By Elva Carri
Rosemarie got into healthy eating as a teenager. Attending a boarding school where she said the food wasn’t great and there was never enough of it, she says she developed a love for home economics and biology and really got into food and nutrition. Later, when she trained as a yoga teacher and studied reflexology, the nutrition part of things kept coming up as important components.
So when someone suggested that a health food store would be a great asset to Newcastle West, she jumped at the opportunity to open one with support from Aileen Dinane. She said there was no business plan and she’s had to learn on the job and continues to educate herself on anything helpful for people coming into the store. GAPS (Gut and Psychology/Physiology) nutritional protocol is her latest big passion. “I would be in school constantly if I could,” she says laughing.
When I asked about her favourite things in the shop she listed coconut oil for its taste and its health benefits, and some nut butters they stock. She also said she’s finding the use of chia seeds very interesting, mentioning using them instead of eggs in baking and as a thickener. And what keeps her going running her own business? Trying to remind herself of a little mantra, “May I be open to what comes my way today.”
Sonas moved to a new premises at No. 9 The Square, Newcastle West this spring, just in case you thought you’d lost them!