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We’re bringing Dale Pinnock to Wexford

Dale Pinnock, UK celebrity chef, author and nutritionist has just updated and republished The Clear Skin Cookbook first brought out in 2012 and, in partnership with Viridian Nutrition, we’re delighted to be hosting Dale for a cookery demo highlighting the do’s and dont’s of his unique 60 day clear skin program on the 20th of August. There’s a bit of time to go yet so watch this space and final details of the event and how you can be there will be in our August newsletter. The program is a nutritional, supplemental and lifestyle guide for anyone suffering from skin issues like acne, eczema and psoriasis. We currently have copies of the book to give away in Only Natural (Ts & Cs apply, purchase necessary) and this month’s recipe is a small taster of how following Dale’s plan certainly needn’t be about self denial! Here’s an excerpt from Dale’s own story on Viridian’s website which explains just why skin problems are an issue so very close to his own heart.

” When I was ten years old, my body started to change. I noticed a few little bumps on my chin but I wasn’t overly concerned at first. The only thing that mattered to me in those days was being able to get down to the lake after school and at the weekends to do some fishing.

However, it was different a year later when I left junior school to go to secondary school; it was here that the trouble began. By this stage I was spotty. There’s no other word for it. From forehead to chin, I was covered in nasty little red spots, a few bigger bumps and blackheads too. It didn’t take long for everyone else in the class to notice this and I became the target of the usual names, such as Pizza face and Zit face.
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At that stage in life, these things can make us very self-conscious and I became quite withdrawn, although I’d never let it show. By the time I reached the final year of school, it was a permanent distraction. I’d make a conscious effort to cover my face with a scarf, as I didn’t want anyone to see my skin in daylight. Whenever I went into a shop or a building of any type, I could never stand or sit under the strip lighting because it would really show up my acne, and I would literally close up and disappear inside myself. I went to doctor after doctor, specialist after specialist, and tried every conceivable lotion and potion they had to offer: strange sticky roll-on lotions, antibiotics, retinol gels, ‘the works’. Nothing whatsoever helped.
One day, at the age of about 15–16, a friend’s mum lent me a book on nutrition and natural healthcare. I remember her telling me, “Unless you look after what’s going on inside, nothing will change on the outside.” Now, as a teenage boy, I wasn’t immediately impressed with that advice. However, I was so desperate that I read the book from cover to cover in a weekend. It changed my life: I gave up smoking, gave up eating meat, gave up most dairy products, and built a diet based on fruit, vegetables and whole grains, supplementing it with zinc, omega 3 and antioxidants.
The changes were incredible. My skin certainly did clear. The red aggressive acne eventually disappeared, leaving not even the slightest mark. Beyond that, my body and mind were completely transformed and an entirely new person was born.”

Stay tuned for event details next month.

Spiritual Earth is on the Move

For a number of years now Calodagh McComiskey has run Wexford’s prime Centre for Mindfullness and Meditation from her home in Rocklands in town but it seems that business is booming and Calodagh needs more space to answer the needs of those seeking her services. So as of now Spiritual Earth has moved to wonderfully spacious premises in Clonard’s Allied Hub Building where a number of Wexford businesses share facilities under one roof. I just had a chat with Calodagh who updated me on where Spiritual Earth is at.
The biggest change it seems is that Calodagh’s expertise is being called into play more and more in a Corporate setting by small to not so small Businesses. She has corporate clients in Waterford, Wexford, Kildare and Dublin. You must be doing something right Calodagh.
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Stress in the modem workplace environment, says Calodagh, is the greatest hurdle to overcome on the road to a happier, healthier and more productive workforce and the biggest factor to deal with for staff wellbeing. With today’s technology at our fingertips the temptation to be ‘switched on 24/7’ is ever present and over time workplace burnout is an unhappy consequence that many of us could be facing. People on this road are trying (maybe with the boss’s encouragement) to ‘get the most out of themselves and not the best out of themselves’. Calodagh’s role is to paint new pictures to bosses and managers of how productivity can in fact grow when some of the stressors of the workplace are skillfully mitigated using some basic Mindfullness and other tools and strategies to effectively manage stress and boost wellbeing.

This can result in a happier, more focussed and mutually cooperative workforce which is good for all concerned. Calodagh’s take is “If you grow your staff they’ll grow your business”. And of course this can happen on all sorts of levels. A yoga day in the staff canteen once every six months might make for a short term benefit but I think Calodagh’s all about more long term, sustainable solutions. I love her factual and measurable approach. As she develops the business and her practical knowledge deepens Calodagh is constantly tracking her results and measuring how the techniques she teaches can lower stress levels and lead to increased staff happiness and job fulfillment. “People want to be happy” says Calodagh “and businesses want high performance. The two aren’t mutually exclusive!”. “Self awareness” she says “is the most common skill of successful people and meditation is a tool to develop greater levels of self awareness.”
The last time I spoke to Calodagh I met a motivated and committed woman. Committed to teaching the skill of meditation as a tool that any one of us can use to combat modern society’s potential for stress and unhappiness and if you want to find out more about this for yourself then do get in touch with her. Meditation classes are on in the new location every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9 pm and every Wednesday from 10.30 am to 12pm and from 8pm to 10pm. One to one appointments are also available.
This time however I saw so much more to what she can achieve. If that stress is played out anywhere for many of us it’s in the workplace but with the self awareness and motivational skills that Calodagh can impart many stressed out, unhappy workers could be helped to become happier and more productive people in better teams. Listen up Bosses and Managers everywhere, this woman could be a real asset to you and your business.
Calodagh can be contacted at info@spiritualearth.ie, 053 91 40655 or 087 7426380.  Her website is: www.spiritualearth.ie.

Open Day at Sahana Yoga

The lovely Linda from Sadhana Yoga was in to tell us all about their Open Day they are hosting on Saturday 11th August from 9am to 6pm. This open day is all about meeting the various teachers of Sadhana Yoga, there will be classes throughout the day (such as Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Pre & Post Natal Practices and a Nutritional Therapy Talk), which you can trial at a cost of €5.   The teachers will be available to chat with you throughout the day and answer any queries you may have.

There will be term discounts given and a raffle on the day with plenty of prizes including one from ourselves.  For more information make sure to check our their website and our August newsletter!

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