Good Mood Food, Skinny Genes and Happy Hearts with Patrick Holford. Elva Carri
Longer, sunnier days inspire us to eat a little better, get outside a little more and smile a little bigger. And while we’re all enjoying the many benefits of summer, Your Health Show organisers are busy preparing for Ireland’s national health show, presented by Your Health Ltd. and Independent Irish Health Foods Ltd. Running the 14th and 15th of September, it’s the perfect time of year to check out speakers and exhibitors to motivate you to stay healthy and active right through the year.*
We caught up with Your Health speaker and nutrition expert, Patrick Holford
Firstly, what did you have for breakfast? I had “Get up and Go.” “Get Up and Go” is a shake, and something I made when I was leading a Himalayan mountaineering expedition. It’s low GL with very good protein from things like quinoa and ground almonds. It has apple powder as a carbohydrate source, tonnes of ground seeds and things, and you whizz it up with some oat milk. And I had some strawberries and blueberries and a little bit of chia seeds in there as well. Chia seeds are the highest source of Omega 3, and again, protein and soluble fibres. I also had about half a teaspoon of cinnamon, which helps to stabilise blood sugar. So, I’m fighting fit and ready to go!
What kind of insights will people gain at your talks? One of the topics at Your Health is weight loss and what really works. We’ve had tremendous results with people eating a low GL diet, which means less carbs and the right kind of carbs – always eaten with protein. We have many people who have lost a stone a month eating in this way. Recently, it’s become clear that you can take this one step further by also adding in what’s called “alternate day diet principles.” This came out of research with animals where they were put on to low calorie diets and lived much longer. Then it was discovered they didn’t have to be on low calories every day, every other day works just as well, and switches on what are called the “skinny genes,” which literally helps to change your body’s metabolism towards fat burning.
So “skinny genes” are a trend in health and food as well as fashion? Yeah, absolutely. There are a lot of diets out right now which are based on two days eating less, but they haven’t really fully understood that’s what’s driving the switch of genes and metabolism towards health. It’s not really about calories, it’s actually about insulin and blood sugar.
Patrick’s talks will also help you add more years onto your life and more life into your years. My second talk is called “The Feel Good Factor,” and it’s about mood, but I’m also going to talk a little bit about memory – how to improve your mood and memory and motivation. The last talk is on healthy ageing.
Patrick’s talks can fill up, so make sure to get there early.
Dr. Marilyn Glenville PhD
Nutritionist and specialist in women’s health, Dr. Marilyn Glenville will be giving four talks at Your Health. On Saturday, her first session focuses on using natural solutions to solve digestive problems. She’s developed supplements that include ingredients like peppermint oil, slipper elm bark, and fennel, along with dietary advice, to keep your tum ticking over. Her second talk delves into natural solutions for hormone-related health issues. According to Dr. Glenville, the vast majority of women’s health issues can be alleviated, if not eliminated altogether, through nutrition and simple lifestyle changes.
On Sunday, she’ll be giving her most popular talk (how to get rid of fat around the middle), as well as a final session on how to detox to feel more energetic, improve your skin and sleep better.
Helping Your Heart
Would you or a family member benefit from knowing that you could lower your cholesterol by almost half, in one month, without medication? Your Health gives you the opportunity to take control of your heart health with talks from twin brother chefs, Stephen and David Flynn of the Happy Pear, and Erina MacSweeney from Irish Heart Health. Brian Larkin’s cholesterol dropped from 8.6 to 4.8 using the Flynn’s four-week programme, and he says the food was gorgeous. Erina MacSweeney’s case studies show people feeling ten years younger with significant drops in blood pressure levels by following her dietary advice and taking high quality health supplement, Revive Active.
But You Can Start Right Now…
You don’t have to wait until September to start incorporating better habits. Patrick Holford gave us some of these tips to help get anyone started.
- Give kids oats or millet instead of sugary cereals for breakfast.
- Children need essential fats from oily fish and chia seeds to boost their brain and improve behaviour.
- Offer snacks of cherry tomatoes, grapes or Nakd bars to avoid developing a sweet tooth.
- If you’re giving your little ones fruit juice, dilute it (half and half) with water.
For Busy People
- Keep your blood sugar level even – breakfast is essential.
- Travel with healthy snacks.
- Always have carbohydrate and protein together, e.g. apples and nuts, oatcakes and houmous, or smoked salmon and wholegrain Irish soda bread.
3 Things We Should All Eat More
- The fruits that keep your blood sugar level even – berries, plums and cherries.
- More fish, especially oily fish.
- More seeds and nuts, especially chia and pumpkin seeds.
*Please note, side effects of Your Health Show may include vitality, energy and an overall sense of well-being.
Stand Out Stands
- Yorktest Allergy Testing
- Revive Active Supplement
- Iswari Organic & Raw Superfoods
- Naturalife Health
- Ireland’s Raw Kitchen
- Ohso Probiotic Chocolate
Talk the Talk
- Dr Gill Hart – Links between Food Intolerance, Weight Gain and Body Shape.
- Vivienne Campbell – Herbal remedies for a Healthy Pregnancy.
- Peter Conroy – Broken Glass Theory of Health.
- John Levine – Using Alpha Music to Induce an Alpha State, The Power of Sound.
- Geraldine Hollywood – Mood Management Through Healthy Eating.
- Dr Dilis Clare – Herbs are the Medicines of the Past, Present and Future.
- Jo Matyear – Discover the Benefits of Ayurvedic Skincare.