FAST FOOD CULTURE CRIPPLING SOCIETY

Over the last number of years, I have invested quite a significant amount of time into the whole area of nutrition, trying to understand it a little better, with the goal of acquiring enough information to decide upon the best way to fuel my body. 

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S T O P

This morning I was outdoors running in the countryside.  It was a brilliant feeling to be healthy enough to run 7 miles earlier, in the fresh air, after a very demanding week. 

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LET'S TRUMP OBESITY

Did you know that one third of the entire planets population is now recorded as being obese?  This morning as I was making my way into work, two pieces of information disturbed me 1) 23% of children in N Ireland are now living in poverty 2) 30% of children in N Ireland are now obese.

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WHY WE TRI

Today seen the start of my triathlon season, with the Firmus spirit triathlon up in Derry.  It was an early start with the Alarm shouting at me from 5.30am, and by the time i was registered, got all my gear to transition and into the wetsuit, it felt like I had a days work done.

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WORLD MS DAY 2017

I remember it like yesterday sitting on a beach in Mauritius when my body came under attack in an instant in the Summer of 2006.  My right arm went pins and needles and over a period of 24 hours this sensation travelled right throughout my whole body.

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5 REASONS TO DO AN IRONMAN TRIATHLON

Due to the scale and nature of the Ironman challenge its quite difficult to explain to someone what the experience was like in terms of the event itself, the six months hard grind you need to put in regarding the training program, and the way in which it completely takes over a significant period of your life,

 

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WHAT THE HEALTH

Thank god that's the end of April. Let me explain, I've nothing against the month persay, however over the last four or five weeks my body came under some kind of attack probably as a result of the MS, and normal daily tasks that each of us tend to take for granted became very difficult. 

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AN ULTRA EASTER

Hard to believe that the Easter holidays are upon us already with a quarter of 2017 now gone. It's frightening how quick time continues to move ahead and if you are like me, contstantly on the go, busy with work and home life, holiday periods suddenly arrive upon us out of the blue.

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THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?  Why do you even need vitamin D?   This week Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin was back in the news with most of the media outlets running stories telling us to increase our intake of this vitamin that some now refer to as a wonder drug.

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#GETITDONE

If you are like me you’ll have been glad to see the back of January.  It’s a difficult enough month for most people as they have the overhang of Christmas to deal with, new bills arriving in the post and that subconscious expectation of setting new goals and getting healthier, feeling happier and promising yourself you are going to make a lot more effort this new year.  Into the bargain I had a brutal virus to deal with so January, see you again next year my friend.

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FIVE OF THE BEST - 2016

I only really started to read books around 2010, and it has been a great help to me on a personal and business sense in the last five years.  I read over fifty books this year and it was hard to narrow it down to five of my favourite but I think the works below deserve a special mention.  None of i'm sure will disappoint.

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EXERCISE - THE MAGIC BULLET

"It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigour." Marcus Tullius Cicero

There are many reasons why physical activity is good for your body – having a healthy heart and improving your joints and bones are just two, but what is becoming more apparent with a lot of the research being created in the last ten years is the connection between exercise and good mental health.

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HOW TO GET AHEAD

Over the last few months many people have came up to me and asked me various questions around my Ironman adventures, nutrition and my health.  People appear genuinely intrigued how I have been able to go from someone who was very ill living with MS only a few years ago, to the person I am today which is primarily someone who appears strong, vibrant, fit and full of energy.

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THE GREEK DOCTOR

I don’t know about you, but don’t you think over the last ten to fifteen years more and more people appear to be getting sick.  Cancer, diabetes, mental health, and addiction to name a few are ripping through our homes and our communities.  Our doctor’s surgeries are full of sick people, young and old, and our friends and relatives lie in trolleys in hospital corridors waiting to be seen by a triage nurse.

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Multiple Sclerosis

In the last seven days news broke that Dr. Denise Fitzgerald and her team at Queens University Belfast have secured new funding to the tune of £2M to continue with research that hopefully one day will lead to them finding a combination of drugs that is able to reverse the damage caused by Multiple Sclerosis.

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