Podcasts

Favourite finds for February

WELLFEST ‘19
WellFest is Ireland’s largest yearly health and wellness festival, running on 11-12th of May ‘19. Which coordinates perfectly with the sun gathering momentum for the Summertime and energy levels on the rise. The festival hosts over 150 national and international health and wellness experts. The line up is always incredibly impressive and the choice is unparalleled. No matter what your prefered interpretation of what wellness means to you they’ve got you covered – from Main stage presenters to WellFit, WellFood, Wellmind, WellYoga, to name but a few. If like me yoga is your passion this festival is a must – with back to back classes all weekend with Ireland’s top yogis and visiting internationally acclaimed yogis.

There is no limit and no extra charge to any of the activities and talks all weekend. Top tips from a seasoned WellFest goer – print out the line up and mark up your schedule for the two days. The only complaint you might have is there was so much you wanted to do you could have done it all again!

As one of the WellFest award winning online publications writers I have the absolute pleasure of teaching at the festival again this year. You’ll catch me at the WellYoga stage. Check out the detailed schedule closer to the day to find my slot and come say hello.

Tickets sell fast for this one, go to their website to avoid disappointment! A weekend ticket is €79 and a single day ticket for €49. Sign up for the Wellfest Blog to get some inspirational articles on all things wellness straight to your inbox, or follow them on Instagram to stay up to date on the festival lineup and ticket sales.

DELICIOUSLY ELLA PODCAST
Adding to their amazing accomplishments, Deliciously Ella has stepped into the world of Podcasting to share their wealth of knowledge, and experience, in all things food and health related. Deliciously Ella is the brainchild of Ella and Matt Mills – husband and wife team. Ella started a food blog in 2012 to journal her path to wellness from an autoimmune disease through eating good whole foods. The growing realisation that the key to good health is in nature brought her on an incredible journey to where she is today with a team working under the name originally started as this humble food blog ‘Deliciously Ella’. They have written four plant based cookbooks, built recipe aps, opened London based delis, launched a variety of widely available food product ranges, and now a Podcast!

The podcast eloquently tackle some tricky subjects – like climate change, veganism and diet myths – in an easy to access conversations. One of my favourite episodes is ‘Why we care’ where they very honestly discuss why they do what they do, and what drives their passion to share their plant based journey. The weekly podcast also hosts guests from the world of health, nutrition and business to share their expert wisdom and offer a wider perspective to their listeners.

Their passion and honesty is completely contagious. Everything they turn their hand to rings true to their core message to eat real food and share the joys and benefits of plant based living for each individual and the planet we all live in.

The Delicioulsy Ella Podcast is available on iTunes, Podbean and Acast.

NUA NATURALS
This is an Organic vegan superfood brand I have watch grow since 2011, from three pals passionate to share their journey and all they’d learnt about positive health, to a widely available growing range of over 60 products. Originally Ireland’s Raw Kitchen they did what every good entrepreneur does – absolutely everything themselves! – from filling bags to fulfilling orders. In 2014 they redesigned their branding, changed their name and Nua Naturals was born!

The range spans pretty much every superfood I’ve come across, with the addition of berries, seeds, lattes, smoothie boosters and vegan friendly protein powders. Their philosophy is to help their customer ‘make small changes that make big differences to their lasting health for a happy and balanced life’. They also have recipe and a blog on their website which is well worth a browse for tips of how to get the most out of the products and articles on a range of topics such as immune system support, best superfood to add to your diet and skin health.

Nua Naturals are available in The Hopsack, The Health Store and all good health shops. You can also order direct from their full range of products, browse their recipes and read their healthy tips for life blog from their website.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for October

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DELICIOUSLY ELLA THE PLANT-BASED COOKBOOK
This new cookbook brings together all Deliciously Ella’s best recipes over the last six years, and their most requested recipes from the Deli – like the almond Victoria cake, green Thai curry, baked sweet potato falafel, peanut butter slices, and the most requested deli recipe, their famous cornbread (all of which we have made and remade from the book). This new book is by far my favourite of her four books. You can see how much she and her team have evolved and grown over the last six years. She started her food blog in 2012 to journal her path to wellness from an autoimmune disease through eating good whole foods. Her genuine love and enthusiasm for simple, tasty, plant based eating, and the growing realisation that the key to good health is in nature, brought her on an incredible journey to where she is today. Since then she has written four cookbooks, built recipe aps, opened London based delis, launched a variety of widely available food product ranges, and qualified as a yoga teacher!

I love how the book is so easy to navigate. Rather than the traditional breakfast, lunch dinner chapters it is divided into the main categories of plant based eating – salads, falafels, burgers, soups, stews and curries . Recipes don’t need to be boxed into certain times of the day. They can be lunch, they can be dinner and they can even be breakfast (there is also a separate breakfast section at the front). When I’m planning out my food prep for the week it usually consists of a big pot of beanie hotpot for the weekend, soups for after school lunches, a two day batch of either falafel or burgers with salads, and a two day batch of either stew or a curry. With Friday as our wild card day where I take requests and reserve the right to decline the request!

Their philosophy is to eat real food with uncomplicated recipes using easy to find ingredients – making it accessible to take their amazing plant based recipes beyond their delis, books and aps, and onto our dinner table. We visited their Weighthouse Street deli on a recent trip to London and I have to say it was one of the highlights of our trip!

Ella’s new book is widely available in any good bookshop, online at Amazon, Dubray and Eason.

THE RICH ROLL PODCAST
This podcast is one of my favourite podcast. It is one of the worlds most highly acclaimed podcasts with over 45 million downloads. It has been running since 2013 and already has nearly 400 episodes ready and waiting for you to browse through. For those who haven’t encountered Rich Roll yet you are in for a treat. He is a plant based ultra-endurance athlete, wellness leader and entrepreneur with a focus on living an authentic life, focusing on health span not life span, and building inclusive communities. He is a complete gent and has admirable interviewing skills, which affords him to effortlessly gets the best out of each carefully chosen guest, each with a life lesson to share in every episode. He has a wide variety of guests, including some of the most progressive thinkers in the field of wellness. The episodes are long format which give Rich the space to delve deep into the inspiring topics. This is the perfect example of how podcasts have come into the forefront as a platform to keep yourself educated, informed and inspired by the most current research from the most brilliant minds.

The Rich Roll Podcast is available on iTunes, YouTube and Stitcher.

FOUR SIGMATIC
Like many others I’ve tried my fare share of the latest superfoods. Some with well founded health benefits, and others nothing above what you’d more easily and affordably get with fresh fruit and veg. The humble mushroom is one of the world’s most nutrient-dense food. It goes beyond being just a superfood, it is also an adaptogen, which means it adapts to your needs. They are incredibly powerful and are, until recently, misunderstood and underutilised. Four Sigmatics philosophy is that ‘your life quality can be vastly improved by simple dietary tweaks’, and this can easily be achieved through the addition of functional mushrooms. Their aim is to simplify the world of functional mushrooms into something we all love – a hot cuppa!

Their product range is broken down into Mushroom Coffees, Mushroom Elixirs, Mushroom Hot Cacaos and superfood blends. Their main mushroom are chaga (the king of mushrooms), reishi (the queen of mushrooms), cordyceps, and lion’s mane.

  • Chaga are high levels of vitamins and minerals, is antioxidant and antiviral, liver supporting, skin supporting, and are also being research for their support for various forms of cancer. Chaga contains significant levels of Melanin. Melanin protects the skin from solar, wind, and other environmental stressors.

  • Cordyceps is documented over and over again to improve the performance levels and recovery time for athletes due to its ability to enhance aerobic capacity. Cordyceps also benefit oxygen consumption, normalizes immune function, and supports the liver and kidneys.

  • Reishi as an elixir for longevity. Reishi is adaptogenic, supports the immune system, has anti-inflammatory, anti-candida, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties, shows reduction in size of tumor cells, contains heart stabilizing compounds, lowers cholesterol levels, corrects arrhythmia, and balancers blood pressure levels.

  • Lion’s Mane is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, immune supporting, enhances cognitive function and neurogenesis – the growth of fresh new brain cells. Our digestive system and brain are connected by an extensive network of neurons. Lion’s Mane molecular compounds enhances this connection between the two.

Four Sigmatic are available in The Hopsack and some select health shops. You can also order direct from their website and see the full range of their products.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for July

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TONN
We’re gathering quite the collection of Tonn clothes, and for very good reasons. Tonn are an Irish specialist T-shirt company made from organic cotton. The care that has gone into the production of their products becomes very obvious when you see how they hold their quality with multiple wears and washes. If my family are anything to go by, the minute they come out of the wash, they go straight back on their backs - so the quality gets repeatedly road tested!

They also appeal to my environmental interests. We all know our skin is our biggest organ, and what we put on it counts. All their cotton is pesticide free organic and ethically sourced – making it softer and kinder to your skin. They also invest a lot of time making sure that they use transparent manufacturers and water based inks.

Practicalities aside a t-shirt still needs to make a statement, and Tonn T-shirts definitely deliver on that too. Each design tell a story – combining traditional and modern Ireland - in a simple and distinctive hand rendered style, giving them an on trend vintage look.

Tonn are available online at Tonn. You can also follow them on Instagram to check out the latest Tonn converts – including The Rolling Stones, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Kyle MacLachlann and many more!

THE YOGA LIFE PODCAST
Incase you hadn’t noticed I’m a complete podcast addict. I find the medium a fantastic opportunity to keep learning, and a great way to find like minded people singing from the same hymn sheet. Finding good yoga podcasts can be tricky, so I was very excited to find an Irish based podcast!

Kevin is one of those unique yoga teachers that walks the walk. Yoga is so embedded into his everyday, and this is reflected in the quality of his teachings. His podcast The Yoga Life gives weekly yoga chats, and beyond, with guest who have inspired Kevin in some way on and off the mat. I recommend giving it a listen if you are a practitioner or teacher of yoga, or are just interested in living a happy, healthy life. Kevin is a genuine fella and his happy demeanour is contagious. It is very obvious from your first listen how passionate he is about yoga, and helping others to get the most out of their practice.

Kevin is a Dublin based yoga teacher and teaches mainly in The Yoga Hub. He also teaches workshops, so sign up to his newsletter to keep up to date. You can find Kevin on his website Kevin Boyle Yoga, and The Yoga Life Podcast is available on iTunes. You can also follow Kevin on Instagram to take an honest look at what challenges him in his daily practice.

ON
My other love that goes hand in hand with yoga is running. I’ve gone through many pairs of runners over the course of my running years. I find as my foot changes shape I need to readdress my prefered running shoe brand. I’ve ticked lots of runners boxes – stress fractures, black toenails and tendonitis - so I have to be very careful what new brands I experiment with.

Yoga has taught me to be kinder to myself so I walk more days of the week than I run. But a day doesn’t go by that I’m not out for my early morning walk or run. So when I’m looking for a runner I’m looking for comfort and durability in all kind of weather.

On are like no other runner I’ve tried before. They are incredibly lightweight and use a technology called CloudTec which is aptly named. I started with walking and it took a few outings to get used to them. They need to warm up and mold to the shape of your foot with the first few wears. As soon as you get settled into your new pair you’ll want to run further than you have every run before! They are quite sensorial – in that you can feel the surface you are walking on – but at the same time they give adaptive cushioning exactly where it’s needed. Once you’ve landed softly they use Rebound-Rubber technology to project you forward to your next stride. Their philosophy is to let your feet find their natural stride, rather than over protection and correction. A principle similar to Vivobarefoot which I reviewed in my Favourite Finds for June.

They have an impressive range of athletes who have converted to On runners for higher performance – amongst them Rich Roll who is an ultra endurance athlete and podcaster. It’s also worth looking up their technology section of their website.

On runner are available online at On.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for May

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RECIPES FOR HAPPINESS
These guys have rapidly become an irish institution and are ambassadors for living a healthy and happy life. While they are vegan, they are very careful to advocate an all inclusive message of ‘eat more veg’. This is their third cookbook and I have anticipated it’s arrival since they announced its launch this May. It does not disappoint! It is jam packed with easy, user-friendly and incredibly tasty dishes. There is lots of the classic recipes from their YouTube channel, like Sheparless Pie and Three Bean Coconut Curry, which are staples in our house. They’ve also been very brave and tackled making vegan hot dogs and chicken nuggets in their ‘I cant believe its not’ section. My favourite section is ‘Fermentastic!’ which gives an intro to the art of fermentation, and simple reasons why fermentation is the king of all food for gut health. The only bread we eat in our house is fermented sourdough. Once you get into the rhythm of it, it becomes part of your routine and a family pet.

I have to admit when I first encountered the lads I found their energy levels a bit scary. But there is no room for the Irishness of softly, softly, heads down when it comes to changing lives and making a difference in the often confusing world of healthy living. They are a testament to staying genuine to who you are and keeping a sharp focus on your mission.

The book is widely available in any good bookshop, online at Amazon and online or click and collect from Eason.

YOGALAND PODCAST
I can’t quite call this a May Favourite Find because I have been listening, and relishing, every single of the 103 podcast from Yogaland since they started! Andrea Ferretti is a yoga writer based in San Francisco, who has over ten years experience with writing and interviewing inspirational yogis for Yoga Journal. With all this knowledge she launch Yogaland, and brings thought provoking weekly interviews with many of the big names in the world of yoga. There is a wide range of yoga related topics, for practitioners and teachers alike. It’s an absolute must, there is no other yoga podcast that comes close to it!

Some of my favourite episodes are her interviews with Jason Crandell, her other half. They go deep into the practice, and particularly as a teacher, I’ve learnt so much from these episodes – these are ones to relisten to a few times with a notebook and pen. Jason has a mind blowingly extensive knowledge of yoga, with a passion for anatomy and alignment as a gateway to a deeper understanding of yoga on and off the mat. I look forward to finally training with him this September in Flow Studio, Belfast.

The podcast is available on iTunes.

CHINA GEL
I first encountered China Gel in a yoga workshop where the teacher rubbed it onto the back of our necks after a long practice and I was hooked! The tingling sensation is both cooling and warming and your muscles simply melt. It is a natural herbal remedy that helps relax your muscles and encourage fresh blood flow – which aids faster recover if you have an injury, or releases any held tension from daily stresses or movement and exercise. It contains seven natural herbs – menthol, camphor, lavender, angelica, ginseng, aloe vera and witch hazel – giving it a invigorating scent and an easily absorbent texture. I use it everyday, after my practice or a run, on any areas that feel tired or have had a deep stretch. I use it with Yogandha oils particularly on my legs to make sure they are restored and ready to run, walk and practice the next day.

China Gel is currently not available in health shops in Dublin. I loved it so much I applied to be a stockist so I could keep using it myself! It’s available in my Yoga Shop in 4oz or 6oz.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for April

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WANDERING INTO WELLNESS – PODCAST
I’m a big fan of The Hopsack in Rathmines, Dublin. Not only is it our biggest health store, but they have an endless wealth of knowledge and huge experience in the field of all things wellness. There’s isn’t a question they can’t answer. Whenever I pop in I usually have an embarrassing long list of questions, from recommendations, to product usage, and they never fail to have an answer. They are incredibly proactive and are a dab hand at spotting a confused customer. They’re also completely on the ball with staying up to date with the ever changing trends in wellness and nutrition.

Hopsack homage aside I was very excited to spot owner Finn Murray and fellow yoga teacher Lydia Sasse, have recently started a new podcast which brings me to my first Favourite Finds for April. I listen to podcasts everyday on my early morning walks. There is some amazing podcasts that I follow but none of them Irish. When it comes to health some of it translates internationally, but when you’re looking to source locally, and get recommendations, this podcast is a very welcome addition. That said, it has plenty to offer no matter where you are living. They have a wealth of knowledge between them and an amazing ability to share so much wisdom in a conversational fashion. They record the podcasts out in different locations in nature to inspire their conversations – birdies singing in the background included. I look forward to listening to lots more captivating topics from this pair and highly recommend you subscribe to their podcast.

The podcast is available on iTunes and YouTube

MOVE TRAIN NOURISH
This is a book I’ve anticipated since the first time I encountered Dominic many, many years ago. He is one of those rare genuinely kind people who wants to help you find a happy and healthy life within your abilities. He is unbelievably well read, and more importantly, knows how to translate this knowledge into his innovative method. Grainne is an inspirational role model. Her ‘fundamentals of wellness’ completely reflect how I strive to live too. Her wisdom on wellness is boundless. She offers many expert tips that I look forward to reading over several times and incorporating into my routine. Her recipes are easy to follow, have simple ingredients and have a ‘eat real food’ philosophy.

Dominic and Grainne start by introducing their three pillars in exercise – mobility, strength and conditioning. I love their refreshing views on the importance of mobility, which is often forgotten in training. Similarly in yoga ‘strength’ is the forgotten element. For any activity to be beneficial for longevity there has to be equal strength and stretch. They believe in a balanced approach to fitness – working hard on the days where you’re full of beans, and doing less on days where you’re tired. In my twenties I trained too hard and rewired my brain to ignore pain triggers, which inevitably left my nursing many injuries. Listening to your body, and being kind to yourself, is something that has taken a long time for me to rebuild and is the cornerstone of their method of training.

I wish them all the best with their well awaited book, 20 years in the making. I recommend you pop out and secure yourself a copy soon. It’s climbing up the top 10 books chart and is selling out fast!

BOSH
These two London based lads, Ian and Henry, are geniuses! They champion the ‘eat more plants’ movement with completely fresh eyes. Not only do they make it look simple, having tried a few of their Instagram recipes, it actually is simple! The recipes are easy to follow and their grasp of flipping plant based eating on its head is spectacular. The first recipe I tried was their very clever ‘Giant Hummus Mezze Traybake’ – where you sandwich tons of fabulous baked veg between wraps and bake it again. It was another level of tasty! I first encountered BOSH on Instagram. They’ve pioneered a new method of simplifying video recipeing, that leaves you drooling over your phone, and is fast becoming a very popular recipe method on Instagram. Wholefood plant based eating is in the middle of an exciting revolution and these guys, and our very own Happy Pear fellas, are leading the way. I can’t wait to get my hands on their cookbook and neither can my kiddies!

They have a huge following on Instagram and YouTube and have their first cookbook coming out on 19th April.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru