500 Days Alcohol Free

When I started out on my alcohol free challenge in June 2019, I had quietly hoped to achieve 90 days without drinking alcohol. That was a mountain to me from where I was.

I live in Ireland, a country where alcohol consumption is so deeply ingrained in the history and the culture that to not drink is social suicide. If I was 20 years old now, I’m not sure I would have the experience, maturity or courage to row against the very strong tide of drinking pressure that remains alive and well in this country.

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Halloumi + Mixed Salad

Halloumi is one of those overlooked food products that is having a bit of a revival right now in the food world. Mainly due to it’s ability to be barbequed or grilled, it has become popular as an easy vegetarian option. It also tastes great. It is generally a mix of cow, goat and sheep’s milk (although the exact blend here can vary by product) which results in a hard cheese that can be eaten hot or cold. It is verrry tasty.

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Chocolate + Peanut Butter Smoothie

Smoothies are a favorite delivery mechanism of mine. When you see the health ads promoting eating 5 fruits and vegetables per day this can be tricky for some to achieve. Not when you are a smoothie making machine, you can achieve this target in one blend. Often in a day that starts with a smoothie I can take in anywhere between 10 to 20 different fruits and vegetables. It makes it way easier to up your intake so at least you can get to the starting line of ensuring good health – you’re eating the right stuff!

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Writing My 1st Book

I am in the middle of writing my 1st ever book. It will be a cookbook compiling and curating all my favourite recipes into one place. As I am embarking on my final year (4 of 4!) in Nutritional Therapy in a few short weeks time, I routinely provide meal ideas to my clients to help them make better choices around food and improvements in personal performance.

I am, like many of you, a busy parent, husband, employee, friend, colleague and son – so many hats! I like simple recipes that call for a handful of well chosen ingredients, which when carefully combined can get nourishing wholefoods onto the table with minimal fuss so everyone can fill up and be happy.

I personally road test each and every recipe and tweak it for my own personal twist where possible.

So if you have any go to recipes out there that you feel you want to share with the world, share them here! I would be honored to read about them and possibly include in the book. If the recipe has a back story to it, please include that as it makes the recipe come alive that bit more.

Drop them into the comments section below.

Yours in health and happiness,

JP

One Year + No Beer = DONE

For many years I had a niggling voice in the very back of my mind about the booze. The little voice used to say things like:

  • What would life be like if you didn’t drink alcohol anymore
  • What cool stuff could you achieve in your life if you were no longer tethered to alcohol as a means to have a good time
  • Could you achieve health, fitness and weight goals easier and more consistently if you did not have alcohol dragging you back down into excuses and setbacks
  • Would removing alcohol help me live better, happier and more truer to myself
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How SAD is the Standard American Diet?

America is in a troubled place right now.

Leaving aside the recent chaos that began in Minneapolis, and the leadership crisis they have in the White house, its 328 million people are under siege from their own food choices. While the temporary nature of the rioting will pass when the media eventually gets bored of covering it or it no longer stimulates clicks, likes, posts and reactions across the fickle social media world, the deep systemic problems arising from the food culture in America will be its ultimate demise in my opinion.

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The Mediterranean Diet: It’s Not Just the Food

While the exact mechanisms by which the components of this diet may improve cardiovascular health does require further research, the cumulative effects of higher fibre intake, antioxidants, healthy fats including the essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein and complex carbohydrates all appear to contribute to an overall reduction in inflammatory markers (hs-CRP, IL-6,7,18), oxidative stress, endothelial dysfunction, blood pressure, insulin resistance, blood glucose dysregulation, LDL, HDL, total cholesterol levels and body weight (3, 4, 6, 7).

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Going Dairy Free

I’ve done a lot of self-experiments over the years – gluten free, vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, paleo, 365 days alcohol free, standing vs seating desks, smartphone vs dumb phone, caffeine free, 30 day fitness challenges. I have learnt a lot from doing these trials and testing out what works or doesn’t work for me. A human guinea pig if you will. 

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