nutrition

Are You Still in a Bad Relationship with Food? [email protected] can Help!

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human@ease_good-food-bad-foodGive me 8 weeks of your life….and you’ll overcome cravings, excessive hunger and compulsive emotional eating – while also gaining strategies that you can follow for life!

Whether you’re looking to detox your body, gain energy, lose weight or just create better habits around food, our Clean Slate B.E.S.T Detox will get you to recognize and break harmful habits that have been keeping you from reaching optimum health.  Continue reading

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A Greenpoint “Love” Story: Two Business Owners Create a Book Together

 

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg - herself on the right, and Adina Grigore on the left

 

Greenpointers is excited to present a joint interview with two Greenpoint residents and business owners who recently collaborated on, and published, a book – a partnership they told us originated from this very website. We had to find out more.

The book is called Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. Adina Grigore, founder of skincare brand S.W. Basics, wrote it, and asked local illustrator Libby VanderPloeg to illustrate it. It was published last week, just ahead of S.W. Basics’ March 1st launch in 500 Target locations nationwide – a huge accomplishment for a small business with a commitment to natural ingredients.

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[email protected] Organic Brunch Class

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Hey Greenpointers, wanna eat breakfast and lunch together?

Of course you do! So if you missed out big time on Joel’s Tasty ‘Cilantro Orange Chicken‘  and Dishan’s delicious ‘Lemon Pound Cake‘ at [email protected]’s last Organic Brunch on May 17th, then you have to come to the next one and try out some SWEET sweet potato recipes (sweet x 2).

I can’t tell you exactly what healthy organic dishes the team at [email protected] is preparing (even though I want to), but I can tell you this:

‘It’s healthy and it involves sweet potatoes.’ Isn’t that enough?

So be there on May 31st for a one-hour class of nutritional information about organic foods, practical guidance on how to shop healthy, samples of the easy-to-make-at-home healthy recipes (including an entire meal) and some socializing afterwards. Continue reading

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Human at Ease Now Taking Applications for 12-Week Training Course

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Ok, let’s be real. We all ate ourselves to pieces last week and with the holidays just around the corner, we’re not stopping. I like to binge eat as much as the next guy, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to remain physically active while doing so. It’s easier said than done, but our friend Dy from Human at Ease (ease is their middle last name) has a program that guides people through the intense process of getting fit, and as a result, it’s a lot less intimidating. Continue reading

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Be A Fitness Test Subject at [email protected]! Sunday (8/18)

(Sponsored) Greenpoint Fitness & Wellness Center, [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) seeks two test subjects for a holistic weight loss case study.

[email protected] is looking for two ideal candidates who are highly motivated to participate in a 12-wk case study.

We are looking for one male and one female between the ages of 24-55 who have struggled with long time weight issues (losing or gaining), and are currently experiencing issues with managing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Each participant must be willing to complete the 12 week program in its entirety with full compliance. Participants’ progress will be photographed, documented and displayed for marketing and informational purposes.

This is a new program that will be launching end of summer called the B.E.S.T You! Plan (Balance. Energy. Strength. Tranquility). It’s an all inclusive holistic fitness, detox, & weight-loss (or gain) program that includes personal training, life & nutritional coaching, body assessments, classes, infrared sauna sessions, data tracking & more.

This program is set up and designed to deal with past conditioning and emotional obstacles related to food; proper diet and exercise education; and strengthening and improving not only the muscular and cardiovascular systems– but all systems of the body. The BEST You! Plan is guaranteed to deliver life long results.

This program is perfect for anyone who has ever struggled with weight issues; lack of strength, energy & motivation; confusion surrounding diet and exercise; health & musculoskeletal issues;  or anyone who just finds it difficult to staying committed to a program.

Each participant will receive 12 consecutive weeks of personal training, life & nutritional coaching, detoxification sessions, & classes. Requirements must be met to be selected for the case study.

We will be holding interviews for interested individuals on Sunday August 18th at 5:30pm in the Ohm Room at [email protected] Fitness & Wellness Center 31 Nassau Ave (btwn Guernsey & Dobbin). Please email any questions to Dy at: bestplan (AT) humanatease.com and write “case study info” in the subject line.

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Spring Greenpoint CSA Roundup!

Robyn Van En, Pioneer of the CSA Movement

Every weekend many of us hit the farmers market circuit, navigating between Union Square Park, Union St, and Russell St in an effort to avoid the wilted offerings found at the Super A. However, there’s a simpler way: a plethora of local CSAs (community supported agriculture) – essentially a prepaid share of a farm’s produce that offer us the chance to avoid the vagaries of choice and opt instead to support a small farm that in turn supports us.

Below are several of the CSAs from which we Greenpointers can choose.  Is your CSA listed? Is it missing? Love your CSA? Have any recipes? Canning secrets?  Let us know in the comments.

Vegetable CSAs
Note that prices are listed for full, weekly shares.  Other options may be available.

Rachel Mae’s CSA: picks up at Cafe Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave), $600/24-week season.
Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA: Picks up at McCarren or McGolrick Park.  Weekly shares are $595/275/155/66 for veggies/fruit/flowers/eggs and $200 for a bi-weekly cheese share.
Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative: Picks up at Eastern District (1053 Manhattan Ave), so be sure to budget extra for irresistible cheese.  $725 for a 25-week season.
Southside CSA:  Picks up at The Woods (48 S 4th St).  Dizzying array of share options, so best to check their website for information.  Donates to the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen!
Lineage Farm CSA:  Picks up at the Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St.)
Partners Trace: Picks up at TBD (224 Franklin St) & Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 20 weeks / egg shares / flower shares / berry shares / orchard shares / canned good shares

Fish CSAs
I’m particularly excited by the fish CSAs available, as they provide a good, sustainable source of fresh fish, something Greenpoint lacks outside of smoked offerings or the farmer’s market stalls.  I’ve heard great things about both of these.

Mermaid’s Garden CSF: Picks up at Urban Rustic.  $33/week for a 2-2.25 lb delivery, $16.50 for a 1.25 lb delivery.  Possible add-ons/substitutions for shellfish.

Gabe the Fish Babe: Details online are scarce but she was enthusiastically recommended.  The fish club is apparently full at the moment, but join the mailing list on the website for updates.

Eat locally, Greenpoint!

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BOOK REVIEW: CLEAN PLATES BROOKLYN

I love meat and don’t feel guilty about eating it. I also love my body and the planet and know that too much of a delicious thing is never good, so I focus on the vegetables in my life. When I do cook meat, I know that the outrageously priced meat I can’t afford is raised ethically, sustainably and locally, and because it’s so pricey I don’t prepare it very often.
But when I go out to eat I feel like I have a deep obligation to order meat, rationalizing that I never make it at home. Why would I make a burger when I can get my favorite burger (with truffle fries) from Five Leaves? Or Chicken Fried Steak from Roebling? Or whatever they scribble down at Diner? The problem here is I usually miss out on fantastic vegetable dishes.
It would be nice to know that when I eat meat out (and veggies), they hold up to my own kitchen standards, especially since the prices always do! That is what I like about Clean Plates Brooklyn: A Guide to the Healthiest Tastiest and Most Sustainable Restaurants. It explicitly says “For Vegetarians and Carnivores” on the cover! Eating meat can be healthy and sustainable, even eating meat out, and now I have a decent pocket guide for Brooklyn.
I don’t know about you but I have eaten at some downright gross vegetarian restaurants, where it seems like they are playing food dress-up rather than serving me a wholesome meal. Just because it’s vegetarian doesn’t mean it’s good for you and Clean Plates recognizes this.
In order to pass the rigorous Clean Plates screening process too much soy or fake meat products are disqualifications. They won me over with that. Too much frying also gets penalized, (sad face) as well as too much dairy, veal and foie gras.
Flipping through I was happy to find that some of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn made the cut: Five Leaves, Eat, Roebling Tea Room, Urban Rustic, Rye, Diner, Egg, Farm on Adderley, Northeast Kingdom, Vinegar Hill House, Buttermilk Channel, Roberta’s, Best Pizza and Prime Meats. I cannot wait to try Beer Table, Momo Sushi Shack, Masten Lake, Al Di La and I am definitely ordering a meatball hero from Best Pizza next time I am all the way over in Williamsburg.
I was disappointed to see that only three of our Greenpoint restaurants made it: Eat, Five Leaves and Manhattan Inn (where I’ve only eaten grilled cheese late night with sloppy cocktails.) This is the first edition, so let’s hope we get a few more in there for 2013! Perhaps even some Polish restaurants will get reviewed.
I appreciate nutritionist/author Jared Koch’s passionate “how-to” approach to healthy eating, with the first 70 pages of his book dedicated to the subject. I learned so many interesting food facts, like lemons actually have an alkalizing effect on your body and vegetable raised without pesticides must develop their own defense systems which benefits our immune systems. I always thought juicing was a bad way to eat a good thing because so much seems lost in the process, but while you lose out on the fiber it’s a really efficient way of getting nutrients into our systems without our teeth and our digestive tracts doing a ton of work. Shame on me for not knowing that although al dente pasta is obviously tastier, it’s healthier because it doesn’t spike your blood sugar level. As far as meat goes, game meat is uber healthy since it eats a varied diet and is less likely to be diseased, while organ meat is the healthiest part of the animal, rather than a steak, which is a muscle. Go liver and hearts!
The second half of the book is dedicated to in-depth reviews from well established food critics (some Brooklyn food critics), all of whom must give each restaurant a thumbs up in order for it to pass the Clean Plates test. Here is where we get the mouthwatering descriptions and a good idea about the vibe of each place. These writers do a good job focusing not only on the taste but the experience, which is such a big part of any good meal, especially a restaurant experience. And while I disagree with the “spotty” service at Five Leaves (they can do no wrong in my eyes) I appreciate how honest and informed about food the reviews are. There is a lot of, “instead of this” it would have been better “like this,” which shows an intense understanding of food preparation and flavor combinations.
Where the reviews are most successful is encouraging me to eat my vegetables. For example, when eat at Egg (which raises money for the Soup Kitchen and the Automotive High School), I only order the heart attack on a plate breakfasts, “a side of bacon with my bacon, please,” but next time I will order the highly recommended “bountiful and tasty” simple salad or the “firm, juicy, flavorful” kale. Clean Plates opens up my eyes to the healthy and delicious vegetable dishes I normally gloss over because I am trying to do my eating meat out justice.
I am glad I have a copy of Clean Plate Brooklyn because when I am in that frustrating “where should we eat?” fog, I can flip through and find something healthy. While a lot of our great Greenpoint establishments aren’t featured, there are many recommended restaurants in Williamsburg and Bushwick, if I want to venture that far! And I suspect by next year, more Greenpoint spots will make the cut.

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