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Karl Henry's Body Focus: Spring clean your mind


Karl Henry

Karl Henry




Karl Henry

When you look at the home screen on your laptop, computer or phone, what do you see? Do you see lots of updates due, messages to be sent and documents dotted across the screen? Or is it organised and very structured?

In many respects, what you are looking at is a reflection of where your mind is at. In the same vein, your car and your home also reflect your life. If they are dirty and disorganised, then there is a very high chance that it is exactly how your life is.

Just like building a house, you want the very best foundations possible for a successful life. How can you expect to be motivated, focused and successful if everything around you is in chaos?

Structure grounds us, it gives us a sense of control and a sense of calm. Similarly, we feel good when we declutter and clean. Getting organised refreshes our outlook on life, on ourselves and how we feel.

This weekend, start that spring clean, but don't just look at your home - look at your phone, your computer, your desk, your car and anywhere else you want to exert some calm and control.



We know how healthy green vegetables are for us - they're full of minerals, vitamins and fibre, as well as having great digestive benefits too. This roasted broccoli dish is a nice take on how to cook an old favourite and make it a staple of your dinners.

You will need

2 large heads of broccoli

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp pepper

2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped

Dash of Tabasco, optional


1) Pre-heat the oven to 120 degrees.

2) Dice the broccoli into small pieces.

3) Mix in the oil, pepper, garlic and Tabasco in a bowl or freezer bag.

4) Add the broccoli and cover it thoroughly in the mix.

5) Empty onto a baking tray.

6) Place in the oven for 20 minutes or until roasted and enjoy.



Forget the glasses, cups and small bottles that are easy to lose count of. Instead, buy or fill up a 1.5l or 2l bottle of water first thing in the morning and keep it with you all day. By the time you go to bed the bottle should be empty - no excuses.


Find your local food market - and the opportunity to expand your palette and try something healthy and new - at irishvillagemarkets.ie.


Running is probably the fastest-growing sport in Ireland in the past few years and races have become hugely popular. Some of the best I have found are the free Park Run 5k events taking place on Saturdays all around the country. There are 24 runs currently happening nationwide and are all free to the public to take part in. The timed Park Runs are great ways to track your times and get fit. Check out your local event at parkrun.ie.

Irish Independent