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Dave and Steve started their food revolution with a desire to make fruit and veg sexy. Believing that is not about short term diet, but about a long term lifestyle change, their philosophy is that the food we consume makes a huge difference to our whole well-being and how we live our lives. Throughout this podcast series they will demystify the healthy living clutter and bring you on a journey through conversations with real changemakers that will unfold the secrets of good health for the mind, body and soul.
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The Happy Pear Podcas‪t‬ The Happy Pear

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Dave and Steve started their food revolution with a desire to make fruit and veg sexy. Believing that is not about short term diet, but about a long term lifestyle change, their philosophy is that the food we consume makes a huge difference to our whole well-being and how we live our lives. Throughout this podcast series they will demystify the healthy living clutter and bring you on a journey through conversations with real changemakers that will unfold the secrets of good health for the mind, body and soul.
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    Glen Hansard

    Glen Hansard

    This weeks podcast is with the man who has lived many lives, the infamous, Glen Hansard!
    I mean where do we start? For those who aren’t familiar, Glen is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for The Frames, and one half of duo The Swell Season Having played roles in the BAFTA-winning film The Commitments, as well as starring in the film Once, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
    You could say he began his singing career at the age of 13, when he left school to become a busker. He was taken in and his talents were nurtured by an artist and and incredible woman, Philippa Bayliss. From then on Glen seems to have been on track to stardom, breaking bread with the likes of Seamus Heaney, meeting his hero Bob Dylan and eventually touring with him at a very early age.
    Glen is a perfect example of someone who has said and still says “yes to life”.
    "What I have realised in my life, in the 50 years that I have been here is that, when you follow your gut or when you follow your heart, there is an incredible wave that comes up behind that supports it and when you are not following your heart then there is a wave that goes against you. So it’s really just about catching that wave.”
    We thoroughly enjoyed this conversation, so much so it is our longest podcast episode to date! 
    We cover everything from his somewhat adventurous route to success, his time on the “Celtic Odyssey” rowing from Ireland to Spain, to his perception of today and the climate crisis.
    It really is pure gold from beginning to end, we highly recommend giving it a proper listen.


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    • 1 hr 49 min
    Venetia La Manna on Sustainable Fashion

    Venetia La Manna on Sustainable Fashion

    This week we talk to the delightful Venetia La Manna, a great friend and truly inspiring woman.
    Venetia is a podcaster, slow fashion campaigner and co-founder of Remember Who Made Them, which is helping to energise a new solidarity economy in fashion. 
    Venetia tries to bring mindfulness and compassion to all that she does. In her new podcast, “All The Small Things” she chats to inspiring people and thought leaders about finding joy in the small moments, and learns more about their routines, habits and rituals. 
    Throughout her social platforms Venetia challenges fashion brands who are costing the earth and calls out retailers on their unethical practices in the fashion supply chain. Venetia’s campaigning has been recognised globally, and she’s been featured on BBC Radio 1, Now This News and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She has written for The Independent and Eco Age and earlier this year, was featured as one of ID Magazine’s young activists fighting to save the planet. 
    In this episode Venetia talks us through the fast fashion industry, it’s unethical practices and how to identify them, and its effects on the enviroment. 
    She talks us through effective and simple ways we can make changes to be more conscious in our own purchasing.
    “Guilt tripping ourselves is a waste of time we should absolutely do the best we can, but I think it’s of more importance to think about collective action and collectively being active citizens than being conscious consumers”
    We learnt a lot on this episode, Venetia is delightful to talk to and her social platforms are a great resource for anyone looking for credible fact checked information on the fashion industry.

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    • 58 min
    Niall Breslin (Bressie) on Mental Health and The Importance Of Perspective

    Niall Breslin (Bressie) on Mental Health and The Importance Of Perspective

    “Most people really struggle with just slowing their thoughts down. So, I always say ‘What’s your favourite song?”. If you close your eyes, and you can hear the creeks in the piano of the song and hear feet moving on the ground, all of the sudden, you are in that space. That’s meditation and that mindfulness.”
    This week’s episode is with the incredible Niall Breslin A.K.A Bressie. 
     What can we say about this man? We admire him so much. You would be incredibly hard pressed to find something Niall hasn't done in his lifetime. He is a bestselling author, podcaster, musician, philanthropist, and a former professional athlete. However, right now he is on a mission with regards to mental health.
     Over the past decade, Niall has become one of Ireland’s most formidable and inspiring mental health advocates. He has undoubtedly been one of the spearheads of the mental health conversation in Ireland and bravely stepped up to speak on the issue years before it became a mainstream discussion. 
     Niall is also the founder and creative director of the mental health advocacy charity ‘A Lust for Life’, a multi-award winning movement that uses content, campaigns and events to facilitate young people to be effective guardians of their own mind. For more information on this, visit:  www.alustforlife.com
     In this episode gf The Happy Pear Podcast, Bressie talks us through his incredible journey through life thus far and how it has shaped his perspective on mental health and mindfulness today. 
     In his early years, Bressie was a massive sport enthusiast and ultimately worked tirelessly to get the opportunity to play rugby at an Elite level.  After sport, he ‘naturally’ moved into music and again, while he loved the industry, he knew he wasn’t coping with the stress and the pressure it put on him. Following a panic attack after a live TV appearance, he knew he needed to finally seek professional help for his issues. 
     Niall spoke so openly about his realisation of needing help. Unfortunately, given what is often the nature of seeking support with mental health issues, Niall struggled with reaching out, mostly out of fear of disappointing those closest to him. One of the most interesting insights from Niall was that he felt he couldn’t tell those closest to him about his struggles ‘out of fear they would have felt lied to for years’. Obviously, once he did open up, this wasn't the case. In fact, the opposite was true. 
    Niall discussed how we all need to work through our emotions, no matter how hard they might be to deal with. Niall spoke about his 10-year journey with therapy, which is still ongoing today and spoke to us about the importance of attitude, choosing our perspective and understanding when suffering is inevitable and allowed. 
     We also shared a really frank conversation with Niall around emotional connection in our personal relationships and how we have failed and succeeded in this aspect of our lives. We talk about the importance of these close relationships and the further importance of true connection within them. We also spoke openly about the dangers of social media obsession and the challenges we have faced from our time in the spotlight.
     Niall also brought us through the exciting emerging area of music therapy and how it is being used in mental health services in Ireland today. There are some amazing practical tips with this conversation around anchoring your attention that you can implement right away, so we highly recommend listening through. 
    Niall shared his 6 fundamental principles which he encourages people to follow when they begin their mindfulness and meditation journey: 
    -       Making it work for you.
    -       Non-judge

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    • 52 min
    Sustainability & Climate Action with Dr Tara Shine & Madeleine Murray

    Sustainability & Climate Action with Dr Tara Shine & Madeleine Murray

    “Don’t create another committee. Talk to people where they already gather. Share ideas and that ripple effect will build and build and build.”
     Our guests on this episode of The Happy Pear Podcast is the amazing duo of Dr Tara Shine & Madeleine Murray, of Change by Degrees.
     Tara and Madeleine are wonderful humans. Tara has spent 20 years as an international climate change negotiator and advisor to governments and world leaders on environmental policy, most notably as a Special Advisor to the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice.  Madeleine brings a multifaceted background and is expert in employee sustainability engagement and helping businesses create and tell their sustainability stories. Together, they run Change by Degrees, an organisation dedicated to delivering strategic sustainable advice, employee engagement and specialised sustainability comms. 
     Tara and Madeleine are powerful women, helping create the future we aspire towards.  Climate change as we all know is the major topic of our time which isn’t going away and learning practical digestible steps from experts can really help us continue to take the necessary action needed to bring our world more into balance. 
    We loved the simplicity of these 3 steps we need to take collectively:
    Reduce our emissions (no power and fuel to come from fossil fuels and all to come from renewables)Store more carbon in our natural environment (through looking after nature; planting more trees; restoring our biodiversity and moving towards better agricultural practices that build our soils)Adapt to living with more storminess - climate change is real and will change things; we need to prepare for these events (the reality of more flooding, higher sea level rise and to create a more equitable and inclusive society for all as we move forward). In this episode, we hear about the importance of societal action on the “Climate Emergency’; the importance of effective communication in climate action; the incredible value beneath our feet in our soils.
    The girls bring to life the opportunity for incredible innovation within climate action.  They give us some very practical daily sustainable and environmentally friendly actions that each of us can take and the powerful ripple effect this can play.  They weave not only personal action we can take but also how critical it is for businesses to bake sustainability into the very core of what they are about so all business units know and own goals in relation to it.
    Being mothers themselves, they explain how they navigate parenthood.  We loved how they asked us all to have conversations with our kids on this topic - ask them to describe what a sustainable world looks like to them and by so doing we encourage them to use their voice and spread their vision.
     Be sure to check out changebydegrees.com and Tara’s book - “How to Save Your Planet One Object at a time” which is available at all good bookstores.
     This episode is a fantastic listen - we learnt so much.  This podcast was an honour to bring remembrance and more light to this topic and we really hope you enjoy it and take practical nuggets from it.
     Big love, 
     Dave & Steve


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    • 49 min
    Dr Rangan Chatterjee

    Dr Rangan Chatterjee

    “We aren't weak. We don’t lack will power. We’re just humans trying to get by each day. The world is tough. It is difficult at the moment. We don’t need to beat ourselves up. Let’s be kind and compassionate to ourselves.”
    Our guest on this episode of The Happy Pear Podcast is the amazing Dr Rangan Chatterjee. Rangan is a breathtaking human. He is a physician, author, television presenter, podcaster and much more. He has also been a medical doctor for more than 20 years and is a pioneer in the emerging field of progressive medicine. 
    Rangan is best known for his TV show ‘Doctor in the House’ and for being the resident doctor on legendary BBC One's Breakfast Show. He also writes for the Huffington Post and pens a monthly column on lifestyle medicine in Top Santé. His TV shows have been shown in more than 70 countries around the world and in 2017, he came 8th in the Pulse Power 50 list for influential GPs.
    Simply put, Rangan is on a mission to simplify health. He believes that health has become far too confusing and that we need to get back to basics with a 360 degree approach to health through food and lifestyle.
     Rangan is always so honest and passionate, and we learn something new every time we speak to him, so we’re delighted to bring this conversation to you and we really hope you enjoy it. 
     In this episode, Rangan takes us through:
     -        His childhood and how he now reflects on it 
    -        The importance of getting out into nature 
    -        His 4 pillars of health 
    -        His approach to stress management 
    -        Why journaling can be really supportive  
    -        His approach to and learnings from parenthood 
    -        Dealing with cravings and changing habits 
    -        Truly understanding your goals for long term change 
    -        Why we need good relationships and meaningful connections 
    -        His definition of success and his journey to understanding it 
    -        The need to be kind to ourselves 
     This is a wonderful conversation - we really loved it and we hope you take as many practical and useful nuggets from it as we did as an effective gratitude tool.
     Big love, 
    Dave & Steve
     
     


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    • 47 min
    Ella Mills aka Deliciously Ella

    Ella Mills aka Deliciously Ella

    “Health is so simple. We can make it so complicated, but at the base of it is simplicity. That's what I have been focusing on and I can’t tell you the difference it has made”
     Our guest on this episode of The Happy Pear Podcast is the amazing Ella Mills, founder and driving force behind the brand Deliciously Ella. Ella is all about using her platform to share simple and delicious ways to take the complication out of healthy living and to feel better.   
    Starting from a personal blog, Deliciously Ella has evolved into so many things, from an app, to a deli, to a series of podcasts and even a hugely successful range of plant-based food products available all over the UK and now Ireland. Her story has a lot of similarities to ours, so it was so lovely to get the chance to sit down for a longer period of time with her. 
    Ella started everything back in 2012. She had previously been diagnosed with a number of serious health issues and following months in and out of hospital and numerous unsuccessful treatments, she started looking into other ways of managing her condition. Encouraged by stories and research, she decided to turn to a whole food, plant-based diet and, well, the rest is history. Ella is the picture of health today and hopes that sharing her journey can help others to follow in her footsteps.   She is now married to her wonderful husband, Matt, who is the CEO of Deliciously Ella and she is mother of two small daughters.
    Ella is always so honest and lovely, and her passion really does shine through when she speaks, so we are so excited to share this lovely conversation with you! 
    In this episode, Ella takes us through: 
    -        The origins of Deliciously Ella and her unexpected journey to creating a business. 
    -        How she balances relationships and life in a family business. 
    -        Balancing ambition and contentment. 
    -        Her health journey, using food as medicine and discovering her online community. 
    -        What her definition of health is today.
    -        How she balances public and private life. 
    -        Navigating social media today and staying mindful with content. 
    -        Keeping tabs on her relationship with technology. 
    -        Building a brand with herself at the centre. 
    -        How she defines success and what her ‘why’ is. 
    -        Her perspective on gratitude. 
     Ella is continually an inspiration for us - we always take an incredible amount from her and we really hope you find it great for you!
     Big love, 
     Dave & Steve
     


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Get him to go for a swim
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