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S1 EP8 | Skin Health

In this episode, Claire is joined by Lynn Shead, a community herbalist and business owner of Natures Alchemy.  Nature’s Alchemy stems from Lynn’s own personal battle with sensitive skin and love of plants.  Lynn suffered for years with psoriasis and two of her three children suffer with eczema.  This gave Lynn her ‘why’, to help […]

S1 EP7 | Gut Health Part 2

Solo episode: Claire O’Brien, Honest and Goodness Nutrition talks gut health In this episode, Claire O’Brien discusses all things gut health and answers your questions on topics including probiotics, link between gut and mood, menopause, thrush, skin conditions – acne, eczema, dermatitis, hormones and PMS. Claire is a functional medicine trained, holistic nutritionist, accredited coach […]

The Gut-Brain Connection

Exploring the Impact of Gut Health on ADHD Symptoms ADHD symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Research points to a potential link between gut health and ADHD symptoms. The gut and the microbiome plays a much wider role in our health than was previously understood. We now know a lot more about how imbalances in […]

S1 EP6 | Gut Health Part 1

Your gut is like a garden 🌸🌱An inner garden that impacts every area of your health and wellbeing! I know there is so much information out there on the gut, it can be overwhelming which is why I wanted o create a two part podcast on gut health and really bring it back to the basics. If you would like to understand more about how your gut works, the symptoms and issues accosted with poor gut health as well as the ways in which you can support your inner garden through the addition of functional foods and weeding out those things that do not serve you. Good Honest Talk is available wherever you get your podcasts.

S1 EP5 | Meet the host – Claire O’Brien

Good Honest Talk Welcome to Episode 5 of Good Honest Talk. Welcome to Episode 5 of Good Honest Talk. On this episode, meet the host of Good Honest Talk, Claire O’Brien. Claire wasn’t always working in wellbeing, she spent many years working a stressful corporate job trying to balance it all and spending a good […]

S1 Ep 4 | Vick Ind, The Individual Plant Nursery

Good Honest Talk Welcome to Episode 4 of Good Honest Talk. In this episode, Claire is joined by Vick Ind, a horticulturist and business owner.  Her business Individual Plant Nursery, is a small plant nursery based in west Waterford that specialises in rare, uncommon and quirky plans. All Vick’s plants are produced on-site from seed […]

S1 Ep 3 | Wellness Round Table with Lorraine Shanahan, Rachel Beare and Vick Ind

Good Honest Talk Welcome to Episode 3 of Good Honest Talk. In this episode, Claire is joined by three incredible wellness professionals Lorraine Shanahan, Rachel Beare and Vick Ind. Each guest has or will feature in an individual episode of this podcast to allow you to get to them better and understand their work. Episode […]

S1 EP2 | Lorraine Shanahan, Art Therapist

Good Honest Talk Welcome to Episode 2 of Good Honest Talk. Welcome to Episode 2 of Good Honest Talk! In this episode, Claire is joined by Lorraine Shanahan, Art Therapist at The Lismore Clinic in Co. Waterford. Lorraine holds a BSc honours degree in Fine Art from Liverpool University and a Masters Degree in Art […]

S1 EP1 | Rachel Beare, The Yoga House Ireland

Good Honest Talk Welcome to Episode 1 of Good Honest Talk. In this episode, Claire is joined by Beare (Rachel Beare), The Founder of The Yoga House and dedicated full time Yoga Teacher now for 18 years.  She has one aim and that is to spread the teachings of Yoga as fully as possible, for the betterment […]

Good Honest Talk Podcast

Earlier this year I sat down with a group of amazing wellness professionals, each with their own unique story. Each with their own unique wisdom and humanity. In social media we often experience this pressure to be perfect. To show up as our best selves and show our highlight reels. It has created this idea […]

When to test: A guide for those with unresolved gut issues

Gut issues can cause bloating, gas, burping, and limited diets, impacting not only food enjoyment but also social life, family life, work life, dating life, body confidence, and energy. If you have experienced gut issues that have not resolved even after trying the basics that are usually recommended before testing, you are in the right […]

5 actions you can take to improve your digestion (before testing).

Gut health issues can significantly impact your life, but with the right actions and help, you can manage them. If you’re experiencing gut health issues, consider consulting with a functional medicine practitioner or nutritionist to help you identify the root cause of your gut issues and develop a personalised treatment plan. As a functional medicine-trained […]

7 Ways To Improve Your Sleep

When it comes to our health, sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise for physical and mental well being. The average adult requires 7-9 hours sleep each night. Of course there are a small minority of people who need just 6 hours and those who need 10 hours of sleep. However, research shows […]

Postbiotics – What are they and how do they work?

You’ve heard of antibiotics, probiotics and even prebiotics but what are Postbiotics? Postbiotics are substances produced by the breakdown of probiotics and prebiotics in the gut. These include amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin K. Postbiotics can have a variety of effects on the body, depending on the specific type of postbiotic and the context in […]

New Year, New You? Avoid the pitfalls of diet culture and make healthy sustainable changes.

We’ve barely put down our knife and fork on Christmas day before an add or post is telling us we need to lose weight. The Daily Mail increase their bikini clad celebrity posts by 5000% (that’s what it feels like) and we are told it’s time to start working on our beach bodies. What they […]

Three simple gut-friendly recipes to try between Christmas and New Year – Twixmas recipes

In between Christmas and New Years there is a no-mans land often referred to as Twixmas. Twixmas is known for leftovers, chocolate, not really knowing what day/time it is, and generally feeling tired and bloated. So if you’ have grown tired of the leftovers, want to get your gut back on track but with minimal […]

Top 7 Tips For A Gut Healthy Christmas & New Year

Here are my top tips for maintaining gut health during the holiday season: For more details on these tips and for gut healthy recipes download the free gut health Christmas Guide.

Everything you need to know about SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth)

What is SIBO? SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, is a condition in which there is an excessive number of bacteria in the small intestine. The small intestine is normally inhabited by a small number of bacteria, but in people with SIBO, the bacteria population is much larger and may be made up of different […]

Why bloating is stealing your energy and confidence – and what to do about it

Over the last 3 years I’ve seen so many busy, frustrated people suffering with ongoing  bloating and other digestion problems.  They have tried everything to beat the bloat. They’ve been to see doctors, tried the low FODMAP or other recommended diet plans, taken the supplements, tried the apps and still experience bloating.  Their friends, family […]

How To Banish Bloating Without Food Restrictions

When you have persistent tummy bloat and other digestive symptoms the go to is to stop, reassess what you’re eating and search out the trigger foods. You may be tempted to leave out groups of foods such as gluten, dairy, legumes, sugars or FODMAPS. These elimination diets can be helpful in identifying foods that you […]

How To Relieve Bloating

What exactly is Bloating? Bloating refers to the uncomfortable sensation of abdominal swelling which refers to an actual increase in the width of your abdomen. If you’re feeling bloated, remember you’re not alone. It’s a common symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Studies have shown that over 90% of people with IBS experience bloating.  It’s frustrating, it’s […]

The Effect of Stress On Your Body

When you sense danger, the hypothalamus at the base of your brain reacts. It sends nerve and hormone signals to your adrenal glands, which release hormones. These hormones are nature’s way of preparing you to face danger and increase your chances of survival. One of these hormones is adrenaline. You might also know it as […]

Have A Happy, Gut Friendly Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s tempting to drop healthy habits and overindulge in the festivities. While a balanced diet should always have room for treats, if you have digestive problems or are working on improving your gut health then you know that too much rich food and alcohol, along with a lack of […]

A big leap forward

If you’ve been to the website before you might have noticed that well – things have changed a little bit at Honest & Goodness. And it’s not just the website images or colours or even the service offerings that have changed. It’s a much deeper change. After 5 years of dreaming it and 3 years […]

5 Gut Friendly Warming Winter Soups

Soups to nourish your body and soothe your tummy If I’m having trouble with my stomach and want an easy way to get lots of nutrients into my body easily, I’ll go for a gut friendly soup recipe. I’ll add lots of herbs and spices that help to soothe my gut and top these soups […]

Everything You Want To Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Even the stuff you don’t want to ask Google What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a digestive system disorder where the function of the gut is disturbed. It is twice as common in females as males, and it usually first appears in teenagers and young adults. Throughout the world, about […]

Looking After Your Thyroid

Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck. It produces hormones that are labeled on blood tests as T3 and T4. These hormones are needed for all cells in your body to function normally. Your thyroid specifically regulates your metabolism, growth and development. It also has a key role in regulating cholesterol and […]

Hay Fever Season – How We Get It & What We Can Do About it

It’s a beautiful summer day, the sun is high in a cloudless sky, birds are singing and there is a gentle breeze blowing. It’s time. No, I don’t mean time to break out the barbeque. It’s time to break out the tissues. It’s estimated that 20-30% of adults and up to you 40% of children […]

Butternut Squash & Coconut Soup

The health benefits of the humble butternut squash are surprisingly lengthy. Rich in fibre (for healthy digestion), phytonutrients (anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant), vitamins and minerals, this bright orange veg is health giving in many ways. Rich in antioxidants A, D, E, vitamin C and B vitamins, three spoonfuls of butternut squash counts as one of your 5 […]

The 5 essential lifestyle changes to make if heart disease is in your family

When it comes to heart health the food you eat can be a game changer. Even when there is a genetic link, the food you eat can make all the difference to your heart health outcomes. Functional foods, foods that don’t just taste good but have a specific function in your body can help you […]

3 Ways Stress Impacts Your Heart Health

Plus 7 practical tips to help you manage your stress Stress is a normal part of life. It is the feeling of butterflies in our stomach on a first date, or exhilaration when we are on a roller coaster or the stress that helps us to meet a deadline or compete for a promotion. Chronic […]

9 ways cutting back on sugar improves your heart health

Sugar. There is no denying that sweet treats like cakes and chocolate are delicious. You don’t need me to tell you that consuming too much sugar on a regular basis is not healthy. However, it might surprise you to know that even people who are not overweight or obese are at higher risk of developing […]

How To Lower Cholesterol

Cholesterol is one of the most well known heart health markers and lowering cholesterol is one of the most Googled phrases heart related phrases in Ireland, Europe and the US. Recent studies have shown that having low levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol can increase heart disease risk as well as risk of premature birth, […]

Supporting Your Immune System With Vitamin & Mineral Rich Foods

The foods and nutrients to support your immune system function Over the last few weeks, supporting our immune system has been top of mind or most people. For most of us, the immune system is an abstract thing, we generally know that it helps us fight infection from pathogens including bacteria, viruses, and protozoa (e.g. […]

How to Lower High Blood Pressure

Otherwise known as the silent killer, high blood pressure is one of the most dangerous conditions that anyone can have. Although “HBP” doesn’t always have symptoms, it significantly increases your risk of various problems, including heart disease, stroke, and even kidney problems. High blood pressure contributes to many of the leading causes of death in […]

Food Intolerance Testing

A food intolerance can occur when your body has difficulty digesting certain foods.

What Do Your Cholesterol Levels Mean?

What is Cholesterol? Download the cholesterol infographic for a more on cholesterol balancing foods. Cholesterol; from Greek, chole AND steros, solid. Meaning; white crystalline substance found in animal tissues and various foods, cholesterol is normally made by the liver and is an important constituent of cell membranes and a precursor to steroid hormones. The human […]

Cajun Dirty Rice

This is a real client favourite! This is a really quick meal to create but is full of flavour and very comforting. Perfect for a after a hard day at work.

5 Autumn / Winter Smoothies

Vitamin Packed Smoothies I love a morning smoothie, we are lucky enough to have picked and stored a lot of blackberries this year so don’t be surprised to find them in a few recipes! Smoothies are a great way to add to your fruit and vegetable intake and although I do combine my fruits and […]

Why Your Body Needs Water

It may not be particularly warm outside, but you know when you need a drink of water – and fast.

What is a ‘balanced’ diet?

The volume of misinformation or misrepresented information in the media is mind boggling.