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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 industry, who directly takes a hit, when you replace their products with soy? Dr’s who are well-intended, but just aren’t nutritional experts? Perhaps neither, or perhaps both.  

The point is, the research plainly shows cultures who consume high-quality, non-processed soy foods, have lower risks of cancers, and have better heart health.  

So is soy bad? 

The short answer is a resounding no. It’s been eaten in Asia for thousands of years, and until the Western world introduced high levels of meat and dairy into their diet, we didn’t see an epidemic of cancer in their culture.  

Simply put, the fact that we isolate one compound in a food that causes disease (phytoestrogens in soy), is as nonsensical as isolating a compound to cure a disease (taking lycopene pills, rather than eating the tomato as a whole). Nature is not that simple, and is the very reason those of us pushing for a healthy lifestyle, tout the benefits of a low-fat, plant-based, VARIED diet. 

But there’s more to be considered, when it comes to soy consumption. Is it 

  • Gmo-free or organic? 
  • How much are you consuming? 
  • What type are you consuming? (Best to worst in my research– fermented like tempeh, sprouted such as tofu, whole such as soynuts or edamame, soymilk/soy creamer, all the way down to those crappy isolates found in protein powders and highly processed foods, which you definitely don’t want!) 
  • Do you have a need to watch the amount of estrogen in your diet, per hormone tests? If so, what other foods and essential oils (e.g. lavender oil) are you consuming that contain phytoestrogens ? Are you consuming meat and dairy, which are actually WORSE for our endocrine system? 
  • Are you consuming veggies that may counteract the estrogenic foods? In eastern cultures, fermented foods and cruciferous veggies are a staple food in the diet. These foods often help cleanse the system of excess estrogen. Who hasn’t seen tofu and broccoli in a Chinese restaurant?  
  • Are you cooking foods in containers that have BPA? Most cans and plastics contain this harmful chemical, which is a huge non-no for our hormone system.  

Soy is a complete protein, for those who are concerned about this. (This is another grossly misunderstood viral theory, which I’ll explain in another post.) Soy is also a low-fat, healthy plant-based food that makes a great snack when it’s baked (aka soynuts). 

Phytoestrogens may actually DECREASE the risk of cancers and can actually be beneficial to the endocrine system, when estrogen levels naturally deplete. Yes, I know this is contrary to what bounces all over the internet. 

If you are concerned about the amount of estrogen in your system, or would like to incorporate more soy in your diet without fearing excess estrogen, incorporate more of these foods into your diet: 

  • Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, and Brussels Sprouts. To really boost your digestion, try these foods fermented! 
  • Citrus fruits 
  • Tea and coffee also contain flavones that help regulate hormones 
  • Herbs such as turmeric, passionflower, and fenugreek help reduce excess estrogens by blocking the enzyme aromatase, which converts testosterone to estrogen in men.  

As you now see, there are a multitude of factors that can, and probably have, led to the incorrect reporting of statistics about soy and phytoestrogens. I’ve incorporated it in my diet for over 20 years, and honestly can’t imagine life without it (and my blood tests are just dandy!)  

That being said, remember to focus on consuming it as one of the healthy forms listed above, as a part of a varied lifestyle, and is organic/non-gmo only.  If you’d like to read more on the subject or the specific studies on the benefits of soy, check out the resources section below. 

Resources: 

Dr Weilhttps://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/nutrition/rethinking-soy/  

PLOS: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0089288  

NCBI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28263368  

The China Study: Dr. T. Colin Campbell 

Staying Healthy with Nutrition: Dr. Elson Haas 

Kris Carr: http://kriscarr.com/blog/are-soy-foods-healthy/ 

http://kriscarr.com/blog/soy-breast-cancer/?utm_campaign=weekly-blog&utm_medium=email&utm_source=email-broadcast&utm_content=nl-071817&utm_term=existing-list  

Dr Josh Axe: https://draxe.com/phytoestrogens/  

Dr Mark Rosenberg: http://www.foodtrients.com/news/could-you-be-eating-too-much-estrogen/ 

http://www.foodtrients.com/news/could-you-be-eating-too-much-estrogen/    

October ’16 Events and links for more details:

It’s my favourite season, and it’s starting off with a real bang with all these October events!  Join me for some amazing ways to “Fall Into Wellness!”

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  • *October 1: Fall Festival 2016 Phoenix Eastern Medical Center, Farmingdale—11am-3pm. Food and Family Fun – Free Massages, Free Yoga Classes, Martial Arts Show, Face Painting, Raffles, organic skincare by Pandora’s Products and more! This event is free.
  • *October 1: After The Noise Clears “Spirituality and Art” Baffa Art Gallery, Sayville – 5:30-10pm. Singing bowl meditation, kirtan, Sacred Geometry Art showing, vegan snacks provided by Pandora’s Lunchbox (and other local eateries). Suggested Donation: $10
  • *October 6: Women’s EXPO Middle Country Public Library, Centereach – 11-6pm. The Women’s EXPO is a showcase and a marketplace for Long Island women entrepreneurs: artisans, importers, designers and distributors of products like Pandora’s Products! This event is free
  • *October 11: DIEts Workshop Deer Park Public Library, Deer Park – 7-8:30 pm In this workshop, we will discuss*Staple foods for a plant-based diet, to keep optimal levels of protein, iron, vitB. *Healthy greens without overdoing it-overcooking or over eating? *GF, Dairy-free, nightshade free…the difference b/w allergies and sensitivities and is elimination truly necessary? *A close look at fad diets; is weight loss really necessary, info about foods that may lead to weight loss/weight gain This is a free event
  • *October 14: Compassion and Your Diet Kundalini Yoga of Long Island, Northport – 7-8:30 pm. In this workshop we will discuss how to maintain a healthy lifestyle on a plant-based diet. Transitioning to any food-style can be difficult and confusing at first. Join Alicia Randolph- Lucchesi to discover how you can make smarter choices about what you’re putting in your body and how it affects the planet. $25 investment prepay – $30 day of event
  • *October 19: Transformation Through MovementHeritage Center, 633 Mt. Sinai-Coram Rd, Mt. Sinai – 12:30-3 pm.  Join us for an afternoon of the ABC’s of Prevention & Fitness (alignment, breathing & centering)-snacks provided by Pandora’s Lunchbox. $25 prepay – $30 day of event
  • *October 22: Dinner and a Movie – Halloween (John Carpenter’s) Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6:30-8:30pm. This month, enjoy a horror classic from John Carpenter! For those who haven’t seen it yet, there is little to no blood in this movie, and it has no gore. You’ll find more violence on the nightly news! 😉 Trick or treat! As always, our viewings feature a plant-based multi-course tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors NOW open at 6:30, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 7. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone! *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP/PREPAY IS REQUIRED* $35/PERSON
  • *October 29: Chakra Immersion Series – #7 Sahasrara A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 6-8pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them. This workshop will specifically focus on Sahasrara (the 1,000 petal lotus) with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. Exchange: $35 each
  • *October 30: FALL! Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-1 pm. We are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm, to offer true Farm-to-Table meals! From OT Farm to our pots and pans, into your belly; come join us and get your organics on, ask cooking questions, sample free food (with options to purchase lunch and hang out with all of us), as well as learn from our cooking demo!   Other vendors are on hand as well, answering questions about organic products, and offering their services.  This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.

September ’16 Events and details

Please click the title of each September event to be directed to further information on Facebook, as well as RSVP links.  Thank you as always, for your interest in Holistic Wellness!

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  • *September 10: YOGA OPEN HOUSE Celebration Kundalini Yoga of Long Island, Northport—11am-3pm. FREE CLASSES ~ RAFFLES ~ FUN ~ GONG ~organic skincare ~plant-based snacks KYLI offers ALL types of Yoga from Basic to Kundalini! Try different yoga classes, holistic facials and other healing modalities. This event is free.
  • *September 15: Easy plant-based cooking demo with take-home meals! The Golden Sparrow, Bayport – 3-6pm. Learn tricks on how to eat clean without breaking the bank!Not only will you help prepare the meals, but every attendee will leave with a serving of each item. Our goal is to teach everyone easy tricks for prepping meals, so you can stay on track with your health! Come join us and get your organics on, and learn how to make simple and fun recipes! Ask questions on substitutions for allergies/sensitivities, overall health, and anything else food-related.
  • *September 17: Chakra Immersion Series – #6 Ajna A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 6-8pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them. This workshop will specifically focus on Ajna (the third eye chakra) with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. Exchange: $35 each
  • *September 24: Dinner and a Movie – They Live Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6:30-8:30pm. This month, enjoy a sci-fi classic from John Carpenter! For those who haven’t seen it, this movie was chosen because of our feelings about the upcoming election. Once you see it, you’ll understand what we mean! 🙂 Plus, it’s got the greatest and longest fight scene EVER – what else would you expect when Rowdy Roddy Piper stars in a movie!?! Believe us when we say this event is out of this world! As always, our viewings feature a plant-based multi-course tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors NOW open at 6:30, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 7. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone! *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP/PREPAY IS REQUIRED* $35/PERSON
  • *September 25: FALL! Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-1 pm. We are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm, to offer true Farm-to-Table meals! From OT Farm to our pots and pans, into your belly; come join us and get your organics on, ask cooking questions, sample free food (with options to purchase lunch and hang out with all of us), as well as learn from our cooking demo!   Other vendors are on hand as well, answering questions about organic products, and offering their services.  This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.
  • *September 29: Truth in Labeling Cold Spring Harbor Library, Cold Spring Harbor – 2-3:30pm. This is a FREE EVENT, open to the public! Join us in the fresh fall season, and learn how to read about the chemicals in our food, and what MSG really is, and how it’s used. We will also discuss GMO’s more, caffeine, sweeteners, flavor enhancers, and a host of other additives. This event is free, and is open to the public.
  • *September 30: Tea & Tarot Spaliday Party, Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore—6-8 pm. What’s a Tea & Tarot Spaliday Party? It’s a night of relaxation, fun and learning more about your path in life (RSVP is required). Included in the price is a 15-minute tarot card reading, a cup of herbal tea by the brewmasters at Cyrus, and each attendee will create their own organic spray blend with Alicia. If you want to learn more about a spiritual practice or how to easily relax yourself, this is the spot to be! $35/PERSON.

July ’16 Events and details

  • July 7: Alive After Five, Patchogue (in front of Roast Coffee)—5-9:30pm. For our 3rd year, join Pam as she offers mini tarot readings throughout this 4-night event. I’ll have samples of my organic skincare products, with specials you won’t find anywhere else! If you want to learn more about a spiritual practice or how to easily relax yourself, this is the spot to be! We’ll be located in front of my favourite shop in Patchogue, Roast Coffee. This event is free.
  • July 8: Wellness Satsang ~ Herbal Basics for Relaxation  A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm. In this workshop, we will discuss *Common herbal uses *Safe use of herbs as healing tools *6 herbs for relaxation *Herbal recognition *The importance of organic herbs and where to purchase. $15 exchange or $10 for previous YTT’s of Jewel.
  • July 9: Chakra Immersion Series A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 6-8pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them. This workshop will specifically focus on Vishuddha, the throat chakra with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. Exchange: $35 each
  • July 12: Learn and Play Organic Skincare Workshop (Bellport) —South Country Public Library, Bellport – 7-8:30 pm. In this FREE interactive workshop, we’ll talk about the importance of natural and organic skincare products including tattoo aftercare. Learn the basics on how to read labels, and how our body absorbs nutrients.A run-through of a basic skin care routine is included, with sampling of massage oils and ointments. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RSVP VIA THE LINK, OR BY CALLING THE LIBRARY TO RSVP.
  • July 21: Alive After Five, Patchogue (in front of Roast Coffee)—5-9:30pm. For our 3rd year, join Pam as she offers mini tarot readings throughout this 4-night event. I’ll have samples of my organic skincare products, with specials you won’t find anywhere else! If you want to learn more about a spiritual practice or how to easily relax yourself, this is the spot to be! We’ll be located in front of my favourite shop in Patchogue, Roast Coffee.This event is free.
  • July 28: Learn and Play Essential Oil Workshop (Centereach) —Middle Country Public Library, Centereach – 6:30-7:30pm. In this FREE interactive workshop, we’ll talk about the importance of choosing and safely using essential oils. Learn the basics on how to read labels, and how our body absorbs the essence of plant power. Please note you must be a patron of this library to attend. PLEASE ALSO MAKE SURE YOU RSVP HERE OR BY CALLING THE LIBRARY TO RSVP.
  • July 30: Dinner and a Movie – Friday the 13th! Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6 -8 pm. This month’s cult classic film is Friday the 13th!!!  As always, our viewings feature a plant-based multi-course tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors open at 6, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 6:30. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone!  *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP/PREPAY IS REQUIRED* $35/PERSON
  • July 31: Mid-Summer Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-3 pm. We are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm, to offer true Farm-to-Table meals! From OT Farm to our pots and pans, into your belly; come join us and get your organics on, ask cooking questions, sample free food (with options to purchase lunch and hang out with all of us), as well as learn from our cooking demo!   Other vendors are on hand as well, answering questions about organic products, and offering their services.  This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.

June 2016 Events

  • June 3: Wellness Satsang ~ Awareness and Compassion A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  In this workshop, we will discuss *Awareness and self-trust, *A balanced nutritional lifestyle, *Slowing down, *Love and compassion, *Growing your own, *Feeding our planet. $15 exchange or $10 for previous YTT’s of Jewel.

    We hope to see you around!

    We hope to see you around!

  • June 11: Learn and Play Organic Skincare Workshop (Deer Park) Deer Park Public Library, Deer Park – 11:30-1 pm. In this FREE interactive workshop, we’ll talk about the importance of natural and organic skincare products including tattoo aftercare. Learn the basics on how to read labels, and how our body absorbs nutrients.A run-through of a basic skin care routine is included, with sampling of massage oils and ointments. Each participant will receive a sample of a healing product as well. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RSVP VIA THE LINK, OR IN PERSON AT DEER PARK LIBRARY. YOU MAY ALSO CALL THE LIBRARY AT 631-586-3000 TO RSVP.
  • June 18: Chakra Immersion Series A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 6-8pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them.  This workshop will specifically focus on Anahata, the heart chakra of love.  Each third Saturday of the month will focus on a specific chakra with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! We will individually test each chakra with a pendulum before and after each workshop, so you are aware of the transformation. The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. Exchange: $35 each
  • June 25: Dinner and a Movie – JAWS! Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6 -8 pm. This month’s cult classic film is JAWS!!!  As always, our viewings feature a plant-based multi-course tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors open at 6, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 6:30. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone!  *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP is required* $35/PERSON
  • June 26: Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair  Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-3 pm. We are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm, to offer true Farm-to-Table meals! From OT Farm to our pots and pans, into your belly; come join us and get your organics on, ask cooking questions, sample free food (with options to purchase lunch and hang out with all of us), as well as learn from our cooking demo! Other vendors are on hand as well, answering questions about organic products, and offering their services.  This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.

Strictly Business & Recipe!

This past Tuesday, I was graciously invited to sample some of my food products at the Miller Business Center “Strictly Business” event, located at Middle Country Public Library. When I walked in to set up, I noticed I was next to a major fast food corporation that had just opened on the island. I actually found humour in the irony, as those of you know me can imagine – my business focus (Point of View) is whole food, plant-based, local and slow food. I’ve advised many people at workshops, to check out the book or audio book “Fast Food Nation,” from their local library. So I set up quietly, not knowing what to expect or how I’d fare, next to this food giant. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when lines began forming around my table, and I could barely keep up with the traffic and feedback.

I overhead the angle of the restaurant next to me change a bit, after one of the mad rushes of people at my table – they started focusing more on the veggies, salads and healthy options on their menu. What a delight to my ears! My message is to shift focus and awareness for the healthier aspects of food, and encourage people to think outside of the box a bit. If I could be a catalyst for healthy & tasty food to just one person that day, isn’t that fulfilling my goal? To think a few samples of raw crackers & sweets, with a couple of bean and grain salads, could change the perspective and pitch of a major corporations employee, should be a testament to us all. YOU can make a difference. You, the individual. You, the consumer. You have more power than you think.

People seem to really enjoy real food, cooked with love, spices, no sugar, less fat, no chemicals, no hormones, and low salt. It was all food that doesn’t have a standard recipe, but is created with inspiration and hope. My entire spread was gluten free, corn-free, dairy-free, egg-free, meat-free, soy-free, GMO-free, and was organic and truly natural. Some of you may ask, “What’s left, if you exclude all those things?” My response is simple – we’re in an age where we can stop thinking about what’s missing on our plates, and start looking at all that’s left in the plant world. Being plant-based isn’t a limitation; it’s a doorway to a whole new world of foods you’ve never before imagined. Join me in a food adventure and revolution!

So what were all my samples *not* free from? Love…from my kitchen to yours, Alicia.

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And as promised to so many people that day, here’s the recipe for my Chickapea Salad, with variations and meal options:
1 15 oz can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tblsp vegan mayo (Veganaise or Just Mayo are my favorites)
1 tsp organic mustard, or more to taste
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
¼ cup carrots, peeled and shredded
¼ cup cucumbers, diced

Smash chickpeas in a bowl, until they are the desired consistency – a potato masher works well, or else your hands are excellent smashing tools! Add the mayo, mustard and spices, and stir well. Add veggies and stir to combine. Enjoy immediately, or allow the salad to sit for an hour or more, to allow the flavors to develop.Chickpea_Salad

You can serve this salad as is, in a wrap, as a sandwich, on a pumpkin seed flax cracker / pizza crust (like many of you enjoyed this past Tuesday), or throw it on top of kale or greens with tomato and other veggies. Variations: use tahini instead of mayo, add curry seasoning and some raisins, add celery or onion, Cajun seasoning (add sea salt or Himalayan salt, if desired), relish, salsa, or make a bbq version. This salad really has no limitations!

5 Reasons to Love Library Workshops…

After teaching Tuesday eve at Middle Country Public Library, I felt it necessary to extend my gratitude…

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a right-brained Introvert (it feels good to finally admit it and begin to understand how important we are in the world…say it with me, if you’re one of the 1 in 3 who are known as introverts – “I’m an introvert!” See? Don’t you feel better already? 😉  Typically, we don’t get our energy from external sources – it comes from within our minds (hence being called “innie’s”).  That being said, public speaking is something that terrified me, until about 2 years ago.  I have a Bachelors in Theatre Art, which came about after giving up 5 years of classical voice lessons because of (you guessed it) – stagefright.  Admittedly, my theatre degree was focused in set / lighting/ sound design and stage management, rather than acting.  There’s that stagefright thing again…

So what’s there to love about library workshops, when I’m the scared host GIVING them?  EVERYTHING.  Stagefright is just a silly little word, when your passion is stronger than the fear…

I was terrified when I started teaching workshops on nutrition at a local yoga studio 2 years ago.  After enough practice runs, I felt it was time to branch out a bit, and a close friend suggested I try a local library that needed a sub for an Ayurvedic workshop at the last minute.  While I wasn’t able to fill in that evening, this began the path of teaching at libraries.

I won’t lie—I’m a book worm.  I’ve loved books from a young age, and have that well-known addiction of buying books, when you haven’t even started the 4 you ordered last month.  I love the feel of them, the smell of them, and all the wisdom they impart.   When I was a teen, I went to library’s on my Saturday’s, to research topics like dreams, colours, poetry, health, etc..  I still stop every time I go to a library, and allow all my senses to take in my surroundings. (Do I sound like a library stalker? Eek!)

Back to the point of this blog…my love for giving library workshops:

  • 1 – I love being able to give back to library’s. It’s my way of saying thanks for their existence.  I also hope my workshop topics bring more patrons to libraries, and helps to create a resurge in the love for libraries.  It’s certainly made me a regular patron at mine (and no, I haven’t taught there yet, so it’s not a plug to come see me there)!
  • 2 – I love that I have people *attending* my workshops! Let’s be honest—not everyone cares about what they’re eating, the marketing deception in their foods, or in healthy water or essential oils.  The fact that the mainstream public is interested, gives me a great sense of purpose.
  • 3 – I love that people are so interactive at these workshops. I’ve actually started compiling a resource list from the information patrons give me, which will be recycled at later workshops.  (I admittedly love getting hugs from people after these workshops, too.)
  • 4 – I love meeting such wonderful people, who are so passionate about their health, and the health of their families. It’s so easy to get swept in the day-to-day grind, confusing media info, and negative publicity around everything.  Understand it’s mostly the diversity of these people that thrills me the most – I’m used to teaching at yoga studios and dojo’s.  That’s like preaching to the choir, honestly.  The library workshops give me a chance to grab people I wouldn’t normally be able to reach.
  • 5 – I love that these workshops are *free* to patrons (occasionally there’s a fee for materials, but it’s always minimal).  This removes a huge obstacle for most people who are living within a tight budget, but want to learn more.

I can’t tell you the sheer high I get, after giving a workshop at a library (of course, there’s the subsequent spiritual hangover the next day that has to be managed).  It’s a great feeling to know I am reaching new people, and am planting a seed of wellness in their minds.  For all the libraries who have so far allowed me to teach or have me scheduled, THANK YOU for helping me to fulfill my purpose.  For all the patrons who’ve attended, thank you for the knowledge you’ve shared with me, and for ALSO helping me fulfill my purpose.  For everyone reading this who hasn’t taken advantage of the programs at your library yet, what are you waiting for!?!  If there’s a topic you’d like to see and they don’t offer it, ask them to carry it…your words have value!

In peace, Alicia.

 

April Events

  • April 1: Wellness Satsang ~ DIEts A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  In this workshop, we will discuss: **Staple foods for a plant-based diet, to keep optimal levels of protein, iron, vitB.  **Healthy greens without overdoing it-overcooking or over eating?  **GF, Dairy-free, nightshade free…the difference b/w allergies and sensitivities and is elimination truly necessary? **A close look at fad diets; is weight loss really necessary, info about foods that may lead to weight loss/weight gain. $15 exchange or $10 for previous YTT’s of Jewel.
  • April 7-10: 2016 Long Island Yarn Crawl Green Earth, 50 East Main, Riverhead, NY – 9-5pm Join us for the second annual Long Island Yarn Crawl April 7th – 10th. This self-guided tour of Long Island yarn shops is a great way to see what our local fiber community has to offer and meet other Long Island yarncrafters! We will be on site at Green Earth, to help feed the hungry crowd needing a recharge! This event is free (food pricing will be available at Green Earth).
  • April 23: Chakra Immersion Series A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – third Saturday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them.  This workshop will specifically focus on Svadhisthana, the second or sacral chakra of creaitivity.  Each third Saturday of the month will focus on a specific chakra with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! We will individually test each chakra with a pendulum before and after each workshop, so you are aware of the transformation. The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. This program can be taken as individual workshops, or as a series. Exchange: $35 each ($280 total) if taken individually, or $250 for all 8 (more than a 10% savings!)
  • April 19: Edible Holistic Wellness 101 Middle Country Public Library – Selden Branch – 7-8:30pm. In this FREE event, will discuss the basics of eating organically, what a GMO is, the importance of eating seasonally, what raw food is and how to incorporate more of it into our daily lives. *Please note this is a free event, but you must be a patron of this library, to attend.
  • April 24: Spring Launch Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-3 pm. This event will be updated, as the date approaches. Pandora’s Lunchbox and Pandora’s Products are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm yet again, in an even greater capacity! This year in addition to offering our organic skincare products, we will be hosting a cooking demo. Farm to table…from OT Farm, to our pots and pans, into your belly! Come join us and get your organics on! This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.
  • April 30: Dinner and a Movie Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6-8:30 pm. This month’s feature film is “Goonies,” which features a plant-based, organic tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors open at 6, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 6:30. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone!  *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP is required* $35/PERSON

March Events

  • March 4: Wellness Satsang ~ Ayurveda Basics  A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  This satsang will focus on the “cliff notes” of Ayurveda, the Indian medicine system that is the sister-science of yoga. You will learn about: – the seasons – the doshas – the qualities of each dosha – There will be a dosha quiz for everyone to complete, as well (which is a rough estimate of your actual constitution, as we’ll discuss).$15 exchange or $10 for previous YTT’s of Jewel.
  • March 20: Spring Launch Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s first annual Green Fair Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-3 pm. This event will be updated, as the date approaches. Pandora’s Lunchbox and Pandora’s Products are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm yet again, in an even greater capacity! This year in addition to offering our organic skincare products, we will be hosting a cooking demo. Farm to table…from OT Farm, to our pots and pans, into your belly! Join us for organic potato soup (pictured above), Kale confetti salad. We’re also excited to annouce we will be launching our hand-crafted dressings at this event, which will be in stock 24/7, at this wonderful farm! Our signature buffalo sauce, ranch, pumpkin seed pesto, and vinaigrette…all clean, all 100% vegan, and 1000% DELICIOUS! Oh, we also have seasoning blends we create, which will also be available.This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.
  • March 21: Edible Holistic Wellness 101  Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave, Deer Park – 7-8:30pm. In this FREE event, will discuss the basics of eating organically, what a GMO is, the importance of eating seasonally, what raw food is and how to incorporate more of it into our daily lives.
  • March 24: Dinner and a Movie Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6:30-8:30 pm. This month’s feature film is “The Breakfast Club,” which features vegan brunch foods, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors open at 6, so you can grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 6:30. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone!  *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP is required* $25/PERSON  (This event is sold out)
  • March 26: Chakra Immersion Series A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – third Saturday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them. Each third Saturday of the month will focus on a specific chakra with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! We will individually test each chakra with a pendulum before and after each workshop, so you are aware of the transformation. The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. This program can be taken as individual workshops, or as a series. Exchange: $280 if taken individually, or $250 for all 8 (more than a 10% savings!)

February Events and links for details

  • February 3: Enlightened Bodies 90-day challenge A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip, Wednesday’s – 2/3-4/27. Are you looking for more information about the Foundations of Yoga? Are you looking for interactive support, during your New Year’s health resolution? Would you like new recipes, meal plans, cooking tips, and plant-based health information? Would you like to use your breath to influence your mind and body? Join Samantha Buser, 200-RYT and Alicia Randolph-Lucchesi, M.A., C.L.O., for a 90-day program that is guaranteed to change how you feel about yourself how you integrate your Mind, Body & Spirit! http://pandorasproducts.net/enlightened-bodies-90-day-challenge  for investment options
  • February 5: Satsang: Nutritional satsang cliff notes A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  This satsang will focus on the “cliff notes” of nutrition: 8 pillars of good health • Water safety • Antioxidants • GMOre info • Food myths/balanced diets • Sustainability. These events are meant to raise questions within yourself about how you manage your life, and the more questions you have, the more fun it becomes! $15 exchange or $10 for previous YTT’s of Jewel.
  • February 7: Chakra Yoga Level I A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 1-4 pm. Chakras are the energy paths of the body. Learn about the seven major chakras and how we may work to open and balance them through yogic techniques. Alicia Randolph-Lucchesi, M.A. in Holistic Wellness and elder Greenfire Wisewoman Melissa, will teach us about the basics of the chakras, as well as foods and essential oils that correspond to different chakras.  Angela Strynkowski E-RYT 500 & Owner of A Jewel in the Lotus will explore various mudras (hand postures), chants, and yoga asana poses to balance and unblock the chakras.  Exchange: $50
  • February 20: Chakra Immersion Series A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – third Saturday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them. Each third Saturday of the month will focus on a specific chakra with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! We will individually test each chakra with a pendulum before and after each workshop, so you are aware of the transformation. The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. This program can be taken as individual workshops, or as a series. Exchange: $280 if taken individually, or $250 for all 8 (more than a 10% savings!)