Well folks, it's a new dawn, a new day, a new week AND a new month and we thought what better way to start things off than with a mighty THANK YOU to YOU, our LOVEly customers. Our 'shop baby' has now been open exactly three months and PHEW, what a learning curve it's been! Mark and I have been well and truly stretched both personally and professionally at times. However even with all that's going on 'behind the scenes' and the pressures that come with it, we do strive to give excellent customer service at all times. However we are only human and highly fallible and sometimes it isn't always easy but we do hope that for the most part, your experience of Sunrise (and us!) has been both positive and enjoyable. There have been LOTS of changes these last 13 weeks - the biggest of which being the addition of the fresh organic fruit and veg in the shop. (And there's bound to be lots more as we continue to evolve and grow and generally find our shopkeeper feet.) The organic fruit and veg has gone down a storm and well, it didn't take long for us to realise it is because it is what YOU, our lovely customers wanted! As much as we may have our own ideas as to where we'd like Sunrise to go, it is ultimately up to you which direction we/the business takes. SO, we will continue to listen and take note of what you want from us and the shop and, where cash flow allows, do our utmost to oblige. So once again, THANK YOU so much for all your custom and support over our first 3 months of trading and long may it/we continue! Happy month peeps and we very much look forward to seeing you at Sunrise again SOON! Be happy. Be healthy! Liz and Mark x
What a BEAUUUTIFUL Mabon morning!
"This stop on the Wheel of the Year is about the abundance of the second harvest! This is the time of the year where we really start to obtain and enjoy all of the fruits of our labor and reflect on the bounty in our lives. Gratitude and appreciation for the good things of life are in order of this time of year, but it’s also an opportunity to start thinking about what we have yet to accomplish and where we want to focus our energy when “planting time” comes ‘round again..."
Happy Autumn Equinox dear Sunrise friends! I am looking forward to a looooooong, PEACE FULL (and much overdue) walk by the sea this afternoon. (The first one in MONTHS!) This is the perfect and my most favourite way to relax, regroup, refresh, reflect, count my blessings and generally restore that most illusive quality of mine - BALANCE!
Have a wonderful day wherever you are, whatever you're up to and whoever you're with and just remember to take a moment to pause, (just like the earth) and smell the roses once in a while. We really are so very very blessed in the West. It is good to remind ourselves of this every now and then.
We love and gratitude for all that I have in my life - my friends, my family, my home, my health...
Liz x (And Mark too!)
REMEMBER REMEMBER IT'S ORGANIC SEPTEMBER! Over the coming month we'll be sharing lots of info on 'why choose organic?' as well as offering 10% discounts on various items in store! So why not pop in regularly to see what's on offer and become part of the nationwide initiative #organicseptember
Right folks, here's the thing...!
From September 15th onwards, TUESDAY nights at Sunrise Organics will be EVENT NIGHT! Not sure at this stage if this will be a weekly thing or fortnightly but the vision is to host REGULAR evening talks and workshops on all things HEALTH related for the BODY, MIND and SPIRIT.
These will be paying events usually priced around a fiver (but could be a little more for a workshop or for guest speakers who have travelled some distance to be with us) and will run from 7.30pm-10pm and include complimentary light refreshments as well as time to mingle and network with like minded peeps afterwards. Due to the limitations on space at Sunrise tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis and will be available to buy in advance from the shop and online. (IF the events prove popular (and we very much hope they do!) and we find we outgrow the space then we will definitely look into hiring a local hall instead!)
However, before all the seeeeerious health stuff gets underway, we thought "let's start things off with a FUN and LIGHT HEARTED get together in the form of a VEGAN BAKE OFF!" So that's what this event is! It's gonna be a cross between a pot luck evening and a bake off in that EVERYONE gets to taste the entries and EVERYONE gets to be Mary or Paul... ie, a judge - YAY!
As we don't have enough space or the facilities at Sunrise, all baking will need to be done at home prior to the event. So if you are going to 'bake an entry' then all you have to do on the evening is simply rock up (in good time!) with your wonderful creation and we will do the rest - SIMPLES!
There aren't going to be any particular catergories as such as we thought best keep it simple, but there will be PRIZES for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place as voted by YOU! The only stipulations are that whatever you choose to bake MUST be VEGAN, must have the ingredients listed for all to see and last but by no means least, must have been baked by YOU! (Oh, and BIG enough for potentially 30 eager peeps to have a piece, slice, bite or errrrr... nibble!)
TICKET PRICE FOR THIS EVENT = £1 with a 'bake' or £2 without!
***Ticket price includes light refreshments ***
Tickets will ONLY be available to buy in the shop for this one and will be available from TUESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER. (Please note, numbers ARE limited so do get in quick to avoid disappointment...)
Okaaaaaaaay, well I think that about covers it! We're both reeeally looking forward to meeting you all on the 15th and tasting your 'bakes' and ultimately it being the start of regular Sunrise gatherings...
But for now... Happy baking!
Liz and Mark x
P.S. Thanks to Jamie Oliver for this uber saliva inducing pic! Get recipe HERE!
One of the biggest and age old misconceptions around food (and mealtimes in general) is that more is better! Who else grew up with the "you MUST clear your plate..." mantra ringing in their ears?! The problem with that is the focus becomes all about how much you've eaten rather than WHAT you've eaten. The (scientific) fact of the matter is, the more nutritionally dense foods you eat (eg fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, superfoods), the LESS you need to it! Ever wondered why after finishing some meals (usually of the less than healthy variety but yes, very tasty!) and feeling positively STUFFED, you still want to eat MORE? The simple reason is because your body hasn't received the nutrients it needs at the cellular level and so tells you you are still hungry. Which in fact you are, but most likely not for what you've just eaten! Start to think more of FUELING your body rather than FILLING it! This is also why people are getting bigger and bigger and ultimately becoming obese. They don't know this one very simple, but life changing fact. No one does! Well not until they meet someone who does or do their own research. I mean, it's not like it's taught at school or anything right? And guess what? The food companies don't want you to know this either! Why? Because if you did, you may just stop buying the stuff! You see, it's all about the moolah people! SO, the first step to becoming healthy is to EDUCATE YOURSELF. Do your research. Become EMPOWERED. Because at the end of the day... when the 'ahem' chips (excuse the pun!) are down... your HEALTH really IS in YOUR hands! Be happy. Be healthy! Liz x
YAY! Lovely online feature in the Taste section of Dorset Echo. (Original article HERE!)
"LEADING a vegan lifestyle in Dorset just got that bit easier – thanks to new store Sunrise Organics.
Run by Liz Josey and Mark Lewis, the store, in Bournemouth promises that the products it sells are 100 per cent vegan and they stock everything from Fry’s pies, to chocolate, tea, coffee, juicing requisites and snacks. Liz is particularly proud of the choice of cheese, the largest vegan selection she says, in the town.
“On the first day we had more than 200 people and many of them have already returned as repeat customers,” says Liz.
The most popular item they sell are Fry’s pies and sausages: “I think that’s because we’re in an area where a lot of people pass by on their way home and just fancy buying something for dinner,” she says.
While she loves being a shopkeeper: “My granny was one too, she ran a hat shop,” Liz is determined that Sunrise Organics should become a community hub with a noticeboard for therapists to post information and events which she and Mark will run from the store.
Share article A passionate juicer, she realised that many people still aren’t sure how to process food this way and will be running juicing classes as well as other well-being courses." ~ Samantha Harman, Chief Reporter
If you have yet to discover the WONDERS of the super food CHLORELLA then READ ON MACDUFF!
"Chlorella is a "green food," a single-celled, micro-algae that is about two to ten microns in size. It's very small. It is this small size combined with its unique properties that make it such a useful detoxification tool. Its molecular structure, allows it to bond to metals, chemicals and some pesticides. When chlorella is taken into your body, its natural action will bind it to lingering heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides found in your digestive tract, which is your body's pathway to your bloodstream where these harmful toxins are delivered and deposited into your body's cells. So chlorella first and foremost will help your body eliminate unwanted metals and toxins. But it does more than that.
Chlorella is uniquely designed to not bind to the minerals your body naturally needs to function optimally. It does not bind to beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium, or zinc. It's almost as if chlorella knows which metals belong in your body and which chemicals need to be removed. Supplementing with chlorella is like unleashing a tiny army inside your body to fight the battle of removing toxins from your tissues and ushering them back outside your body where they belong." ~ Dr Mercola
"Unlike other green foods, chewing and digesting chlorella will not release the powerful health benefits contained within this green algae. This is because chlorella's tough outer cell wall, which is also chemically responsible for binding with the toxins inside your body, cannot be broken down by your biology. Therefore, it is imperative that the manufacturing process break down the tough outer cell wall for you, as this is the only way to make the chlorella biologically available to remove toxins from your body. This is why I only recommend supplementing with Broken Cell Wall chlorella, because this is the only form that allows your body to use this powerful detoxification agent." ~ Dr Mercola
When in powder form, this AWESOME ingredient can be added to smoothies, mixed in with a green juice or for serious hardcore health junkies, simply added to water and drink! This is one superfood that you reeeeally need to be taking right now to counteract and combat all those pesky toxins that are coming at us from all directions! We stock Indigo Herbs 'Organic Chlorella Powder' at Sunrise. This is 'cracked wall' Chlorella so easily absorbed by the body, is up to 61% protein, has a comprehensive range of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and is 100% botanical with absolutely nothing else added. Our prices start from £11.99 for 200g of Organic Chlorella powder. SUPER (quality) foods at SUPER (low) prices - that's Sunrise!
Hemp seeds really are one of nature's true SUPER foods! These tiny tiny seeds are a POWERHOUSE of nutrition. There are several ways you can use them... Add a handful of hulled hemp seeds to your smoothie and you will get a creamier and more nutritiously satisfying drink. With a good blender and a nut milk bag (or something similar) you can make your very own fresh and yummy nut milk QUICKLY and EASILY. (Simply blend one cup of hulled hemp seeds with 3 cups of water (less water, creamier milk), strain, and Bob's your uncle you have made your very own hemp milk!) You can sprinkle them on salads for a bit of crunch or better still, you can sprout them (only takes a couple of days) which releases all their inner goodness BIG TIME and makes them even easier to digest. We stock both whole and hulled hemp seeds at Sunrise (as well as hemp protein powder) and all being well, will have nut milk bags in by the end of the week. And just to answer any concerns about consuming hemp products, YES hemp IS a variety of the 'Cannabis Sativa' (marijuana) plant, but it does not contain large amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main ingredient that produces a high. So nooooooo, you won't get the high that is commonly associated with the smoking of marijuana but you WILL feel BLOOMIN' GOOD from all that super little seed's nutrition flooding your cells! #plant #protein #power
Well after a much needed day of rest for the Sunrise crew yesterday and a good night's sleep, we're up bright and early this Monday morning peeps, looking forward to a brand new week and all ready to ROCK AND ROLL !!! Our 'to do' list keeps getting longer by the minute mainly because well, there's just soooooo much we want TO DO !!! However, I wouldn't be a good NLP'er if I didn't know that rather than go into overwhelm and panic that there isn't enough time in the whole wide world to achieve all the things we'd like to (my old default setting), 'simply' break everything down into bitesize chunks and all will get done with ease and grace. Eventually! So on that note I will bid you goodbye, wish you 'Happy Monday' and suggest making a mental note to 'watch this space' because there's LOTS of excting things in the Sunrise pipeline... TTFN! Liz x #mondaymotivation #vegan #health #Bournemouth