magnesium – are you deficient

Hi all,

here are some quick links to some good information on Magnesium.


by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND

to read the original article please click here:

Gauging magnesium deficiency symptoms:

Follow the links recommended here:

I recommend that when purchasing a magnesium product you avoid magnesium oxide, and choose an aspartate, citrate or malate. Epsom salts baths are also wonderful and please increase your intake of green leafy vegetables.


“Something is wrong – what do I do now?”


here is a quick video that I put together discussing some things to consider when we get a bit of bad news about our health. How do we feel about it? What do we consider as our options? Who do we go to?

If anything I just want to instill a bit of hope that you can take charge of the journey and weight up your options, follow your intuition, seek advice and support from many excellent therapists and doctors. Build up a team so to speak! You have options from:

  1. Medical doctors and consultants.
  2. Nutritional therapists.
  3. Functional or integrative therapists.
  4. Medical herbalists
  5. Manual therapists such as osteopathic and chiropractic and Bowen therapy experts.
  6. Reflexology, acupuncture, aromatherapy, sound therapy, homeopathy, tree and flower therapy (something close to my own heart).
  7. Energy healing modalities from technologies such as PEMF or from hands on therapists practicing energy healing.

Etc. I do recommend when possible to work with someone with a medical or science background so that they can understand both sides of the great divide that we know as holistic and conventional. A pretty crazy divide if you ask me as there are merits to all approaches and additional benefits from approaching your illness or diagnosis with a ‘team’ approach. Seek what feels right. Although I do recommend that you give any therapy and therapist sufficient time, there is nothing ‘wrong’ with seeking multiple answers.

Build allies on your journey

I always suggest that you blend physical and healing treatments with mindfulness, self-awareness and acknowledgement of emotions. Something I use often in my clinic is a TIME-LINE and clients find this very insightful to make a road map of factors that came before an illness or diagnosis.

Never quit on the journey forwards; the body given the right tools, love and support will always strive to heal.

Much love,

PS you may find this interesting:


Stress is the trip switch….

Journeys in Healing

When stress goes up, often many of us play this out in food and diet.

We get a little bit more controlling, a little/ lot bit more judgemental and hard on ourselves, we set harder goals for weight and performance based on well… punishment and many of us feel a little more unsure in our bodies. the stress battle play out in the worst of internal battles… invisible to almost everyone in your circle except the most intuitive.

for the purpose of us being open, honest and supportive for one another… if it feels right. How do you manage this and rein it in? how did you move forwards… what advice would you give?

When all form of control and certainty leaves us and overwhelm sneaks up; we often subconsciously start to control in other areas. It is human nature.

With practice we can become better to catch ourselves, laugh…

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Should I follow a keto diet?

Hello all,

this is a short post containing an audio that I recorded yesterday after watching yet another debate in social media about weight loss and cycling performance and low carbohydrate/ ketogenic diets. Today diet is a battle ground between opinions; the science doesn’t often seem to count for much I am sad to say. That said, we do live in exciting times as more and more interesting studies emerge on who a keto diet may work for, and why a keto diet may not be recommended for most athletes except a few. It may be that the anecodotal stories do hold weight and I for one will never ignore what people share as their personal experience.

Perhaps there is a category of elite persons, normal persons, and those with metabolic issues and we all don’t thrive on the same diet nor perform our best on one prescribed type of diet. Science will always struggle to get into the finer details. So I guess this leaves the hard work down to us as therapists and individual athletes to find what works best for us in terms of health and performance with minimal fuss or extremes.

PLEASE take time to listen before you decide on taking a more drastic dietary approach which may harm your endurance performance and possibly also your gut microbiome health and micronutrient balance, never mind your energy for training at the top end intensities.

The best approach is not always the most drastic approach; often the simple changes done in the long-term create the most influential changes regarding our health and performance. BUT…. this takes time and patience. Something not many have these days. Just like your training, you reap the benefits when you step up your nutrition.


To clarify I believe in utilising a nutrition approach that ebbs and flows the macros across the training cycle.

I believe in optimising our ability to utilise body fat stores and glycogen stores while employing dietary strategies such as carbohydrates to fuel the gaps.

I believe that the correct training is a powerful tool to optimise both metabolic flexibility and fat adaptation and that this can be further enhanced with dietary strategies (end result = performance gains).

I advocate a diet focused on food quality (local, seasonal, minimally processed, and ethically produced) when possible, and centred around increasing micro-nutrient density; i.e. more of the good stuff.

I believe that humans are highly flexible when it comes to carbohydrates, fats, and proteins but that there is a balance that fluctuates around moderate protein, low-moderate natural carbohydrates, some intake of unprocessed fats and well vegetables are so important I almost want to give them their own food group.

I intuitively feel that eating according to where we come from is important. For example, I am Irish and Northern European and the foods indigenous to this location probably suit me better than say those from a hot central hemisphere location.

Most importantly I believe that food should be enjoyed and that the body is so utterly complex that we should avoid getting overly consumed by calorie and maco counting.

Listen to your bodies, nourish you body, respect your body and thank your body for all that it does.


I have linked some articles and papers below that may interest you:

The Ketogenic Diet’s Impact on Body Fat, Muscle Mass, Strength, and Endurance

Low-carbing for endurance: the oxygen problem

Low Fat versus low Carb round 1 Metabolic Advantage

exciting paper! Keto-adaptation enhances exercise performance and body composition responses to training in endurance athletes

Critical analysis of McSwiney et al’s 2017 keto study



Listen here for Endurance Sports Nutrition advice on a recent chat and chill session with Theia

Kona ironman nutrition

Sports Nutrition Chat and Chill ride guest interview opportunity with Theia Friestedt. October 16th 2017

Who knew that you could cycle, play Zwift, and give sports nutrition advice all at the same time AND have a hurricane (Ophelia) going on outside.

So I had the opportunity yesterday to turn my training session into an advice giving session all at the same time along with fellow Zwifters all under Zwift leader Theia’s guidance. Let’s just say that my multi-tasking can do with a bit of work, but, if you listen in and pay attention you will get some gems to assist your nutrition journey.

Sports Nutrition with Andrea Cullen

Follow the Volyoom link here: and here is the direct link to YouTube: Zwift Chat and Chill with Nutritional Therapist Andrea Cullen

Cycling topics discussed this week

During the Zwift ODZ Chat and Chill ride this week, I interviewed Andrea Cullen…

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Gut microbiome resources

Hi all,

I have a long blog in the making to bring you up to speed with what I have been up to. This sums up a busy year.

I want to share with you some very helpful and informative resources regarding gastrointestinal health and the science emerging on the gut microbiome. This field fascinates me.

I always start every client evaluation and journey centred around gut health. If we need to test we do, if there are symptoms we find the cause, if the diet is lacking we make improvements and if there is imbalance we rebalance and heal. It is astounding but not surprising how many health conditions are linked to the gut and improve after investigation and healing.

The gut is the cornerstone to your whole health, well-being and emotional balance. 

If you have tummy symptoms, food intolerance, auto-immune or immune issues, emotional health or mental health problems or suspect that your gastro health isn’t optimal please do contact me as it is easily remedied. If you suffer with a condition such as IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, athlete gut issues, diverticulitis and so on please don’t take your consultants word for it when they say that there is no link to diet and that it cannot be significantly improved with attention to food and the microbiome balance: it can!

World Gastroenterology Organisation tools and resources

International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics page 

Gut Microbiota for health resources page

All the above have twitter feed and social media pages worth following for up to date and accurate advice.

Lots of love