Staying Healthy Naturally During Cold & Flu Season

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When

Wednesday, November 18th | 6 to 7PM

FREE Posture Analysis screenings prior, from 4 to 6PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

With

River City Chiropractic Wellness

What to Expect

Learn how to help your body to function optimally by boosting your immune system without taking harmful drugs or toxic substances.  During this free workshop, Dr. Franklin Luke from River City Chiropractic Wellness will help you understand the true causes of the cold and flu season and how to prevent them.  If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired during the cold and flu season, join us to learn about natural foods, strategies, and supplements to boost your immunity.

Did we mention you enjoy a complimentary dinner during the workshop?

Prior to the class, join the River City Chiropractic team for a FREE Posture Analysis and learn how much the results can reveal about your overall health, not just that of your spine! It’s quick, painless way to transform your health and learn how chiropractic care can improve your posture, remove stress to your spine and nervous system, and bring your body back into balance!

Cost

FREE class AND screenings!

Availability

For dinner headcount purposes, please let us know if you plan to attend the class!

Screenings are come first serve & take about 10-15 minutes, but feel free to let us know you’ll be stopping by!

Questions?

Email info@rivercitychiropractor.com or thebeet@ellwoodthompsons.com for assistance.

Go-To Holiday Stress Relief

When we take on a lot of extra responsibilities, people, cooking, and hosting gigs, this time of year has the potential to get a little overwhelming. Over the past 3 weeks, almost all of my health coaching appointments have centered around staying healthy, sane and happy in this upcoming holiday, and if there’s on thing I’m preaching all day every day – it’s practicing self care. Here are some of my tried and true practices and products that keep me and everyone I know grounded in the dizzying days that come with the holidays.

Practices:

  1. Morning meditation: (10 minutes). Just a quick morning quiet time to set a good intention for the day, check in with my body and even jot down last night’s dreams.
  2. Evening bath + evening wind down: (30 minuets) Allowing this extra time to unwind before bed always makes for a more restful nights sleep for me, and tears me away from any extra work I may be doing too close to bed time.
  3. Mid-day afternoon tea (15 minutes) No matter how busy my day, I always have 15 minutes I can devote to turning off the phone and computer to sit and drink a rejuvenating cup of tea. This helps re-focus my attention, calm my mind down a bit, and nourish my body.
  4. Daily walk (20-45 minutes) Every day either at lunch time, or when I get home from work, I go one a nice long walk (with my dog of course) to get some fresh air, move my body and get a bit of exercise to counter a day of long sitting. Connecting and spending time with my pup is a big happy part of my day too!
  5. Evening meal (20-45 minutes) Most days of the week, we make a point to sit down and share a meal together to connect (and disconnect from everything else), share our day, talk about positive things, and savor a nourishing meal.

Products:

  1. Mindfulness coloring book. No joke, if I have an extra 15 minutes here and there during my day, this little exercise feels so good to take my mind off things, and focus on something beautiful, creative and meditative.
  2. Valentinas Protection Perfume Oil. This mixture of myrrh, frankincense and patchouli essential oils is a lovely blend that I rub on my temples for some grounding aromatherapy.
  3. Gaia Herbal Digest Tea. This is one my go-to easy herbal blends to help an overworked digestive tract from a bit too much heavy or savory holiday food. It also makes a great afternoon cup of tea!
  4. Aura Glow Rose Oil. This is favorite of mine of add to an evening bath for deep moisturizing and that hint of rose aromatherapy to help unwind for a busy day.

Make sure you’re allowing extra time in the coming weeks for self care and keeping yourself grounded, positive and joyful. Even just 20 minutes a day to re-set your focus and intention can make all the difference!

 

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN | HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com

Finding Balance!

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When

TUESDAY, November 17th | 7 to 8PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

With

Mandi Love Galloway, Owner of RVA OCR & Linda Alexander, Owner of Iron & Oxygen Personal Training Studio

What to Expect

Join us as we debunk fitness and workout myths while sharing simple and successful fitness and nutrition tips for a healthy lifestyle balance.

Owner of Oxygen & Iron Personal Training Studio, Linda is a 30+ year veteran in the fitness industry. She’s a certified personal trainer through NSCA, one of the country’s leading personal training organizations, and has helped hundreds of clients attain their fitness goals by pushing them to their highest potential in a fun, safe and positive environment. Her passion and dedication to helping others is why she constantly challenges herself to stay abreast of the current fitness and health studies and trends. She is also a certified tennis professional, kettle bells and youth fitness specialist, and designs other sports-specific training programs. Lastly, she believes that in order to get your desired results, you must make fitness a part of your everyday lifestyle. She’s here to help you do just that!

Mandi, owner of RVA OCR has been an active Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athlete for the last several years and is currently the only female certified Spartan SGX Coach in Virginia! Her vision of RVA OCR is to build a supportive community of like-minded people who have a passion for the sport of Obstacle Course Racing and the environment in which we train, race, and live right here in the Richmond, Virginia, RVA Metro and surrounding areas.

Mandi specializes in strength training and conditioning and is focused on building relationships with each individual she trains, helping them set goals that are specific, measurable and attainable in order to help incorporate a healthy balance into our busy lives. She, like Linda, believes in providing safe and functional training methods in a supportive environment that challenge the mental and physical growth of each individual.

Cost

FREE!

Availability

Please let us know if you plan to attend the class!

Questions?

Email thebeet@ellwoodthompsons.com for assistance.

Practicing Mindfulness in the Midst of Consumerism

This is officially the time of year when things get a little crazy. Around the holiday season, people are traveling more than usual, eating more than usual, working more than usual, and stressing more than usual. We are also bombarded with advertisements of all of the things we need to do and need to buy in order to make this time of year show up perfectly for everyone we need to impress. For many people, November and December snowball out of control, taking their life, their family and their joy along for the hectic ride. In the midst of all of this unnecessary hurry and consumerism, it’s so necessary and so important to allow time for mindfulness in this ultimate season of gratitude.

What is mindfulness, really? To me, it’s taking distinct time in my day to be conscious of my actions and my interactions with people. It’s a small and distinct practice of being aware of how we’re showing up in our day to day routine. It’s really easy to hop in the car, go to the store, get home and have no memory of the route we took to get there, or why we grabbed (or didn’t grab) something off the shelf to buy, or recall the conversation we had with the friend we bumped to while we were out. We’re in one place physically, but mentally we’re in a whole different space (past or future, but rarely in the present). It’s when we’re dwelling on the past, or thinking in the future that we always neglect what we have right now, and that’s one of the most important parts of being mindful.

Very few people go through life without realizing they have all of the thing they’ve asked for.

We sometimes take for granted all of the things going well in life during our constant quest to buy and consume more things to make our life “necessarily better”. When we get to the root of the holiday season, it’s about being grateful, and being in community. It’s a time to be grateful for others’ in our life, and placing them before ourselves. It’s not about how much we spend on gifts, or how perfect our home looks for guests, or how idyllic our holiday dinners are – it’s about how we show up for the people we choose to surround ourselves with, and how we treat them with our mindful actions.

Here are some of the ways I incorporate mindfulness into my day-to-day routine:

  1. I make a point to smile and make eye contact with people I pass by.
  2. 1 make a point to take a deep breath and every red light I come to, to remind myself to connect with my breath.
  3. I mentally check in to every place I enter and remind myself why I’m there in the first place.
  4. I make a point to say the name of the person I’m talking to, to connect personally with them, and make myself more present to talk and listen with them.
  5. I don’t purchase anything unless I genuinely feel like it will make my relationship with someone more fulfilled or more joyful. This turns consuming things out of impulse or compulsion into consuming things from a desire to enhance their life experience (which usually means I’m making something for them myself, or gifting them the experience of something special).
  6. I take extra time every day to practice self care. I show up better for everyone around me when when I take care of myself first and foremost.

I hope you all allow a chance during these next 2 months to turn off the consumerism noise and connect mindfully with those around you. Even it’s just once or twice a day to be present and grateful for all of the things going well, that’s some of the best soul food.

 

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN | HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com

Wholesome Holiday: Cook something good for your crowd!

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When

November 10, 2015 | 6 to 7PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

With

Liz Fishman of Daily Jars

Description

With the holidays come a houseful of friends and family to feed.  Feed them well with easy, wholesome appetizer and dessert recipes from Daily Jars founder Liz Fishman.  Liz will lead the group through simple-to-assemble recipes that accommodate a variety of dietary needs for all of your gluten-free, vegan, and omnivorous guests!  Ellwood Thompson’s ‘Indulge’ department will suggest the perfect wine-pairing for each dish, with tastings to sample throughout the class!

The Menu :
Dill salmon salad on Cucumber roll ups
Turkey spinach meatballs
Pumpkin pie dip with apples
Chocolate dipped fruit kabobs
Vanilla bean cheesecakes
*All recipes are free of dairy, gluten, soy, egg, corn and peanuts.

Cost

$10 | Includes all samples, recipes, and wine tasting. Vegan alternatives will be made available as well!

Register for class

Reserve your seat by purchasing your ticket securely through PayPal below.


Wholesome Holidays! with Liz Fishman



Questions?

Email Liz at liz@dailyjars.com or trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com!