‘Baby’ weight: I’m still not back into my own clothes, but I’m kind of happy in my own skin in general. Trying to get the good stuff in is definitely important. It’s so easy to reach for a biscuit when you have a crying baby in your arms. If you can, have fruit or nuts ready. I mix dairy and dark chocolate with brazil nuts, it’s really nice.
Breastfeeding: Women don’t know what to expect. They are told ‘it’s easy, it’s lovely’. It would be better if we were honest and said ‘the first few weeks are really tough and you may be in your pyjamas for a month’. I did a breastfeeding support class with Clare Boyle [midwife and breastfeeding consultant] in Cork before I had Dylan and it was the making of me. She really made me believe I could do it.
Dieting: Anything that is a diet, no matter if it works or doesn’t work, you are getting into that diet mentality. I’m passionate about parents not instilling that in their children. My mam never had magazines in the house. I never remember her mentioning her weight. I never remember her being on a diet.
‘Clean’ eating: The premise of it, in terms of meaning unprocessed food is obviously a no-brainer, but there’s no such thing as dirty eating. We have to be very careful with the language we use around food, especially with girls, and developing a healthy relationship with food is probably the most important thing.
Social media nutritionists: “The problem is that everyone has experience with food so it’s expert by experience rather than training. We are regulated by Health & Social Care Professionals Council, the national body for health professionals. If I do something wrong and I mess up, there are consequences for me. Nutritionists and nutritional therapists don’t have the same boundaries. They can do harm and there is no-one regulating them.
Going gluten-free: Gluten-free is really only for people with coeliac disease, and that’s 1% of the population. The whole idea of gluten intolerance, the evidence isn’t strong enough to back up whether it is actually a thing. The research seems to suggest it is wheat intolerance that is more of an issue. For people with irritable bowel syndrome, often wheat can be an issue. It can affect 15% of the population, which is a much bigger percentage.