Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of the Happy Pear lads, Steven and David Flynn and their chain of plant based food cafes and outlets so when I heard that they were opening another outlet in Dublin airport, I was super excited as now I can finally get fuss free wholefood plant based grub on the go before flying.
They have 3 other stores – the 1st is in their hometown of Greystones in Co. Wicklow, another in Shoreline in Bray and a relatively new one in Clondalkin in West Dublin. I’ve been to all three cafes and they are great. The food is great, the staff are great and there is an energy to these shops that is missing from traditional conventional cafes. An energy that says this is something different and that energy seems to resonate from the staff in all three of these locations. It’s good and different.
Nutritional therapy often involves diagnostic testing to help us figure out what’s going wrong with our clients. Diagnostics may include stool tests, adrenal stress tests, hormone tests like thyroid, urine, bone resorption…the list goes on. They are a very useful component to any NT protocol.
I have been reviewing and studying the GI-MAP stool based test from Invivo Healthcare in the UK recently.
The area of functional medicine is an emerging area. It is probably in the storming or forming stages of establishment and development as it rubs up against conventional medicine and it remains to be seen how the two can co-exist.
I like this definition:
Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.
This approach makes much more sense to me in terms of trying to avoid disease rather than waiting to be affected and then trying to deal with the disease once it has taken hold.
My interest in nutrition started with a single question.
Did diet and lifestyle choices have any bearing on my Dad’s heart disease and ultimate passing in 2011?
I watched my Dad goes through 4 (yes 4) quadruple bypass surgeries where they moved healthy veins from his legs and transplanted them into his chest to restore blood flow to his heart that was being negatively impacted by blockages in his arteries. It is a deeply invasive but life saving surgery that arguably kept him alive for another 10 or so years.
We nearly have January in the rear view mirror and this is the first time I have sat down to write. A sin! The truth is January has been insane for me so far with college assignments and releasing a new product to market in work, there hasn’t been much slack for writing thus far.
February is also shaping up to be super busy with alot of work related travel, yet more college assignments due, 3 family birthdays to celebrate and a trip away with my Mum and brothers. It’s all feels a bit relentless right now but without the sludge of the alcohol in my system, it’s doesn’t feel like it used to be. It feels doable and less stressful than in previous years.