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NEW! Monthly Nutrition Salon: Late Summer Eating

Bikram Yoga Park Slope is pleased to present a new series of articles focused on encouraging more healthful living through food …. something we all need and love! Nancy Campbell gives us her seasonal tips for our first installment:

The seasons have a profound cyclical effect on human growth and well-being. We are highly influenced by our annual climatic changes; Consider fall’s shorter days and longer nights, the brittle winter cold, and the glory of the first spring sun. For many of us who continue living life at the same speed and eating the same diet year-round, these shifts in season can easily make us sick, trigger allergies, and amplify seasonal affective disorder. By living in harmony with the seasons through our diet and activities we can weather the shifts in temperature without getting sick or feeling run down.

Consider where we are now . . . August and September represent a fifth season agrarian societies and the Chinese call Late Summer. In these traditional agrarian cultures and in the principles of the Chinese Five Elements, Late Summer has been considered the peak of the crop season and a time of minimal toil. Activity is meant to be effortless so our days can flourish with ease and tranquility. Since late summer is the transition from the bright intensity of spring and summer to the darker and quieter fall and winter, it gives us a moment to catch our breath before the preparations for winter get us moving again.

This seasonal transition asks us to be sensitive to our needs – our emotional, physical, and spiritual needs – for the colder months ahead. It may seem crazy to prepare in August for the seasonal allergies October brings or to worry now about winter’s depression. Yet, as our ancestors have reminded us, it isn’t crazy at all. This preparation one of the healthiest things we can do to take care of ourselves.

As we merge into fall, our days will soon get shorter, crops will get heartier, and our appetites for richer, more complex foods will ripen. The days will be warm for a while, but our evenings will soon get colder. If we resist these seasonal changes by plowing through the fall at the same speed and on the same light, raw diet we have enjoyed this summer, we stretch ourselves thin, we challenge our digestive system, and the strength of our vitality and immunity cannot be sustained. Welcome flu season!

Right now getting fresh, seasonal, and local food is as easy as joining the studio’s Farmigo CSA service. Our plates should be filled with simple ingredients that honor the season’s bounty: fresh vegetables lightly sautéed, steamed, grilled or broiled to reveal their natural sweetness. Ancient grains such as millet, quinoa and amaranth should be coupled with sweet yellow and orange squash, carrots, peaches, apricots, corn, and yams.

As we approach fall, our diet should gradually be filled with ingredients that are more fully-cooked or baked, letting go of the raw and cooler foods that nourished us all summer. Root vegetables and winter squash will soon share space with hearty greens like kale and brussels sprouts. Fruit will get heartier too, and may even be cooked as we plunge into the apple and pear season.

Again, living in sync with seasons these next few months means that we allow our bodies to begin to slow down and to stay warm as the days get shorter and cooler. Simultaneously, if we encourage easeful digestion with hearty, cooked foods this fall, our immune systems will be more robust and primed for the cold winter months ahead. As resistance to changing your diet shows up and you’re screaming, “This is crazy. I’m way too busy!”  I will pose the question . . . How do you lead a fulfilling life if it’s spent sick, sluggish, and allergy prone?

To learn more and get practical “how to’s” for eating in sync with the seasons, join me for a free workshop and cooking demo at:

BYPS Lefferts Avenue Studio

Tuesday, September 22nd at 7 pm.


About Nancy Campbell, M.S., Culinary Nutritionist: Nancy combines her training in nutrition and integrative health with a masters of urban planning, and over a decade of professional culinary experience in her nutrition practice, Radiant Health NYC.  She supports her clients to redefine how they eat, build culinary skills, and fine-tune their pantries so they can feel amazing in their skin AND in the kitchen. She can be found at:   http://www.radianthealthnyc.com

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Spice Up Your Life

There is nothing better than a really great spice to cleanse and invigorate the body and spirit. Cinnamon is known to regulate blood sugar, turmeric reigns as a popular anti-aging supplement, while cayenne provides relief for joint pain. And a 7am class with Robbin can seriously add a delightful kick to your daily routine by providing laughter and sun salutations by early morning light.

But have you ever heard of Flowering Chives?

I only recently discovered them while cruising the Farmigo New and Notable section. The prettiest plant you ever want to see.

Scramble them into eggs, garnish your garlic hummus – the classic potluck contribution. They impart the perfect touch of bright, green flavor. The beautiful caps and flowers are just as edible as the rest of the plant! Add these color additions to Local Goat Cheese Crostini. You will immediately become the hostess with the mostest. Oh. I smell a mighty good time.

Brandi is a fresh food enthusiast who knits often and whistles after yoga. 

 

 

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Honey Me Happy Tea

With spring officially here, we can welcome chirping birds, potlucks in the park and rowdy barbecues by live music. If you’re anything like me, this also means a sneeze that always seems to happen in threes. I am excited to share with you a homemade remedy for seasonal allergies using items you know well. You can get your honey from Andy who sets up his beehives in farms and backyards throughout upstate New York. Andy is more of a bee caretaker than a beekeeper, making sure to never harvest more than he needs so the bees can feed their young and stay safe through the winters. Did you know one hive can produce upwards of 25 pounds of honey?

With a kick of cayenne to clear your sinuses and lemon known for its respiratory benefits, this tea starts your mornings right.

Honey Me Happy Tea for Allergies (Makes 2 cups)
4 tablespoons Raw Local Honey (or to taste)
Juice of one lemon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons ginger, juiced or grated
Combine in a mug. Set aside half for later tonight or tomorrow morning.
Add 6-8 ounces hot water. Stir. Drink within 15 minutes. Enjoy!
And if you’re reading this draped in an oversized winter sweater, this recipe also works magic against the common cold. Versatility at its finest.
Brandi is a fresh food enthusiast who knits often and whistles after yoga. 
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Talking Food? I’m Listening.

Our Farmigo family is steadily growing and in full swing! With new delicious and local goods arriving at Bikram Yoga Lefferts weekly, let’s go ahead and answer some FAQs.
  • Farmigo’s Help Page is very useful. Swing by and read some of the frequently asked questions about Farmigo and how to manage your account.
  • When is pick up? You must place an order Thursday before midnight if you would like to pick up the following Monday 6pm to 8pm. So if you place an order on Friday, your food will arrive the Monday after next.
  • Hey! What happened to my potatoes?! Depending on your product, Farmigo will contact me and you to say an item is not available and adjust the cost of your order accordingly. For the bundle packages, like Eat the Rainbow & The Soup Kit, you may receive more of one product to compensate if other veggies are not ready to harvest.
  • Who is in charge of managing my order? Farmigo customer support is here for us! You can email Pete and Nora at help@farmigo.com and they will respond to you ASAP to resolve any issue that may arise for you.
  • My name is Brandi and I’m your Farmigo organizer. I’m the bald one. Hello! You can email me directly at purlBknit@gmail.comYou are my foodie yogi family and I’m here for you too. As we grow and figure out what systems work best for us, I thank you all so much for your patience and warm spirits.

Click here to place your Farmigo order.

Need inspiration? This week I just have to recommend one of the Poulet Rôti Chicken Salads available in spices like curry, lemon & thyme and chipolte. A few tablespoons on a Petit Caramelize Onion Batard with some local Frisee? Be sure to let me know what time is dinner.

To quick satisfying meals after a long warm shavasana!

Brandi is a fresh food enthusiast who knits often and whistles after yoga.

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When The Gettings Are Good

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We welcomed our first Farmigo delivery yesterday after officially launching our community! You can now expect to see orders flowing into the studio every Monday this day forward. The order deadline is this Thursday at 12am. Here are some highlights to honey your thoughts.

THE GOODS

Goodness thy name is Farmer’s Choice Pesto on a slice of braided Challah! I couldn’t resist digging in after an amazing 8pm class with Karen. Just head over to Farmigo and add that bread to your cart right now. The pesto this week is local spinach, bright and enriched with sunflower seeds, garlic and sundried tomatoes. The Green Ginger Coconut Tea looks like it will be heaven in a glass.

OUR COMMUNITY

The front of the studio was lined with over 15 bags full of fresh local food. I was delighted to find some people had never been to Bikram and came solely to pick up their Farmigo order. Which means they are only a few steps away from drinking the hot yoga healing cool aid. Hello darlings! Our studio is a safe haven for joy, laughter and delightful conversation, a place where nourishing worlds collide. Throw a bag of Granola into the mix and you know you have a party.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Every week, you’ll get to taste more and learn more, connecting you with your food and the people who brought it to you. Click here for more info. If you’re wondering what else you should purchase, I do have another recommendation. Now remember, chocolate has antioxidants! The Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies are OH MY. And that’s all I have to say.

To locked knees and stinky cheese!

Brandi never dreams of having a horse, but a llama? Now that’s another story.