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Ger’s February 2018 Monthly Update

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Shiva Speaks

My friend Nuala who, with her husband Matt, runs Enniscorthy’s Evolv Health Store, is a talented psychic and spiritual counsellor and over the years has used her talent for healing and guidance for the benefit of many. One practice she has honed to a fine art is that of channeling which can be defined as “quite simply the process of expanding and focusing your consciousness to bring through Divine guidance.”
I’m thrilled to say that the results of channelings done by Nuala over the last few years are about to take the form of a book ‘Shiva Speaks’. In the book are 21 eloquent and wise discourses on topics like ‘happiness’, ‘finance’, ‘pain’, ‘addiction’, ‘love’, ‘the obsessive mind’ and ‘the truth of who you are’. Each is an example of distilled wisdom channeled by Nuala’s higher self and sure to be a source of help and guidance when we come up against these issues in our lives as surely we must. Simple prayers and affirmations are included to help on the path and the beautiful photography that accompanies the text is also Nuala’s work. The book is truly a labour of love. Here’s an example of what Shiva has to say about bravery, think on this as you face your own fears.

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Recipe of the Month – Vegetable Makhanawala

Vegetable Makhanawala Recipe of the Month Only Natural

This delicious recipe is adapted from Rick Stein’s India Cookbook. It is incredibly tasty and so easy to make. Using ghee gives the dish a real buttery flavour. Serve with homemade naan breads and/or rice.

Ingredients

800g mixed vegetables (chopped potatoes, sliced carrots, peas and spinach)

For The Sauce

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Nichola’s Nutrition Tips

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Nichola Forrest, Nutritonal Therapist B.A. HDipEd, DipNut IINH, mNTOI.  See clients from Only Natural on Wednesday mornings, cost of appointment is €60 for the initial consultation and €40 for follow ups. For appointments ring or text 087 719 6831.

Nichola Forrest has kindly decided to share some of her nutritional tips with us, just little ways in which we can try to increase our nutritional intake.  This blog will be updated month to month and we hope you’ll find it very informative.

‘Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.’

I like this quote (Michael Pollan) in it’s simplicity and yet it contains a lot of sensible advice. ‘Eat food’ – refers to the importance of eating foods in their natural unprocessed state – meat, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.  ‘Not too much’ – this is easier said than done!  Most of us love food and it’s hard to know when to stop.  General rule is eat until you are 80% full and try to stop eating by 7pm where possible to allow the body to rest fully overnight.  ‘Mostly plants’ – the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, beans, pulses, nuts and seeds have been catalogued at length. Why aim for just 5 a day?  8-10 portions of vegetables and fruits (mostly veg) will transform your digestion, energy levels, skin health and so on.

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Which fat is best for you? This is butter but not quite as you know it!

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Which is the best cooking fat to use

Butter, olive oil, coconut oil, peanut oil, rapeseed oil? The choice is huge and you can be forgiven for being confused. Let’s look at the first option mentioned, butter, but I’m not talking about Kerrygold. Rather let’s look at the health advantages of Ghee or clarified butter which is rapidly increasing in popularity.

Firstly what is ghee? Ghee is clarified butter, but simmered longer to bring out butter’s inherent nutty flavor. Traditionally made from buffalo or cows milk, the process of making ghee removes the water and milk fats, leaving a high-smoke point (meaning that it can be heated to a pretty high temperature before it starts to smoke). Plus, it’s nutritionally rich like coconut oil. In Ayurvedic medicine ghee has been recommended for its health giving properties for millennia and now it seems that modern science is backing this up.

So what are its advantages?

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Ger’s January 2018 Monthly Update!

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A fresh new year is upon us once again, a blank page to fill however you wish.  It’s time to acknowledge all our achievements of the past year and be excited for what you can achieve in the coming one. We, in Only Natural, are here to help you on that journey and we think we’ve made it a bit easier for you to know exactly who to ask.

Getting to Know Us

We’ve just festooned our hallway with some rather dashing pictures of ourselves and I hope it’s going to serve a little more than our vanity. We’re currently eight in Only Natural and, despite our common passion for natural health, I think we’re a pretty diverse group of individuals. Each of us has particular interests and strengths (from essential oils to gluten free food, from sports nutrition to natural bodycare) within the sector so we thought we’d put that out there a bit so you know who to ask about an area of particular interest to you or a problem you need help with. So check them out next time you’re in the shop, the theory is ‘Get to know us better and you’ll get more out of your interactions with us.’

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Tina’s Spiritual Tidbits!

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Holistic and Spiritual healer and guide Tina Wilkins founder of Spirit Essence offers many different readings and practices every Sunday here in Only Natural from 1pm to 5pm. For a personalised session or to book an appointment contact Tina on 089 702 0235 and she will be able to advise what treatment is right for you.

Tina Wilkins wants to share with us some simple things that anyone can do to introduce some positive energy and healing into our daily lives. In today’s society I think we could all do with a bit of extra positivity and these tips added to over time won’t take much time out of your day but may make you feel that little bit more positive about life!

Even though February is a short month it can be as challenging as January as the cold weather continues.

If you’re prone to cold hands keeping a piece of hematite in your pocket helps to keep the blood flowing to your fingers. Even better are pairs of magnetic hematite crystals – these are great for increasing circulation by placing one in each pocket (they’re also great for stopping the ache in arthritic fingers used along side a piece of malachite for topical use).

Now being February you may prefer a piece of garnet as this also is known to increase heat as well as bringing passion into ones life! As Valentines day falls this month placing a piece of rose quartz level with your heart under or by your bed is said to attract your soul mate to you. In my peruse around the shop I noticed a beautiful set of cards The love deck just right this month for setting the intention of more love in your life, the 14th sees the almost full moon so a good time to bring something to fruition.

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Westgate’s Aubergine, Sprouted Mung Bean & Fennel Salad

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Anyone for Salad?

I’d say that Westgste Design’s brilliant food selection is a leading light locally when it comes to offering a wide choice of tasty food covering wholefood, vegetarian and vegan, gluten free and raw options. Darron’s keen sense of flavor combinations has never let them down. The unrivaled selection of super delicious salads has alway been a major draw for me with offerings as diverse as carrot and beetroot slaw, roasted cauliflower and chorizo, sweet chilli noodles and broccoli and feta salad.
(I can imagine nothing further from the Spartan collection of lettuce, tomato, cooked ham and a boiled egg which was the less appealing ‘salad’ of my childhood.) You can’t imagine my joy on discovering that the already great range on offer has just been increased. I’m talking about the new takeaway salad bar just opened on street level. If you haven’t tried it out it’s a must!
Darron was kind enough to share the following salad recipe with us in case you feel like a little kitchen creativity or it’s one of many you can pop into Westgate and take away any time!

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Diann’s Herbal Tales

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Diann Fletcher Jones amongst many things is a recently qualified medicinal herbalist, as you can imagine Diann herself is very passionate about the health benefits that herbs can bring and so has decided to share some of this information on a monthly basis! And hopefully before too long we will have a catalogue of different herbs for various ailements and conditions that you can refer to anytime you wish.

Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

There is a little stretch in the evenings, it’s a little brighter in the mornings and the promise of spring is just a little closer. However we have a ways to go before the warm weather and extra sunshine improves our wellbeing.

Siberian Ginseng, which is not a native plant to Ireland but to Siberia, Japan and Korea, has the ability to give us the support we need to get us through this last leg of winter.

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Healthier Gluten Free Christmas Cake

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This delicious alternative to traditional Christmas Cake is a great way to enjoy those familiar festive flavours but without all of the refined sugar and saturated fats.

Ingredients

200g (2 cups) ground almonds
200g organic raisins
200g organic dried figs
100g organic dried cranberries
100g organic sultanas
50g crystalised ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest
Juice from 1 large orange

2 ½ tbspns Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Free Range Organic eggs
3 tablespoons Irish Whiskey (optional)

Method

– Preheat the oven to 160’C and line a 6” cake tin with parchment paper

– Mix the ground almonds, dried fruit and spices together in a large bowl

– In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, zest and juice of orange, oil, eggs and 2 tablespoons of whiskey.

– Combine the wet and dry ingredients and gently mix until thoroughly combined.

– Transfer the cake batter to the prepared tin and bake for 90 minutes. Check the centre of the cake with a skewer – if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. If not, bake for a further 20 minutes and then check again.

– Once baked, transfer to a wire rack. Spoon the remaining tablespoon of whiskey over the top and then leave to cool in the tin.

– Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Recipe of the Month – Vegetarian Wellington

Recipe of the Month Vegetarian Wellington, Only Natural

This delicious recipe makes a great alternative to the traditional Turkey dinner on Christmas Day. There are a few steps involved but it is worth the effort and when topped with all the trimmings on Christmas Day, it’s a guaranteed winner for any vegetarians in your life!

To make the recipe coeliac-friendly, use gluten-free bread and pastry. To make vegan, make sure your pastry is dairy and egg-free. Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Festive cookbook.

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