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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.

Tips on how be more authentic: Be proud of who you are 2 years ago

Tips on how be more authentic: Be proud of who you are

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Have you ever felt it difficult to be your true self? Find it easier to fit in with what is deemed ‘normal and not to stand out? Worried about being …
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Weight loss is simple, not easy 2 years ago

Weight loss is simple, not easy

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This article might not go down well with some.

It might touch on a nerve or two.

But it’s time to realise that everything we do is a choice.

Whether …
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Donegal Women in Business stand tall against effects of tech 2 years ago

Donegal Women in Business stand tall against effects of tech

Busy people who are forever hunched over laptops, phones and tablets as they work are making a shockingly negativing impact on their brains – this was the message from Dr …
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Royal celebrations for Donegal Cancer Groups 2 years ago

Royal celebrations for Donegal Cancer Groups

Donegal’s cancer patients will be relieved to get treatment close to home at the state-of-the-art North West Cancer Centre which was officially opened yesterday.

The opening was another day of …
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H.O.P.E – Hold On, Pain Ends 2 years ago

H.O.P.E – Hold On, Pain Ends

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This weekend I am so proud to be from Donegal. We have come together in our hundreds to take part in the Darkness Into Light walk throughout our county. Whether …
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Protein: What you need to know 2 years ago

Protein: What you need to know

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Protein is a German word that is taken from the Greek word Proteios, meaning the first in.

There is no question about it; protein is the most important macronutrient in …
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‘It’s very hard to be hopeful’ – Donegal woman’s fight with Lyme disease 2 years ago

‘It’s very hard to be hopeful’ – Donegal woman’s fight with Lyme disease

A mother has called for improved awareness of Lyme’s disease in the Irish health system after her daughter Dawn was diagnosed with the disease seven years after first becoming ill.


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The other side of motherhood 2 years ago

The other side of motherhood

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It is estimated that one in five women in Ireland will suffer from antenatal or post-natal depression. Post-natal depression can develop up to 12 months post delivery.

World Maternal Mental Health …
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19 reasons why you aren’t losing body fat 2 years ago

19 reasons why you aren’t losing body fat

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1. You aren’t in a caloric deficit. It doesn’t matter what you have heard, or what you have read, if you are not losing body fat, you are not in …
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Loving someone with anxiety 2 years ago

Loving someone with anxiety

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Anxiety is unpredictable, confusing and frightening. It is tough not just for the person who has it but for those who love them. If you are one of …
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Is eating healthy preventing you from losing weight? 2 years ago

Is eating healthy preventing you from losing weight?

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I hear it all the time in consultations. You may have even said it yourself at one stage or another.  It is one of the most confusing things for most …
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Hi! – Five tips to keep a conversation flowing 2 years ago

Hi! – Five tips to keep a conversation flowing

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Conversation is necessary as it introduces us to people. These people include friends, partners and employers. Without an initial conversation, the foundation of these relationships may not be built.

Yet it …
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The truth about treats 2 years ago

The truth about treats

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So, you are having a bad day at work. Your boss is on your case, your supervisor is being a pain in the posterior and you have to pull up …
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Alison begins road to recovery after ‘huge wake-up call’ in Donegal 2 years ago

Alison begins road to recovery after ‘huge wake-up call’ in Donegal

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Little did mild mannered Alison Devine think her first encounter with Donegal would become headline news.

Three-weeks ago the 41-years-old Scottish businesswoman, and mother of two young children, was arrested …
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Mind-Reading: How to stop worrying what other people think 2 years ago

Mind-Reading: How to stop worrying what other people think

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We often worry about what other people think about us. We try to read their minds and guess what they are thinking. The truth is, it is impossible to know …
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Emotional Eating 2 years ago

Emotional Eating

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Our cravings for certain types of food seem to always appear when we are at our weakest emotionally.

It may happen consciously or unconsciously.  Many health and dietary goals have …
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Donegal mother looks forward to a happy future after transplant from husband 2 years ago

Donegal mother looks forward to a happy future after transplant from husband

Organ donation has been a huge part of the lives of Fiona Black (nee Kelly) and her family. Out of 18 siblings, six of them have had kidney transplants, as …
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Supporting a loved one through depression 2 years ago

Supporting a loved one through depression

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“When I’m alone, I think. When I think, I remember. When I remember, I feel pain. When I feel pain, I cry. When I cry, I can’t stop. Please …
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Weight training made easy 2 years ago

Weight training made easy

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Entering a gym for the first time can be terrifying! The thought of starting to lift weights can be a nightmare.

You walk into the gym, take one look at …
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Julie’s invisible pain that brings her to her knees 2 years ago

Julie’s invisible pain that brings her to her knees

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March 2017 is Worldwide Endometriosis month, presenting a cause for millions of women to speak out and raise awareness of the condition. Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women …
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Words will hurt me… 2 years ago

Words will hurt me…

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“Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”

Remember this poem from your school days?

I think it should read more along the lines …
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5 Things You Should Know About Losing Weight 2 years ago

5 Things You Should Know About Losing Weight

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Weight loss can be a frustrating thing.

  • How much should you be losing each week?
  • What if weight loss stops?
  • What am i allowed to eat?
  • Will I be …
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How to create your own Healing Space 2 years ago

How to create your own Healing Space

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“A healing space is your own place of peace created through what you see, feel, smell and hear.”

What we see, smell and feel can all help us …
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“We are all the sum total of the choices we make” 2 years ago

“We are all the sum total of the choices we make”

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“Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.” Wayne Dyer

Over the past 2 weeks I have been focusing my Facebook live vlogs on my Rushe …
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Mammograms for Mother’s Day 2 years ago

Mammograms for Mother’s Day

BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme, is urging people to take advantage of the occasion of Mother’s Day this year by encouraging their loved ones to have a free mammogram …
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Endo… what? – You need to know this about Endometriosis 2 years ago

Endo… what? – You need to know this about Endometriosis

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March 2017 is Worldwide Endometriosis month, presenting a cause for millions of women to speak out and raise awareness of the condition. Kathleen King has been living with Endometriosis for 28 years, ever …
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QUIZ: Are you an Extrovert or an Introvert? 2 years ago

QUIZ: Are you an Extrovert or an Introvert?

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You may have heard of the words ‘Extrovert’ and ‘Introvert’ but may be a little unsure what they actually mean. If you picture a line with extrovert at one end …
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Don’t trust your scales 2 years ago

Don’t trust your scales

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If there is one thing that I have learned from training hundreds of people over the last few years, it is this:

The scale is a great tool for measuring …
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Does your work stress you out? 2 years ago

Does your work stress you out?

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“Stress is not what happens to us. It is our response to what happens. And response is something we can choose”- Maureen Killoran

Stress at work is becoming …
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How sleep can affect your diet and waistline 2 years ago

How sleep can affect your diet and waistline

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This past week has been an eventful one for me.

It all started at 5am last Friday morning. The alarm went off as usual for me to get up for …
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Inspirational Mary proves it’s never too late to quit smoking 2 years ago

Inspirational Mary proves it’s never too late to quit smoking

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Mary started smoking in the 1940s, when she was 17, and was an addict right up to the age of 80. She battled cancer three times before deciding that enough …
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Forgive yourself – Part two 2 years ago

Forgive yourself – Part two

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“Be gentle first with yourself if you wish to be gentle with others.” ~Lama Yeshe

Forgiving yourself can be more challenging than forgiving someone else. The reason being you …
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Three tasty low-calorie recipes for your three meals today 2 years ago

Three tasty low-calorie recipes for your three meals today

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I know that for some of you, resolutions are a distant memory, but for those of you that are hanging onto your New Year’s goals by a thread, I am …
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Life-saving breast milk bank appeal for donations 2 years ago

Life-saving breast milk bank appeal for donations

Ireland’s only milk bank based in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, provides lifesaving breast milk to over 900 babies a year.

They are currently facing an exceptional shortage of milk despite heavy …
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Aiveen Lavery: How women can overcome barriers in sport 2 years ago

Aiveen Lavery: How women can overcome barriers in sport

Aiveen Lavery is a Chartered Physiotherapist at JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates, Letterkenny and Derry. Aiveen has always been a keen sportsperson and currently plays for the Derry City Senior …
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“If you’re not feeling right, go and get checked out” 2 years ago

“If you’re not feeling right, go and get checked out”

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The 2017 Rundonegal Women’s 5k takes place on the 2nd April at 11am at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar.

This year, the 5K will raise funds for the charity …
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Forgiveness: Forgive Others – Part One 2 years ago

Forgiveness: Forgive Others – Part One

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“Forgiving is not forgetting. It’s letting go of the hurt.”

Sometimes it can feel almost impossible to forgive someone who has hurt you. We all make mistakes, …
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Why it is all so confusing 2 years ago

Why it is all so confusing

By  •  Fitness, Health

This past week, an article in Her.ie titled, ‘The sneaky reason you can’t shift your belly fat’, claimed that caffeine, cortisol and your hormones were the reasons that you couldn’t shift …
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Time to come clean about superfoods 2 years ago

Time to come clean about superfoods

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Catherine Gallagher from Donegal, a UK Registered Dietitian, writes a nutritional blog called What food can be with Cathy G…. Here, she examines the supposed heath benefits of five popular superfoods.

Information …
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Victory for campaigners as new radiotherapy centre opens 2 years ago

Victory for campaigners as new radiotherapy centre opens

The Centre aims to cater for a population of approx. 0.5 million people, including approximately 110,000 people from the Republic of Ireland and mainly patients from Donegal.

Speaking at the …
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Five tips to help your relationship this Valentine’s Day 2 years ago

Five tips to help your relationship this Valentine’s Day

By  •  Health, Life

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction”- Antoine de Saint-Expupery.

A starry-eyed, swept of your feet romance is what we …
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People and their opinions 2 years ago

People and their opinions

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Last Sunday was ‘Super Bowl Sunday’. If the Super Bowl is famous for something other than American Football, it is the half time show.

One of the biggest spectacles of …
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This picture of lemons can help you detect breast cancer 2 years ago

This picture of lemons can help you detect breast cancer

We all know that we should be checking our ‘lemons’ for signs of breast cancer – but what are the symptoms?

Although lumps are the most common indicator of breast …
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Valentine’s Day – What is it all about anyway? 2 years ago

Valentine’s Day – What is it all about anyway?

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 “Be with someone who makes you happy!”

It is believed Valentine’s Day began as an early Christian celebration, of a saint named Valentinus. So it had absolutely nothing to …
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Oncology services return to Letterkenny – but questions remain 2 years ago

Oncology services return to Letterkenny – but questions remain

It has been confirmed that normal medical oncology services have resumed at Letterkenny University Hospital. 

Donegal cancer patients were having to travel to Galway in the past month due to the suspension …
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What to do when anxiety overwhelms you 2 years ago

What to do when anxiety overwhelms you

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“Coping with anxiety can be overwhelming. It may trigger your fight or flight response, while using all of your physical and mental energy”.

Living with anxiety every day …
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Seven female training myths 2 years ago

Seven female training myths

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Today I am going to lay out a few myths that just won’t seem to die when it comes to women and training. I hear these on a regular basis …
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Relax and rejuvenate on a Wellness Weekend 2 years ago

Relax and rejuvenate on a Wellness Weekend

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The weekend of positivity and wellbeing will be hosted in a cosy cottage in Churchill. From Friday 10th to Sunday 12th, the weekend is designed to rejuvenate the mind, body …
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Jennifer’s incredible weight loss transformation 2 years ago

Jennifer’s incredible weight loss transformation

Jennifer McAnaney has successfully lost two stone by following the Slimming World diet!

Along with mum Mary, Jennifer attends the Newtowncunningham group run by Anne Marie McGee and the unstoppable mammy/daughter …
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What to expect when you are no longer expecting 2 years ago

What to expect when you are no longer expecting

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We are given so much advice from other mums, nurses, doctors, books the internet and so on about what to expect when we are pregnant. But what about after your baby …
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