Compassionate Catering 2017

The holiday season is upon us, and I’ve got a Compassionate way to share it with your family & friends… As the world becomes more aware of the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I am forever in debt to those who have served before me, and continue to pass along the messages of Hope, Grace & Ancient Wisdom. Orders placed prior to 11/15/17 will receive an early bird discounts of 10% on this Compassionate Catering menu. For any questions, contact me at by emailing me at alicia@pandorasproducts.net. P.S. you won’t even have to mention it’s plant-based, which may save you ...

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Is Soy Bad?

I get asked this. A LOT.   Males and females alike are concerned, as are people of all ages. Social media and the World Wide Web have quickly touted the dangers of soy, DESPITE the evidence stating otherwise. Study after study shows non-GMO, organic soy is actually beneficial to our health.  Why the misinformation? Like most studies, the first step is to look at who’s backing the study, or the publication of it. Here, we find no study actually saying “soy causes cancers, or prostate disease.” So we’re left with the publication aspect, and who’s starting the rumours. The meat and dairy ...

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Herbal Basics Free Library Event

This is a FREE EVENT, open to the public! Join me September 28 at 7pm, to learn the basics about herbs. We’ll discuss 6 herbs for relaxation, as well as general information on the importance of incorporating herbs into our daily routines. ***Registration for Central Islip Library patrons begins August 28th, NON-RESIDENTS must register after September 5; registration can be completed by calling the library at the number provided. *** This event is meant to raise questions within yourself about how you manage your life; the more questions you have, the more fun it becomes! A short Q&A will follow ...

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So You Want More Time?

I’m sure you’ve heard that we all have the same 24 hours in each of our days? But some people get more done…as if they’ve made special arrangements with a time wizard. I get it, I get it, I get it.  I’m still baffled by truly successful people (some are mentioned below), wondering how they balance multi-million dollar companies, kids, spouses, teaching seminars across the planet, eating right, exercising, sleeping, AND enjoying lengthy vacations! Yes, I still struggle with time management at times.  Especially because there’s MORE I’d like to do in life. (I know it seems ridiculous to some ...

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Do I really need to fast?

In short, yes…and maybe. A cleanse (or fast, as I’ll refer to it from here on out) is an important part of many cultures, for the spiritual and physical effects.  Extended fasts are typically done during a season change, allowing the body to rest and fully be in tune with nature.  At the return to food, we ideally dive into whatever is flourishing during that season. This is how I began my research and fascination with fasting about 20 years ago.  I fasted on Mondays back then, and would complete a 3-day Ayurvedic detox during the change in season.  Mondays ...

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Nutritional Wellness Free Library Event

Join me for this FREE workshop where we discuss the Wellness Workbook, food supplements, vitamins/minerals, and antioxidants. Nutrition is more than just food–join me and find out what else! • The Iceberg Model of Health and Disease • What distorts our energy • Antioxidants • Nutritional Basics This event is meant to raise questions within yourself about how you manage your life; the more questions you have, the more fun it becomes! A short Q&A will follow the talk. ***Registration for Central Islip Library patrons begins June 26th, NON-RESIDENTS must register after July 3 by calling the library at the ...

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Veggie Venture – Meditative Hike and Lunch

Join Jessica Saraswati and Alicia Randolph-Lucchesi for a FREE afternoon filled with fun, nature, Spirit and delicious plant-based food. (This event is a 20’s and 30’s Event sponsored by the wonderful Deer Park Library!) ***WE ARE MEETING AT DEER PARK LIBRARY AT 2 (WHICH WILL BE CLOSED!), AND WILL TRAVEL TO OUR DESTINATION FROM THERE*** If you cannot make it to Deer Park in time or are located closer to Avalon, please meet us at the front entrance of the park around 2:45.  Registration must be completed by calling the library directly, at the number provided.  The address for the ...

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Nutritional Wellness FREE Library Event

Nutritional Wellness Free Library Event July 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Central Islip Public Library What is wellness? For me personally, wellness is something we strive for with the whole of our being—it’s not just the pursuit of healing the mind, body or spirit individually.  I also believe we have a skewed sense of wellness in our culture, for a multitude of reasons too complex to be discussed here.  For instance, being thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy.  Conversely being curvy, doesn’t necessarily make you unhealthy. If you suffer from depression, it’s often not looked at as a condition or ...

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Pandora’s Lunchbox – weekly menu 06/19/17

Who: Do you want to lose weight?  Do you have little to no time to cook healthy?  Are you are confused about what healthy food even is? Do you hate cooking? Have you just started out with plant-based food, or are just curious about it?  Have you been plant-based so long that you just need a change?  Has your Dr. recently advised you that you need to change your lifestyle? What: Pandora’s Lunchbox offers non-GMO, seasonal, plant-based, organic meal plans, customized to your individual preferences; an intake form is completed prior to delivery, to make sure your tastes and health ...

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Food Flix Cinema designs meals to match movie scenes

Updated October 14, 2016 2:20 PM By David J. Criblez  david.criblez@newsday.com Clockwise from left, David Jarmula from East Patchogue, Victor and Deborah Urbach from Huntington and Kara Sdraley from East Patchogue enjoy dinner and a movie, Food Flix dinner and movie night, Cyrus Chai & Coffee Company, Bayshore, Sept. 24, 2016. (Credit: Yvonne Albinowski) Dinner and a movie — it’s a classic way to spend an evening, but watching a film while eating food designed to match key scenes is a new twist. Food Flix Cinema, held monthly at Cyrus Chai and Coffee Co. in Bay Shore, takes the movie ...

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