I’ve always been interested in health and nutrition. Over the last number of years as I started to research cleaner skincare products for you, I came across lots of research about the power of food on our health. This led me down lots of Google rabbit holes but eventually I found my way towards my definition of healthy which is what I like to call a whole food, plant-strong diet. It ticked a lot of boxes for me, not just health but also for its positive impact on the environment. No matter what your nutritional dogma, all nutritional experts agree on one thing – that we need to eat more fruit and veg and less processed food. I read lots of books, watched movies and did a couple of courses.
Finally, armed with my arsenal of information, I set out to change… Not so easy, living in Ireland with kids and husbands and social occasions and our culture of meat and two veg! And if I’m brutally honest, I have a strong emotional connection with food and often use it to reward, relax, relieve stress – you get the picture.
But despite the odds and the objections from family, I jumped on board and felt amazing. My skin cleared, I toned up, felt full of energy and powered up by plants.
I was slightly concerned about being nutritionally deficient so I searched online for someone in Ireland to help me and I found a real gem – the Healthy, Fit & Vibrant programme by Dr Ailis Brosnan. Her programme really resonated with me because it is evidence-based, terribly practical and holistic in that she views health as what we eat, how we move and how we think. With a very clear structure, easy to prepare and tasty recipes, mindset audios to drive your goals and a Facebook community for support. And exercise is her thing – she is an amazing athlete and boy did she get me moving – I was on my bike to work every day and doing Park Runs. Fast forward to now. Well, let’s just say I had the mother of all excuses to drop all my healthy practices with the renovations and being short one full-time staff member. Not a good look!
Well excuses over because the renovations are complete and our new Clinic Co-Ordinator starts on Monday. This extra pair of hands will allow me to step back and put the ‘me’ back into my self-care. Coincidentally, Dr Brosnan’s next online course also starts Monday and since I signed up once, I have lifetime access to all future courses. I’m sharing this for two reasons:
- Perhaps you’d like to kickstart your own healthy habits and need some motivation? You’re welcome to follow along with me – I plan to share little updates on the Roches social media accounts over the coming weeks. It can be as small as deciding to have a 10 minute walk every day or drinking more water and we’d love to hear what you are doing.
- You can all hold me accountable 😉
Stay tuned on our social media channels to see how I get on! And please, feel free to join in, strike up a conversation, ask questions, I look forward to connecting with you.
nutritionfacts.org (Dr Micheal McGregor’s site)
The Committee for Responsible Physicians (Dr Neil Barnard), Dr Cauldwell Esselstyn, Dr Colin T Campbell, The China Study.
Movies: Forks over Knives, What the Health, Cowspiracy
Dr Ailis Brosnan’s course: ailisbrosnan.com/healthy-fit-and-vegan