The Irish Balance Podcast
Episode 36: COVID-19 and Minding Your Mental Health with Joe O’Brien

Episode 36: COVID-19 and Minding Your Mental Health with Joe O’Brien

April 2, 2020

This episode is all about minding our mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. My guest today is Joe O'Brien - trainee health psychologist, educator, researcher and writer, and creator of the @headfirst0 Instagram page and the Head First podcast. Joe has been a guest on my podcast previously (check those episodes out if you haven't already!), and I'm very grateful to him for giving up some time to come back on to chat about mental well-being in the current situation we find ourselves in.

We discuss the uncertainty we all face, using daily routine to take back a sense of control over our day, maintaining a balance between staying informed and avoiding information overload, and the importance of using technology to maintain social connection while we are being asked to stay far apart. I hope you guys enjoy this episode - if you give it a listen, tag us in your stories, let myself and Joe know what you thought, and thank you for tuning in! 

Episode 35: COVID-19 and Nutritional Considerations with Maeve Hanan

Episode 35: COVID-19 and Nutritional Considerations with Maeve Hanan

March 30, 2020

In this week's episode I chat to Maeve Hanan, consultant dietitian and health writer. Maeve is @dieteticallyspeaking on Instagram and @DieteticSpeak on Twitter. She is the creator of the https://dieteticallyspeaking.com/ website - and an all round breath of fresh air to follow on social media. Maeve advocates an evidence-based, no nonsense approach to nutrition and if you're not following her already, get on it!

In this episode we chat about nutritional considerations in the current COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss bringing nutrition back to basics, having structure to your day with regular meals and how to plan those, shopping tips to make your grocery haul last longer, and Maeve also shares some super tips for ingredients to pick up to have handy in your cupboard. We hope you enjoy this episode - do tag us in your Instagram stories if you give this episode a listen, and let us know what you think! Thanks for listening. 

Episode 34: The Podcast is Back - Chatting COVID-19, Challenges & Coping

Episode 34: The Podcast is Back - Chatting COVID-19, Challenges & Coping

March 28, 2020

Guys, I am so delighted to be bringing the Podcast BACK to you all! During these uncertain times, I wanted to use The Irish Balance platform to connect with those following, and to bring some COVID-19 related and non-COVID-19 content to you in audio format. The episodes to follow this short re-introduction to the Podcast will be mostly with guests, talking about looking after ourselves during this pandemic, hearing the stories of others, and hopefully making us feel more connected together despite being apart. 

This first episode is a little hello and update, a bit of a chat about why there is no right way to feel right now and hopefully just a few minutes of positive ramblings from me. I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to sharing more episodes with you guys over the next few weeks! 

Episode 33: Public Health and Nutrition with Jenny Rosborough

Episode 33: Public Health and Nutrition with Jenny Rosborough

January 23, 2020

Welcome back to the FIRST Podcast episode of 2020! I’m so excited to share this week’s guest with you - UK-based registered nutritionist and head of nutrition at the Jamie Oliver Group, Jenny Rosborough. Jenny’s career background is quite diverse, working as Campaign Manager at Action on Sugar, and in child and family nutrition, designing and delivering evidence-based weight management treatment and prevention programmes for families, and delivering the UK MEND programme training (Mind, exercise, nutrition, do it!) to health, education and social care professionals, nationally and internationally. I’ve been following Jenny on Instagram @hellohealthyyou_ for quite a while now, and absolutely love her perspective on public health nutrition, particularly campaigning for a healthier food environment. We chat about public health nutrition, changes to our food environment over the last few decades, and challenges around regulating our food environment too. If you enjoy this Podcast, as always let myself and Jenny know - get in touch via Instagram or leave a comment on the Podcast here! 

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Episode 32: GP Life, Pregnancy, Fertility and Menopause with Dr. Laura Lenihan

Episode 32: GP Life, Pregnancy, Fertility and Menopause with Dr. Laura Lenihan

December 10, 2019

Welcome back to a brand NEW episode of The Irish Balance Podcast! I am so excited to share this week's guest - Dr. Laura Lenihan, who is a GP (general practitioner) currently working in Galway, Ireland. Laura runs the page @drlauragp on Instagram and is a breath of fresh air to follow for practical, empowering health information. Laura shares her backstory to becoming a doctor and why she chose to pursue general practice, and we then dive into a number of important topics - pregnancy, fertility, the HPV vaccine and menopause. I really hope you guys enjoy this episode - do let us know what you thought and give Laura a follow on social media! You can find Laura's website at www.drlauragp.com

Episode 31: Menstrual Health, Sport and Nutrition with Esther Goldsmith and FitrWoman

Episode 31: Menstrual Health, Sport and Nutrition with Esther Goldsmith and FitrWoman

September 22, 2019

In this week's episode, I interview Esther Goldsmith, sports scientist with FitrWoman (@FitrWoman). FitrWoman is the world's first app to provide daily training and nutrition advice tailored to menstrual cycle hormone changes. The app aims to helps you track your menstrual cycle and provides personalized training and nutritional suggestions tailored to the changing hormone levels throughout your cycle. Menstrual health doesn’t crop up much in day to day conversation or on social media, but it’s so important that we normalise discussing it, to know what IS normal and what is not. I'm a proud FitrWoman brand champion, and I was very excited to collaborate with the FitrWoman team via Esther to bring you a podcast episode all about periods! Esther has a Masters in Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology, and completed her dissertation on the female athlete. In this episode, we discuss the basics of the menstrual cycle, and dive into how exercise and nutrition affect and can be affected by it. Happy listening! 

Episode 30: Choosing Your Career with Angela Burke

Episode 30: Choosing Your Career with Angela Burke

September 8, 2019

In this week's episode, I chat to Angela Burke who is @theintegrativecoach on Instagram. Angela is originally from Galway, and has a background in Commerce as an undergraduate, and in Career Development and Coaching as a postgraduate. She now runs her own career coaching business based in Dublin, with the goal of helping people to live the life they desire, by securing the jobs and ultimately building the career that enables them to do that. We chat about the challenges of career choices at school-leaving, postgraduate and adult level. It was such an insightful conversation and I hope you guys take value from our chat! 

Episode 29: Diet Culture and Self-Compassion with Robyn Taaffe

Episode 29: Diet Culture and Self-Compassion with Robyn Taaffe

August 29, 2019

This week on the podcast I am delighted to have registered nurse and evidence-based nutritionist Robyn Taaffe, founder of The Lifestyle Clinic in Dublin, as my guest. Robyn runs the Instagram page @thelifestyle_clinic as well as her busy nurse-led lifestyle medicine clinic in Dublin. She advocates a non-diet approach to food and nutrition in her clinic, as well as placing equal importance on movement and self-care. In this episode we discuss what diet culture is and how we can spot it, relationships with food, weight stigma, and the importance of self-compassion. I absolutely loved recording this episode and I hope you all enjoy it too. 

Disclaimer: In this episode, Robyn and I discuss various issues around diets, food relationships and food restriction. If you listen to this episode and identify with any symptoms of concern discussed, it's important to consider seeking in-person consultation and advice from a healthcare professional such as your general practitioner or a registered nutrition professional. 

Episode 28: Social Media, Alcohol and Mental Health with Joe O’Brien

Episode 28: Social Media, Alcohol and Mental Health with Joe O’Brien

August 1, 2019

I'm delighted to bring you guys the highly anticipated Part 2 of my mental health podcast episode with Joe O'Brien, mental health researcher working at Spectrum Mental Health and creator of the fantastic @headfirst0 Instagram page and Head First podcast. In this episode, we discuss social media, it's possible effects on our mental health, and the questions we're all wondering - how addictive is it, and what does problematic use of these apps look like? We then move onto discuss alcohol in Ireland, looking at the quantity we consume and the pattern of consumption in this country. We discuss how alcohol can impact our mental health, the importance of being aware of Ireland's low risk weekly guidelines for consumption (i.e. maximum limits we should not exceed!) and the stigma surrounding drinking less and/or abstaining entirely. I hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it! Be sure to tag myself and Joe in your Instagram stories if you listen, and let us know what you think of our chat! And of course, give @headfirst0 a follow on Instagram, you'll be glad you did!

Episode 27: Life Updates, Sedentary Behaviour and Why We Need to Move More and Sit Less

Episode 27: Life Updates, Sedentary Behaviour and Why We Need to Move More and Sit Less

July 21, 2019

The Podcast is back! I'm excited to be bringing you guys a brand new episode sharing some life updates from me personally and work-related, as well as a little recap on who I am and what my message as a doctor is! The main focus of this episode is sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity, looking at the research on the topic of sitting time and of course, sharing some simple steps to build movement into our day.

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