Sunday, July 1, 2007

LifeShine Nourishing Newsletter: July - Exciting and Raw!

In this newsletter you will find:
- Upcoming Class Announcement
- Article: "Try Something New"
- Food Focus: Raw and Cooling Salads
- Recipes of the Month: Bok Choy Apple Slaw, Asian Watercress Salad
- How can LifeShine Holistic Health benefit you?

Upcoming Class Announcement:
Vibrant Vitality –
Eating for Amazing Health and Vivacious Living!
Wednesdays, July 11 – October 3
7:30 - 9 pm

Classes held at:
Wake Up Yoga
2329 Parrish Street

Early Registration Incentive: $240
This cost is equal to $20/class, if enrolled by July 9.
A fantastic offer for a life-changing class!
After July 9, Tuition: $300
Or 3 monthly payments of $100
Walk-ins/pay by the class $27
(no class 9/5)
This 12 class series is an introduction to nutrition from a holistic perspective. We will discuss different food theories as well as healthy lifestyle options. Learn about macronutrients and micronutrients and their healthiest sources. Understand how food affects our moods and why we get cravings. Consider your own bio-individuality and experiment with what foods give you the greatest energy and balance. The series includes a field trip tour of a health food store – demystify the "weird" foods, detect "healthy junk-foods" and discover delicious new options. Each class will include informative handouts, delicious recipes, great tips, and fun!
Learn to think about food and health in a whole new way!

Life is an amazing adventure! Live it!

Try Something New
Summer is finally in fully force, and the living is easy! Do you notice how during summertime everything seems promising? The plants are in full bloom, and the sun feels glorious on your skin. The longer days give you boundless energy, making you feel like it's possible to achieve all your desires and dreams. Why not harness this energy, ride the wave of summer and try something new?

Throughout the year we live at an intense pace (physical, emotional and mental), and we often get stuck in routine, either for the sake of efficiency or out of fear of unfamiliar territory. The lack of variety in doing the same things over and over not only stagnates our minds, but also our bodies and hearts. Hesitant to break your routine? It is interesting to note that fear and excitement have the same physiological expression in our bodies; it is our mind that classifies the feeling as either positive or negative. So the next time you consider a change in routine and your mind says "scary!" see if you can re-frame it as "exciting!"

What is something you have never done before, or that you have wanted to do for a long time? Choose your own adventure: organize a kayak trip, take a dance class, do some exotic traveling or set a goal for a new personal challenge. Or try something simple, like playing flashlight tag with your kids and neighbors or reading in the sunshine. Maybe it's time to discover a new vegetable dish or to visit a new town, restaurant or beach.

Whatever adventure calls to you, use this summer to make it happen and enjoy the life you came here for. Increasing new experiences and excitement in your life can decrease your need for and dependence on artificial stimulants like caffeine and sugar, leading to more vibrant health. Watch out for massive improvements in physical well-being, mental acuity and motivation, plus a full portfolio of fun.

Food Focus:
Raw and Cooling Salads
Why is it that in the summer we naturally crave more fresh and raw foods? These foods have a cooling effect on the body. The lightness and high water, fiber and vitamin content work together to act as our internal air conditioning during these warm months. At this time of year we also need less dense, high-energy food, because we get so much energy from being outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

There is no better season than summer to have fun creating your own fresh, tasty, creative salad combinations. By simply tossing together several of your favorite raw veggies, naked or with a light dressing, you have a perfect meal for a hot summer's day.

Try your favorite leafy lettuce with various sliced, diced or grated veggies. The possible combinations are endless. Fresh herbs are a wonderful option to mix in, as they are packed full of flavor. Experiment with adding diverse forms of protein to your salads, such as nuts, seeds, beans, tofu, fish or poultry. Pick up a light and healthy dressing at your local health food store, or mix up something easy, like lemon juice, black pepper and olive oil.

This is a great opportunity to try a new vegetable from your market. What are some creative flavors you've never tried before? Fennel and mint? Daikon radish and arugula? Summer squash with watercress? Whatever you choose, have fun with your food and stay cool. Happy summer!

Recipes of the Month:
Bok Choy Apple Slaw
Prep time: 7 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
6 stalks of bok choy (about 1/2 a head), thinly sliced
1/2 a small red onion, thinly sliced
1 granny smith apple, sliced
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoon honey or brown rice syrup
salt and black pepper to taste

1. First make the dressing by combining all the ingredients and whisking well.
2. Chop all the salad ingredients, leaving the apples until last. Mix in a salad bowl.
3. Toss salad with half the dressing. Add additional dressing if so desired.
4. Either eat immediately or chill for up to one hour and then add the apples just before eating.

Asian Watercress Salad
Prep time:
7 minutes Yield:
4 servings Ingredients:
1 bunch of washed watercress
1 cup grated carrots 1 cup of baked tofu
1-1/2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil
2/3 tablespoon of umeboshi plum vinegar or other vinegar

1. Tear watercress into desirable size pieces.
2. Mix with carrots in a salad bowl.
3. Drizzle sesame oil and vinegar over salad and toss.
4. Dice tofu into bite size strips.
5. Serve in individual salad bowls and sprinkle tofu on top of each and serve.

How can LifeShine Holistic Health benefit you?
- Lose weight normally and naturally
- Increase your energy
- Disease-proof your body
- Discover the most delicious health-promoting foods
- Learn to understand cravings and how to disarm them without will-power
- Plan simple, quick and easy menus even if your time seems limited
- Create a successful lifestyle with step-by-step goal setting and support
- Reclaim your health
- Be part of a community of people dedicated to living with health and happiness

Wishing you vibrant health and vivacious living!

"Kelly suggested herbs that help me sleep and that virtually eliminate
monthly cramps, as well as a vegetable juice fast that helps regulate my
digestion and my blood sugar. Kelly is not just a health counselor, she is
an 'artist of being alive.' " - S. Miria Jo, Singer/Songwriter

"Thanks to Kelly, I have satisfied both my appetite and my incessant need
for energy! She taught me how to cook nutritious and delicious food, and
gave me very helpful tips to sustain energy in order to cope with my busy
lifestyle." - Eynat, Fashion Designer

It's such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier.
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