The Irish Balance Podcast
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/ . 

 
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! 

Credit: Music https://www.purple-planet.com 

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! 

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