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Sarah has a degree in sociology and social policy and has qualified as an integrative counselor. This column focuses on women and the issues they may face in today's world.

Be kind to yourself 3 years ago

Be kind to yourself

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“You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head, be kind to yourself”

When we are living with low self-esteem, it …
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Need a digital detox? Try this challenge 3 years ago

Need a digital detox? Try this challenge

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This week I set a challenge for the members of my Rushe Fitness Gym and also the members of my online Lean in 2018 program.

The challenge was simple.

No …
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The best piece of fitness advice you will ever get 3 years ago

The best piece of fitness advice you will ever get

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Fitness has exploded in Donegal over the past few years.

The number of people training is on the rise and it doesn’t look to be slowing down.

When I started …
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Trigger foods: How to avoid a bingefest 3 years ago

Trigger foods: How to avoid a bingefest

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Everyone has one.

Some of us have more than one.

Some of us have a whole array of foods that set us off on a bingefest that can leave us …
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Looking for the best fat loss supplement? There’s one thing you should know 3 years ago

Looking for the best fat loss supplement? There’s one thing you should know

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January may be over, but It seems as if you cannot turn on your computer, phone, TV or radio, without being met with some form of advertisement for “Fat Loss …
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Get Fit with your Bit! 3 years ago

Get Fit with your Bit!

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FitBits have become very popular in the health and fitness world.

Last year, Ireland was ranked as the ‘Fittest Country in the World’ for 2017, based on data they collected from …
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Don’t think about the Pink Elephant 3 years ago

Don’t think about the Pink Elephant

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Let’s do a thought experiment:

  • Close your eyes.
  • Imagine a pink elephant
  • What shade of pink is it?
  • Is it happy/sad/indifferent?
  • Think about the pink elephant for 60 …
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Women in Donegal called upon to #SharetheWisdom 3 years ago

Women in Donegal called upon to #SharetheWisdom

To mark European Cervical Cancer Prevention week, the Irish Cancer Society is urging women to ensure that they are up to date with their cervical cancer screening as it can …
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Low intensity exercising for weight loss that works 3 years ago

Low intensity exercising for weight loss that works

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Over the last few years, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) has taken off in popularity.

Its main selling point is short workouts with a large calorie burn.

The only problem …
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Is your smear test overdue? 3 years ago

Is your smear test overdue?

The #SmearForSmear campaign has seen thousands of women sharing a selfie of smeared lipstick after attending their smear test.

The charity was founded in memory of Jo Maxwell, who was …
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Weekend Depression – it’s a thing 3 years ago

Weekend Depression – it’s a thing

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Weekend Depression: It can start to sneak up on you without you knowing it. During the week you’re busy with work, children, schedules and activities. Yet when Friday or Saturday …
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5 healthy hunger-busting breakfast ideas 3 years ago

5 healthy hunger-busting breakfast ideas

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Breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult.

The one thing I ALWAYS teach the members of my Lean in 2018 Program is that they shouldn’t stress over food.

The one question …
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The 5 best ways to beat the January Blues 3 years ago

The 5 best ways to beat the January Blues

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So yesterday was ‘Blue Monday’ supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

We look forward to winter, the cosy nights and the lead up to Christmas. The parties, the …
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Don’t let the ‘success’ of others put you off 3 years ago

Don’t let the ‘success’ of others put you off

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Social media is a both a blessing and a curse.

It allows us to keep in touch with friends and family around the world and also to ‘see inside’ their …
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Competition: Have you won an Unlimited Pass with Aoife Mc Gill Personal Training? 3 years ago

Competition: Have you won an Unlimited Pass with Aoife Mc Gill Personal Training?

Letterkenny personal trainer Aoife McGill is all set for an exciting new year of helping people achieve their health and fitness goals – and one prizewinner will get to see …
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Why worry? 3 years ago

Why worry?

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  • What are worries?

Worries are just thoughts and thoughts are not fact. They have no reality. Worries begin when we ask, “What if…” then the mental …
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Don’t compare your weight loss to others 3 years ago

Don’t compare your weight loss to others

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The January resolutions are in full swing.

Everyone is making some sort of healthy change to their activity levels or their diets.

When you see that 80% of resolutions fail …
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1 in 4 Irish people unable to name any symptoms of lung cancer 3 years ago

1 in 4 Irish people unable to name any symptoms of lung cancer

The research conducted from the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) show a significant drop in awareness from 2013 when only 9% of Irish people were unable to name any symptoms …
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Aoife McGill’s passion to help us be fit, strong and unstoppable in 2018 3 years ago

Aoife McGill’s passion to help us be fit, strong and unstoppable in 2018

Aoife McGill is the inspirational leader behind Aoife Mc Gill Personal Training. She could be the source of motivation you’re looking for this January to start a fresh and friendly …
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Visualise your 2018 3 years ago

Visualise your 2018

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As we all know from experience, making a New Year’s resolution is easy. Sticking with it and actually achieving your goal is not so easy.

New Year’s resolutions is …
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The best way to lose weight in January is… 3 years ago

The best way to lose weight in January is…

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January dieting usually follows a very similar trend around the world.

  • Let’s lose ALL THE WEIGHT…..
  • When do we want to lose it?
  • THE 1ST 2 WEEKS IN JANUARY …
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Minding yourself through grief this Christmas 3 years ago

Minding yourself through grief this Christmas

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Any special occasion, like Christmas or any ‘first’ can be so difficult when you are bereaved, with each occasion such as a birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas bringing …
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Staying active over the holidays 3 years ago

Staying active over the holidays

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If there is one way, that is guaranteed to beat the holiday bloat or the day after the night before, it’s getting out and doing some exercise.

While the thought …
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If you need an excuse to get a massage, this is it 3 years ago

If you need an excuse to get a massage, this is it

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Tired, Sore and Stressed Out?

Most people would agree a massage makes them feel good, but many probably don’t realise exactly how good a regular massage is for their overall …
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Major fundraiser tomorrow night as Mikaela gets ready for life-changing surgery 3 years ago

Major fundraiser tomorrow night as Mikaela gets ready for life-changing surgery

Convoy schoolgirl Mikaela was born prematurely and was diagnosed with spina bifida.

Her parents, Sinéad and Chris, didn’t know if she would ever walk.

But bubbly Mikaela, who attends Scoil …
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Keep calm and party on: 4 low-calorie Christmas drinks 3 years ago

Keep calm and party on: 4 low-calorie Christmas drinks

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It is officially December and that can only mean one thing; Christmas party season has officially arrived.

With the upcoming festivities and with Christmas being only a few weeks away, it …
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How to step into Christmas… and away from social anxiety 3 years ago

How to step into Christmas… and away from social anxiety

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With Christmas getting closer, many of us will feel a mixture of excitement and worry. However, for those of you who live with social anxiety, Christmas can be a very …
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How the lesser of two evils can help you stick to a diet 3 years ago

How the lesser of two evils can help you stick to a diet

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I had an interesting conversation this morning with a member of my Rushe Fitness classes.

They had been at the cinema and had refrained from having the usual fare of …
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Get rid of guilt and make self-care your friend 3 years ago

Get rid of guilt and make self-care your friend

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How many times a day do you allow yourself to stop, take stock and breathe?

Or do you carry on, listening to all those ‘mustabations’ (I should be doing this, …
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Is coffee the key to living longer? 3 years ago

Is coffee the key to living longer?

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A study from the European Society of Cardiology has found that drinking coffee is associated with a lower risk of early death.

The study looked at over 20,000 people over an 18 …
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The Top 5 ways hidden calories creep into your diet 3 years ago

The Top 5 ways hidden calories creep into your diet

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You can be doing everything right.

You can be training, eating healthy, drinking your water, following everything you are being told to do and yet, you may not be getting …
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Monday Motivation: How to find your best time to exercise 3 years ago

Monday Motivation: How to find your best time to exercise

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When it comes to exercise, there can be a few myths surrounding the ‘right’ time to train.

  • Some do it ‘fasted’,1st thing in the morning in order to burn …
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How one businesswoman is revolutionising health therapies… with salt! 3 years ago

How one businesswoman is revolutionising health therapies… with salt!

Amanda Torrens, from Raphoe in Co. Donegal, is the woman behind an innovative and holistic treatment clinic launched in Letterkenny this year.

Along with her business partner Dr. Remo Schneider …
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Are you feeling SAD? 3 years ago

Are you feeling SAD?

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“There once was a girl whose happiness was tied to the sun. As it rose, so did she, and her smile was like beams of light. As it …
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Looking to lose weight? – Shed the sense of entitlement 3 years ago

Looking to lose weight? – Shed the sense of entitlement

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If there is one thing that I always recommend to a new client, whenever they come in for a consultation, it is the importance of food quality.

Food quality is …
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Watch: New HSE campaign casts light on dementia 3 years ago

Watch: New HSE campaign casts light on dementia

A new TV, radio and online advertising campaign to increase understanding and support for people living with dementia has been launched by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, as …
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Facing your Fear 3 years ago

Facing your Fear

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“Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears we can move forward, stronger and wiser within ourselves.”


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Recipes: Four treats that won’t trick your diet 3 years ago

Recipes: Four treats that won’t trick your diet

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We are coming into the Halloween break.

It is one of the best times of the year and is great fun for children and adults alike.

People will be having …
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A grandmother’s advice: ‘Please go for your BreastCheck’ 3 years ago

A grandmother’s advice: ‘Please go for your BreastCheck’

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BreastCheck – the National Breast Screening Programme is asking all eligible women to put themselves first and attend their appointment when invited.

Cork …
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Tough challenges ahead, but ‘tough cookie’ Mikaela stays positive 3 years ago

Tough challenges ahead, but ‘tough cookie’ Mikaela stays positive

Mikaela was selected to have her story told to highlight the day.

Mikaela, who attends Scoil Bhríde in Convoy will be eight in January and her parents, Sinéad and Chris, …
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Events: Majella shares vital message at ‘Think Pink’ afternoon 3 years ago

Events: Majella shares vital message at ‘Think Pink’ afternoon

“It’s tough but it’s doable,” were the comforting words from Majella today as she opened up on her breast cancer journey.

Majella was joined in the McElhinneys lingerie department by …
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The amazing things that happen when you let teens unwind 3 years ago

The amazing things that happen when you let teens unwind

“What is the one good thing you say about yourself in the morning?” Yoga instructor Joanne Cullen asked a Deele College 5th Year class today (Wednesday).

“I am amazing,” a …
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Find your Mama Squad 3 years ago

Find your Mama Squad

By  •  Health, Mammy

How are you?

“I’m grand, yeah fine, I’m good”.

How many times a day do we tell ourselves this, do we tell other people this?

Have you perfected your mask?


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How distracted eating is affecting your weight 3 years ago

How distracted eating is affecting your weight

By  •  Health

There are numerous reasons that Ireland is in the middle of an obesity epidemic.

  • Poor food choices
  • Over consumption of calories
  • Over consumption of alcohol
  • Lack of exercise


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Mindful or Mind full? 3 years ago

Mindful or Mind full?

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“Mindfulness, being present in each moment, without judgement”

So mindfulness is quite the buzz word at the minute, but what exactly is mindfulness?

It is defined as being …
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What are you waiting for? 3 years ago

What are you waiting for?

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The average life expectancy in Ireland is 81 years.

That is 8 decades + 1 year.

There are 10 years in each decade.

The graph below is where I am …
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How to mind your mental health at work 3 years ago

How to mind your mental health at work

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Today is World Mental Health Day. The 10th of October each year is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and bringing together efforts which support …
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How to dine on a diet 3 years ago

How to dine on a diet

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One of the biggest struggles people can have when dieting, is eating out.

Not knowing what to order in restaurants to keep on track, can make it difficult to know …
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‘Look for the beauty within the pain’ – Shannon’s story of perseverance 3 years ago

‘Look for the beauty within the pain’ – Shannon’s story of perseverance

Shannon McLaughlin, aged 21, moved from her home in Convoy to Arkansas, USA in 2015. She was a fit and healthy student with an exciting new life and bright future, …
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Donegal man inspires with loving story of fiancee’s MS battle 3 years ago

Donegal man inspires with loving story of fiancee’s MS battle

Susan White, the love of Neil’s life, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 17. The young couple met around this time, as Dublin woman Susan’s father Frank …
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