The Happy Pear Podcast
Unveiling Secrets with Manchán Magan
To kick off our new series no better man to have than the wise monk himself - Manchán Magan. And guess what, it was in person! Whoop! Genuinely what a treat, and you can really tell!
His name, Manchán, literally means ‘little monk’ and if you were to meet him, there really is no better fitting name - Even how he holds himself has an air of soft wise intellect.
We began thinking we were going to dive deep into the Irish language and all its nuances but wow did we get so so much more.
Manchán, is the type of person who will keep even the most highly strung business person on edge listening!! We navigate through this conversation from his time on the TG4 travel show taking him to all kinds of weird and wonderful tribes, to mingling with “The Screamists” (a cult who literally spend their time whaling and screaming), to mysterious forgotten histories, and his adventure to beat the mortgage ladder and find 10 acres for 10 grand.
Manchán is a writer, a poet and a deep thinker. His latest book 32 words for a field, has instilled in us a whole new passion for the Irish language. Give him 5 minutes of your time and I swear you’ll be downloading Duolingo beginner Irish!
According to Manchán the Irish language not only holds the secrets to the best places to find fish in the Irish countryside, or how to predict the weather, but also how to really connect. To connect us to this earth, to the people and inevitably to sustainable living.
“During the dark ages Europe lost all of its libraries, all of it was destroyed, all of its central regal systems. A new sort of violent force was taking over, all the philosophy and wisdom was gone, but Ireland still had it in their libraries because they were never part of that. Now that Christianity was male focuses, it was hierarchal, but it had a key. It had a beautiful visionary voice in terms of Jesus Christ at the beginning of it, and particularly Irish Christianity, because when St Patrick came in 430 AD, we took on some of that, just like the Taro Oman mountain runners in Mexico, took on some of the Jesuits stuff (their clothes etc..) but they kept their connection to the landscape. We did the same in Ireland, we took some of the rules of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, but look at our Holy Wells… Our Holy Wells and our Holy Rivers, we realised that nature was sacred, so we brought some of this knowledge back to Europe. You can find it still in Monasteries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the teachings of Irish Monastic figures.”
A really wonderful episode from a phenomenal character.
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Dave and Steve x
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147. Cooking Up Success: Gaz Oakley's Rise to Plant-Based Stardom | Live at The Happy Pear Cafe01:11:34Welcome! In this special live recording, we sit down with the incredible celebrity chef Gaz Oakley. Recorded in front of a vibrant live audience at The Happy Pear Cafe, this episode delves into Gaz's fascinating backstory and his journey to becoming a prominent plant-based chef and YouTube sensation.Gaz Oakley, widely recognised for his culinary expertise and innovative plant-based recipes, has taken the world by storm with his passion for delicious and sustainable food. As a dedicated advocate for the plant-based lifestyle, Gaz shares his inspiring story of transformation and how he discovered his love for cooking. As plant-based chefs ourselves, we share a common ground, the conversation unfolds seamlessly, exploring the challenges and triumphs that come with promoting a plant-based way of life.Tune in as we discuss Gaz's rise to fame through the digital realm, highlighting the impact of his engaging YouTube content that resonates with a global audience. From mouthwatering recipes to insightful cooking tips, Gaz Oakley has become a household name in the culinary world, and this live podcast episode offers an exclusive glimpse into the shared experiences and camaraderie between passionate plant-based chefs.Enjoy!Lots of Love,Dave & SteveSign Up for our newsletter here https://bit.ly/HappyPearNewsletterSPONSORSWe are proud ambassadors of Instant Brands ! From Airfryers to Instantpots, they have an amazing range of cooking appliances that will save you time, use less oil and create incredibly tasty dishes. Dave is obsessed and uses them nearly every meal time! USE CODE HAPPYPEAR for an exclusive 20% off!Learn to create a Vegan Christmas Feast that will impress even the pickiest relatives! The Vegan Christmas Masterclass Series, starting on December 4th, offers three live masterclasses that cater to all experience levels. This package includes an 80-recipe festive e-book, a one-year membership to the Recipe Club with over 500 plant-based recipes, as well as invitations to weekly live wellness events. Join the community for ideas, inspiration and guidance. Led by professional vegan chefs, David and Stephen Flynn, with a 7-day Click HERE to find out more.
146. Burnout, Chronic Diseases, Sleep and The Alternative Approach with Dr Dani Gordon49:44This week’s episode is with Dr. Dani Gordon, with an impressive background, holding certifications from the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). With a passion for comprehensive healthcare, Dr. Gordon has become a sought-after expert in the field of Integrative Medicine. Her dedication to exploring alternative and holistic approaches to healthcare has positioned her as a leader in the global medical community.Our conversation with Dr. Dani covers a spectrum of vital topics. We begin by exploring burnout, with Dr. Gordon providing keen insights into recognising the signs and offering practical strategies for prevention. The discussion transitions into the realm of chronic diseases, where we delve into the intersection of Integrative Medicine and effective management of chronic health conditions.A significant portion of our conversation is dedicated to the critical role of sleep in maintaining overall well-being. Dr. Gordon shares actionable tips on optimising sleep patterns and enhancing sleep quality, offering valuable advice for our listeners seeking better sleep hygiene.Further, we uncover why Dr. Dani Gordon is the go-to expert for medical professionals when faced with challenging cases. Her unique perspectives and methodologies in Integrative Medicine have earned her a reputation as the person doctors turn to when conventional answers fall short.For those eager to stay connected with Dr. Dani Gordon, visit her website at London Resilience Clinic and follow her on Twitter @DrDaniGordon and Instagram @DrDaniGordon.Lots of Love,Dave & SteveBLACK FRIDAY SPECIALOur sponsors, Instant Brands have an amazing Black Friday offer, available until the 27th November!Savings of up to 40% off across their range of Instant Vortex Air Fryers – lowest prices ever.The Vortex VersaZone is now £80 off, only £119.99 from £199.99 – Choose your basket size – use as an XXL 8.5L basket for roasting big joints, tray bakes or batch cooking, or split into 2 x 4.2L zones to cook two foods two ways, ready at the same time. Visit the following LINK to avail of this offer. We, The Happy Pear, are thrilled to announce our massive Black Friday sale, featuring a 50% discount on all our online courses and membership. We've collaborated with experts in their respective fields to present these extraordinary courses. Don't miss out on this limited offer—visit the following LINKSign up to our Newsletter, for updates on our latest recipes, events and news.Produced by Sean Cahill & Sara Fawsitt
145. Unveiling Health Through Plants: Adam Guthrie's Journey from Surviving to Thriving01:03:06Adam Guthrie, a distinguished plant-based chef and health advocate, shares his incredible journey on this latest episode. His life took a dramatic turn when he embraced a plant-based lifestyle that not only saved his life but also became the cornerstone of his mission to help others achieve wellness. With a personal transformation story that's both inspiring and compelling, Adam's experience navigating the world of plant-based cuisine is truly remarkable. He channels his expertise into empowering individuals to shed weight and reclaim their health through tailored courses and rejuvenating retreats.In this episode we dive into a captivating conversation with Adam Guthrie. Discover the pivotal moments that led him to adopt a plant-based lifestyle, learning how this choice became the catalyst for his personal and professional transformation. Through this episode, explore how Adam transitioned from a life-changing health experience to becoming a leading figure in the realm of plant-based culinary arts. His dedication to guiding others in embracing a healthier lifestyle through his courses and retreats is both insightful and inspirational.Prepare to be inspired and motivated to embark on your own path towards a healthier, plant-powered life.Lots of love,Dave & SteveSponsors & Discount Codes:Instant Brands: One of our favourite kitchen accessories! Instant Brands have a number of amazing products that make cooking easier, tastier and accessible to all. For a limited time only (Until the 23rd of November) click THIS LINK to get up to 30% off on some of their amazing products!Sign up to our Newsletter, for updates on our latest recipes, events and news.Produced by Sean Cahill & Sara Fawsitt
144. How to Communicate Effectively and Improve your Relationships with Dr Melanie Joy01:29:12We are thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite guests, Dr. Melanie Joy. Dr. Melanie Joy is a renowned psychologist and author, known for her groundbreaking work in the fields of relational literacy and the study of carnism.Dr. Melanie Joy is a distinguished psychologist with a wealth of expertise in the domains of communication, relationships, and activism. Her insights have been transformative and enlightening, making her a sought-after authority on these subjects.We had the privilege of recording in person with Dr. Melanie Joy. Together, we delved into the concept of relational literacy and how it plays a pivotal role in effective communication, not only on a personal level within your own relationships but also on a global scale within the realms of politics and activism. Dr. Mel has formulated a groundbreaking approach that dissects the components of relational literacy, offering you the keys to improved interpersonal connections and societal change.We also explore the intriguing topic of carnism—what it is and how Dr. Melanie Joy first encountered it in her work. This discussion sheds light on the hidden mechanisms that underlie our attitudes toward eating animals and the food industry.This episode is a treasure trove of invaluable takeaways that are universally applicable. Whether you're seeking to enhance your work relationships, navigate your personal connections more effectively, or deepen your understanding of global issues, Dr. Melanie Joy's insights offer a profound and practical guide.Finally, don't miss our discussion on Dr. Mel's latest book, "How to End Injustice," which we wholeheartedly recommend. Join us on this enlightening journey to unlock the power of relational literacy and gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in.Enjoy!Lots of love,Dave & SteveThis episode is sponsored by Vivobarefoot Footwear. Vivobarefoot Footwear have given our listeners an exclusive 15% discount when you enter the code HAPPYPEAR15 Genuinely these are the lads favourite shoes, they wear them all the time!Sign up to our Newsletter, for updates on our latest recipes, events and news.Produced by Sean Cahill & Sara Fawsitt
143. The Gut Health Revolution with Dr Alan Desmond56:03Welcome back Dr. Alan Desmond, a Consultant Gastroenterologist, a friend, a collaborator and a true pioneer in the realm of gut health. With extensive experience and dedication to the field, he has become a respected authority on the gut microbiome. Dr. Al is on a mission to empower individuals to take control of their health by understanding the crucial role that the gut plays in our overall well-being.He explains why your gut microbiome is essential to your health both physically and mentally.The discussion covers practical tips and strategies for nurturing a thriving gut microbiome. Listeners gain insights into the importance of a balanced diet that incorporates fiber-rich foods and pre & probiotics.And what’s more, we have partnered with Dr. Al to create an exclusive online course known as "The Gut Health Revolution." This transformative course guides participants on a journey to better gut health, offering expert insights and practical tools for a healthier, happier life. Those who join the course also get access to our membership with hours of food, movement, and mindfulness content.Don't miss this captivating episode, find out more about your gut and how you can take control of your well-being.Lots of love,Dave & SteveSponsors & Discount Codes:This episode is sponsored by Vivobarefoot Footwear. Vivobarefoot Footwear have given our listeners an exclusive 15% discount when you enter the code HAPPYPEAR15 Genuinely these are the only shoes you will see Dave & Steve wearing!We have a limited time discount of 47% off our Healthy Gut Revolution Course click here to avail https://bit.ly/47OFFGutHealthProduced by Sean Cahill & Sara Fawsitt
142. Life changing new science on diets, calories, supplements and our unique microbiome with Dr Tim Spector01:00:44In this exciting episode, we sit down with Professor Tim Spector, a distinguished researcher and the director of the Twins UK study. He's also a Scientific co-founder at ZOE and a leading figure in the world of genetics and epidemiology. Tim, who initially trained in rheumatology and epidemiology, has authored the enlightening book, "Food for Life," which delves into the intricate relationship between nutrition and health.Join us as we embark on a fascinating journey through the realms of the microbiome, calorie counting, supplements, and the personalised approach to diet. Tim unveils the truth about supplements and why they might not be the magic pill/powder they're often implied. We explore how every individual is unique and how that uniqueness demands a slightly different dietary approach. Tim's groundbreaking platform, ZOE.com, is at the forefront of this revolution, helping us tailor our nutrition to our specific needs.In this captivating conversation, we also discuss the benefits of a predominantly whole-food plant-based diet. Discover why this approach could be the key to a healthier and happier life. We unravel the mysteries of our gut, the role of diversity in our diet, and how small changes can lead to big results in our overall well-being.So, whether you're a health enthusiast or just curious about how you can better fuel your body, this episode is packed with insights and practical tips that can help you make informed choices about your diet and nutrition. Enjoy!Lots of Love,Dave & Steve xFor more information on Tim and his work check out the zoe podcast: LINKEpsiode Sponsors & Discount Codes:Instant Brands: Instant Brands new Instant Pot Duo Plus Whisper Quiet is out! And our listeners are currently getting £30 off! Simply follow this link to avail of the offer and select ‘Apply £30 voucher’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Instant-Pot-112-3079-01-UK-Whisper-Quiet/dp/B0BYSZYRZH?th=1Vivobarefoot Footwear. Vivobarefoot Footwear have given our listeners an exclusive 15% discount when you enter the code HAPPYPEAR15 Genuinely these are the only shoes you will see Dave & Steve wearing!Produced by Sean Cahill & Sara Fawsitt
141. Taste vs.Flavour: A Journey into Chocolate with Spencer Hyman01:01:22Join us for a delectable journey into the world of chocolate as we delve deep into the fascinating nuances of taste, flavor, and the art of chocolate making with our special guest, Spencer Hyman. As the co-founder of Cocoa Runners.com, Spencer is a true chocolate connoisseur and an expert in the field.Spencer Hyman is a renowned super taster, co-founder of Cocoa Runners.com, and a passionate advocate for high-quality, ethically sourced chocolate. With a background in media and technology, Spencer embarked on an unexpected journey into the world of fine chocolate, driven by a deep curiosity and an unwavering commitment to explore the world of flavours.An episode to sit back with a rich bar of chocolate and lean into the art of what it is to taste!Enjoy.Lots of Love,Dave & Steve xEpsiode Sponsors & Discount Codes:Instant Brands: Instant Brands new Instant Pot Duo Plus Whisper Quiet is out! And our listeners are currently getting £30 off! Simply follow this link to avail of the offer and select ‘Apply £30 voucher’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Instant-Pot-112-3079-01-UK-Whisper-Quiet/dp/B0BYSZYRZH?th=1Vivobarefoot Footwear. Vivobarefoot Footwear have given our listeners an exclusive 15% discount when you enter the code HAPPYPEAR15 Genuinely these are the only shoes you will see Dave & Steve wearing!Produced by Sean Cahill & Sara Fawsitt
140. Screen-Demic: Mobile Phones, Social Media, Bullying, Porn, FOMO; Learn how to support your child and village's screen usage01:27:24Our first LIVE podcast! After all the global hype our seaside town Greystones, has been getting post the introduction of the mobile phone ban in primary schools, we decided to speak to the people behind it and learn more.Meet Rachel Harper, St. Patrick’s National School Principle, Andrea Splendori, Podcast Host and front runner behind the initiative, and finally Joshua Barrington, Temple Carrig’s School Chaplain.This is a fascinating conversation that goes far deeper than what you expect, from how and why the initiative ‘It Takes A Village’ started, to school kids being ‘catfished’, porn and teenages, bullying, anxiety, addiction, FOMO and a reflection on us as adults and our own screen usage.There are so many practical takeaways from this episode, Greystones is just an example, the Initiative plans to take the framework global so that every town can learn the steps to support their youth and older in this technology fast paced and growing world.Technology is amazing, when used appropriately. We need to learn how to respect it, and be tech literate in order to protect ourselves and our precious youth.Lots of love,Dave & SteveSponsors:Instant Brands: Instant Brands new Instant Pot Duo Plus Whisper Quiet is out! And our listeners are currently getting £30 off! Simply follow this link to avail of the offer and select ‘Apply £30 voucher’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Instant-Pot-112-3079-01-UK-Whisper-Quiet/dp/B0BYSZYRZH?th=1 Produced by Sara Fawsitt & Sean Cahill
139. Proving Critics Wrong: Ian Machado Garry's UFC Story01:12:19Welcome! In this week’s episode, we sit down with Ian Machado Garry, a rising star in the world of mixed martial arts, hailing from Ireland. What sets Ian apart? He's a plant-based athlete.Ian Machado Garry's story is nothing short of inspirational. Born and raised in Ireland, he's not your typical MMA fighter. Ian shares his journey, from his early days on the mat to his transformation into a plant-based athlete. He proves that you can achieve strength and peak performance while following a plant-based diet.But there's more to Ian's story than his fighting skills and dietary choices. In addition to his remarkable journey, we explore Ian's discipline, his incredible recovery speed, and his ability to prove people wrong by succeeding. His tenacity and resilience are truly inspiring. Ian also shares a heartfelt story about taking time off when his child was born, highlighting the importance of balance in a high-pressure profession.Whether you're interested in sports, conscious living, sustainable nutrition, or mental well-being, this episode has something for everyone. Enjoy!Lots of love,Dave & SteveSponsors and discounts:Instant Brands: Instant Brands new Instant Pot Duo Plus Whisper Quiet is out! And our listeners are currently getting £30 off! Simply follow this link to avail of the offer and select ‘Apply £30 voucher’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Instant-Pot-112-3079-01-UK-Whisper-Quiet/dp/B0BYSZYRZH?th=1Air Up: Air Up - this revolutionary water bottle that will blow your mind and get you drinking tons more water, have given our listeners an exclusive 10% discount when you enter the code PEAR10