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We LOVE chips – gimme them with ketchup, mayo or salt and vinegar. 

And for all the vegans out there, you know how chips are your trusty back-up when restaurants do not cater for us.

Have them skinny or chunky – dip, drench or dunk them, they're just potato perfection. 

That's why we are having none of this new Harvard study.

Supposedly no more than SIX, yes six measly chips, should be eaten at one time, to avoid the negative health consequences associated with over-consumption.

The guideline comes from nutrition scientist, Professor Eric Rimm, and the news just goes from bad to worse.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last year, found that those who consumed fried potato such as chips, crisps or the divine hash brown more than two or three times each week were cutting their life short.

In fact, they doubled their chances of an early death in an eight-year period. 

However, we must point out before you ditch potatoes entirely, that the study DIDN'T include whole, mashed or boiled potato – only deep fried.

The wholefoods don't pose a risk because it doesn't have the same fats as the fried potatoes said the researchers.

These unhealthy fats have been linked to heart disease risk factors and pro-inflammatory processes in your bod – so basically, you need to avoid them.

But the Professor didn't stop there – he introduced the phrase "starch bombs" – which honestly sounds delicious.

Nevertheless, he explained that fried potatoes are made up of processed potato that impacts the blood glucose levels and are combined with artery-damaging processed fats that are heated to extremely high-temperatures many times over – and voila, this is a starch bomb. 

And one of the main issues when it comes to fried potato habit is our growing portion sizes.

The recommended serving of fries is just 15 individual chips – 15?!

If the local chippy gave me that I'd hand it back – and don't get me started if someone dared to serve me 15 chips after a night out.

But the research means we probably have to re-evaluate our addiction to fried potato foods. 

 

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Christmas is the time for plenty of good grub, spending WAY too much time with the family and just taking it easy.

If fitness is a big part of your life or you're looking to keep off the pounds over the festive period, we've got some tips and tricks for staying in shape.

However, we have to say that you SHOULD indulge over the Crimbo and don't even think about the calories you're consuming.

Walks with the gal

It's a rare occasion that all the gals are off work and are free to meet up.

A walk in the park with your closest friends is a great way to move over Christmas and it's a great excuse to get away from the family for an hour or two.

It is also an activity that you can tailor into your festive schedule, so it could be a quick 20 min chat-up or a two-hour stroll.

Ice Skating

It's the best winter fun around and ice skating can help to digest all the mince pies you've inhaled.

In general, a 45-minute muck-about on the ice will melt away 451 calories.

So get the fluffy socks out and lace up to enjoy some winter fitness.

Hiking

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wrap up warm and get the hiking boots on.

There are plenty of trails and hikes to discover over the festive period.

It will give you an opportunity to reconnect with nature and to slow down after a year of working.

Water

Central heating, consuming large amounts of salt and being inactive can lead to one thing – dehydration.

So make sure that you keep one healthy habit this Crimbo and keep the water on hand.

Your body will thank you for it as it attempts to digest an uncountable number of roses sweets. 

Christmas Day swim 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Change up the way you start your Christmas day with a dip in the sea.

Make sure you find a safe swimming spot and enjoy the freezing cold, crisp open water.

Cold water boasts many healing properties such as easing depression.

It's a great way to end the year. 

5km Festive run

It's a tradition for a lot of households to do a 5 km run to kick off the festive season.

If you can drag any family member out on Christmas morning, it's a perfect way to start the day.

If your boyfriend's relatives do a 5km run for fun – we are sending you sympathy hugs (and there's still time to break-up with him before Christmas).

But they might be onto something as the run will ignite those endorphins (aka happy hormones) – and it doesn't matter if you run, walk or crawl the 5 km.

Stepping your way into the sales

Get in those steps as you hit the sales this year.

Elbows out as you wade your way through the crowds and snap up some bargains.

All your muscle power will come in handy as you wrestle the last pair of Gucci gloves out of an old lady's hands – they're stronger than they look.

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​​​​Siohan O'Hagan took home the #FitFam award at this year's inaugural SHEmazing HP Awards, and it's not hard to see why.

The personal trainer adopted a fitness regime that totally transformed her body and mind and through the power of social media, she is inspiring thousands of others to do the same.

Fitness was always a part of Siobhan's life, but she admits that she didn't take it too seriously. 

Like most of us, she would try to squeeze in a few gym sessions each week while also make time to indulge in a few drinks at the weekend. 

''I was always into fitness – it went along side my social life.''

After growing tired of the same old routine, Siobhan decided it was time to make a change and so she started to take a more serious approach to her training.

 

Nothing can kill my vibe these days

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Everyone has to start somewhere, and believe it or not even Siobhan struggled to make fitness a priority at the beginning.

''It was absolute hell… I was just exhausted, but I knew I was doing it to make a change.''

However, with the right mind set and a huge sense of determination Siobhan was able to power through and in November 2014 she began to document her progress on Instagram.

She quickly gained a significant following and less than three years later ohfitness_ie boasts over 85,000 followers. 

Siobhan qualified as a personal trainer in June 2015, and since then has launched her online training program OH Fitness Factory.

The focus here is not on weight loss, but rather it's about ''educating females on nutrition and training.''

So, if you're thinking about starting you own fitness journey, here are Siobhan's top tips:

Keep it simple 

Eat whole foods and move more. Start by making small, manageable changes to your daily routine. 

Build Muscle

The more muscle on your body, the more calories you'll burn in your every day life. 

Get a personal trainer

There's no point paying for a gym membership when you have no idea what you're doing. If you're serious about getting fit let a professional guide you through the process. Not only are you more likely to stay motivated, but you'll also see results faster.

Trust the process 

You won't see immediate results, and that's OK. Fitness is a long term process, so keep going.

Get in the right mindset

'Mindset is huge' according to Siobhan. As well as looking at the physical changes, you need to focus more on how you want to feel. All the small decisions you make each day will effect your goal. 

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Whether it’s your admiration of their goals, their attitude to health and fitness or your take on their second-to-none squats, nominating for the #FitFam Award was your chance to remind your nominee that they’re absolutely killing it on the health and fitness front in Ireland.

And you guys did not hold back!

Our panel of judges trawled through thousands of very worthy nominees before settling on this incredible shortlist.

And now they need YOU to make the final decision on SHEmazing’s #FitFam Award.

Let’s take a look at the five finalists.

The Food Medic

A junior doctor and qualified personal trainer, Dr Hazel Wallace has educated, inspired and motivated you guys across various realms.

From nutrition to exercise, and everything in between, The Food Medic schools us on food, fitness and how to do it the fun way.

Siobhan O’Hagan

Having switched career paths and overhauled her lifestyle, Siobhan O’ Hagan is perfectly positioned to motivate anyone who thinks a certain lifestyle is out of their reach.

Between motivating the masses and coaching clients, Siobhan gives much of herself, and reminds us that you take one day at a time when it comes to fitness and nutrition goals.

Maeve Madden

With an Instagram full to bursting with posts, snaps and videos which motivate and inspire, it’s no surprise Maeve Madden has made it on to our shortlist.

A personal trainer and pro Irish dancer, Maeve’s impact on the Irish #FitFam scene has been nothing short of incredible.

Sarah Godfrey

From sharing pro tips to keeping her followers updated on her personal health and fitness regime, Sarah Godfrey has amassed a huge following on social media.

If you’ve been inspired by Sarah, now is the time to crown her the winner of the category!

Sian Walton

Our fifth finalist comes in the form of self-confessed gymshark, Sian Walton.

With Instagram followers that number in their tens of thousands, Sian’s dedication to health and fitness has had a massive impact on you guys, so be sure to vote if Sian is your number 1 #FitFammer.

Cell Nutrition is proud sponsor of The SHEmazing Awards 2017 #fitfam Category

 

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Over the last few years there has been an increasing shift towards more alternative style weddings, and for one CrossFit obsessed couple in the US that trend resulted in a big day with a difference.

Brooklyn-based newlyweds Oliver Drewes and Christina Moore exchanged vows over the weekend in a Californian tennis stadium as they attended the 2016 CrossFit Games.

The couple – who met on a blind date in a New York gym – had considered eloping for the occasion but instead opted for a fitness themed big day when they won an all expenses paid wedding in a Reebok-run social media competition.

The 30-year-old bride told People: "We had such an amazing time at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games that we knew a wedding at the 2016 Games would be nothing short of epic."

"We wanted to elope anyway, so why not in Carson in a stadium full of people who share our values?"

The bride – who wore a white sports bra, tennis skirt, runners and small veil-like headpiece – told InStyle: "I didn't even notice a crowd. My dad talked to me the whole time we were walking [down the aisle], then I just focused on Oliver."

"The crowd was supportive and we were lucky to have friends and family on the stadium floor with us, so we felt loved."

The newlywed admitted she would not have felt comfortable wearing a traditional wedding dress on her big day and so wearing workout gear "only made sense".

According to the Mail Online, the happy couple managed to work CrossFit references into their vows and just in case the occasion conflicted with someone’s cheat day (hate that) the wedding cake was completely paleo.

In fitness and in health…

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