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Paula is a well renowned food and nutrition consultant providing an extensive range of services in nutrition, corporate wellness, recipe and menu analysis and new product development. She has a comprehensive portfolio of clients from the food and pharmaceutical industry, educational establishments, catering & retail sector to corporate industry.
As part of her working week she lectures on the Masters in Applied Culinary Nutrition in Technological University Dublin. She is a current member and a past president of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI), the professional body for dietitians in Ireland. Paula has been awarded Diplomas in Allergy, Sports Nutrition and Public Relations. She has additional training in behavioural change, health & wellness coaching and in her special interest area, gastroenterology. She sits on the consumer board in Bord Bia.
Following the success of the best seller Your Middle Years, Love them, Live them, Own them, in 2016, Paula’s co-authored another book Gut Feeling, on the management of gut problems, irritable bowel syndrome and the low fodmap diet, launched March 2017. Her latest book, with forward by Prof Ted Dinan, is Mediterranean Mood Food 2019.
When it comes to good nutrition, it’s food first. Supplements will not take the place of a well-balanced diet. If you think you’re not getting the nutrients you need, shift your focus to the quality and quantity of the foods you eat and how you drink. Limiting highly processed foods and enjoying more fresh whole-foods (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), provides many benefits. This one change will provide various fibres that will feed and maintain a healthy gut microbiome. A healthy microbiome helps regulate your immune system and supports your physical and mental health. Not only are wholefoods vitamin and mineral-rich, they also contain phytochemicals which have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These can help protect against heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other health conditions.
For some people, vitamin and mineral supplements offer important health benefits. For example women of child bearing age are recommended to take folic acid supplements to help lower the risk of neural tube defects in new born babies. Vitamin D supplements can be beneficial for many children and adults who avoid eating oily fish, for people with darker skin, and for those who have inadequate exposure to sunlight. Vitamin B12 supplements can also help older adults get the proper amount of this nutrient and avoid anaemia. If you have certain health conditions or needs, seek medical advice. Discuss your health management strategies with your GP or health care team. Keep them in the loop. They are important gate-keepers of your health.