If you are a regular reader of our print magazine, you may recognise Alison as the author of our Positively Metaphysical column: offering her sage advice, issue after issue, on subjects such as mindful exercising, the importance of spending time in nature, or learning how to care for ourselves. She is also the organiser behind the highly successful Full 360 health and wellbeing shows that take place on a regular basis around the country.
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The Joys of January: Happy New Year, Positive Lifers! We wish you all the best for the year ahead, and we hope 2019 has many blessings and gifts in store for each one of you. Sit back and enjoy this collection of inspirational events, products and holistic news we have put together for you this month, and get ready to start the year with a bang!
Want to kick-start your New Year in a positive way? Check out Fresh Resolutions, an annual coming-together summit of some of Ireland’s leaders in health and wellbeing. It takes place on Saturday January 5th, 2019, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. in Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. Some of the speakers will include The Happy Pear brothers, Christina Noble, Alison Canavan and Mark Pollock. Read on to learn more!
If you’re stuck for ideas about what to cook for the vegan in your life this Christmas, this recipe for banana blossom ‘fishless’ cake with tartar sauce could be a perfect fit! It is brought to you by the amazing Tony Keogh, head chef of the popular Cornucopia restaurant. Read on to learn more. This recipe appears in our Winter 2018/19 issue – click here to find your local stockist, or here to subscribe to the magazine.
It’s time for our Winter Vibes roundup! This selection of amazing holistic products, services, events and news appeared in our Winter 2018/19 issue. If you haven’t yet seen the magazine, click here to find your nearest stockist, or here to subscribe and receive a copy direct to your door.
‘Tis the season to be jolly … and we’re getting into the spirit here at Positive Life Magazine with this roundup of amazing events, products, services and news to celebrate during this festive month of December! Read on, enjoy, and most importantly, have a very merry Christmas.
November‘s News: It’s official. Winter is here, and it’s time for the gloves and scarves to come out. Our summer heatwave is a distant memory … but there are many things to look forward to about this time of year. What could be better, for instance, than sitting beside a roaring fire, dressed in cosy pyjamas and enjoying some delicious hot chocolate, while the cold rages on outside? We have picked out a number of treats for you to check out this month, ranging from our very own Positive Nights events (look out for our extra-special speed dating event or Heartsongs with John Bowker) to an in-depth look at the gorgeous Calm Rooms of Monkstown, Co. Dublin.
Positive Nights: Some of Our Best Picks to Enjoy!
Following our successful speed dating events last November and April, we are ready to bring it to another level and help singles to connect once again. From your hosts with the most, Orla Bass and Paul Congdon, we present to you an evening of Speed Dating From the Heart on Thursday the 22nd of November, from 7.15 to 10.00 p.m. in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Doors open at 6.45 p.m. Click here to learn more and get your tickets.
Also make sure you keep an eye out for our Heartsongs with John Bowker on December 6th, and our event with Andrea Hayes on December 13th. Details will be announced soon – watch this space!
The Organic Trust: Excellence Assured
The Organic Trust is the organic certification body of choice for professional organic producers in Ireland. The Trust describes their mission as, quite simply, “upholding the integrity of organic food.” The organic food sector in Ireland is in a continuous state of development, and the Organic Trust are proud to certify a huge range of organic products on retail shelves in Ireland (with the bulk of Irish-produced organic food being marketed under the Organic Trust logo). If you are an organic producer who wants to learn more, make sure you check out their website!
The Calm Rooms of Monkstown: An Oasis of Wellness
The Calm Rooms is a brand-new wellness hub in Monkstown Village, specialising in therapeutic treatments, meditation, yoga and pilates. This new business is hoping to establish themselves as a premium centre for wellness and relaxation in the city. We can’t wait until they announce their full range of treatments! Check out their website or Facebook page to learn more. You can also watch our recent Facebook live video that we did with them to get a sense of what they’re all about.
Our Exciting New Visualisation Track With Judith McAdam
We are pleased to introduce a meditation track we have always wanted to do for you: a 20-minute visualisation in which you get to actively enhance your resonance with health, love, abundance and your personal purpose. This track was co-created by the Positive Life team and Judith McAdam. Judith is a renowned theologian, kinesiologist, holistic life coach and author of the beautiful book The Source, and we are thrilled to have launched this new collaboration with her. To learn more and download the track, just click here.
Gifted intuitive Paul Buggle is offering a special vegetarian afternoon tea event with us in Seapoint, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday November 17th. Places are limited for this event, which will include a delicious vegetarian teatime experience and a unique reading from Paul. Read on to learn more!
Hello, Positive Lifers! Many of you may have heard of Paul Buggle: a gifted intuitive reader and healer with whom we have collaborated a number of times in the past. We are now pleased to share that he will be offering a special vegetarian afternoon tea event in Seapoint, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday November 17th.
This event will include a unique reading from Paul. The readings will be delivered in a group setting, with everyone sharing in the overall experience, while receiving their own individual guidance from Paul.
The cost of the meal and reading is €65. Please note that spaces for this event are limited. To book your place, call 086 157 9518.
“Paul Buggle is a truly gifted intuitive. He has helped me many times in my life, through his friendship and his talent for connecting with spirit. His readings are like little energetic reminders to keep you floating along nicely on your path. They are healing and informative in equal measure. Highly recommended.”
– Paul Congdon, Positive Life Publisher
In this extract from our Autumn 2018 issue, we spoke to Sinead Mitchell of the renowned nutritional supplement and research company Pharma Nord. She had some exciting news to share about heart health, based on a revolutionary Swedish study! If you haven’t had a chance to pick up our Autumn 2018 issue yet, click here to find your local stockist, or here to subscribe to the magazine.
Health Boosting Nutrients
Revolutionary study gives hope for heart health
by Aisling Cronin
Pharma Nord is a Nutritional Supplement Brand renowned for its revolutionary approach to nutritional support. Its high grade supplements are backed by rigorous scientific research, which documents their products’ safety and superior bio-availability (which, in laymen’s terms, refers to how easily absorbed they are). Pharma Nord’s research database contains over 9,000 scientific studies which serve to inform their impressive product development program. To date, more than 300 scientific studies involving Pharma Nord products have been published, one of the most striking being the KiSel-10 study, carried out in Sweden.
I spoke to Sinead Mitchell, Product Trainer for Healthcare Professionals at Pharma Nord to learn more.
‘The KiSel-10 study was a five-year, placebo-controlled, randomised double-blind study,’ Sinéad explained. ‘Two Pharma Nord products were used in the study: Q10 and Selenium. While there has been a lot of research done about the benefits of selenium for heart health, and the benefits of Q10 for heart health – when taken separately – there wasn’t a lot of research out there investigating the relationship between them, or the potential impact of their combination, which was the primary focus of the KiSel-10 research. The KiSel-10 trial was carried out in a small town in Sweden, with Swedish citizens who were aged 70 to 88. 443 participants took part, making it a very rigorous trial.’
The aim of the study was to observe how Selenium and Q10, when taken together, would affect participants’ heart health. Participants were divided into two groups. One group were administered 200 milligrams of BioActive Q10 Gold every morning, combined with 200 micrograms of BioActive Selenium, while another placebo group did not receive either supplement. Once the five-year study was complete, the results amazed researchers: those receiving the Q10 and Selenium combination were shown to have a 54% reduced risk of mortality through cardiovascular disease.
‘In addition to the reduced risk of mortality measured by the KiSel-10 study over the five years, positive effects could also be seen in all of the inflammatory markers, which are used to measure heart health,’ Sinéad revealed. ‘In fact, in many cases, the supplementation eased the inflammatory markers to a point lower than would be considered ‘normal’ for the participants’ age group, which is fantastically encouraging.’
The KiSel-10 study is now referenced extensively in a number of leading health and scientific journals, including the European Journal For Clinical Nutrition. An additional fourteen further studies have since been pulled from the original KiSel-10 data, as health professionals seek to gather even more insight into the heart-protecting effects of long-term Selenium and Q10 supplementation.
It has been known for decades that Q10 – particularly when consumed in the high grade form, ubiquinol – is a very powerful nutrient, so the KiSel-10 study results, demonstrating the immense impact of both Q10 and Selenium on heart health, are not all that surprising.
Coenzyme Q10 (as it is formally known) is a natural, vitamin-like compound that all cells require in order to produce energy. Levels of this nutrient peak in our twenties and decline from that point onward. However, the discovery of coenzyme Q10 by American scientists in 1957, and the array of scientific studies done in the interim, has empowered us with a tool to potentially prevent this ‘energy drop’ from taking place. Selenium, too, has long been known for its incredible immune-boosting qualities. However it appears that these two nutrients have an even more powerful potential when used in combination.
Based on the promising results of the KiSel-10 study, it seems that long-term consumption of these vital nutrients could have the power to unlock new potential for longevity and improved health.
In our Autumn 2018 issue, Cornucopia head chef Tony Keogh shared a delicious recipe for a white chocolate and berry tart. Sounds scrumptious, doesn’t it? Read on to learn how you can recreate this beauty in your own kitchen.
Let your senses feast on this delicious dessert
by Tony Keogh
This tart is very simple to put together and is a real crowd pleaser. There is something about the combination of white chocolate and berries that sings a beautiful song. In this recipe, that combination is used to full effect: the chocolate cuts smoothly like a knife through the tartness of fresh seasonal berries. The chocolate and berries are then offset with a rich nutty base, which is enhanced with the delicate flavour of apricot.
White chocolate and vanilla tart in an apricot brazil nut crust with macerated autumn berries
For the base
140 grams desiccated coconut
100 grams brazil nuts
100 grams flaked almond
220 grams ready to eat apricots
For the filling
120 grams cacao butter
120 grams coconut oil
120 grams cashew nuts
120 grams non-refined caster sugar
350 ml water
3 tsp of agar powder
Pinch of salt
100 ml soy milk
For the fruit
150 grams autumn berries
Zest of one lime
Dessertspoon of non-refined sugar
1. Start with the base. In a food processor, mill the brazil nuts, almonds and coconut, adding the apricots slowly, until the mixture comes together. Line a 28 cm tart tin with the mixture and bake it for about 8 minutes. While it is baking, prepare the filling.
2. Bring the water to a simmer and place a metal bowl over it. Add the cacao butter. When it melts, add the coconut oil. When both have melted together, remove the bowl, add the sugar to the water and bring it back to a simmer. Add the agar, boil the mixture for a minute or two, then remove it from the heat.
3. Add the cashews, soya milk and the water mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Whisk this mixture into the melted fats. Add some vanilla, a pinch of salt and taste for sweetness. If you are happy, pour the mixture in and leave it aside somewhere cool to set.
4. For the macerated fruit, simply combine all the ingredients and set them aside for at least half an hour. Serve the tart with a good dollop of fruit.