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Ger’s July 2017 Update!!

Ger's Monthly Update
Since last month we’ve celebrated Ruth and Ciarán’s wedding. You won’t be surprised to hear that there was plenty of evidence of the couple’s alternative approach to life on the day and why not, if you’re walking the walk you walk it every day! It was a truly joyous occasion and we wish them both a full and happy life together.
Ruth and Ciarans Wedding Only Natural
Other news is that our newest staff member Paul is settling in remarkably well. Already customers are appreciating his personal experience and depth of knowledge when it comes to blood sugar management. If this is an issue for you do come to talk to Paul.
This month we’re sharing a new case history from Anna Skrine that shows how allergens can switch illness on like a light while their removal can pave the way to better health, we have news of events both in Only Natural and elsewhere, Ruth reviews the Terrawash , a new clothes wash product that’s good for the earth and good for your pocket too and I’ll introduce you to the Jackfruit so you can be the toast of the barbecue circuit impressing vegans and meat eaters alike!

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World Renowned Doc of Detox Comes to Wexford

Supercharge Your Life Only Natural

Last month we introduced you to Simon Cullen masseur, energy healer and life coach and now we’d like to remind you of Simon’s initiative to bring internationally renowned Natural Health Expert and author of the bestselling ‘Healthy to 100’ Dr. Darrell Wolfe to Murphy’s Barn for a 2 day seminar ‘Supercharge your Life’ on the 12th and 13th of August. If you’re interested in what could truly be a life changing experience here are the details provided by Simon.

The SuperCharge Your Life (SYL) is a must for anyone wanting to improve the health not only of themselves but their family, friends and community. This extraordinary 2-day event will change your life and revolutionise the way you think, feel and live. SYL weekend journey is the tipping point for those who wish to truly become the master of their physical and emotional health.

For most, this is the first time that they realise they can truly become the master of their body and reclaim that which was once taken from them. When you join us for our ‘SuperCharge Your Life Training’ you will awaken to the fact that you are the only one who holds the power to release your pain and suffering.

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Recipe of the Month – Smoky Barbeque Vegan Pulled Pork

Vegan Pulled Pork

Jackfruit is all the rage in vegan circles and a great idea for anyone who wants to eat less meat for whatever reason. It’s meaty texture makes it the perfect cholesterol free alternative to pulled pork but it can be used in curries and all sorts of savory dishes. Only Natural has just received delivery of Jackfruit and we thought you’d like a great recipe to try it out! Make a simple barbecue style sauce (or indeed use an additive free commercial one if you’re in a real hurry!).  This vegan pulled pork is really rather good and the smoky barbecue dressing is delish and I think would work really well with roast veg or meat!

Recipe

1 tin of young Jackfruit Pieces (preferably in water, certainly not in syrup)
4 tbsp Tarmari, Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Tomato Purée
2 tbsp Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp Smoked Paprika
2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp Maple, Agave Syrup or other liquid sweetner
2 tbsp tasteless oil (such as steamed coconut oil) plus 1 tbsp for frying
4 tbsp water

Jackfruit Only Natural

Method

1. Take jackfruit pieces, rinse well and shred to a pulled pork texture by hand removing any seeds and tough pieces as you go. Set aside while you make your barbecue sauce.

2. Combine all other ingredients except for the oil for frying and mix sauce well with the shredded jackfruit.

3. Heat 1tbsp oil in a non stick pan and fry the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes until the jackfruit has started to caramelise but the sauce hasn’t become too dry.

4. Try it with homemade coleslaw on a bun or with baked potatoes or as I did topped with avocado.

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New and Notable

The idea with this blog is that it will grow month by month.  Each month Ger will pick a couple of new products that have come in store that he thinks are worth highlighting!

BetterYou Turmeric Oral Spray

All the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric in a highly absorbable oral spray (one month’s supply) €17.95

BetterYou Turmeric Only Natural
Blackwood Toothpaste Only Natural

Blackwood Whitening Toothpaste

With charcoal, the ingredient that gives Blackwood its black colour, whitens, absorbs smells and removes stains to leave teeth feeling fresh and clean. Juniper extract promotes gum health. The toothpaste significantly and safely whitens teeth, fights plaque buildup and maintains long-lasting fresh breath. €9.97

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YourBeautyTonic – Just The Tonic!!

Your Beauty Tonic - Only Natural

Is it vanity to want beautifully healthy looking skin? Perhaps so but I think we’re vain by nature so I think there will always be a market for products that promise that. The science behind them is sample, supplement the body’s flagging supplies of collagen (the building block that keeps skin healthy and plump) which start to dwindle after our mid 20s. However an Irish Company called Your Tonic has just taken the idea a step further with ‘YourBeautyTonic’ a daily sachet to add to water, juice or smoothies with a fantastic dosage of collagen and lots of other skin enhancing nutrients and herbs. 

Just launched, here’s what one beauty blogger had to say about Your Beauty Tonic.

“Who doesn’t want to wake up to flawless supermodel skin?  A new Irish tonic that claims to eliminate wrinkles is set to cause a stir amongst beauty junkies.  

Last year an ‘anti-ageing’ gin called Anti-AGin was launched onto the market which claimed to combat ageing while you drink. Boffins have now created a wonder tonic containing collagen and hyaluronic acid that may help slow down the ageing process 

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Anna Skrine, Naturopath and Allergy Tester – 1st Case Study from Research Project

Food Intolerance

Anna Skrine, naturopath and food intolerance tester, recently conducted some lengthy research into food intolerance in young people and we look forward to seeing the full results of that work. In the meantime here’s one case study that came out of it. As is often the case it shows just how beneficial it can be to remove the most basic allergens from the diet of someone suffering with life destroying digestive issues.

OLIVIA* Age 16

Olivia was age 16, but in a dire state when she came to Only Natural, and so we fitted her in as part of our Research Project.

Every time Olivia ate she suffered with reflux; she felt bloated all the time, and was not hungry, and often had cramps and pain in her tummy area.  She also suffered with constipation, which sometimes caused bleeding, though a bowel scope had showed her large intestine as being all clear. Her periods were so difficult that for the last 4 years she has had to miss 4 or 5 days of school each month.

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Ger’s June 2017 Update!!

Ger's Monthly Update
Hi everyone,
We hope you’re all enjoying the start of a great summer. In Only Natural we’re very excited as more opportunities present themselves for us to go in the direction we want to. It’s a new direction and it’s not, in ways we’re just going back to our roots. Over the next few months you’ll see us increase our offering of fresh, local produce, all produced by people who care as passionately as we do about wholefoods and how a diet firmly based on them really is the way to health and vitality.
As well as this we’ll be taking a serious look at sustainability and how we can help you, our customers, to make the most environmentally sound buying choices, whether that’s by buying organic, buying local or just minimizing packaging . Let’s look to the health of the planet as well as our own, after all they do go hand in hand. Yes these are lofty ideals but we can all make a difference, no matter how small, and we’d welcome any suggestions or comments you have so don’t be shy!

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Sukin, a skincare brand from down under that could be big up here !

Sukin Only Natural

Sukin was launched in 2007 by a Melbourne based family on a mission to provide high quality, affordable and effective natural skin and hair care.  We’ve stocked some Sukin products for many years now but, in line with our new drive to support products which truly love the environment as well offering quality and value, we’ve just increased the range. As to quality I have no doubts, you don’t get to be Australia’s No. 1 selling natural skin and haircare range without being a brand that works, especially in a comparatively harsh environment like down under.

As for eco credentials Sukin have chosen to make that the core of their ethos from the start. As their website puts it : “Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth” is our tagline which reflects our affordable price positioning and also touches on Sukin’s natural formulations and earth friendly brand ethos, these elements have resonated well with our customers.

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Solgar Sports Nutrition talk by Paul Chamberlain

Sports Nutrition Only Natural
In early May myself and two other staff members attended a sports nutrition training presented by Paul Chamberlain on behalf of our biggest brand, Solgar. Paul is a very well respected marathon and ultra-long distance runner. Nutritional requirement and supplementation were covered for both endurance and power and strength sports. Even though these two areas of sports are distinctly different, a lot of the basic principles are the same.

From a nutritional perspective, the first focus should always be on functional nutrition. This means eating correctly to maintain overall health, supporting the immune system and preventing injury. The second focus should be on performance nutrition. This is where specific fuelling for the exercise is taken into consideration, plus recovery and hydration plan.

Eat enough calories

The first priority in any training plan should be to eat enough calories. The only exception to this is where weight loss is a goal. It makes sense, especially during endurance training that more calories will be burned, therefore additional calories must be consumed. This is vital to maintain a positive energy balance. Not getting enough calories can lead to poor quality training, poor recovery, fatigue, weight loss and suppressed immune system to mention a few. Additional calories from healthy fats or carbohydrates could include; oily fish, avocado, mixed nuts and seeds, coconut oil, quinoa, rice, brown basmati rice, sweet potatoes, whole fruit etc.

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Holiday Packing – What’s In Your Suitcase??

Holiday Packing Only Natural
Oh thank goodness it’s that time of year again when most off us head off for sunnier climates!! It’s time to soak up the sunshine, build up your Vitamin D reserves and get away from the stresses of everyday life.

We’re often asked here in Only Natural for suggestions on what to bring away, sometimes it’s gift ideas for someone moving overseas but most times it’s just for people who want to enjoy their trip as much as possible and be as comfortable as they can.  So we’ve compiled a list of what we would recommend gets packed in your suitcase or in your hand luggage.

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