Local Legends ‘Hoppy Buddha’ Release Party

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Two local legend’s have formed a #collabrewation. 
Introducing our seasonal, limited release series with Legend’s Brewing Company and RVA Magazine!

For our inaugural brew, we present to you the Hoppy Buddha Legend’s Golden IPA infused with local beets, Buddha hand zest, ginger, and finished with specialty hops.

Get hoppy with us and get it while it lasts at our Hoppy Buddha Release Party. We’ll have live music + samples and glasses available until 8:30pm of the (or until the brew runs out!)

Feb. 26th | 5 to 8:30PM | Free Samples | $5 Pints | Live Music

Get to Know Pinot…Noir

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When

Wednesday, February 24th / 6:30 to 7:30PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

With

Craig “Murph” Murphy, Indulge Department Manager

Description

Dive into all things Pinot Noir with this guided tasting of three Pinots.  Explore the variances in style and terroir.  To further delight your palete, Murph has expertly paired each Pinot with various cheese and antipasti to compliment each wine.

Cost

$10.00

Capacity

45

Register for class

Seating is limited for this class so register in advance to reserve you & your party’s seats. Pay below or at Customer Service.


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Questions?

Email Taylor at thebeet@ellwoodthompsons.com.

Maintaining a Healthy Home + Work Environment

Who would have thought, even 10 years ago, that “the office” would start to become more and more obsolete? Going to and from work every day has been the norm for decades, but with the rise of global communication and instant access to almost anyone, anywhere, anytime, leaving the house isn’t always necessary for a lot of jobs anymore. I’d say about a quarter of the people I see on a monthly basis work from home (and love it), but it’s also a challenge for them to separate home life from professional life. They often struggle with maintaining a strict schedule, focusing on work related tasks tasks when nagging chores are literally right on the other side of the wall, and grazing on snacks all day because the leftovers are right downstairs. It’s been interesting helping folks find ways to cope with productivity working from home while maintaining a healthy balance of work + home life because honestly – I do this too. Two days per week I’m usually working from home (if I want to), and the struggle was/is real.

The first and most important strategy for maintaining a healthy home + work environment is to establish your work space. Find an area in your home that you can devote 100% to be your professional space. If you can sequester this from the rest of your house that’s even better (close a door, put up a curtain, face yourself towards a window and away from the mess behind you, etc). Keep this space clear of any annoyance or house clutter, and try to keep non-work related things away from the space. Focus on keeping the space clean and professional, but you can always add your flare, articles of inspiration or whatever you need to make it your own. Just remember – this is your productive work space – not your “home” when you’re in it.

Second, always have a back-up space to go and work. No matter how luxurious or perfect your home office is, there will always be days when you just can’t get out of the house funk and get stuff done. Seek out another place (outside of your house) to go and work. Whether it’s another studio space, coffee shop, library, cafe – doesn’t matter. As long as you can get out and get yourself to working again – make that happen. On the 10% of days when I just get too fidgety to work from my home office, I go straight to my actual office for a few hours until my to-do list is finished.

Which brings us to the third strategy – keeping a visual to-do list. At the start of the day or the week, make a detailed to-do list of everything you need to get done and their deadlines in a notably visible place. This keeps you on track to finish tasks on time and budget your time accordingly. Every day when I’m working from home, I have a to-do list + their deadlines and I make a structured daily schedule, allotting X number of hours for every task so my time can be uninterrupted but also deadline oriented. I schedule in breaks, exercise and mealtimes too to make sure these fit in.

Fourth – the kitchen is closed when it’s not breakfast, lunch or dinner time. This is the biggest struggle I hear most people deal with when working from home. They linger around the kitchen, or just get the munchies all the time when they can’t focus on their tasks and end up grazing all day. Parents that work from home always feel like they need to prepare dinners and meals during work time that drastically takes away not only their focus, but their actual professional time working. There are 2 ways to deal with this: 1) Prep dinner in the morning before you “go to work” in your home office. Put stuff in the crock pot, or pull stuff out of the freezer or pre-chop all your veggies in the morning so it’s not nagging away at your while you’re working; and 2) put a physical barrier in front of your kitchen to remind you that the kitchen is closed. I’ve had people put a chair in the doorway or drape tape / curtains in the doorway to mentally and physically keep them out of the kitchen. If you know you like to have a snack while working, bring it with you in the morning and keep it at your desk.

Finally, my last recommendation for maintaining a healthy home + work environment is to make your space a joyful, creative haven. Of course you need your essential tools like computers, printers, files, office supplies and the like – but you also need a good head space and a clear, creative setting. I always encourage people to bring house plants into their office for some living greenery or fragrance. The more alive the space looks and feels, the more alive your mind and body become while working. I also like smudging out my office every morning to clear the space from the previous day and start fresh. I like burning incense or candles and having the windows open so stagnant nervy doesn’t build up. And (although not for everyone) I especially like having soft music in the background to keep me a little more alert.

So how can you start? First, pick your spot, then clean it up, put your essentials in the space, and decorate it to your taste. Sometimes collecting ideas and making an inspiration board is helpful to get started and have a direction for what you’d like to create. If you’ve already got a home office that’s feeling a little stale, re-arrange everything and give it a good, deep cleaning. It’s amazing what some pictures, fresh paint and some fresh air can do to revitalize a space!

 

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

Cooking with Edible Education: Cauliflower + Chocolate

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When

Tuesday, February 23rd // Two Opportunities // 4:30 – 5:45 and 6:30 – 7:45PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

Instructor

Edible Education™ founder Chef Ann Butler & Team

Description

Edible Education™ founder Chef Ann Butler and Ellwood Thompson’s founder Rick Hood are hungry to get America’s kids eating right. This January 2016, our two Richmond-based organization have partnered to host monthly cooking classes for kids, and their parents.

On the last Tuesday of each month at Ellwood Thompson’s, Ann Butler and her team of chefs will be teaching cooking classes in our Beet Café. “Ann’s goals and organization fit right into our goal to create a personal connection with our customers,” says Hood, who is on a mission to feed the heart and soul of his community through his commitment to selling and serving local and organic foods.

Butler says she’s thrilled to be teaming up with Ellwood Thompson’s Market.  “If kids get 50 hours of culinary education by the time they are 12, it’ll change the way they feel about food.  I have seen too many children think that Raman noodles and Red Bull are a complete meal.  I started my company with one idea in mind — if kids cut it, touch it, and taste it, they’ll eat meals that are not only yummy, but will keep them healthy for the rest of their lives.”

This Month’s Topic: Cauliflower + Chocolate

Kids and parents can BOTH sign up for these classes.  Kids will be cooking: Coconut Hot Chocolate, Mac-n-Cheese with Cauliflower Puree.  Parents will be cooking: Chocolate-covered Strawberries, Roasted Cauliflower, Cauliflower Crusted Pizza.

“Cook it at home” bags for the kids will include, cauliflower, parmesan and white cheddar cheese, ghiradelli chocolate chips, white chocolate, mac noodles.  For the adults, ghiradelli chocolate chips, white chocolate, strawberries, cauliflower, mozzarella cheese.

Cost

$25 for kids // $45 for kids + parent

Register for class

Space is limited for this class so advance registration is required.

Sign up for the 4:30 OR 6:30PM class here. Simply scroll to the class & time slot you prefer then click register!

Questions?

Email Taylor at thebeet@ellwoodthompsons.com.

Third Thursday Pairings

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What

3 Small Plates  +  3 Paired Wines  +  Live Music & Happy Hour!

When

Every 3rd Thursday Monthly / February 18th / 5 to 7PM

Where

The Beet

This Month’s Menu

First Plate | ​Brie, arugula & green apple jam bruschetta on Ellwood’s own rosemary bread with balsamic reduction (vegetarian)

Second Plate | Shrimp & grits with Anson Mills fresh native stone ground organic sweet Carolina grits with mushrooms, Andouille pork sausage, parmesan cheese, green onions & Cajun seasoning.

Third Plate | Berry & coconut cream trifle with vegan meringue (vegan and GF)

Beer & wine pairings to be announced at the event!

Cost

$10 / person or $15/couple in advance

Register as a individual or couple below


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Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

4 Secrets to Optimal Health

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When

Wednesday, February 17th / 6:00 to 7:00PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

Instructor

Dr. Franklin Luke of River City Chiropractic Wellness

Description

Did you know that your body should be self-healing and self- regulating? Learn the four critical areas of health and identify which ones you are missing or lacking in. This workshop will focus on igniting your body’s innate intelligence to heal and function at a higher level.

Admission

FREE (Please RSVP below for food head count purposes)

Register for class

Register online for the class now.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

5 Ways to Get Preventive Medicine on Your Plate Everyday

A lot of people are under the assumption that illness can show up out of the blue. Like all of a sudden they have increased inflammation, or diabetes, or digestive issues. The reality is that most of the time, it takes years for the body to break down to a point where symptoms start to show up on a regular basis. Years of environmental, physical, emotional, nutritional or just neglectful behavior will eventually catch up with them. It’s hardly ever someone’s priority to preventively stave off illness that hasn’t even shown up yet, but this is exactly why so many illnesses today are considered “preventable”, but no one knows what to do about it since it’s not already an issue for them.

This is where preventive nutrition can come into play. There is a significant amount of research and information today showing that eating a variety of whole foods can play a key, preventive role in many imbalances including diabetes, digestive disruption, hormone dysregulation and even some forms of cancer. With just a few conscious and intentional changes to the diet, you can be eating for life long health in a sustainable way that’s not in any way too overwhelming.

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Here are some of the basics:

  1. Eat 5 different colors every single day. The more color on your plate, the more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and good enzymes are collectively going into your body. These colors should come from whole foods (pop-tarts don’t count). Focus on dark leafy greens, richly colored berries, egg yolks, whole grains and herbs and spices.
  2. Choose at least one anti-oxidant rich food per day. Antioxidants are some of the most powerfully preventive foods we know of today with a direct correlation to foods rich in antioxidants and preventing certain cancers. Foods rich in antioxidants include blueberries, blackberries, red grapes, turmeric, elder berries, goji berries, dark chocolate, kidney beans, artichokes and cranberries.
  3. Use Omega-3 rich oils. Omega-3 is considered an “essential fatty acid” because the body cannot produce this on it’s own – we must get it from dietary sources. Foods like salmon, cod, anchovies, ground flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and walnuts are some of the highest omega-3 containing foods out there. Omega-3’s are extremely anti-inflammatory, and support eye health, brain function, cardiovascular function and our joints. Oils in general are also very moistening to the body (including olive and coconut oil) which is extremely beneficial for overall function and flexibility of the body. If we become too brittle – we will certainly break.
  4. Use a variety of healthy proteins. Proteins are comprised of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). These amino acids are essential for the formation of muscle and also for producing several of our emotional “mood” hormones in our gut. Rotating through a variety of proteins including high quality meats, dairy products, nuts and seeds, whole grains like quinoa, beans, eggs and soy products ensure a comprehensive array of amino acids.
  5. Probiotic rich foods. The gut is perhaps the most important area of the body in terms of preventive health. Almost all imbalances could start in the gut, and keeping the digestive system (and the enteric nervous system in general) healthy and strong is absolutely essential. The gut (colon, large intestine and small intestine) is filled with trillions of probiotics (little bacterial critters) that modulate your digestion, metabolism, absorption and immune system. They rely on a stable and healthy environment to thrive, and probiotic rich foods help to continually repopulate with extra probiotics. Fermented foods are the best way to get probiotics dietarily, and foods like kimchi, Sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, yogurt and pickles are excellent ones to start with at just a serving per day.

Still need some guidance on how to implement this into your daily routine? Schedule a free 30 minute health coaching appointment at Ellwood Thompson’s to get individualized recommendations and support for your own health needs. Email Lindsay at HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com to schedule.

 

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