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Welcome New Year!

Jan 14, 2015 by

 

The shift from holiday busyness and commitments to a New Year is an opportunity to make changes put off when there were too many distractions and obligations. Now is the time for you…and me. I’ve not been a fan of “New Year’s Resolutions” thinking, “why wait for a new year to makes changes?” But here I am, and yes, this year I made a list. I feel excited and renewed with a fresh start. The New Year is a good time to evaluate behaviors that work well and those that don’t.

Meal planning is essential to successful healthy eating and budgeting, especially when quality food and nutrition is a priority. Let’s be honest, cooking REAL food from scratch takes longer than a frozen or processed meal. I began following an organization, Eat Local Grown, and completely agree with the statement: “Maybe we should stop asking why real food is so expensive and start asking why processed food is so cheap.” A guaranteed solution to saving money, time and eating well is to start with a plan. Creating a plan includes budgeting our time to allow for shopping and preparing meals.

Here are January and February opportunities for help to jumpstart 2015 and make it the healthy, satisfying and successful (happy and tasty too).

NEW!! Starting January 13, 2015

Special Eats is making chicken bone broth
at Nature’s Own, 195 Bell Ave, Southern Pines, NC!

Stop in and enjoy a warm cup at the bar or to enjoy on your way to work.
Take home a pint or quart to use at home.

Soups that Soothe, January 22, 2015

Start with delicious healing bone broth and anything is possible!

Chicken Bone Broth; Thai Coconut Soup; Creamy Roasted Beet Soup

All recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy, soy and corn free. Questions? Contact Ashley Carpenter, RD at 715-2674

When:            Thursday, January 22nd, 5:30 PM

Where:          FirstHealth Fitness Center classroom – Pinehurst

Cost:               $20.00 FirstHealth members/$25 non-members

RSVP              Reservations Required: call FirstHealth 910-715-1800

Nutrition and Culinary Immersion Workshop, January 31, 2015

Join us for the day on a journey to delicious and beneficial meal solutions! Instructors: FirstHealth Fitness Dietitian, Ashley Carpenter, and Professional Chef Sueson Vess

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of which foods, cooking methods, and herbs and spices help to promote healing and vitality.
  • Replace processed foods with whole foods that contribute to energy, detoxification & digestion.
  • Learn new recipes, techniques and time-saving tips from a professional chef.
  • Enjoy breakfast, lunch/dinner and snacks prepared in class by Chef Sueson while you watch and learn.

When:            Saturday, January 31st, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Where:          Clara McLean Hospitality House, 20 First Village Dr, Pinehurst

Cost:               Cost: $89 members; $99 non-members

RSVP              Reservations Required: call FirstHealth 910-715-1800

Nature’s Pharmacy: Healing Spices, February 17, 2015

Use spices for medicinal benefits and flavor. Learn how to use and cook with herbs and spices including: Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cumin, Clove, Cardamom, Chili, Juniper, Fennel, Fenugreek, Mint, and Rosemary. All recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy, soy and corn free. Questions? Contact Ashley Carpenter, RD at 715-2674.

Indian Chickpea Stew; Lemony Lentils; Chai Tea (decaffeinated, nondairy)

When:             Tuesday, February 17th, 5:30 PM

Where:           FirstHealth Fitness Center classroom – Pinehurst

Cost:                $20.00 FirstHealth members/$25 non-members

RSVP               Reservations Required: call FirstHealth 910-715-1800

 

 

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