Podcasts

Favourite finds for May 19

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THE HANDMADE SOAP COMPANY
The Handmade Soap Company’s mission is to share their passion ‘To bring pure, heartfelt joy to your everyday, so even the small things feel precious’. They started with a love of natural ingredients and a big pot in their kitchen. Their products are made from coconut, vegetables, and scented with essential oils. No nasties, no parabens, no products are tested on animals, and their packaging is both beautiful and sustainably sourced.

I’ve bought The Handmade Soap Company products as gifts many time. Their company ethos of ‘straight from nature’ appeals to my ambition to keep life simple and natural. I spend ages testing and smelling their divine samples in the shops, but I have never bought them for myself. I finally found myself at the receiving end of a gift when I got a lovely surprise delivery of goodies from Holly Kennedy creator of Happy Magazine.

My favourites are the calming and relaxing Lemongrass & Cedarwood range and the uplifting and soothing Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme & Mint. Like every good essential oil blend they include top notes, middle notes and base notes to their ranges which they highlight on their website for the essential oil fans out there.

The Handmade Soap Company are widely available, you’ll find them in Avoca, Kilkenny Shop and all good gift shops. You can also shop their full range of soaps, creams and diffusers direct from from their website, they also ship internationally.

THE IRISH BALANCE PODCAST
The Irish Balance Podcast is hosted by Dr Ciara Kelly, an Irish medical doctor and health & wellness blogger. She is currently following her passion to help people understand how lifestyle affects their health by completing her Masters in Public Health & Nutrition. Wellness is about all the choices we make and the impact these choices have on our overall health. Ciara’s mission, through her podcast, blog and social media, is to simplify the methods for finding wellness and explore what balance is to each individual. Her message is clear and consistent across all her platforms, with a realistic, balanced and non extreme approach to sustainable wellness. It is a refreshing break from the often mixed messages we receive when it comes to health and diet advice. I would recommend you start with the most recent episodes of the podcast and happily work your way back to the start. She has an incredible bank of knowledge in all areas of wellness, no matter what your interpretation of a happy and healthy life is there will be plenty for you to tap into and learn with this podcast.

The Irish Balance Podcast is available on iTunes and Podbean. You can also follow Ciara inspirational content on her website or on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

PURPOSE FOODS
Purpose Foods cropped up in my Instagram feed one day and as a previous packaging designer I was intrigued by their brave white minimalist packaging. Reading further, what struck me as different from other snack bars was their focus on prebiotic fibre to feed the good bacteria in our guts and promote healthy digestion. I am a big fan of fibre and feel its importance has been overshadowed by the protein obsession for years. Their three high fibre, vegan, energy & protein bars are – ‘Brekkie on the go’ packed with vitamins and minerals; ‘Post gym fix’ high in plant based protein; and ‘Crave kicker’ fibre rich craving cruncher. But don’t let their names limit you, they work for me at anytime of the day!

The ingredient list on most energy bars can be a minefield of unidentifiable substances. Purpose Foods ingredients are all natural and carefully selected with a ‘nothing to hide’ policy. Each bar has a small list of around six ingredients, chosen for a specific purpose and health benefit. You can read more about how they select their ingredient on their website.

I ordered a starter pack of mixed of the three flavours which arrived in a matter of days. You can order them direct from their website. As of yet I haven’t spotted them in the local health stores but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. They also have a blog which will be worth keeping an eye on but currently as they are a young company is just starting.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for March 19

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YOGA MATTERS
When I first discovered Yogamatters I was like a kid in a candy shop! Back then, and even now to some degree, yoga product were very hard find. With Yogamatters you will find something for all your yoga needs, on and off the mat, all under one virtual roof. They don’t stop at mats, props and clothes. They stock everything you could possibly think of that goes with being a happy yogi – from meditation accessories, candles, creams, soaps and even teas. They also have a vast collection of yoga books to help you progress along your journey – covering subjects from yoga styles, anatomy and philosophy, to meditation, healthy eating, journals and 108 Asana yoga sequencing cards!

Their knowledge and genuine love of what they do is obvious by the care they take to source suitable products. Each chosen for their quality and unique contribution to their customers yoga experience. As a company they have a strong focus on working with suppliers with strong ethical credentials and sustainability.

Yogamatters make finding your way onto your mat each day easy and pleasurable. Go to their website to browse and shop there extensive 2,500 products. You can also follow them on Instagram to keep keep an eye out for new products and sign up for their newsletter to catch all blog articles, highlighted products and seasonal themes. Complete yogi bliss!

HAPPY PLACE PODCAST
Fearne Cotton is no stranger to us! I only recently stumbled across her podcast and I’m absolutely loving it. Built on the success of her bestseller book ‘Happy’ Fearne interviews a wide variety of guests to delve into what happiness means to them and what we can learn from others to ‘help you unlock your inner happiness’.

Through her guests we also find comfort in shared experiences – good and bad. She is an absolute pleasure to listen to with her guests and always put a spring in my step while I’m out on my Podcast binge morning walks.

The Happy Place Podcast is available on iTunes, Podbean and Acast.

PUKKA HERBS
Pukka has been one of my kitchen staples for many years. Inspired by the ancient Indian wisdom of Ayurveda they help us to simply incorporate these principles into our everyday lives – all this while we happily sip on a delicious cup of Pukka tea! Their mission is to ‘harness the incredible power of nature’ by sharing their passion for the wonders of the health and wellbeing properties of herbs. Each herb has its own unique story and this is as important to them as the end products. They source from the very best growers who have a deep understanding of the journey of the herbs, from seed, to soil, to plant. Sustainability is top of their agenda and through their ‘crop to cup’ data they strive to continue to reduce their carbon footprint.

Over the years I’ve probably tried every Pukka tea and a wide range of their herbal supplement and have loved them all. My favourite teas are Cleanse for an extra glow; Relax in the face of after school mayhem; and Revitalise to replenish my stores after a class. Recently I’m enjoying popping one of their teabags into our morning porridge, as it putter away on the hob, while I settle on my mat for my early morning practice.

I’ve used their Wholistic Turmeric to boost my immune system; the Aloe Vera Juice for gut health; the Elderberry Syrup at the first sign of a spluttery kiddie cough; the Triphala to support me while doing a cleanse; and their Wholistic Ashwagandha when I’m feeling a bit frazzled by life. I’ve also become completely addicted, in a good way, to their new latte range. My favourite being the Ginger Joy. As a non caffeine drinker it’s my morning treat with steaming frothy oat milk.

Lucky for us Pukka Herbs are widely available, you’ll find them in The Hopsack, The Health Store, Nourish, all good health shops and most supermarkets too. You can also shop their full range of teas, supplements and lattes, direct from from their website. Like every good wellness brand they have a wealth of knowledge that they impart to us through their blog articles, well worth a browse.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Favourite finds for February 19

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 18

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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 18

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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