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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 087 619 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.

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine that dates back 3,000 years and it involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil, preferably raw virgin coconut oil, around the mouth for 10-15 minutes.

Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Swish the oil around for 10-15 minutes, do not gargle or swallow the oil.  Spit out the oil, preferably into a bin, and then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth as normal.

Some of the reported benefits are: Whitens teeth; Strengthens teeth, gums and jaw; Prevents cavities and gingivitis; Banishes bad breath; Relieves headaches and hangovers; Helps you sleeps better; Clears sinuses; Detoxifies the body. read more →

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Ger’s April 18 Monthly Update

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Would you buy tahini from this man?

We would and here’s why. Meet Nikolas Papadopoulos. Nikolas is Greek and grew up with a love of the unadulterated foods of his homeland. Having moved to Ireland he set up El Greco Foods in 2013. As his website says :
“Drawing inspiration from the Greek culture of food we travel the country to find the people whose produce we put on the table. Our aim is to offer products that are natural, nutritious, flavoursome and ethically sound.”
We’re so with you on that Nikolas and we’re thrilled to have just become stockists of El Greco’s amazing food offering.
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From chatting with Nikolas I discovered how important it is for him to personally get to know the producers who’s foods he brings to the Irish market such as Mihalis Tzortzis the producer of his Olvia organic olive oil.

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Foodie Heaven – Spoiled for Choice at Lunchtime

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A lot has happened around the Supervalu carpark (where we are located) over the last few months and, with my foodie hat on, I’m thrilled to say that it’s all been about new dining options. So, in case you hadn’t noticed and are looking for a new dining experience or two, here’s the lowdown.

Since Rocky from the Arts Centre’s D’Lush opened his new offering (the name’s the same!) opposite Bank of Ireland the queues haven’t stopped. The offering is pretty much the same as in Cornmarket with perhaps a little more emphasis on brunch. Big flavours and healthy balanced meals are the order of the day and allergies, gluten free, non dairy and vegan diets are all amply catered for. My lunch was Mexican chicken, feta, beetroot, chorizo, seeds, smoked salsa and minted yoghurt salad…… divine !

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Right next door is Ramen, Wexford’s latest Asian Street Food offering. Ramen is a chain so, while we don’t have the individuality of a D’Lush, the offering is still very strong on health, flavour and value. Everything’s made to order so tweaking a recipe to suit individual taste and need is no problem. Offerings include noodle dishes, wok dishes and curries and you can tell from the big containers of freshly prepped vegetables that form the heart of the cuisine that they pack a nutritional punch. I had the pad Thai with tofu and loved it.

Further down almost at the Quay is Button and Spoon, recently opened sibling to its very successful and stylish sister restaurant in Bridgetown. Style is the byword here too with the delightfully countrified interior. It’s certainly not style over substance however with a well crafted menu offering everything from breakfasts to die for to inventive soups to the most decadent cakes and desserts (maybe not for every day!). I chose the lentil Dahl and rice. The tomato based Dahl was expertly spiced, a delicious lunch.

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We’re so well served in Wexford by a marvelous range of daytime eateries and, if these three are anything to go by, food which offers great taste as well as all the benefits of wholesome, natural ingredients certainly isn’t too much to ask for!

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Ger’s March Update!

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So what’s the low down on Only Natural this month??

 Firstly our rather fantastic Surya Brasil Henna Hair Colour Competition

If you’ve ever coloured your hair with henna (and I have, albeit a while ago), you’ll know just how good it feels. Unlike chemical hair dyes which penetrate the hair shaft, henna coats it. The result is a wonderful thickening and conditioning of the hair. It’s also the only 100% natural hair colorant I know of.
Our friends in Surya Brasil have given us a fantastic prize worth €500 exclusive to Only Natural!  Just check out here to find out more details.

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Therapist of the Month – Acupuncturist & Herbalist Atara Noiade

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We’re always excited when a new therapy option becomes available so when Atara Noiade introduced herself to us recently we were more than happy to invite her to work from Only Natural’s therapy room.
Atara hails from the US and is a practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism. Acupuncture forms the basis of traditional Chinese Medicine and consists of the insertion of very thin needles at specific body points. This is to facilitate the smooth and balanced flow of Qi (body energy, pronounced Chee) along channels called meridians just beneath the surface of the skin. The purpose of this is to bring the body back into balance and relieve minor, and not so minor, ailments. According to Atara’s own website “the effectiveness of acupuncture is well documented and is endorsed as a system of primary health care by the World Health Organization.”  Although acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief Atara lists the following as disorders that can also be helped by the technique : Insomnia, stress/tension, fatigue, palpitations, arthritis and joint problems, headaches and migraines, diabetes, IBS, PMS, smoking, sciatica, visual problems, infertility and bladder/kidney problems. read more →

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Holistic Wexford’s Website is Now Live!

New website for Wexford natural health fans !!!!!

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We’re lucky in Wexford to have such numbers of dedicated and knowledgable natural health practitioners, from yoga teachers to aromatherapists, from homeopaths to nutritional therapists. There’s no shortage of choice for anyone who wants to go down the natural healing route under the guidance of a qualified therapist. It was a natural progression when a number of these therapists banded together a short while ago to work together to promote themselves and Wexford as a ‘healing destination’.
We’re really thrilled to announce the next step on Holistic Wexford’s journey – holisticwexford.ie the group’s website has just been launched! To quote from the homepage “Holistic Wexford is a group of over 50 Complementary Therapists, Fitness Providers, Health Food shops and people working in the Healing Industry. We set up our group in September 2014 with a goal to building a directory of Holistic Professionals, also to connect with like-minded people to create a support network for each other.”

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At last a central information source on everything in the natural healing world that’s taking place in and around the County. Classes and courses, workshops, a ‘who’s who’ of natural healing in Wexford with an exhaustive list of practitioners’ biographies, healing methods and contact details, it’s all here! Not everyone’s on there yet but a resource like this can only grow stronger and more representative of the natural health community over time.
How we look after ourselves is a matter of choice but if you want to keep abreast of what’s happening locally in the natural health and healing field you’ll certainly want to check holisticwexford.ie out and make the most of this amazing new resource of local knowledge.

Ger

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Oliver McCabe’s Protein Punch Energy Smoothie

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It’s getting close to the time when juicy, delicious, sunkissed Wexford strawberries will be found in abundance on the road sides the length of the country and we think this Oliver McCabe smoothie recipe is one to be kept on hand.  Not only do strawberries taste of summer but they are also an excellent source of antioxidant-promoting Vitamin C and keeping with our Healthy Skin theme this month Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin repair and growth.

This recipe is high in plant protein, essential fats, dietary fibre, magnesium and antioxidants plus to boost the skin loving effect of this smoothie even more we added a tablespoon of Udo’s Choice oil, however any essential fatty acid oil such as flaxseed, hemp oil or a fish oil could be added.

This recipe is enough for 3 tumbler glass size portions

Ingredients:

400ml unsweetened almond milk

7 strawberries, topped and tailed

1 1/2 bananas, peeled

1/4 mango, peeled and stoned

1 heaped tablespoon hemp or pea protein

1 teaspoon golden flaxseed

1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 20 seconds.  Pour into a glass and serve immediately. And enjoy the taste of summer!

For more easy to prep wholefood recipes why not join with us and Oliver on the 7th May in Murphy’s Barn for a demo of 9 recipes from his book The FuelFood Cookbook followed by a gorgeous 2 course lunch. A lovely morning away from it all in the peaceful surrounds of Murphy’s Barn – for tickets call instore or book here nowwebsite-slider2

 

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Raw Milk, the Benefits!

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We had been looking for a supplier of raw unpasteurized milk and dairy products for some time and are delighted to have discovered The Fermoy Natural Cheese Co. (check them out on Facebook), who are now supplying us with raw milk and hopefully soon raw cheese, yoghurt and kefir. Anna Skrine who works with us as a naturopath and food intolerance tester is also an advocate of the benefits of raw milk and here’s Anna’s take on just why it’s so much more wholesome and beneficial than the pasteurized version:

Anna-Skrine-photoWonderful News – Live Raw Milk is now available in Only Natural!

Live Raw Milk is a wonderful food source, and delicious! It is how nature intended it to be, and is alive because the natural lactic acid bacteria are still in it; and it is they that help you both to digest the milk, and make it easy to assimilate (i.e. absorb) into the body and use the calcium in the milk. Live raw milk has natural probiotics, such as such as lactobacillus acidophilus. The fats in raw milk, which are in their natural form (and so again easy to use in the body), contain all the fat-soluble vitamins – Vitamin A, D, E and K. The milk fat also contains Omega 3, and CLA (Omega 6), which has anti-carcinogenic properties, and incidentally is often used in products used for slimmers. In fact, the fat is the most important part of the milk! Live raw milk also contains Vitamin C and B vitamins.

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Featured Therapist – Psychotherapist Mary Moran

psychotherapyPsychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy aims to increase each individual’s well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviours, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social functioning.
This definition of the work of a psychotherapist shows just how fundamental the role is, to offer professional help when our emotional or mental processes are acting against our own best interests. Life throws challenges in everyone’s path and there are times for all of us when the ‘mirror’ that a skilled therapist can help us to look into can be a big part of the healing process. That’s what friends are for I hear you say and, while I don’t doubt that our friends are central to our ‘support network’ and that friendships are vital for our emotional health, there are also times and issues which need the trained approach of the therapist.

Which is where psychotherapist, Mary Moran comes in – this is Mary’s own description of her role:
Mary-Nolan-imageI’m Mary and I’ve been working as a psychotherapist and counsellor since 1997. I work with individuals and their problems and I also work with relationships and couple issues.

I trained in The Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire and I’m accredited with The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I’m also a Registered General Nurse.

It’s from my nursing baseline that I began to learn and realise that the signs and symptoms manifesting in our bodies can often be symptomatic of an underlying cause. We all need to be listened to and heard. We, each and everyone has our story, our hurts, our fears and our individual thoughts about how life “should” be.

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Case Study – Fibromyalgia

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Ruth Chapman, a medical herbalist, was our February Featured Therapist and regularly offers a free herbal medicine consultation from Only Natural.  This month we thought we would share one of her case studies with you so you might be able to get an idea of how herbal medicine can help different conditions.  Read on to read about the case study in Ruth’s own words.

Fibromyalgia

Julia is a 43 year-old woman who came to see me following a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Her doctor had prescribed antidepressants and advised painkillers for the condition. She was unwilling to take the antidepressants and found the painkillers unhelpful. She decided to take a natural approach. read more →

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