The Irish Balance Podcast
Episode 46: Podcast Q&A - Habits, Public Health and Finding Balance

Episode 46: Podcast Q&A - Habits, Public Health and Finding Balance

May 25, 2020

Hi guys! Another podcast Q&A style episode with me. This week, I've sat down and recorded a chat answering your questions submitting to my Instagram last week. I discuss how my most important habits, public health and my favourite aspects of it, balancing work and study, and finding balance itself. The questions were quite diverse - thanks to all who submitted questions to me! I asked you guys on my Instagram last week if you'd like a Podcast Q&A episode and the resounding answer was yes, so here you go!

Enjoy - as always, thanks for listening and let me know if you liked this week's recording. Leave a comment, send me a message on Instagram, or tag me in your Instagram stories if you tune in!

Episode 45: Podcast Q&A - How Are You?, Motivation, Balance & Yoga

Episode 45: Podcast Q&A - How Are You?, Motivation, Balance & Yoga

May 17, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of The Irish Balance podcast! This week, I've sat down and recorded a chat answering your questions submitting to my Instagram last week. I discuss how I'm coping with COVID-19, balancing blogging and my work as a public health doctor, motivation and how I got started with yoga. The questions were quite diverse - thanks to all who submitted questions to me! I asked you guys on my Instagram last week if you'd like a Podcast Q&A episode and the resounding answer was yes, so here you go!

 

Enjoy - as always, thanks for listening and let me know if you liked this week's recording. Leave a comment, send me a message on Instagram, or tag me in your Instagram stories if you tune in!

You can find my blog at www.theirishbalance.com . 

Episode 44: Staying Active While Staying Home with Nathalie Lennon

Episode 44: Staying Active While Staying Home with Nathalie Lennon

May 10, 2020

This week on the Podcast, we're talking about staying active while staying at home, and using staying home as an opportunity to figure out ways to move and exercise that are both enjoyable and sustainable. My guest is personal trainer, fitness influencer and nutrition coach Nathalie Lennon (@nathalielennon_ on Instagram), who is also a good friend of mine and an all round positive, inspirational powerhouse of a gal! Nathalie's message is centred around focusing on the mental and physical health benefits exercise can bring us, and ensuring the activity we do is enjoyable and sustainable. 

We discuss different ways to be physically active while following current public health advice and the importance of movement for enjoyment. I loved having this chat with Nathalie and I hope you guys enjoy listening!  If you enjoy this Podcast, as always let myself and Nathalie know - get in touch via Instagram, tag us in your Instagram stories or leave a comment on the Podcast here! 

Episode 43: Looking After Your Heart and Redefining Health with Dr. Nikki Stamp

Episode 43: Looking After Your Heart and Redefining Health with Dr. Nikki Stamp

May 3, 2020

Welcome back to another episode gang! This week, I am joined by Dr. Nikki Stamp, an Australian cardio-thoracic surgeon (@drnikkistamp on Instagram). Nikki trained throughout Australia and holds a Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine with Honors. She also holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in cardiothoracic surgery, and her research is widely published in various medical and surgical journals. Her research includes mentoring and gender in surgery, improving the patient journey and outcomes after cardiac surgery and the way plaque or atherosclerosis forms in our arteries. Her first book, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? has been translated into seven languages and Her second book, Pretty Unhealthy, was released in 2019, and I devoured it this year when it was finally released in Ireland and the UK!

In this episode we discuss heart health, navigating social media and challenges in finding work-life balance as doctors, and, in my favourite part of the episode, we chat about Nikki's latest book Pretty Unhealthy, discussing how we can rethink and redefine what health looks like, while avoiding the health myths and misinformation out there. This was one of the best conversations I've had on the podcast to date, and I hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed recording it! Tag myself and Nikki in your Instagram stories if you tune in! Nikki's website is http://www.drnikkistamp.com/. As always, subscribe to the podcast if you enjoy it and leave a review if you like! Thanks for listening. 

Episode 42: COVID-19 - Your Questions Answered Part 2 with Dr. Laura Lenihan and Dr. Clíodhna Ní Bhuachalla

Episode 42: COVID-19 - Your Questions Answered Part 2 with Dr. Laura Lenihan and Dr. Clíodhna Ní Bhuachalla

April 27, 2020

Welcome back to a much anticipated Part 2 episode of COVID-19 - Your Questions Answered, with GP Dr. Laura Lenihan (@drlauragp on Instagram) and Dr. Clíodhna Ní Bhuachalla, specialist in clinical microbiology and public health physician (@c_ni_bhuachalla on Instagram). If you haven't listened to our Part 1 episode, please do! In this Part 2 conversation, we discuss progress to date in Ireland in relation to measures taken to reduce the burden of COVID-19, the danger of complacency as regards our control over the virus here, the most up to date advice for the Irish general public on the use of facemasks and disposable gloves, what antibody testing is and what it's limitations are, and the importance of not ignoring non-COVID-19 related medical symptoms and signs people might be experiencing. Finally, we discuss the importance of following key public health advice - hand and respiratory hyigene, social/physical distancing, staying home and staying informed. Laura, Cliodhna and I also share what we're finding helpful to mind our mental well-being in the current global pandemic. 

If you enjoy this episode, let us know! Tag us in your Instagram stories (I'm @theirishbalance on IG), leave a comment on the podcast or send us a message! As always, please subscribe to the podcast if you're enjoying it and leave a review if you'd like to, all support is greatly appreciated. Thanks for listening. 

Episode 41: Food Is More Than Fuel With Daniel Davey

Episode 41: Food Is More Than Fuel With Daniel Davey

April 26, 2020

In this week's episode I am joined by performance nutritionist Daniel Davey, who many of you may follow as @daveynutrition on Instagram. Daniel currently works as a nutritionist with Leinster Rugby and Dublin football – his background is in Science as an undergraduate, followed by a Masters in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist. In addition, he has recently published his own fantastic cookbook – Eat Up, Raise Your Game! You can find his newly launched website at https://www.daveynutrition.com/ .

In this episode, we discuss understanding nutrition, challenges to a healthy dietary pattern, what we should know about our three key macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat and protein), and the importance of a healthy relationship with food. I couldn't have enjoyed recording this episode more - Daniel is a wealth of quality and helpful information on all things nutrition and an all round good egg too! As always, let us know if you listen - tag myself and Daniel in your Instagram stories, or leave a comment on the podcast! Please do subscribe and share a review too, all support for the podcast is much appreciated. 

Episode 40: Understanding Gut Health with Orla Walsh

Episode 40: Understanding Gut Health with Orla Walsh

April 19, 2020

In this week's episode, we’re going to focus on looking after our digestive/gut health and chat a little bit about irritable bowel syndrome. I’m absolutely delighted to have as my guest someone who many of you may already follow, and who I’m a big fan of – Irish dietitian Orla Walsh (@orlawalshnutrition on Instagram). Orla qualified as a dietitian from King’s College London, after completing undergraduate studies in physiology, and she also has a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from Roehampton University. Her personal areas of interest in nutrition are weight loss, disordered eating, irritable bowel syndrome and heart health, and she also has been professionally involved in sports nutrition – she was even involved in the nutritional management of several of the Olympic athletes who went to the Rio games in 2016! Orla holds a clinic in the Dublin Nutrition Centre (http://orlawalshnutrition.ie/), and also has a lot of media experience, operating her own epic Instagram account, and contributing frequently to written and radio media. Her Instagram account is a breath of fresh air – equal parts science, a good laugh and a no nonsense approach to communicating nutritional information. 

I hope you guys enjoy this episode - we discuss what gut health is, why our gut bacteria are important, some myths and misinformation on this area, how to improve our fibre intake and what a health bowel habit looks like, and so much more. Tag myself and Orla in your Instagram stories if you tune in - and of course, subscribe to the Podcast if you haven't! Thanks for listening. 

Episode 39: Being Better with Shane Ryan of Fiid

Episode 39: Being Better with Shane Ryan of Fiid

April 13, 2020

In this week's episode, I am joined by a very good friend of mine Shane Ryan. Shane is an entrepreneur in the Irish food business - he is the founder of Fiid, an Irish company whose product, plant-based tasty and healthy convenience meals with a difference, you may have seen on in your local Super Value, Tesco, Spar and also in Sainsburys and Ocado in the UK. The reason I’ve brought Shane on is to share the story of Fiid with you guys, with the aim of helping us all to realise how small changes in our daily lives can help us to be better, both in terms of our physical and mental health, and how these changes can help us to contribute to society as individuals through our lifestyle choices. 

I really hope you enjoy our conversation in this episode and that it resonates with you guys. I'm very grateful to Shane for giving up his time to be my guest this week. You can find more information on Fiid at https://www.eatfiid.com/ and on Instagram at @eatfiid. As always, if you enjoy this episode, let us know! Tag myself and @eatfiid in your Instagram stories, leave a comment here, we'd love to hear from you. If you haven't already, do subscribe to The Irish Balance Podcast! 

Episode 38: COVID-19 - The Challenges Our Pharmacies Face with Laura Dowling

Episode 38: COVID-19 - The Challenges Our Pharmacies Face with Laura Dowling

April 9, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of The Irish Balance Podcast! This week I am delighted to be joined by Irish pharmacist Laura Dowling, who is @fabulouspharmacist on Instagram! Laura is a fantastic person to follow on Instagram - known for her hilarious dance videos and no nonsense approach to communicating health information. I love the insights she provides to our pharmacies in Ireland. In this episode we discuss the challenges our pharmacies face in the COVID-19 pandemic, what Laura loves most about her job and how she navigates social media on top of her day job. We also discuss the key steps we can all take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19. As always, if you enjoy this episode let us know! And don't forget to subscribe to the Podcast if you haven't! Thanks for listening.

Episode 37: COVID-19 - Your Questions Answered with Dr. Laura Lenihan and Dr. Clíodhna Ní Bhuachalla

Episode 37: COVID-19 - Your Questions Answered with Dr. Laura Lenihan and Dr. Clíodhna Ní Bhuachalla

April 6, 2020

I think this is one of my favourite Podcast episodes I have recorded to date. In this episode I'm joined by two fellow doctors - Dr. Laura Lenihan, general practitioner and @drlauragp on Instagram, and Dr. Cliodhna Ní Bhuachalla, specialist in Clinical Microbiology and public health doctor. and @c_ni_bhuachalla on Instagram. It's fantastic to have been able to get the three of us together to discuss COVID-19, both broadly and especially in the Irish context as that's where we all work.

In this episode, we decided to address some commonly asked questions by looking at key areas in relation to COVID-19 - spread/transmission, survival of the virus on surfaces, pregnancy and the key steps we can all take to protect ourselves and our loved ones during this pandemic. 

I want to say a big thank you to both Laura and Clíodhna for giving up their time outside of the valuable work they are doing to record this episode. Hopefully we will be able to record a Part 2 chat soon! If you tune into this episode please do let us know - tag myself @theirishbalance, Laura @drlauragp and Clíodhna @c_ni_bhuachalla in your Instagram Stories, send us a message, or leave a comment on the Podcast. Don't forget to as always subscribe if you haven't and give the Podcast a bit of love so it reaches more people. Thanks for listening. You can find my blog at https://theirishbalance.com/ .