Author: Alexandra Carey

Smoothies, Juices + Detoxing; essential or unnecessary in a modern, healthy diet?

It’s hard to escape the message that smoothies, juicing and detoxing are essential elements to a healthy diet these days. If you buy any cookbook or follow any of the big names in healthy eating on social media, smoothies and juices are a prominent feature, as is the promotion of regular detoxing to systematically cleanse the body of the toxins and the effects of a modern lifestyle. There is a lot of hype, but is in there any truth in this message and is it worth buying in to? My answer would be yes, sort of ūüėČ A lot of the arguments that you would hear against smoothies and juicing and detoxing is that humans have survived just fine without these modern incarnations of food and that the body detoxes itself regularly without the assistance of a 3 day juice cleanse. And there is scientific and research based facts to back all of those arguments up.¬† However, there is myriad anecdotal evidence out there from people who have incorporated smoothies and juicing into their regular …

The Magic of Food Combining to Aid Digestion

What if I told you that by simply re-arranging the contents of your dinner plate, you could experience more energy after eating and less bloating? You’d say “hell ya”, right? So a few simple truths about the way certain food groups digest when consumed together should have been something we all learned in Home Economics. And I’d like to say that maybe we did learn about it but we forgot, but evidence would show by your standard meal combinations such as the routine Sunday Roast dinner and the ubiquitous Spag Bol and Lasagne batch cook meals…that this simply isn’t the case. What’s the Deal With Food Combining? There are three main food groups that form the bulk of our diet, they are: Carbohydrates (think: pasta, potatoes, bread, vegetables and fruits) Proteins¬†(think: meat, fish, eggs, dairy) Fats (think: coconut oil, olive oil, nuts and seeds) Carbohydrates are broken into two groups: Fruits Starches Starches are further broken down into two very important groups: High Starch Low Starch If we take a standard Roast Dinner as our …

6 Ways to Optimize Digestion + Get More Energy From Your Food

Eating is such a MASSIVE part of our lives and yet a lot of us don’t spend very much time thinking about the way we eat and how our food makes us feel. Our primary source of energy comes from our food and if you find yourself chronically tired and fantasizing about a bakery or sweet shop, then it would be wise to take a look at what you’re eating, why you’re eating it and how you’re eating it. When you break down a few simple truths about how our body responds to the food we eat and what we can do to help the digestive process, you might feel a bit annoyed at how crazy simple it all is and that years of struggling with weight issues, bloating, feeling totally wrecked after eating and symptoms of IBS could have been avoided if someone had just told you sooner! The Truth about Digestion Our digestion is controlled by a function of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), called the¬† Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). The PNS is …

Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of Yoga What better way to show someone you love them, than to give them the gift of health and well being? Whether you know a Yogi that is already deep into their practice or someone who you know will benefit from starting, a voucher for Yoga at the beautiful Aislinn Yoga Lodge for Yoga with Alex is a really great gift! All of the vouchers can be personalised with the names typed in, or the name space left blank for you to personalise them yourself in your own handwriting. All of the vouchers can be printed as the image below, or to make it more seasonal as per the image above. The vouchers come in colour and on high quality paper in an envelope. Please note that all recipients of the vouchers must book classes in advance. All of the classes are in Aislinn Yoga Lodge, Upper Tarmons, Waterville, County Kerry. There are options to take a 6 week course and a single class in the Parish Hall in Caherdaniel, please …

Because I am a Girl

Today is international #dayofthegirl which should obviously be everyday! But these organized campaigns are important to bring awareness to the very real issues girls suffer in the developing world where they are discriminated against in education, health, work and family.