pole dancing career, says Margaret Jennings

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The Shape I’m In: Brenda Donohue

“Last week I cried at ‘The Young Offenders’ movie... happy tears”

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‘Miracle plant’ aloe vera is versatile and powerful

Abi Jackson gives seven reasons to fall in love with aloe vera this summer 

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Baby bonding with your bump

Kate Whiting on interacting with the little one growing inside you

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I felt ‘someone was listening’

Helen O’Callaghan talks to a mum whose child has MMA

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Is attachment parenting too close for comfort?

Tamara Ecclestone believes attachment parenting is the best way to raise her young daughter. But the approach does not work for every parent or baby, writes Helen O’Callaghan

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: 'My wife and I only have sex on Saturdays'

My wife and I are always so busy during the week that we’ve decided to save sex for the weekends. But since we started this six months ago, I’ve noticed that we argue quite a lot more and are more snippy with each other.”

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Natural Health with Megan Sheppard: How to clear a blocked tear duct

My son has had a blocked tear duct since he was a newborn. He is now 16 weeks old and it still doesn’t seem to be clearing up. Is there anything natural that we can use? The doctor has told me not to worry and that it will clear by itself, but I feel concerned because there has been no change so far.

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Working Life: Rebecca Loughry, social inclusion specialist

Rebecca Loughry, specialist in social inclusion, HSE and Cork City Council

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Mind your language when discussing age

Margaret Jennings says the words we use to describe older people often focusses on their frailty, yet most over-65s live independent lives

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Donald Trump's focus on Caitriona Perry’s looks just another example of everyday sexism

Donald Trump highlighted Caitriona Perry’s beauty but we have plenty of similar things happening in this country, writes Barbara Scully

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Seven differences between coeliac disease and gluten intolerance

Coeliac disease and gluten intolerance are different things, writes Lisa Salmon

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The shape I'm in: Seán Keane, singer

IN John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Mexican pearl diver, Kino, basks in the ‘song of the family’. On the other side of the ocean, traditional Irish singer, Seán Keane, also has a family song, titled ‘Home’.

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It's My Life: Tric Kearney

WHAT is it that attracts us to each other? Looks? Personality? Humour? 

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Sweet dreams for little minds

Helen O’Callaghan on getting babies to sleep at night

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New Pieta House initiative aims to build resilience in young teens

Áilín Quinlan hears about a new educational initiative run by Pieta House which targets early teens and aims to boost inner strength

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Marketed fruit waters can contain just as much sugar as fizzy drinks

Andrea Mara hears how marketed fruit waters can contain as much sugar as cola and other fizzy drinks, and why the Super Troopers health programme is delivering results.  

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson - His stale breath in the morning is a turn-off

My boyfriend likes sex in the morning. So do I, but I’m often conscious of my morning breath, and frankly his mouth doesn’t smell its best at that time either.

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The Shape I'm In: Sinéad Kennedy

Sinéad Kennedy has her mind made up. She is leaving the capital and returning to live in her native Cork with husband, naval officer Conor Kirwan.

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