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Yogalicious – Fraoch Yoga Retreat in the Gyreum Ecolodge

For years I’ve been hearing about the phenomenal Fraoch Yoga retreats runs by Fiona (Fink) Hallinan and Luna Dolezal in the Gyreum Ecolodge and Coolattin Lodge in Wicklow.

Last month I got the chance to tag along, help out and see one of these amazing weekends in action.
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Mermaid Fit – Free Diving Course with the Surf Girls

So sometimes you plan a good weekend and you think “hey this could be kind of cool”. Other times you plan a weekend with some of your besties (and long standing surf crew) and then it ends up being THE MOST AWESOME WEEKEND EVER. Which is exactly what happened. Free diving, crazy party girl dancing and a little Magic Mike to boot. That’s for another post though, this is all about the ocean! Read More

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Amazing New Irish Product – This is Seaweed Sea Spaghetti with Smoked Salmon and Pesto

IMG_0142This is one of my favourite recipes to play around with, it’s simple, wows guests no end and earns you some serious foodie credits. Made with a favourite new ingredient of mine, from a local Irish company This Is Seaweed’s (check out their site here) sea spaghetti, it can be whipped up in under a half hour.

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Ireland’s Blue Economy and Green Food – Nutramara Conference 2015

nm1 So naturally when I found there was going to be a conference that married marine biology, with sports nutrition, functional foods and artisan food producer, I literally shook with excitement. All my babies in one place!
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Meathead Caffeine – Simple Protein Coffee to Kick Sugar’s Ass

protein coffee 2I’d like to blame a fast metabolism, but whatever it is, no matter how massive my breakfast I just HAVE to have something by 11am.
A little trick I found a while ago when I didn’t have any protein treats to hand (and didn’t want to give into a sugary coffee) was to add a half or whole scoop of my favourite vanilla protein to my caffeine hit of the day.
This recipe is also great if you’ve already incorporated whey protein into your diet, but are getting seriously bored of protein shakes! Here I’ve added quick and simple directions what will put a spring in your step and help you fight off the sweet tooth demons while those around you are tucking into a muffin with coffee!
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Insanely Easy Almond Milk

So after lots of times watching wonderful youtubers making delicious looking almond milk with Vitamix things, food processors and muslin bags, I decided to have a crack at it myself. I’ve been a bit bored with my coffee lately and thought almond protein coffee would be pretty slick.


Yep my almond milk bottle is yellow, just to freak out guests

However I  had no plans to leave my house and go to Mothercare, be seen by friends mothers and start rumours about being “up the Damien” – preggo to non Irish folk – and also didn’t feel like investing beyond my already well loved hand blender.

So after some messing about and lots of giggling about bags that look like cow udders, I perfected my insanely simple recipe and was smugly offering guests homemade almond milk for their porridge and coffees.

I implore, no demand, that you try is recipe, it will make all those store bought almond milks seem junky and wildy expensive and its simple as anything and cheap as chips!
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Marine Biologist’s Guilt – My Top 5 Tips for Eating Seafood Sustainably

From fitness magazine articles to government health adverts, we are constantly hearing about how essential seafood is to a healthy balanced diet. White fish and shellfish are a great source of protein, while oily fish like mackerel are a perfect source of omega fatty acids, i.e. the good fats.


 

“Hmm maybe I’ll have lobster for dinner”

On the first day of my Marine Biology Masters, my class mates cast me appalled and disapproving looks when I admitted I ate seafood. I figured, hey Arial ate it too, but no one ever talks about that! As the year went on however, I began to feel more and more guilty about the chowing down on my favourite protein source.

Determined not to feel deprived, but not not to be a bollox to the ocean – my source of relaxation and play – I set out to find the simplest ways to eat more sustainable seafood. I’m dying to share it with you, so to keep it simple I’ll cut out the year of reading scientific papers for you – most of which was fairly traumatising anyway.
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Everybody’s Ice Cream

When I’m doing the catering up at the Gyreum Ecolodge, I’ve noticed that nothing can make someones spirits drop faster then realising they can’t have the desert. Be it veggies and gelatin, vegans and dairy, allergy folk and nuts or coeliacs and gluten.

As a major desert fancier and all round sweet toothed fiend I was very sad for these folks. The ice cream recipe below so far has only come up against one contender who couldn’t have too much potassium, but otherwise its basically everyone friendly being : gluten free, vegan, nut free and paleo friendly!

It’s a dead simple to make “ice cream” that doesn’t involve any fancy machines.


 

Banana, Cocoa and Macha “Ice Cream” Layers

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This one is the choco and banana variety, the macha was eaten to fast to be photographed. Oops!


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Notions in the Ocean

I’m one of those extremely hyperactive people who can basically only rest if they’re really sick.

So to allow myself some downtime, I’ll trick my brain by reading books that are sort of like study. Yah, nerdy I know, but what can you do?

On a recent trip to Norway with one of my besties Fiona (her blog Coffee Stains and Contemplation here, she has the most awesome musings on everything caffeine related and non) we discovered the Kon Tiki Museum, dedicated to the adventures of the late Thor Heyerdahl.
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Where’s the Fat Gone?

Strangely for someone with a scientific background, who studied biology in college, it took my ages to process the idea of where fat went as you lost weight.

Did the weight loss fairy take it away at night? Was it being eaten up by my body during those cardio/HIIT sessions that made me want to cry?

Recently I came across this Tedx talk by Ruben Meerman (his site here) and was blown away by how he made what was complex and indigestible in college, easy to understand in 20 minutes of the day. I watch a criminal amount of Tedx talks, but that’s a story for another day!

I won’t spoil the surprises, but the simplicity is staggering. So many companies and publications try to make fat loss confusing, so its refreshing when someone lays it all out on the table. Zero mystery!

Do you know any other fitness problems that can be explained in a really simple way?