Diet and Fitness

Probiotics: there’s more to it than gut instinct

EVERY human gut contains trillions of bacteria: it’s a startling figure, but here’s another that is just as arresting — the probiotic market, aimed at maintaining a healthy gut, is worth a whopping €25 billion worldwide. 

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Shape I’m In: Jacinta Whyte

ACTRESS and singer, Jacinta Whyte, says there is not enough work in Ireland for young people to build a career in musical theatre. 

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Facing up to this year’s new foundations

A KEY component of autumn’s ’no make-up’ make-up trend is a flawless complexion, and right on time, a ton of the big beauty brands have unveiled their latest foundation formulations. 

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Work off that excess post holiday baggage with this high intensity workout

Amanda Khouv  puts together this high-intensity circuit that’s guaranteed to burn calories and torch fat and which is perfect for a post-holiday blitz. 

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How to get killer nails this autumn

Take your cue from the catwalks with this season’s nail trends. Katie Wright shows you how to polish up your autumn look.

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Shape I’m In: Caroline Morahan

TV presenter Caroline Morahan is proud to be Irish but there’s one thing she is happy to embrace about her life in LA: alcohol awareness.

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Shape up your shoulder in four easy steps

Transform your upper body by sculpting your shoulders in minutes, says Amanda Khouv. 

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The Shape I’m In: Jamie Heaslip

SCROLL down through Jamie Heaslip’s Twitter page and you’ll see a shot of his man brunch: double eggs, sunny side up over a mountain of diced beetroot and roast swede. 

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Good food for kids made from crumbs

SINCE you had children, has cooking changed? Sisters Claire and Lucy McDonald pose a question that will resonate with many parents.

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8 streaky rashers put to the taste test

STREAKY rashers are an excellent standby to rustle up an easy meal and will lift all sorts of dishes.

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Shape I’m In: Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

SCIENCE is where it’s all at for former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. 

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Get fit with ZUU and train like an animal

Get in touch with your inner primate for some serious strength and fitness benefits to suit all levels.

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Ready, steady cook with Neven Maguire

TAKE out your stopwatch and try the following experiment: phone in your favourite takeaway order and wait for it to arrive.

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Obesity link to artificial sweeteners

Sugar-free sweeteners could increase glucose intolerance and diabetes risk by affecting bacteria in the gut, a study has suggested.

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Perk of the day - ground coffee put to the taste test

THERE are plenty of good cafés in Ireland and they have given us a taste for good home brews. 

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Alison Comyn: "I've never been more at ease with myself"

AT THE age of 14, Alison Comyn cycled every day to Bettystown beach during to summer to work in a newsagents, “pulling ice creams so I could have my own money”.

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Derval O’Rourke reveals her fuel for body and mind

THE 2004 Greek Olympics was a “wake-up call” for Derval O’Rourke. A bout of severe food poisoning and appendicitus meant she was in hospital for six days just four weeks before the games. Doctors’ advice was to remove her appendix, skip the games, and recover.

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Rosanna Davison: The Shape I’m In

IT’S not unusual for top Irish model Rosanna Davison to wake up in the morning to find two males in her bed — her husband Wesley Quirke and their pet dog Ted.

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On course to shift that weight gain

THERE’S a clever adage that describes middle age as the time when your broad mind and your narrow waist trade places.

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Simple calorie savers

A NEW survey, from Evoke.ie, shows the average adult munches their way through 3,440 calories every day. This is nearly 10,000 more calories a week than we need.

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Undo summer indulgence with 2 moves in 4 minutes

If you worked your butt off to get your bikini body, but treated yourself just a little too much on holiday, fear not. 

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Top 8 cereal bars: A fast fuel fix

Fuel your child for a high-energy day at school with the right foods.

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Shape I’m In: Angeline Ball, TV cook

SINGER, actress and more recently TV cook, Angeline Ball is a woman of many parts. 

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Moves to a flat belly

A toned stomach is what every woman wants, right? You can soon have one, too, says Amanda Khouv.

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Food focus: Tennis star Novak Djokovic claims eliminating gluten from his diet made him clearer in mind and spirit.

Going against the grain and banishing gluten from your diet

WORLD tennis number one Novak Djokovic is a man who knows a lot about discipline. 

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Shape I’m In: Valerie Mulcahy puts best foot forward

DURING the recent public outpouring about a sexist (or sexy depending on your viewpoint) article on women’s rugby, Cork GAA star player Valerie Mulcahy refused to be drawn into the drama.

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Shape I’m In: John Creedon

IF John Creedon was a weather condition, he would probably be described as a warm, westerly breeze coming in from the Atlantic. And it blows through all aspects of his world - work and play.

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Top 8 tomato ketchup tested

KETCHUP originated in the East as a type of spicy sauce often made with soya, but today it usually means any kind of vinegar-based accompaniment for food. 

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Change your body

HANDS up if you’d like the sleek and slender silhouette of a ballet dancer? Yes, you and just about everyone else.

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High notes

CREATIVITY is my greatest joy — it’s something I inherited from my mother," says legendary songwriter and singer Jimmy MacCarthy.

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Safe smoking

CHOMPING into juicy burgers at summer barbecues, few people will spare a thought for the health risks of al fresco dining.

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Many women are defying their age and embracing their looks

IT’S obviously a First World problem — but within the context we live in, continually bombarded by mass media “anti-ageing” messages, how do we deal with the loss of our youthful looks as we still live on for decades afterwards?

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Shape I’m In: Paul Linehan, Frank & Walters

PAUL Linehan, lead singer with the enduring Cork band the Frank & Walters, is in creative mode. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Work that booty: Your guide to a bikini-perfect behind

Put your bottom at the top of your workout priorities for a bikini-perfect behind.

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Planning ahead: Malcolm O'Kelly talks life after retirement

WHEN Malcolm O’Kelly, 40, retired from international rugby in 2010, he had no clear career plans in place.

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Dining al desko: Could eating lunch at your desk make you fat?

THERE’S a good reason the word wizards took the phrase ‘dining al fresco’ and turned it into the rather ugly ‘dining al desko’ — an estimated 63% of Irish workers eat lunch at their desks.

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Shape I’m In: Bryan Dobson, RTE newscasater

RTÉ newscaster Bryan Dobson knows the value of effective communication.

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Personal Trainer in your pocket: The best workouts from a new keep-fit App

JESSIE J once sang the words ‘nobody’s perfect’, but with her hot, new Nike+ Training Club workout, Wild Alive High Intensity Workout, we may not be far off.

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Top 8 crisps TESTED

WITH their full-on flavour and satisfying crunch, crisps are one of life’s simple pleasures.

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Hit the dance floor

Burn loads of calories, boost your co-ordination, and get shimmying with Zumba’s hot new workout.

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Shape I’m In: Blake Morrison, poet and author

BRITISH poet and author Blake Morrison has earned a strong international reputation for his work, wining a string of literary awards along the way.

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(Junk) food for thought

Why are our waistlines expanding by the year? Clodagh Finn turns to health author Sarah Boseley to find out what’s wrong with the way we eat today.

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More please: Niamh O'Dwyer of Organic Little Ones with Lucy Clinton and Sophia Murnane at the launch of Organic Little Ones.

BITES FOR TINY TOTS - Healthy convenience food for your baby

IT SEEMS that mother really does know best, particularly when it comes to baby food.

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3, 2, 1...

3, 2, 1… blast off! Need a workout that’ll take you to another dimension? 

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The Shape I’m In: Teodora Sutra, model

Toned, tall and stunning, Teodora Sutra was born to be a model. 

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TOP 8 Ice creams TESTED

FINDING a nice iced treat was an easy task this year. Terrific flavours, in all shapes and sizes make for a luxury-filled summer.

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3, 2, 1... blast off

Need a workout that will take you to another dimension? Try rocket yoga.

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Shape I’m In: Eoghan McDermott, Presenter

PRESENTER Eoghan McDermott knows how to make a big entrance.

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So long CELLULITE

Don’t let cellulite keep you out of short shorts. It’s completely normal – and not dangerous or unhealthy.

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Men, here’s how to perfect your love line

A six-pack is no longer the Holy Grail for men who want a buffed physique – now it’s all about the inguinal crease.

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Time to eat your WEEDS

THE next time you see a dandelion pushing its unwelcome head through the soil in your well-tended herbaceous border, consider this: dandelions are more nutritious than most of the vegetables in your garden.

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Shape I’m In: Brendan Courtney

Brendan Courtney is having a big fashion moment. He has just launched an app, frockadvisor, with his business partner Sonia Lennon.

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Work out for your body shape

Are you lean, long or curvy? Whatever your body type, we’ll help you sculpt a hot bod for summer

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4 ways to blast fat in 15 mins

Want to get on the fast track to fat loss? All you need is 15 minutes. Doing regular exercise is a no-brainer if you want to achieve serious results.

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Shape I’m In: Dave Kearney, Rugby Player

FROM the family farm in the Cooley Peninsula, Co Louth, to the grounds of the Aviva stadium, rugby player Dave Kearney’s life has largely been lived out on the green fields of Ireland. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Tune into feelings to stop overeating

When stressed, upset or angry, many reach for a treat. Clodagh Finn talks to Dr Jane McCarthy about finding an alternative response.

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Shape I’m In: Paddy Casey, singer/song writer

IT’S always been about the music for singer/song writer Paddy Casey. From Crumlin in Dublin, he dropped out of school when he was about 13 to follow his passion.

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Tech a break to work out

Think you don’t have time for exercise and relaxation? Take a step away from the smartphone or laptop and you may be surprised at what you can achieve.

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Top 8 sourdough tested

SOURDOUGH is the new quinoa, the pesto, the sun-dried tomato, the hand-cooked crisps, the pomegranate molasses of recent years.

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Shape I’m In: Declan Sinnott, musician

THE first night Declan Sinnott stood in front of an audience in 2012 to perform from his solo album I Love The Noise It Makes he all but died on stage. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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5 moves for hot legs

Dare to bare with this lower-body routine that’ll perfect pins in a flash.

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>> Gwyneth Paltrow describes Dr Lipman's health plan as essential for the exhausted.

Are you easily exhausted? Revive yourself in just six weeks

If you struggle to get out of bed in the mornings try the advice of Dr Frank Lipman, health guru to A-listers like Gywneth Paltrow.

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