Isolde Gordon, Author at INutrition - Nutrition Cork
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Author: Isolde Gordon

I don’t know about you but being locked down in Ireland meant reducing the amount of trips we made to the supermarket. This suddenly meant becoming an expert at meal planning. It is something I aspired to doing as part of my weekly planning but with the current climate I have finally mastered it! And you can do it too.  We can all benefit from planning our meals. Not just to save money and avoid waste but also to make sure we have the opportunity to eat healthy food at...

With all the extra handwashing these days, treat your paws to a little TLC with this DIY Coffee Scrub. Three ingredients make this a breeze to throw together and, in addition, the essential oils are anti-viral and anti-microbial.   [video width="720" height="720" mp4="http://www.inutrition.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/I-Nutrition-Coffee-Scrub-1.mp4"][/video] DIY Coffee Scrub for Dry Hands With all the handwashing, it's time to treat yourself with a little zing. This coffee scrub is so simple using 3 ingredients for great results. 1 tbsp Coffee grounds2 tbsp Olive oil1 drop Tea tree essential oil1 drop Pine essential oil Mix all ingredients together with...

Who can resist indulging in the festivities at this time of year? Office parties, family get togethers and Christmas drinks with friends. It’s almost what this season is famous for - overdoing it and making sure you have good reason to make those resolutions come new years.  While you may feel it your duty to luxuriate in all the goodies the season has to offer, how do you stay healthy when submerged in a tide of tins of brightly coloured sweeties and toffee nut lattes?   Here’s what to do:   Stay Mindful Keeping an...

This could be the one thing missing from your healthy diet, it’s bone broth.   The benefits of broth or stock extend far beyond the comforting soup or stew given to the ill all around the world. It is not only inexpensive to make but has many advantages to health. For instance, chicken soup, has been reported to help with boosting the immune system and decreasing the length of a cold (1). Not only that, broths contain lots of nutrients including collagen. This is the main component of connective tissue on our body...

Eggs have been given a bad wrap in the past. It was claimed that eating them raised our cholesterol and contributed to heart disease. But the science is in and the myth is over! (1) Eggs are back on the menu and you couldn’t get a more nutritious food than this! Eggs have 13 essential nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin A, E and D. As well as antioxidants beneficial for eye health. The humble egg is also a terrific source of choline, a nutrient necessary for making an important neurotransmitter in the...

Elderberry Syrup At this time of the year, full, luxuriant elderberries droop on the branch of the elder tree almost begging to be picked. The rich dark colours indicate that these small berries are highly pigmented and therefore must have lots of goodness in them. In Irish folklore, the elder tree was considered sacred and prized for its culinary and medicinal uses. August to October is the perfect time for picking elderberries and using them to prepare a delicious concoction to ward off colds and flu coming into the autumn and winter...

I struggle with the state of the world sometimes. The constant noise, the endless to do list, all the things we feel we should be doing: exercising more, eating less, further along in life etc. The chatter on the inside of our heads can often be quite loud. Not to mention the chatter of the outside, what society expects from us, what our families, friends, colleagues and bosses expect from us. We’re in an age where chronic stress is the norm and the level of busyness seems to be a...

We have an intimate relationship with rain on this emerald isle. We have a million and one ways to describe the type of rain and discussing this persistent precipitation is very much part of the Irish vernacular. Be it misty or drizzly, rain means clouds which means lack of sunshine for us. This coupled with spending the majority of our modern lives indoors, high spectrum sunblocks and an almost irrational fear of the sun between 11-3pm means that we are not producing the vitamin through our skin like our ancestors did...

Eating for survival vs eating for pleasure - how our habits have changed from filling up out of necessity to filling the void. Watching the birds on the feeder in the garden, the jackdaws hack at the fat balls as their beaks are too large to get at the nyger seeds or peanuts there. And viewing things from a Nutritionist’s perspective means it was only a matter of time before I contemplated the question - what exactly are we feeding them? How tasty and nutritious can those fat balls be?...

Ever feel that when you’re faced with a challenging situation, you get butterflies in your tummy? Have you experienced a gut-wrenching feeling? When your gut tells you something, do you listen? It’s almost instinctual isn’t it? A physical manifestation of the connection between our brain and our bellies. Let me tell you it is no coincidence that you link your instincts to what your gut says and in this article I hope to brief you on how your gut, that tube starting with your mouth ending in at your anus is an...