A big welcome to our new resident Nutritional Therapist, Alex Dobbs, who will keep you up-to-date with current nutrition trends and all the latest on tasty healthy foods.
Welcome to my first blog, this winter I will give you loads of ideas for a healthier diet. Together, we will incorporate more vegetables into your day than you ever thought possible. You will end up craving greens … trust me.
This winter in particular, in addition to working on our fitness, we can also improve our immune health. The immune system requires building blocks from good food to run efficiently. Your body can extract all it needs to run a fighting immune system from fresh coloured vegetables and fruit, high-quality protein, dairy, nuts/seeds and complex carbohydrates in your diet. Every meal is an opportunity to feed your body for health.
Fighting fit immune system
Breakfast: eggs, salmon and fresh full fat yoghurt are stuffed with Vitamin D, an essential nutrient that can help our immune system fight coronavirus. In a timely research paper, scientists at TCD emphasised the need to include Vitamin D rich foods in our diet.
Lunch: vegetable soup, winter salad with quinoa and beetroot, fresh berries and melon will all provide essential antioxidants such as vitamin C, zinc, carotenoids and flavonoids to boost your immune system.
Dinner: high-quality protein like meat, fish, tofu, beans or nuts, and at least 3 types of fresh vegetables should constitute your dinner to ensure you get enough amino acids into your body to boost your immune system.
As you can see, I prefer getting everything I need from my diet rather than relying on supplements. I simply love eating to my heart’s delight knowing that I am building up my defences against winter viruses.
Having said that, this winter I do recommend we all take a high-quality multi-nutrient supplement to really boost our immune system. Make sure you take at least a supplement containing Vitamin D3, C and zinc.
I have lots of easy, nutritious recipes to share with you so keep an eye on the blog!
All About Alex
My work is all about combining cutting-edge food science, experience and a good deal of common sense to tailor dietary advice specific to each client’s needs and to help each client to adopt this advice long-term. In my practice, no one food is ever off the menu, I love all foods. My goal for my clients is to “Eat A Rainbow” every day, to eat as many fresh, healthy meals and snacks as possible.
I run a Nutritional Therapy clinic in Greystones and online, and my husband and I run a farm in South Wicklow where we offer farm holidays and residential retreats showing people where their food comes from, how it grows and how to cook it for best health.
Nutrition is as much part of my life journey as sport. In my teens I was passionate about basketball, in my twenties I was heavily involved in cycle racing on the national stage. Now I keep fit for fun swimming in the sea and the pool. It doesn’t matter how you move or which sport you enjoy, as long as you can stay motivated to be physically active most days of your life.
BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Health Coaching
B.Sc (Hons) in Organic Farming
Ireland’s Own Health and Lifestyle columnist for 15+ years
Regular Nutrition and Lifestyle contributor to Spirit Radio
The Irish Field Contributor