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June 24 2011




When to wean your baby Dietitian Heather Miller who holds clinics in Balla, Castlebar, and Ballindine this week talks about weaning your baby. During the first year, a baby grows more quickly than at any other time in his life. This means that he needs a lot of energy and nutrients to ensure that he can grow well. Initially, babies only need breast milk, or a suitable formula milk, but as they get older they need to have other sources of nutrition to help with growth and development. Weaning therefore is the introduction of solid foods into the diet of a baby who is drinking breast milk or formula milk. It is a gradual process but, by the time they are one year old, most children will be eating chopped, mashed, family food. At, or around, six months old, a child's body stores of some nutrients, such as iron, start to run out. Therefore it is important that when cow's milk is introduced as the main drink at one year old, babies should be eating a varied diet, which meets their nutritional requirements.

When to wean? All infants, breastfed and formula fed, should be weaned at six months. Some parents, however, may wish to wean earlier, and four months, or 17 weeks, should be considered as the earliest age that weaning on to solids should take place. Babies who are born pre-

term need to be weaned according to their individual needs, and advice should be sought from the dietitian and medical team.

Consistency of foods Six months — smooth pureed foods. Six to nine months — thicker consistency with some lumps; soft finger foods can also be introduced. Nine to 12 months — mashed, chopped, minced consistency; more finger foods. 12 months and over — mashed, chopped family foods and a variety of finger foods. Heather Miller has clinics in Balla Medical Centre, Balla; 24 St Patrick’s Avenue, Castlebar; and Healthwest Pharmacy, Ballindine. If you want to make an appointment with Heather Miller call her on 087 172 3664 or email


Kinesio Taping available at Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacy Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventive maintenance, oedema, and to treat pain. It is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of kinesiology, hence the name Kinesio. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs.

For the first 10 years, orthopaedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was used by the Japanese Olympic volleyball players and word quickly spread to other athletes. The Kinesio Taping method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24 hour day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion. Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. For more information on Kinesio Taping contact Simon Walsh at The Massage Clinic in Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacy, Bunree Road, Ballina. Call: 087 238 8533.

Amour Arrow Dating agency now in Ballinrobe ‘We see your happiness as our success’ Director of Armour Arrow dating agency, Asta Bautreniene, started the dating agency in January 2011. Six months after opening the agency, she moved into a new premises in Ballinrobe town, and she now employs three people who are working with her in a team. All of Amour Arrow International Dating Agency members, even if they are not Irish, are permanent residents in Ireland; and the agency operates throughout Ireland. Age range is from 19 to 65. Amour Arrow provides introductions for all their members in a confidential and personalised way. During the interview process they ask their clients to fill out an application form. They also listen to their clients and find out what they are looking for

and get to know them better. Amour Arrow will then match clients. The agency is currently running a wide variety of events such as speed dating and parties for their members. The dating agency will also soon host a confidence course, for those who want to discover how to increase self-belief and self-confidence, as sometimes people find it hard to start new relationships or they are just too shy and not able to present themselves well. Amour Arrow Dating understands how difficult it is to find an ideal partner — they are here to help to make it happen. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have any queries and one of their personal assistants will assist you without delay. Amour Arrow are located on the corner of Bowgate Street/Neale Road, Ballinrobe;; 087 178 4592/094 9542 699.



Areas of expertise include:

Weight loss, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, stroke, sports nutrition, food allergies and hypersensitivities, babies and childhood feeding issues, cancer and weight loss, disorders of the digestive system such as coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease, kidney problems, gout, motor neuron disease and multiple sclerosis.

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Lonely? How to stop reaching for the biscuits Do you run to the fridge when you’re feeling alone? Well, you’re not alone. New research has shown that 48 per cent of people feel that “being alone” is the biggest trigger for them to overeat. This new research from weight-loss programme LighterLife helps to bring us one step closer to understanding the important role that psychology plays when it comes to people overeating, and the role that behaviour change has in successful weight management. “The LighterLife weight-loss programme gives people the opportunity to explore together in small groups the emotional side of overeating, while losing weight,” said local weight-management counsellor Margaret Fahy. “In this way a person can begin to manage their weight effectively over time. Knowing what they are really missing, and so often it is not food, can help them break and manage patterns of overeating.”

Find out if you are really hungry by asking yourself these simple questions: 1 Have I got a hollow sensation in my stomach? Is it rumbling? 2 Am I thirsty? 3 Has my hunger grown over time? 4 Have I eaten anything in the last three or four hours? 5 Is my hunger sudden and urgent? 6 Have I noticed a sudden change in my mood? If you answer ‘yes’ to 4, 5 and 6 then it is more likely to be an emotional hunger rather than physical. Remember, overeating is a behaviour that can be changed If you are interested in finding out more about the LighterLife programme or if you would like to speak with your local weightmanagement counsellor why not call Margaret Fahy, Innovation House, Chapel Lane, Claremorris on 094 937 7885; 087 141 1145.

Kinesio Taping available at Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy Bunree Rd Ballina  
Kinesio Taping available at Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy Bunree Rd Ballina  

Kinesio available at Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy Bunree Rd Ballina read the following article for more information