Exercise & Nutrition

Too much of everything is not good for your, there must always be a balance placed somewhere to avoid going out on a limb without the satisfaction desired. Some people believe that working out intensely is all that is required in order to lose weight and remain fit. This is a great misconception as eating takes up 70 to 80% of your fitness and health journey. Eating well cannot be overemphasized as you will not see any progress until you change and maintain proper eating habits.

It is tough, but nothing good in this life should come easy, so you would simply need to tough it out and get on with the process. We all have busy lives! Life can sometimes be very hectic and sometimes we have the tendency to lose control. When we consider entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers, lawyers such as Taragh Bracken with busy schedules and days that are never the same yet are able to accomplish such goals it gives us the motivation to go on. The list could go on and on about what to eat and what not to eat, how to workout and how not to work out but in all things you must find out what works for you and move on with it, making few adjustments on the journey as you become more conscious of a healthy lifestyle and how your body reacts towards change.

There are certain main ingredients however that are found in most foods that should be avoided at all cost not only to be fit but for your health in general.




Too much sugar



Looks good, doesn’t it?  Well, do you know that they are one of the greatest threats to your health in general?

Foods such as yoghurt, salad dressings, cereal spaghetti, rice, granola, pre-made soups, and much more all contain these lovely sugars that increase the risks of high blood pressure, chronic inflammation and of course; weight gain. It should be avoided at all costs as it also prevents heart diseases when taken in access for a long duration of time. An alternative to sugar in your food is to make your food yourself! What is preventing you to make that salad dressing that you love so much on your own and avoid using sugar but instead lemon or orange juice?




Again, looks amazing right? Unfortunately, most of the food that looks amazing is usually not too good for your whiles the food

Refined grains


that is actually good for you may not look too great. Within these doughnuts are tons of starch and high gluten as well chemicals that we are not able to pronounce, artificial colouring and of course, our friend: sugar. Eating refined grains such as cakes, doughnuts, pancakes, and much more may not seem scary right? In the long run however you do risk suffering from diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases. Do ensure to stay clear from refined grains as much as possible.






Sodium is one of the leading causes of high blood pressure and heart failures. Like sugar, it is found in most foods such as



bread, smoked, cured, salted or canned meat, cold cuts, ham, sausages, canned beans and more. The salt in your body will control the fluid balance as well as to maintain the blood volume and pressure in your body. Have you noticed how your feet and hands sometimes swell for (seemingly) absolutely no reason? Well, there is a cause to that and it is due to water retention as sodium absorbs the water content in your body which will eventually lead to failure in those body parts. Try at all costs to avoid using soy sauce when cooking but instead simply Himalayan salt as well as the different spices. Let the spices overwhelm the salt as the spices are healthy and give off rich flavour as well.



As mentioned there are so many other types of foods and beverages that should be avoided at all cost but these are usually the foundation of most products so ensure all costs that they are not consumed daily in excess.