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Women’s Health Conference: Getting Back to Balance – November 17, 2013, Blue Moon Evolution, 10:30 – 5:30 pm
With the busy activity of each day it is difficult to maintain what we feel is a balanced life. We fill our days with lists, things to do, then at the end of the day we look around and still see things left undone. Spinning day after day trying to keep up the hectic pace.
When we use the term “balanced life” we are often looking at the big picture, the year in review. Did I get my vacation time? Did I spend enough time with family? Am I in better shape than last year? This big picture perspective removes us from the beauty and gift of each day. Each day is truly a gift and an opportunity to consciously approach each day seeking balance and to ask yourself: Have I taken care of myself? Have I exercised and eaten well? Have I taken time to sit in reflection? Have I spent quality time with my family? Have I done my work of the day?
When your hormones are in balance, you will have access to all the strength, power, and productivity to live a full and abundant life. Stress, hormones, poor diet, lack of sleep, and even cravings can cause imbalance, but what causes these symptoms?
Join us to take a day and reflect upon your balance, your happiness, and your health. Be inspired and supported by women health professionals who will help you live with intention and a knowledge of what fuels you and what depletes you. Develop a practice that helps you master a balanced life.
• How to balance your hormones to balance your life
• What role inflammation plays in overall adrenal and hormone health
• How to create a healthy kitchen
• How to live life with intention and awareness
• How to change your habits and transform your life
10:00 am – Check In
10:30 am – Welcome & Introductions
10:45 am – Finding Optimal Energy: Creating the Perfect Day Every Day, Kath Gallant, owner Blue Moon Evolution
11:00 am – How to Balance Your Hormones to Help Balance Your Life : Sharon New, MS Health Science, CHES
Do you feel “wired but tired?” Do you crave sugar or salt? Do you have an uncontrollable urge to sleep around 2 to 4 in the afternoon? Do you have chronic inflammatory issues? Are you doing everything “right” and you still cannot lose weight? Do you just know there is something not normal about the way you feel but you’re not sure what? Join us as we learn the role your thyroid and adrenals play in your overall health—particularly as it relates to chronic inflammation, menopause, and overall reproductive system. You will learn:
• What causes hormonal imbalance?
• What role do your adrenals play in your overall endocrine system and how does it relate to your thyroid?
• Why is cortisol so important and what does it have to do with sleep?
• What supplements should you take to support your adrenal system?
• What role does inflammation play in overall adrenal and hormone health?
• What can you do to decrease inflammation in your body and increase your overall health?
• The latest primer on bio-identical hormones.
12:15 pm – Quick Exercise Tips For Bones and Muscles: From Kathy Barber, Crossfit Reclamation
Having a hard time fitting in exercise? Kathy Barber will give us a no excuses routine that you can fit into your busy day and tell you why your muscles and bones need resistance and strength.
12:45 pm – Buffet Lunch
1:15 pm – Creating a Healthy Kitchen: Stocking up for a Healthy Life: Tracey Miller, Nutritionist & Health Coach and Kath Gallant, Owner, Blue Moon Evolution
• The Skinny on fats, grains, salt, and sugar
• Know your fats and oils: What to use, what to avoid for high heat and low heat
• Pantry essentials: Key ingredients for your pantry
• Greening and cleaning your kitchen: What is safe and what is not
2:00 pm – Transformation: Creating Change, Changing Habits: Julie Farrell, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Usui Reiki Master
Julie will teach you the transformative powers of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a blend between ancient energy healing and modern psychology with the power to change your life. Learn something new and find out how to free yourself of past beliefs, habits, and constraints that are holding you back.
EFT is a tapping technique based on the ancient Chinese system of acupuncture. By stimulating the body’s energy flow via gentle tapping on key meridian points on the face and upper body, emotional and physical issues (pain, phobias, traumas, and minor upsets) can be released and resolved, sometimes in minutes. For anyone interested in taking an active, positive role in their own healing and happiness, this technique is a must! Participants will learn and practice the technique during the brief workshop, and will leave with a how-to sheet that will allow them to practice at home on themselves, friends, and family members.
2:45 pm - Healing with Herbs: Rebecca Ross, White Lily Botanical and Bodyworks
Herbal Medicine along with diet and exercise encourage a strong body. Herbs nourish the body with essential vitamins and minerals while continuing to support your vital systems. Healing herbs work with our body’s natural rhythm so that healing is done in a supportive and nourishing way. Try some herbal remedies and simple teas you can use to support hormonal balance and reduce stress. (Includes tea break.)
3:30 pm – Finding Your Mantra with Yoga: Julie Rost, E-RYT, CYT, Director of Blue Moon Yoga and the YogaLife Institute of NH
Yoga philosophy is about more than just movement, it’s about how you look at your life. Julie will guide you through a short meditation and spinal stretch, and lead you through an exercise to help you find out what causes you stress and how to eliminate it.
4:15 pm - Digging Deep into Digestion
Healthy digestion is critical to absorb nutrients, provide a strong immunity system, and prevent leaky gut and allergies. Find out what your body needs for healthy digestion.
5:00pm – What’s Your New Mantra?
5:15 pm – Evaluation
Blue Moon Evolution, 8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH
Register by November 1st: $65
Register after November 1st: $80
Kathy Barber is the owner and head trainer of Crossfit Reclamation. CrossFit has the innate ability to provide a pathway to a viable solution for many of society’s problems. Inherent in the system is a means to provide people with the skills, and thus the ability, to take back their lives. By providing a structured environment and developing a close knit community, CrossFit restores confidence levels and supplies a support system for a person to reclaim control of her life. Hence the name, CrossFit Reclamation.
Julie Farrell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Portsmouth, N.H., where she works with families, couples, and individuals on a variety of emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues. She is an EFT practitioner, a Usui Reiki Master, and an ardent student of alternative healing practices. She blends mind-body and energy psychology techniques with traditional psychotherapy to help clients achieve significant improvement in their lives.
Kath Gallant, owner of Blue Moon Evolution restaurant, has been committed to providing seasonal, organic fare since 1995 to the seacoast of New Hampshire. A pioneer in the local food movement, Kath has been connecting with farmers through food, community, and education. She has won numerous awards and was named one of New Hampshire’s “remarkable women of cuisine” for all her great work to bring good food to the seacoast community in 2013! She also won the “Spirit of the Seacoast” award from the United Way for her commitment to the local teen center by inspiring teens and demonstrating the connection between the earth and their food with cooking classes and gardening.
Tracey Miller is the Director of the Food and Health Forum. She is a communication specialist, health coach, cooking instructor, and freelance writer with more than 25 years of experience promoting environmental, health, and social issues, both globally and locally. She teaches cooking and wellness classes emphasizing seasonal foods and has worked with hundreds of moms to help them create healthier menus for their families. She started Citizens for Community Wellness, a grass roots group that helped launch a community garden and get more local food into Exeter school cafeterias. She helps manage her local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), serves on the Board of the New Outlook Teen Center, and participates in their Cook’s Corner program to provide healthy meals to the teens.
Sharon New, MS, is a Food Educator and Health Coach who teaches food and health classes throughout the Mid-Atlantic and teaches four very popular workshops: Overfed and Under-nourished; Thyroid and Your Body; Adrenals and Inflammation; and Sugar & your Brain. Sharon has a Masters of Science in Health Science. Five years ago Sharon was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After treatment she began to investigate the relation of her thyroid to her adrenals and overall health and the role inflammation plays. As she began to make changes and experience healing, she began to teach about the foundation of hormonal balance. Attend her classes and learn how you can become an advocate for your own health.
Rebecca Ross is passionate about natural wellness, massage, and herbal medicine. She is a Certified Practicing Herbalist and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist who enjoys broadening her knowledge and sharing that knowledge with others to enrich their lives. She has been studying holistic medicine for over 20 years and its impact on our lives and our environment. Her eclectic knowledge pulls from Traditional Western Herbalism, Folk Herbalism, Ayurvedic Medicine, Plant Spirit Medicine, Supportive Nutrition, and many years of personal and professional study.
Julie Rost, E-RYT, CYT, Director of Blue Moon Yoga and the YogaLife Institute of NH, researched the therapeutic aspects of Yoga while a Psychology major in college, resulting in a thesis on the benefits of Yoga for at-risk adolescents. After ten years of working in women’s reproductive health, she spent three years in Africa studying traditional methods for healing HIV/AIDS. Realizing that the yoga lifestyle held the greatest potential for health and well-being, her return to the U.S. led her to the YogaLife Institute in PA, where she studied and eventually coordinated the 200 and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. For the last 5 years, she has directed both Teacher Training programs in NH, along with Meditation Training, weekly classes, workshops, and private yoga therapy.
“Over the last several decades, we have become a society obsessed with children’s health, wellness and safety. We measure our children’s height, weight, and head circumference every month during infancy to make sure that each child is on track. We use baby monitors to…We sanitize their surroundings….We have stringent laws outlining which car seats or bike helmets must be worn to prevent injury…. Yet, more American children are suffering from diagnosable chronic illnesses than any other time in our history.” Beth Lambert
Join us for a dinner seminar on Monday, November 4th at 6:30 pm with Beth Lambert, author of A Compromised Generation:The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children. Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner and presentation from Beth as she takes a serious look at the alarming increase of childhood diseases in the United States as well as the causes and the cures.
Featuring local ingredients! On the menu: Chicken Stew with Kellie Brook Farm chicken, organic potatoes, celery, carrots and onions, or Carrot, Apple, Parsnip Bisque; Walnut, Apple, Cranberry Spinach Salad; Apple Crisp. Served with Brookford Farm Crusty Bread. Vegan and gluten free options available. To register, click here.
Did you know?
• At least 1 in 8 children have asthma
• 1 in 5 children have eczema
• It is estimated that 1 in 3 children have food intolerances
• 1 in 80 children have celiac disease.
Millions of American children struggle with “psychiatric” disorders, developmental delays and learning disabilities:
• 1 in 50 children are diagnosed with autism.
• 1 in 10 children are diagnosed with ADHD.
Background: Beth Lambert is the Founder and Executive Director of Epidemic Answers, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the epidemic of chronic illness affecting our youth, and helping parents find healing solutions (www.epidemicanswers.org). She is currently also working on a documentary film project entitled Canary Kids. Beth is a former healthcare consultant and teacher. She attended Oxford University and graduated with honors from Williams College. She holds an M.A. in American Studies, with a concentration in American Healthcare, from Fairfield University.
Beth worked for a number of healthcare consulting firms in New York City including The Wilkerson Group, IBM Healthcare Consulting, and Easton Associates. She was also involved in market research and business development for an e-health company. She has worked with physicians, scientific and medical researchers, and corporate executives to assess products, business strategies, and emerging trends in pharmaceuticals, biotech, diagnostics, medical devices and healthcare delivery.
Beth also taught and coached at secondary schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York City. As an educator, she worked with students who struggled with learning disabilities. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, networking and collaborating with other educators through the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Program.
Beth is the mother of three young children, and is passionate about preventing chronic illnesses in children. Beth has appeared on television, radio and speaks widely on the epidemic of chronic illness in children. To learn more please see:
A Compromised Generation www.acompromisedgeneration.com
Epidemic Answers www.epidemicanswers.org
Canary Kids Project www.canarykidsmovie.com
Location: Blue Moon Evolution, 8 Clifford Street,Exeter, NH
Date: November 4th, 2013
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Do you ask yourself that question every day and wonder how in the heck you’re going to create another meal on time, on budget and that everyone in your family will love?
Did you know that between 1965 and 1995, the amount of time Americans spent cooking has decreased by 50 percent in the United States. This has bigger implications then you might think. The amount of time spent cooking has been directly correlated with our health. Every 30 minutes of reduced cooking time has been associated with an increase in Body Mass Index of 0.5%.
Meal times provide more than just an opportunity to fuel up. It’s a bit of slow time in a really fast world. It’s a time to teach your kids how to cook, or invite a friend over. It’s a time to connect with your family, and to enjoy home cooked food. We get it. The frantic pace of after school activities squeezes out time for a sit down family dinner.
It’s not easy to come up with weekly menus that keep everyone at the table. But a healthy meal doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. Join Kath Gallant, owner of Blue Moon Evolution restaurant and nutritionist and cooking instructor Tracey Miller to get some ideas for those nights when you need something quick, easy and healthy.
Participants will learn and taste simple one-pot meal recipes prepared on top of the stove and in the oven; uncomplicated formulas for delicious soups, basic cooking techniques; and menu planning strategies to save you money, time and eliminate stress. Each participant will receive a packet of one-pot meal recipes, last minute dinner ideas, and the health tips.
Kath will demonstrate some of her favorite one-skillet meals including “Cast Iron Chicken” as well as some baking techniques and Tracey will show you some slow cooker one-pot meals that the whole family will love. They will also provide some tips for stocking your pantry to help you be ready for some last-minute meals.Click here to register.
Location: Blue Moon Evolution restaurant, 8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH.
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Members of the Seacoast Mother’s Association (SMA) receive a 20 percent discount. For more info on SMA moms, click here.
(Photo credit: Martha Stewart.com)
Our Food for Thought Dinner Seminar Series featured visionaries in the world of organic and locally sourced food. Nearly 400 people attended to hear Gary Hirsberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Farm, Jim Gerritsen, lead plantiff in the lawsuit, “Farmers vs. Monsanto,” and Pete Johnson, farmer of Pete’s Greens, Amy Cotler of the Locavore Way and Ben Hewitt, author of the Town That Food Saved. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
Here’s what some of our guests had to say:
“Liked the interactive discussion of diverse stakeholders on issues which we can have an impact.”
“Great community of like-minded people. Intelligent with interesting things to say.
“Liked how the participants were brought together as a community through sharing exercises.”
“Enjoyed the family style seating and ability and ability to interact with others.”
On August 20 folks gathered at the Blue Moon to watch the movie, “Bag It! Is Your Life to Plastic?” There was such a great response to decided to show the movie again so keep an eye out here for new dates. To see a trailer of the movie, click here.
Some of what we learned:
Our single-use society is throwing away 2 million plastic bottles every 5 minutes and 60,000 plastic bags every 5 seconds.
We spend $12 billion dollars on bottled water every year? And, that the average American disposes of 800 lbs of packaging every year.
We dispose of 106,000 aluminum cans every 30 seconds.
Plastic is the most pervasive form of ocean litter. It is so pervasive in our oceans that some tests reveal there is more plastic then phytoplankton for the fish to munch on – sometimes more than 40 times! The fish, birds and other wild life mistake it for food and eat it. It is killing them!
Many plastics contain endocrine disrupters such as BPA and Phthalates. BPA has the characteristics of estrogen, a hormone that determines sexual traits and is key in the development of brain function and nerve cells.
So what can you do to avoid using so much plastic? Bring your own stainless steel or glass water bottle. Buy food from the bulk section when you can. Use glass to store leftovers in. Avoid plastics with the number 3,6,7 – it’s not clear that they are really recycled. Look for numbers 1 & 2.
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