Howard Lyman: One of the my favourite Institute for Integrative Nutrition speakers so far.

Have you heard of Howard Lyman? He is the American cattle ranger turned vegan who famously, along with Oprah (yes, that one!), was sued by The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association back in 1996. This came about following his appearance on the Oprah show, on which the Lady herself claimed that she would never eat another burger. This is his (highly entertaining!!) story.

(Ps. the quality on this video isn’t the best but it’s definitely worth a listen…..promise!)


3 Takeaways from the May 2014 Institute for Integrative Nutrition Conference

#IINLive was packed full of brilliant speakers, and it would simply be impossible to share everything in a single blog post. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition offers so much more than an amazing nutrition program & I want to highlight that. So here are 3 examples of how diverse the schools teaching are…

COMMUNITY: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

Granted IIN has thousand of students across the globe, but in the grand scheme of things, I think the above quote from Margaret Mead is applicable! The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is not just a school, its a movement ,and never has this been more obvious to me than while streaming #IINLive. Despite the fact that I was tuning in “alone” (albeit I was interacting on social media), I really felt the energy of the IIN community and what’s more, I felt part of it! Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this school is well on its way to accomplishing it’s mission;

To play a crucial role in improving health & happiness, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world”

HEALTH: Think Waist, not Weight!

We live in a weight obsessed world, and who could blame us for wanting to turn a blind eye to the number on the scales. In the long run though, we are not doing ourselves any favours by ignoring it. We’ve all heard about  people who wake up one morning, & suddenly realise that they are 100lbs overweight! Alas, I have good news for those of you that are filled with dread at the thoughts of being weighed. Dr Oz says that your waist size may actually be a more important indicator of your level of health. So get out your measuring tapes & make sure that your waist is not any more than your height in inches divided by 2!

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Everything is Figureoutable!

I love Marie Forleo, and not just because she uses words like “figureoutable”! (Seriously though, isn’t it a great word?) I have to agree with Marie when she says that if we really want something, we will move mountains to get it. The fact is, that if we aren’t prepared to do that, we don’t want it badly enough. Let’s stop lying to ourselves; it’s not that we don’t have enough time, or that we can’t afford it. It is simply not a priority for us right now. How much more empowering is that? If you are not familiar with Marie’s work, you should check it out here.

As always, I encourage you to get in touch, if you would like to know more about this life changing school!




Why I will never pay money into cancer charities…..

This is a much more detailed post about cancer prevention from Andrea Cullen. Please, please take the time to read it-this information is so valuable.


Andrea Cullen


Pre-note: Since I wrote this article this blog has gone viral, as has naked selfies and donationsvia text andFacebook. If I may add a few more comments and links before people read my article:

My intention in writing my article was to provide education into prevention. Prevention being the things that people can do now in their daily lives to protect and preserve good health and create a sense of empowerment and a feeling that positive actions do make a difference. Because they do. Also it is important that the truth is shed on the interplay of genes and cancer. As the quote says: genesload the gun, environmentpulls the trigger.



I am not going down the rabbit hole here about what treatments to follow, or telling people not to do health checks etc. We have to live by our own choices and we all have the freedom to make…

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How about a #NoMakeUpSelfie for #CancerPREVENTION??

Over the last 48 hour hours my Facebook news feed has been flooded with friends and family posting their Selfies, sans Make-up, for cancer research. It seems the whole country is on board. So far over €200,000 has been raised, and that’s an impressive sum when you consider the average donation is only €4!

It got me thinking though; what if €200,000 was invested in cancer prevention? Instead of closing the metaphorical stable door after the horse has bolted, and being constantly  one step behind, why don’t we concentrate on being healthier? Research put forth in one of my lectures this week by Dr Joel Fuhrman, suggests that simply including green vegetables, mushrooms, onions and green tea in the diet, has the combined effect of lowering cancer risk by well over 50%! How many of us actually know this, and why exactly is this information not widely available in mainstream media?  You can read more about Dr. Joel’s work here and I highly recommend that you do.

To date, billions have been invested in cancer research, but yet ,cancer rates continue to grow year on year. It seems to me that it is high time we started to invest in cancer PREVENTION, and that we put at least part of the money towards education and food policy change. We need to start being Proactive instead of Reactive.

I’m all for cancer research. I am eternally grateful for those who have made it their life’s work to find a cure for this terrible disease, that has affected so many families, including my own.  Ask any cancer patient and I’m sure they would tell you that they would have done anything possible to avoid it, had they all the information. And so it is, that I want to fly the flag for cancer PREVENTION.

I have been nominated to take part in the social media craze, but as of yet have not done so. I want us all to start thinking differently about our health and the diseases that affect us. Let us not only think about cancer research, but also about cancer prevention. Equal importance needs to be placed on both these life saving strategies.

So here it is, my take on the   #NoMakeUPSelfie, but this one is for #CancerPREVENTION