Nancy has been passionate about natural approaches to health for (nearly) a life time! In 1983 she started Eats of Eden making her one of the pioneers of the health food industry in Ireland. To deepen her interest in health and nutrition, she qualified as a Dietary Therapist in 1992. She is an active member of the Irish Association of Health Stores and is particularly involved in developing and delivering training programmes for Irish health store personnel.
And it does not stop here: her health philosophy spills out beyond working hours. She is a fervent enthusiast of Synergetics and delights in her achievements with the Limerick Kettlebell Club. She also enjoys singing in a choir.
Undoubtedly Meridian Organic Almond Butter which is pure comfort food, so much so that she tries to have some spare jars at home in case our wholesalers run out!! Spread over buckwheat toast, it is indulgence as well as goodness!
Maria decided on a complete career change after working for a number of years as international operations director with a telecommunications company. She qualified as a nutritionist at Patrick Holford’s Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Maria has her work cut out managing the many facets of her job at Eats of Eden! Mix finance and nutrition, add some of the day to day running of the shop, stir well, that is Maria’s job recipe!
In her spare time Maria is an avid bookworm and a keen rugby fan with a partiality for the Munster team. She lavishes TLC on her dog, her house and her garden. She loves music and sings in a choir. When she has time to spare she can be found with a crochet needle and a ball of wool and… we all love sampling her cooking!
She would not want to be without organic rooibos tea . It is a genuine alternative to black tea being naturally free of caffeine and stuffed full of calcium, magnesium and antioxidants - and it tastes delicious!
Liliane best describes her job as that of a juggler, also known as Eats of Eden’s Retail Manager! She cherishes diversity though so she does not mind the many coloured balls thrown her way! She trained as a homeopath and Emotional Freedom Techniques practitioner and in another life was an organic grower.
When she is not tearing her hair out in the office, she can be found in her cottage garden tending her flowers and vegetables. Or, she might be off to some far away country with a bag on her back. Influenced by her French background she loves cooking and is passionate about wholesome and tasty vegetarian food.
She loves them all but given a chance she will convert the most hardened sugar addict to Xylitol. Xylitol is made from birch sap and is used as a sugar substitute. It has a low glycaemic index so it does not cause sudden changes in blood sugar levels. It is suitable for diabetics and for those suffering from candida. It is good for teeth and nobody will notice the difference in your favourite cake recipe!
Dorothy started working at Eats of Eden in 2001. She has taken advantage of any training that came her way and as a result has achieved a highly commendable level of knowledge. Her job also includes mentoring new employees during their period of training.
Dorothy is married with three grown-up children and 2 grandchildren. When she is not working at Eats of Eden or studying health topics, she enjoys reading, walking and travelling.
A product at Eats of Eden that has done her the world of good is Eskimo Oil. She started taking it years ago when she was having a lot of difficulty with dry eyes. It also helped her skin and hair and she knows that her brain is benefitting also! What more can you ask for?
After an early career in bio-chemistry, Cillín trained as a nutritionist with the College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is much in demand in the shop not only by virtue of his enthusiasm about nutrition but also because of his genuine interest in helping people improve their state of health. He is particularly attracted to sports nutrition and has helped athletes improve their performance by changing their diet and by proper supplementation.
When away from work Cillín enjoys adventure sports such as hiking and mountain biking. He works out regularly at the Limerick Kettlebell Club (have we heard that name before?) and takes spins and the occasional race on his motorbike.
He uses a lot of products from the shop but Terra Nova’s Living Multinutrient is top of his list. Why this particular multi? Because it has a unique base of 16 superfoods called the Magnifood complex which helps to maximize the benefits of the other nutrients and it’s free from fillers and binders.
Eats of Eden’s own inspector Clouseau! Joan can be found examining the shelves carefully for errors. She walks around not with a magnifying glass but with a light bulb over her head! She will solve problems that we didn’t even know we had!
Joan loves sports of any kind, now mostly in the comfort of her favourite armchair. In her earlier years she was a force to be reckoned with as a rower with the Shannon Rowing Club. She is also a “wicked” supporter of the Munster rugby team. She loves doing crosswords when she takes a break from her busy social life, travelling all over Ireland and Europe visiting her large extended family.
Joan is a big fan of the A. Vogel range of herbal remedies and sings the praises of Trilogy’s Ultra Hydrating Face Cream: “It’s the only cream that has done the job for me”!
High-flying as an air hostess earlier in her career, Majella chose a more grounded profession when she left the blue skies to study homeopathy. As well as applying that knowledge on the shop floor she can be found slaving away in the office buried under a pile of paperwork!
She visits the gym regularly, pours a lot of love into the beautiful old house she is restoring (not forgetting her children and dog of course!). She adores the sun and French wines, all the better if they come together.
Without a moment of hesitation, Majella named not just one but four favourite products. She loves the richness of Dr Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, the gorgeous fragrance of Trilogy’s Aromatic Body Oil and the freshness of Trilogy’s Body Wash. For beauty from within, she praises the gentle daily detox of Terra Nova Green Purity.
Marianne has been with us since 2006 working the Saturday shift whilst studying. Now in the Art College, she is studying Sculpture and Combined Media with an interest in jewellery. Brought up on wholefoods and complementary medicine, she knows lots of stuff and loves to share it. Marianne can also be found applying her genius to fiddly but important tasks at Eats of Eden.
In her spare time Marianne enjoys socialising in Limerick’s hotspots and sampling new and different European beers! Need an answer to some weird question? She loves table quizzes so she is likely to know it; if she doesn’t, she’ll make up one on the spot!
For a fresh and zesty smell, Marianne likes to use and recommend Atlantic Aromatics Mandarin oil. It’s so fruity and lovely it gives anyone an uplifting feeling! On a more serious side she loves DLux Vitamin D1000 spray, great for her skin and tastes nothing like medicine!
Herbalist and Naturopath
Sarika began her career as Laboratory Technologist in India and in Ireland. She grew up with Ayurveda (a wholistic system of medicine from India) and she is now qualified as a Herbalist and Naturopathic practitioner from the well-known College of Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin. Having joined the team in October 2011, she has ample occasion to put that knowledge into practice!
In her free time she loves cooking (and sharing Indian recipes with the rest of us!). She is a good example of walking the talk: she cooks healthy foods, reads about complementary medicine, grows herbs, practices yoga and meditation.
She names two of them! She believes in the benefits of local herbs and values the antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant properties of Biolife Black Elderberry tincture. She also recommends Synergy Supergreens: the combination of spirulina, chlorella, barley grass and wheat grass makes it an ideal “super food”.
Aileen is the newest member of our team having joined us in October 2012.
Having worked in IT for a number of years, she took the brave step of changing directions in her career. She is currently studying Dietary Counselling part-time with the Institute of Health Sciences in Dublin.
On her days off (yes it does happen!) Aileen can be found walking, running or cycling in Cratloe Woods with her faithful four legged hairy friend, Sonny. When she is not studying, that is!
She also likes live music, travelling and experiencing new things.
A. Vogel Echinaforce is a hot favourite of hers. She has been using it for a number of years, after getting quite ill, in order to keep her immune system in top shape. Her second favourite product is D Lux Vitamin D 3000 as she has not benefited from the sun since returning from her travels two years ago.