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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. 

Deconstruct Your Asana | Low Lunge

Low Lunge | Anjaneyasana   Instructions Come to an all fours, table top position. Take a moment to bring the knees to hip distance apart. Coming up on the finger tips, move the right foot forward to come on the inside of the right hand. Take a moment to make sure the right knee is now stacked over the right ankle and the knee is tracking the middle toes. The back hip will move forward away from the stack of the back knee into a deep lunge. There are two options for the position of the back foot. It may feel more stable to have the back toes curled under or you may want to rest on the top of the foot. Lengthen through the top of the head to elongate the spine. While pressing firmly into your base. Inhale taking the right hand ontop of the thigh and the left hand ontop of that. Take a moment here to find your balance and engage the tummy muscles (thinking of having a corset around the …

Deconstruct Your Asana | Warrior II

Warrior II | Virabradhrasana II Instruction: Begin by standing in Mountain Pose, toes facing the long edge of your mat. Extend arms out to the side and take a wide legged stance so your ankles are under your wrists. Turn your right foot so your toes are lined up with the top of your mat. Lift your left heel off your mat and turn toward the bottom of your mat to form a 30 degree angle. Move into a lunge with your right leg, stacking the knee over the ankle, the knee will track the middle toes. Lock the leg in place with a strong quad and press strongly into the foot. Pressing strongly into your left foot (both legs are working equally hard here), root down through the feet to rise the torso out of the hip points and turn the belly button towards the left (the right hip is open). Inhale and rise the arms up in line with shoulders, extending actively through the finger tips, while drawing the shoulders away from ears. …

Light Bites | Salsa Verde

Summer is here!!! And not just on the calendar, we are having glorious weather in Ireland. It’s so unusual. I am still shocked every morning when I wake up to sunshine and I can take my morning coffee outside!! It’s such a treat. I’ll cry when it goes ;-( But the sunshine definitely poses some problems in the kitchen. For me anyway, I’m not used to cooking for this weather. My small man wouldn’t eat a salad if I bribed him with all the Lego in Legoland and my big man wouldn’t be that keen either… This evening all I wanted was fresh and light, but filling and something the rest of them would actually eat. And most importantly, I didn’t want to have to turn the oven on for very long (#sweating)! I had all of these gorgeous herbs brightening up my kitchen, thriving away in the sunshine and the staple garlic, strong mustard, capers and olive oil so I hatched a plan to make some Salsa Verde. I grilled some free range chicken …