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Scary Truths About Salt

Scary Truths About Salt

Scary Truths About Salt Salt is a vital electrolyte needed in the body to maintain metabolic reactions such as proper fluid balance, nerve impulse transmission and aid in the contraction and relaxation of our muscles. Basically, we can’t live without it. One of the...

6 Biggest ‘Work from Home’ Mistakes

6 Biggest ‘Work from Home’ Mistakes

Who knew when you packed up your desk and carried your work computer home back in March, you’d still be working from home now? But here we are. While swapping morning commutes for online HIIT classes and attempting to cook more at home has helped many get healthier,...

6 Reasons to Eat Seasonally

6 Reasons to Eat Seasonally

We’ve come to terms with the fact long summer days are now behind us, but with the arrival of autumn comes a host of yummy, seasonal fruit and vegetables for us to enjoy! During the summer, strawberries, raspberries and tomatoes taste especially juicy and refreshing....

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

What is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it's a pattern of eating. It's a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat. But why is it worthwhile to...

What Is Gut Health?

What Is Gut Health?

What is Gut Health? With the growing market for Gut boosting foods such as Kimchi and Sauerkraut, it seems clear that taking care of our guts is becoming more popular than ever but What is Gut Health? There are trillions of bacteria in our gut, so many that we can...

September: The Month for Weight Loss

September: The Month for Weight Loss

For many September means back to school after a summer of holidaying abroad and socialising with friends and family, but this year, September means back to commitment and routine. By the end of August, people are exhausted, they want to get back into routine as fast...

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet If there’s one so-called diet that is widely acclaimed for its health benefits, it’s The Mediterranean Diet. On the other hand, The Mediterranean Diet is more of an eating pattern than a calorie-restricted diet and emphasises eating lots of...

Healthy on Holiday

Healthy on Holiday

Healthy on Holiday One of the best things about holidays is undoubtedly the food and drink - BBQs beside the campfire, feasts on the beach, a pint of Guinness and a plate of chips in the local pub. However, the summer holidays might be a good time for your taste buds,...

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep Getting enough sleep is essential for helping us to maintain optimal health and well-being. So, when it comes to our health, sleep is as vital as regular exercise and eating a balanced diet. Unfortunately, there’s a lot that can interfere with...

The 80/20 Diet

The 80/20 Diet

The 80/20 Diet The 80/20 Diet is all about promoting moderation and balance. Although ‘everything in moderation’ is a well-known concept, it helps to have structure when it comes to your own healthy eating so as to avoid over-indulging ‘in moderation’. Therefore,...

7 Secrets to a Successful Summer

7 Secrets to a Successful Summer

7 Secrets to a Successful Summer With Summer in full swing and the sun shining, it’s easy to put our nutrition on the back burner. To clarify, getting back on track after a Lockdown filled with boozy Zoom calls and snacking binges like it was Christmas was not easy,...

The Importance of Routine

The Importance of Routine

The Importance of Routine Routine can be an anchor. No matter what’s going on in our day, knowing that we will be having our dinner around 6 pm, and going to bed around 10 pm, can be seriously comforting. Above all, the certainty of our routine can help us to manage...

The Truth About Protein

The Truth About Protein

The Truth About Protein Years ago, most of us gave little thought to protein. But thanks to the huge increase of high-protein/low-carbohydrate diets like Atkins and, more recently, the Paleo movement (which favours a diet high in unprocessed protein like wild-caught...

Keen to Lose the Quarantine 15

Keen to Lose the Quarantine 15

Keen to Lose the Quarantine 15 - Lockdown Weight Loss If you’ve gained weight during the coronavirus pandemic, you aren’t alone. The “Quarantine 15” – referring to the weight gain in pounds (a little over a stone) some people have experienced since stay-at-home...

The Truth About Carbs

The Truth About Carbs

The Truth About Carbs Not an hour goes by here at GourmetFuel where a customer doesn’t ask us if they should go carb-free, so we thought it would be useful to clear up any confusion surrounding the Mysterious Macro that is a Carbohydrate and learn the truth about...

The Truth About Fat

The Truth About Fat

The Truth About FatOver the past few decades, the diet industry has waged a fierce war on fat, leading consumers to believe that cutting down on your consumption of fat is the key to weight loss. However, it’s important to know that not all fats are unhealthy and in...

Back in Shape – Fitness Meal Plan

Back in Shape – Fitness Meal Plan

Back in Shape - Fitness Meal Plan The pandemic forced millions to improvise fitness regimes as the closure of the thousands of gyms and sports clubs saw memberships put on hold. As a result, some people put their fitness regimes on hold for three straight months,...

Low Carb Diet – 4 Week Weight Loss Plan

Low Carb Diet – 4 Week Weight Loss Plan

Low-carb diets tend to be pretty polarizing. Some people think they're ineffective, while others believe that they encourage bad habits like eating fatty bacon cheeseburgers. However, the idea that "carbs are bad" has left many people confused about carbohydrates and...

The Benefits of Coffee

The Benefits of Coffee

Is Coffee Bad For You?Ahh, coffee! As I sit here writing this with my essential morning coffee in hand, it’s hard to imagine getting through a working day without a coffee... or two. But is it bad for you? There was a time when coffee was lumped together with other...

Over 70s Nutrition

Over 70s Nutrition

Over 70s nutrition has never been so relevant. Now that the over 70s are able to leave their homes for the first time in weeks, it is critical that they focus on maintaining their health through good nutrition to promote wellbeing and to keep their health striving...

How To Get Back On Track

How To Get Back On Track

After weeks of endless supplies of snacks, baking the weekly loaf of banana bread, and that one glass of wine turning into 2, 3, or maybe a bottle, we now have a clear roadmap of where we are going. Most importantly, we now know it'll be at least a few more...

Vitamin D (The Sunshine Diet)

Vitamin D (The Sunshine Diet)

Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s made in your skin in response to sunlight. Due to Ireland's northerly latitude, it's almost impossible to get 100% of our DRV of Vitamin D from sunshine. Therefore, we have to look at our diet and...

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet - BenefitsBefore we get into the ins and outs of why an anti-inflammatory diet may be helpful, it may benefit us to understand what inflammation is in the first place. When we hear the word “inflammation,” we immediately think about the swelling...

Rethink Your Drink

Rethink Your Drink

Remember right at the beginning of all this, when the World Health Organisation warned that drinking was an “unhelpful coping strategy” in the face of the pandemic? Yes, that was a good one wasn’t it? So if you find yourself eager to hit the booze make sure to...

Meal Delivery vs Grocery Shopping

Meal Delivery vs Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping can be a truly blissful experience when done right. Wandering the aisles of your local supermarket, getting lost between the bulk items and frozen foods but one thing we must take into consideration is the time we spend shopping.  The main reason meal...

Nutrition While Exercising

Nutrition While Exercising

Zoom workouts, Instagram live and 5k challenges. With the world stuck inside their homes, people are quickly adapting to the new ways of exercising and staying active. However, without the right calorie intake, energy, and nutrients in your body, it is impossible to...

Staying Well While Staying Home

Staying Well While Staying Home

The importance of good wellness over the next few weeks and beyond! With everything going on in these uncertain times, we must think positively about what we can control. As always, our lifestyle habits will have an effect on our overall health and wellness....

Importance of a Healthy Immune System

Importance of a Healthy Immune System

The Importance of a Healthy Immune System A healthy immune system can protect us from illness so we need to support this through our diet and lifestyle choices.   The best approach is a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables with good sources of protein, fibre...

Sustainable Packaging at Gourmet Fuel

Sustainable Packaging at Gourmet Fuel

GourmetFuel announce use of new environmentally conscious and sustainable packaging Here at GourmetFuel, we are all about doing our part in the battle for a more sustainable and environmentally conscious way of business. We are working with new and innovative...

12 Weeks to Summer

12 Weeks to Summer

12 Weeks to Summer – What is your kCal magic number?We are all dreaming of Summer and hoping to relive the scorcher we had last year. Now is the time to take control of your goals and make sure you are the healthiest you can be to enjoy the Summer season. The most...

Setting Goals For The New Year!

Setting Goals For The New Year!

Setting your New Year’s goals! The New Year is a great time to reassess where you are in your life, where you anticipated you would be and it’s a great time to re-evaluate your goals. You know you can start again with a fresh sheet and do what’s important to you. Goal...

Our survival guide for this Christmas period!

Our survival guide for this Christmas period!

The festive period can be filled with temptation and indulgence, it can be a struggle to stay on track with nutrition.  Of course, it’s okay to enjoy yourself over Christmas and the New Year, and take a well-earned break. But maintaining balance is key to long term...

Healthy Hamper from Irish Life Health

Healthy Hamper from Irish Life Health

Welcome to the Irish Life Health Healthy Hamper by GourmetFuel! We want you to sample the meals that GourmetFuel supply through the Parenting Path benefit, 'Welcome Home Hamper'.  To claim your Healthy Hamper please follow the following steps! Click the Button below...

Drinking your Calories this Party Season

Drinking your Calories this Party Season

When it comes to Nutrition, sometimes we forget just what is in the drinks that we consume each day. And we don’t just mean Alcoholic drinks…. Without a doubt, your local Coffee Shop has marketed a new ‘Christmas Wintery’ themed drink this season, am I right? And am I...

A Vegetarian’s Guide to Surviving Christmas

A Vegetarian’s Guide to Surviving Christmas

A Vegetarian’s Guide to Surviving ChristmasChristmas is a magical time, filled with family, friends and festive feasts, and it could be easily said that Christmas Dinner in many households, is the most important meal of the year. But what if you’re a Vegetarian? Can...

Take a Well Deserved Break- It’s Christmas After All!

Take a Well Deserved Break- It’s Christmas After All!

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is crucial, but the Festive Season is a perfectly good excuse to indulge in all our favorite Christmas treats (just not too much!)So you have worked hard all year. Some of you have micro managed your macros, counted calories and...

How to use your Christmas leftovers…

How to use your Christmas leftovers…

We can’t resist a stuffing sandwich, complimented by a relish, cranberry sauce or even some mayo! Turkey works great in curries! It’s also a great way to add some different flavours during the Christmas time! We know there are rarely leftover vegetables, but if you...

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019

We encourage you and the women in your life to be breast aware!Early detection is your best defence against breast cancer! Current Breast Cancer statistics in Ireland: 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime Incidence of male breast...

Get Moving!

Get Moving!

As a nutritionist, my area is of course food, but it all falls into the category of ‘health’. TheWHO definition of health is complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing and notmerely an absence of disease or infirmity.” When we speak with our clients,...

Post Pregnancy Misconception

Post Pregnancy Misconception

5 Post Pregnancy Misconceptions It’s time for weight loss & calorie deficit Losing pregnancy weight might be at the fore front of your mind, but what you must remember is, a certain weight gain is normal in pregnancy. After your baby arrives it’s more important to...

The Key To A Healthy Skin

The Key To A Healthy Skin

Youthful, clear, radiant skin is something most of us aspire to have, and with women in Ireland estimated to spend over €10,000 euro on skincare alone in their lifetime, skin health is clearly something we are willing to invest in. However, you can buy as many lotions...

Is ‘Diet’ a Dirty Word?

Is ‘Diet’ a Dirty Word?

Is ‘Diet’ a Dirty Word? Diet has now developed this almost negative connotation in the nutrition and health industry. A dirty word. It has lost its original meaning: Diet – The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. To the more socially...

Anyone For Eggs?

Anyone For Eggs?

The Mighty Egg! This little powerhouse of nutrition is just full of goodness and versatility. How do you like yours?Eggs, a versatile ingredient, are a concentrated source of minerals and nutrients, making them a great addition to a healthy balanced diet. Cheap,...

Are you a night time eater?

Are you a night time eater?

Struggling in the evenings? Read our tips to help keep you on track!You’re making the right meal choices, hitting your step count and still struggling to see the benefits. Feeling deflated after your January total overall? Sometimes diving two feet first can take its...

Ditch your Valentine – Love your heart instead!

Ditch your Valentine – Love your heart instead!

You may be a hopeless romantic, but don’t allow your Heart Health to be the same. Don’t worry, if you don’t have a Valentine this February 14th, let GourmetFuel be your Sweetheart. These 14 tips for a more healthy heart is our gift to you: Eat less Salt: The...

Is Fruit Bad For You?

Is Fruit Bad For You?

Is Fruit Bad For You?As a Nutritionist, it’s worrying the amount of people who come to me proudly admitting that they are avoiding fruit. Not because they don’t like it or because they prefer other snacks, just simply because they believe that fruit is bad. For the...

The CICO Diet

The CICO Diet

CICO (Calories In – Calories Out) For me, a healthy life is all about balance.  Balance between work and play, exercise and rest, family and friends.  A healthy lifestyle is underpinned by choosing the right foods to create balance in our diets along with regular...

8 Lifestyle Changes for Weight Loss

8 Lifestyle Changes for Weight Loss

These 8 tips will help you on your way to achieving your goals and maintaining your results.There’s no magic potion or secret formula. We all know eating less (of the bad things) and moving more (Output vs Input), is the key to weight loss. EAT BREAKFAST: We all know...

Ditch the Detox- Why Your Body Needs Real Food to Thrive

Ditch the Detox- Why Your Body Needs Real Food to Thrive

Whether its eating a diet consisting only of cabbage soup, downing gallons of cucumber water or sipping on ‘detox’ teas, we’re all familiar with the concept of a detox diet. But before you pick up the juicer or put your feet up with a mug of ‘skinny tea’, let me tell...

Fitness After 40

Fitness After 40

Fitness After 40Two months before turning 40, I competed in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. If someone had suggested to me 7 years earlier I would be on the start line of such a prestigious race I would not have believed them. I couldn’t swim a length of a...

WHO identifies a healthy diet as the key to being healthy

WHO identifies a healthy diet as the key to being healthy

According to the WHO, a healthy diet is the number 1 top tip for a healthy life.We are bombarded with information on the best way to live a long wholesome life. The World Health Organisation (WHO) cited ‘a healthy diet’ as the top tip for achieving and maintaining...

Beating the Sedentary Lifestyle

Beating the Sedentary Lifestyle

Beating the Sedentary Lifestyle Modern life has resulted in many of us adapting to a sedentary lifestyle. If you are desk-bound at work and sit on your journey to work, you likely fall into this category. Sitting, which has been dubbed “the new smoking”, comes with...

Improving Your Performance Through Diet

Improving Your Performance Through Diet

Improving Your Performance Through Diet Whether you’re a competitive runner or just run for fun, one thing is certain. With the arrival of summer, the number of races taking place and our desire to run will increase. So we thought we’d give you some nutritional tips...

Veganism – Should we all be converting?

Veganism – Should we all be converting?

Last Year, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) announced that a well planned Vegan diet can support healthy living in people of all ages.However, although I 100% agree with their statement, and fully believe that we should all be eating more plant-based foods, I...

The 80/20 Concept

The 80/20 Concept

The words ‘diet’, ‘clean eating’, ‘detox’ are often associated with fads and failures, but the 80/20 principle is no diet. It’s a lifestyle modification that can lead to sustainable changes. Depriving and limiting ourselves is a thing of the past and is not...

The Keto Diet

The Keto Diet

The Ketogenic Diet – known as ‘keto diet’ – is definitely having it’s moment in the limelight with plenty of celebrities throwing their name in the hat as an advocate. With the increased popularity and buzz word ‘keto diet’ flying around social media and our gyms it...

Celebrity Diets – The Alkaline Diet

Celebrity Diets – The Alkaline Diet

The Alkaline Diet gaining popularity among Celebrities, is based on the theory that our modern diets are causing our bodies to increase acid productioncausing increased fat and subsequent weight gain.High acidity levels in our bodies has a suggested link to...

Falafel – A Powerhouse of Vitamins & Minerals

Falafel – A Powerhouse of Vitamins & Minerals

With a hot and crispy exterior and a fluffy, flavoursome middle, Falafel has gained popularity in recent years as a fast food staple for Vegetarians.Usually a fried delicacy, here at GourmetFuel (like always) we have put a healthy twist on this Middle Eastern...

Is Low Carb better than Low Fat for Summer weight loss?

Is Low Carb better than Low Fat for Summer weight loss?

Every day in GourmetFuel HQ, we get emails and calls about weight loss. Questions like: “Is a low carb diet better than a low fat diet?” “How much weight will I lose?” The answers to these simple questions can be quite complex and are totally subjective to the...

The Importance of Micronutrients for Exercise

The Importance of Micronutrients for Exercise

Micronutrients are essential nutrients, needed to sustain life but in small quantities and include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.Most of us are aware that vitamins and minerals are vital to our health.  A balanced healthy diet should give us all...

Do you wish you had more energy?

Do you wish you had more energy?

Every living organism requires energy to maintain life.Every breath, beat of our heart, thought, and movement requires varying amounts of energy. How do we measure energy? Energy is measured in Joules or Kilojoules but normally when we talk about energy from food or...

Are you drinking too much water?

Are you drinking too much water?

Probably not!!! Water really is the key to a healthy body.  Being fully hydrated should be your daily goal, so we need to drink water.  Our bodies are two-thirds water.  Our blood is 90% water and our muscles are over 70% water.   The functioning of all our cells and...

Top Reasons Why You Should Eat More Fish

Top Reasons Why You Should Eat More Fish

Public health authorities conclude that the Irish population should eat more fish, particularly so given our island nation status.This is such a shame when we have so many nutrient rich options here on our little island. The increasing positive evidence of fish...

Top Nutrition Tips for Your Pregnancy

Top Nutrition Tips for Your Pregnancy

During Pregnancy your baby depends on what you eat to fuel its growth and development. Even before becoming pregnant, our preparation with nutrition is vital to ensure our bodies are in optimum condition to carry a child. A well-nourished mother is the first step to a...

Your friends are going Gluten Free. Should You?

Your friends are going Gluten Free. Should You?

Your friends are going Gluten Free. Should You?If you are in the 1% of the population that has Coeliac Disease, then yes, you should. If you’re not a Coeliac…then you probably don’t need to go gluten free! What is Gluten Anyway? No, it’s not an evil additive that...

You can’t get enough protein if you’re vegetarian!

You can’t get enough protein if you’re vegetarian!

You Can’t Get Enough Protein If You’re Vegetarian – Really??? As someone who does not eat meat, I get this comment hurled at me weekly. It seems that for the most part, people still believe that meat plays an essential part in a healthy diet and struggle to break away...

Are Summer Bodies Really Made in Winter?

Are Summer Bodies Really Made in Winter?

We often find ourselves trying to achieve our beach body goals no more than 2 weeks out from our Summer holiday.The increased public focus on the perfect beach body from May onwards often tempts us to look for a quick fix on how to lose weight for our summer holiday....

Wasting your Time and Money on Supplements?

Wasting your Time and Money on Supplements?

Does your workout really count if you don’t guzzle a protein shake straight after?Sport Supplements, also called ergogenic supplements, are used to improve performance. It is thought that 20% of people who go to the gym more than twice a week are regularly consuming a...

Muting the ‘Macro’ Misconceptions and Myths

Muting the ‘Macro’ Misconceptions and Myths

We hear about ‘Macros’ all the time, but what really are they, and what part do they play in a healthy diet?Nowadays, with the increased interest in healthy eating and fitness among some populations, many buzzwords get thrown around, but do we know what they mean, and...

Men’s Health Awareness & Movember

Men’s Health Awareness & Movember

Men’s health is a huge public health topic and it is important that we don’t overlook  it. Although November is Men’s Health Awareness Month, we must keep focus throughout the year. Don’t hesitate to contact me with your nutrition and health queries here  Across the...

Mental Health Week 2019

Mental Health Week 2019

WE ALL NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO, SOMEONE WHO LISTENS, SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS. Positive mental health contributes to your overall well-being Last month there was an important date in the health calendar – Mental Health Day 2019.  For many, it probably meant nothing but...

September – a big sporting month!

September – a big sporting month!

September is a great sporting month for Irish folk, between the GAA Hurling and Football All Ireland Finals, World Cup qualifying matches, rugby season kicking off, Irish Soccer League games and not to mention prep for the Dublin Marathon. In the words of Paudie...

The all new Seafood Paella by GourmetFuel

The all new Seafood Paella by GourmetFuel

Made with Crayfish, haddock, mussels and salmon and arborio rice just like a traditional paella! This is comfort food – Spanish style!The seafood in this dish also means it’s a great source of heart-healthy Omega-3 oils as well as a host of vitamins and...

The 4 Weeks to Summer Maintenance

The 4 Weeks to Summer Maintenance

4 Weeks to Summer MaintenanceCongratulations, you’ve been doing so well and are on target to reach your goal. But what now? This isn’t the time to revert to old habits. From now you should see some positive new behaviours adopted and it shouldn’t seem like some...

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day! With St. Patrick’s Day approaching there’s no better time to go green and talk about leafy greens! Disliked by far too many due to their bitter taste (and childhood memories of being force fed soggy cabbage at the dinner table!), they...

GourmetFuel: Year in Review

GourmetFuel: Year in Review

2017 has been a special year for the GourmetFuel family. We’d like to thank all our fantastic clients who have supported us throughout the year. We wish you all a fantastic New Year and look forward to helping you reach your goals in 2018! Customer Comments from...