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Karl Henry's Body Focus: Where do you spend your energy?


Karl Henry

Karl Henry

'One pot wonder' casserole

'One pot wonder' casserole

Green tea

Green tea


Karl Henry

Life is incredibly busy, with most of us wishing that there were more hours in the day or days in the week to get everything that we want done.

And at the end of the week, many of us feel both physically and emotionally drained.

Of course, we have choices about where we spend our time and energy. Recently, I walked past a group of protesters and I was fascinated by the passion and energy that they displayed. On one hand, you could commend them for actually taking to the streets to oppose something that they believed in, but on the other hand it seemed to me to be pouring energy into a negative frame of mind where there was very little to be gained.

It struck me that if they put the same energy and time into taking positive steps to progress their particular cause, there could be some incredible changes and gains.

I walked away thinking about where people generally spend their energy. What do you do with yours? Do you spend it on something productive or do you spend it gossiping and giving out? Is your mind focused on being positive, or is it trapped in a negative space?

If you were to meet successful entrepreneurs, and those who climb the corporate ladders quickest, where do you think that they place their energy? I bet they spend their day on something that will improve their careers, their lives or their bank balances - pushing forward, focusing on how they can improve and succeed. Is it any wonder, then, that they do succeed while the rest of us are busy complaining?

This week, take a look at where you spend your energy each day and consider carefully whether it's on something that will improve your life and career or not.

This is full of protein and vitamins, incredibly simple to make and delicious.

You will need

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

3 chicken breasts, diced

1 tablespoon of crushed garlic

1 medium onion

Handful of mushrooms, chopped

1 large tomato

1 tablespoon of crushed ginger

1 medium broccoli, cut into florets

1 red pepper, chopped

1 cup of green beans, or beans of choice

1 tablespoon of diced coriander

½ tablespoon of Tabasco, optional

½ cup chicken stock


Heat a pan on medium heat and add the oil. Cook the chicken until lightly browned. Remove to an ovenproof dish and cover. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and sauté. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 2 minutes. Pour the contents of the pan into the ovenproof dish with the chicken, replace the lid and cook in the oven at 180°C for 1 hour.


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Ireland loves to drink tea and, while it's not the worst thing in the world for you, there's a healthier option. Green tea is full of antioxidants and is believed to help speed up your metabolism. Having a cup is an easy way to get healthy while you work or relax.

Irish Independent

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