Time to trim

Who said working out means you have to compromise style? Take a look at the Trim range, created by husband and wife team, Michael Manolis and Chris Evangelou, who wanted to create a fitness apparel brand that combines aspects of the luxury fashion world with street culture. The designs are all about standing out, being bold and staying disciplined; the cuts are flattering and the materials are lightweight, using performance fabrics to enhance the quality of the garments. We love the TRIM statement crop top, made using

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Stay in shape this summer

A holiday can be the undoing of a health and fitness regime – but it need not be. James Davis, founder of 38 Degrees North, a luxury fitness retreat in Ibiza, has put together some simple tips to help you have fun and not feel guilty about your summer break. Commit to doing something active each day, starting from day one. It could be a 20-minute, in-room workout, a session in the hotel gym, a run, lengths of the pool, but get started on your first day and keep it up. Watch the cocktails; when you’re at the bar, try to

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Focus on beauty

Holistic beauty Benefiting from the beauty of Mother Nature, Spa Magik Organiks has created a range of luxurious products for health and well being. Blending essential oils, therapeutic plants and mineral sea water, these skin-friendly formulas are made with natural de-ionised water with pure Dead Sea minerals, harmonised water and organic plant extracts, and all are 100 per cent organic. Naturally Good Health couldn’t get enough of the new Wrinkle Therapy range, a powerful anti-ageing facial range helping boost hydration

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Retreat to Inishbofin

Looking for a summer break with a difference? Something that nourished mind, body and spirit? Well, look no further than the Inishbofin Yoga Retreat, held from June 28 to July 3 on this small island off the coast of Connemara, on the West coast of Ireland. During the retreat, yoga teacher and summertime island resident, Christine Stewart, organises workshops and sessions with some of the world’s leading yoga practitioners, including Benita Galvan (Arizona, USA), Jack Harrison (Galway) and Jaye Martin (Florida, USA). With

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Love your lungs

Whether you’re young or old, it’s never too early to think about the health of our lungs. And that’s the message from the charity COPD Support Ireland, which has teamed up with young rugby stars to educate us about the importance of healthy lungs. The charity teamed up with St Michael’s College Senior Cup Rugby Team to highlight the difficulties facing more than 380,000 people who are living with COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, in Ireland. COPD is a chronic disease, which affects people’s ability to breathe

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Nutrition for Everyday Living – a new course from CNM

This exciting new course provides useful and practical knowledge about healthy food choices for the whole family, and how best to utilise food. About the course Good nutrition is the key to vibrant health and wellbeing. With today’s fast paced society and compromised food supply, maintaining a balanced diet can present an overwhelming challenge. This course will show you how specific foods affect your body and your mind, and will equip you with the confidence to make healthy food choices. Key Features The foundation of good

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Retail recommendations

Apple Health Food Store, Loughrea, Co. Galway, reveals their top picks in store. Kinvara Rosehip Serum: This is a beautiful product, which is a power house of plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants and calming ingredients designed to provide intensive care for your skin. This super hydrating serum, which has a gorgeous lemony scent, will hydrate and nourish your skin, making it look and feel amazing. With 180 applications per bottle, this bottle can last you for up to six months and is a must have on your bathroom

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Jan de Vries – a tribute

Following the sad death of the much loved naturopath, Jan de Vries, his team pays tribute. Jan de Vries was born in Holland in 1937 and grew up during the Second World War. He said on many occasions that it was these difficult years of his childhood that instilled in him a strong desire to dedicate his life to helping other people. He graduated in the field of pharmacy in 1958 and two years later, met the famous Swiss naturopath, Alfred Vogel. In 1960, Jan married a Scottish girl and together they had four daughters. In the

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Cooking up a storm on the East coast

A brand new cookery school has taken its offering on the road. The East Coast Cookery School, based in Termonfeckin, has been taken on a tour to Dublin for a night. Founder, Tara Walker, introduced invited guests to her tour, where they sampled a range of signature dishes and heard about the recently expanded cookery school. The East Coast Cookery School (formerly The Tasty Tart) is a purpose built cookery school and kitchen in Tara’s own home in the countryside near Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. The focus is not just on food,

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A herbal celebration

A herbalist has been doing her bit to promote the first ever National Herb Week. Avril Casey is a member of the Irish Register of Herbalists, who used to work in Dublin’s Restore Health Food Shop, and has acted as chief coordinator and organiser of National Herb Week. Taking place from May 23-29, the event was established by The Irish Register of Herbalists, a professional association for traditional herbalists in Ireland. Their vision for this event was to engage with the public and host a range of events, including herb

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