Managing Fussy Eating & Food Refusal
Spectrum Nutrition Blog
by Mary Doyle
2w ago
Many children and young people go through phases of fussy eating, refusing meals and just being more picky with food in general. The term ‘fussy eater’ is often used but is not always a helpful description as it tends to minimise the very real challenges that some children and families can face when it comes to mealtimes. The Reality of Fussy Eating ‘Fussy eating’ is very common, with up to one third of children at the age of 2 years who could be described as fussy eaters. From the age of 18 months, fussier eating patterns can begin to emerge. Children can become worried about tryin ..read more
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5 Tips For Managing Hunger
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by Mary Doyle
1M ago
When trying to lose weight, people often report increased hunger. This can be difficult to manage when trying to eat in a calorie deficit. Here are some tips to manage hunger so that you can feel fuller for longer while losing weight.  1. Eat breakfast  People live such busy lives that they often don’t prioritise breakfast and end up skipping it. This can lead to delayed hunger later in the day meaning people choose larger portion sizes at later meals or snack more. Aiming to have a balanced breakfast containing protein e.g. eggs, low fat yoghurt, smoked salmon or turkey sausages wi ..read more
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7 Tips To Reduce Acid Reflux / Heartburn
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by Mary Doyle
1M ago
Acid reflux is caused by acid in the stomach which travels up towards the throat. People often describe this feeling as heartburn, and it can be quite an unpleasant experience. Here are some diet and lifestyle tips to help you manage and reduce instances of heartburn: Don’t skip meals  Leaving long gaps between meals can make heartburn worse. If you are going more than 4 hours between meals, try and have a healthy snack in between.   Limit coffee Coffee (even decaf) is acidic which can trigger heartburn. Try cutting down and choosing herbal teas instead.   Try no ..read more
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Managing Your Weight At Christmas Time
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by Mary Doyle
2M ago
The festive season is truly in full swing, and so too is the consumption of the many Christmas goodies that we all love - the chocolates, mince pies, Christmas cake, and delicious festive meals and drinks out with friends, to name a few. It’s so important to remember that these foods should be enjoyed at Christmas, and there should not be any stress or guilt attached to having some higher calorie foods or eating a little more than usual at this time of year. It’s important to enjoy and savour the foods you get to eat at Christmas time, and the quality time spent with friends and family that g ..read more
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Upcoming Webinar: Pregnancy Masterclass
Spectrum Nutrition Blog
by Mary Doyle
3M ago
Upcoming Webinar: Pregnancy Materclass Spectrum Health Dietitian Michaela Carrick and Physiotherapist Elaine Hogan will be hosting our upcoming Pregnancy Materclass Webinar, on Wednedsay 6th December 2023, from 6pm to 7.30pm.   This 1.5 hour webinar, led by Spectrum Health Dietitian Michaela Carrick and Physiotherapist Elaine Hogan, will empower you to feel better prepared for pregnancy and labour by optimising your health, both inside and out. Pregnancy is such an exciting time of growth and development, and taking steps to help you have a healthy and safe journey allows for peace ..read more
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5 Key Nutrients For Pregnancy
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by Mary Doyle
3M ago
A healthy and balanced diet is important at all stages of life, but what specific nutrients should you pay special attention to during pregnancy? Check out the 5 essential nutrients for pregnancy below! 1. Calcium  Calcium is an important nutrient for healthy bones and teeth, and it also helps to control your blood pressure. Foods high in calcium include:  Milk or a fortified plant-based alternative  Cheese  Yoghurt  Tinned sardines  Fortified orange juice  When pregnant, you should aim to eat 3 portions of these foods each day. If you are h ..read more
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Understanding Type 2 Diabetes - World Diabetes Day 2023
Spectrum Nutrition Blog
by Mary Doyle
3M ago
It’s World Diabetes Day, so let’s talk about the causes and complications of diabetes and how a dietitian can help you prevent or manage it.   Diabetes affects millions of people worldwide and about 250,000 in Ireland alone. It is a serious long-term health condition that causes high blood sugar levels. The most common type of diabetes in Ireland is type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or managed with help from healthcare professionals, like registered dietitians.   What is Type 2 Diabetes? When you eat a food that has carbohydrates like bread, pasta, potatoes ..read more
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Upcoming Webinar: Let’s Talk About Menopause and Nutrition
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by Mary Doyle
3M ago
Upcoming Webinar: Let’s Talk About Menopause and Nutrition Spectrum Health Dietitian Karen Greer will be hosting our upcoming health webinar, Let’s Talk About Menopause and Nutrition, on 28th November 2023, from 6pm to 7pm.   This one-hour webinar, taking place via Zoom, will empower you to gain a better understanding of the role diet and nutrition play in supporting the journey through perimenopause, menopause and post menopause.  Menopause is a time of significant change in the body, and with it can come physical symptoms which can sometimes be difficult to manage. Taking ste ..read more
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Well-Designed Vegan Diet - World Vegan Day 2023
Spectrum Nutrition Blog
by Mary Doyle
4M ago
The 1st of November marks World Vegan Day, and to celebrate, Spectrum Nutrition Dietitian Dillon Griffin talks us through the key nutrients that need some extra consideration when following a vegan diet, to ensure nutritional intake is being optimised. Check out the 8 key nutrients for vegans to consider below!  1. Protein Protein is an essential nutrient in everyone’s diet for growth and repair, among many other functions. When we consider protein in a vegan diet we have to ensure that we are getting good quality protein as well as an optimal quantity of protein. Proteins are made up of ..read more
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Quick & Healthy Halloween Snacks For Kids
Spectrum Nutrition Blog
by Mary Doyle
4M ago
Halloween treats don’t just have to consist of chocolate and sweets - we have some super quick and super fun healthy and spooky snack recipes for you to try out this Halloween. Check them out below! 1. Spooky Pumpkins Add a celery stick to the centre of a satsuma to create a mini spooky pumpkin! 2. Banana Ghosts Cut a banana in half and add 2 eyes and a nose to each piece, along with a drizzle of melted chocolate. 3. Sweet potato pumpkin faces  Slice your sweet potatoes into circles. Cut a face shape into each sweet potato circle. Place on a baking tray and coat with a ..read more
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