Introducing Foodwaze’s Real Food Loyalty Program!

What is Foodwaze?

Foodwaze is based in Charlottesville, with their mission being to help consumers find the best sources of real, regenerative food at restaurants, cafes, markets, farms, and more.  Foodwaze produces an online and mobile food guide that curates and rates businesses based on their commitment to a local regenerative food system.  Founder Michael Reilly is an expert in regenerative food systems and all things health related.  (You might recognize him from our cafe, having an Earth Bowl from Create as he passes through town.)

For more on their mission & daily content, their Instagram and website are great resources!

What is this ‘Real Food Loyalty Program’?

Continue reading

Fun with Flowers! Flower Arranging with Amy’s Organic Garden

When

Wednesday, June 28th / 6-7PM

What

​Intimidated by arranging flowers?  Don’t be!  Join Amy & her farm floral crew for an evening of fun, no pressure, creative flower arranging using all organic blooms from Amy’s Garden, a certified organic farm in Charles City.  You’ll create your own arrangement from a wide variety of Amy’s organic garden flowers to take home!  Your admission to the class include the supplies (flowers & container), but you are welcome to bring your own vase or jar if you have a favorite!  Amy will also provide participants with a list of easy to grow, superior varieties of fantastic cut flowers for their home garden.
Proceeds from this workshop will benefit the Birdhouse Farmers Market, where you can find Amy’s Gardening purveying their fine produce, flowers and more every Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:30PM!​​

Make Your Purchase/Contribution

$35 per participant | Purchase your ticket through EventBrite HERE!

Questions?

Simply email us at TheBeet@ellwoodthompsons.com!

Save

Save

Holistic Healing Seminar with Dr. Lisa LaCova-Bhat

When

Wednesday, June 28th / 4 to 5PM

What

Join Lisa LaCova-Bhat for an hour-long Holistic Healing Seminar detailing:

  • The Basics: an introduction to Holistic, Complementary and Alternative medicine, along with its benefits on your mind, body and spirit!
  • Super Foods: uncover their healing and anti-aging properties.
  • Spices: natural herbal supplements and benefits for health and longevity.
  • Supplements: recommendations on the best options — from herbal to mineral — that promote focus, alleviate stress,  insomnia,  chronic inflammation, joint pain and more.
  • Meditation: a practice can help balance your body and be medicine for the mind, body and spirit!

Following the class, Lisa will be available for chair massages on a ‘first come first serve’ basis at $1 per minute.

With

Lisa LaCova-Bhat is a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner from Richmond with her own practice, Lmar Healing at Symmetry Salon and Gallery.  She has her Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and is a Licensed Certified Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist, Licensed Master Esthetician & Teacher, and Yoga Instructor.

Lisa has been  healing and studying  in the field of holistic and natural medicine for over 20 years.  She continues to research and write about complementary, integrative and holistic medicine.

Lisa is a  gifted and intuitive healer with a multicultural background that has been called unique, rare, magical, rejuvenating and magnetizing.  She is world-traveled, having visited over 30 different countries, and she’s a gifted young scholar, dedicating her life’s work to helping, healing & educating people all the world over.  Lisa is dedicated to educating others to make well-informed decisions about health and increasing awareness about holistic health and wellness.

Lisa is motivated, compassionate and caring.  Practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years, she helps her clients with regular deep stretching, breathing exercises and meditation.

She also specializes in reiki, universal energy healing,  daily meditation, deep breathing techniques, yoga and tai chi.  Lisa feels her special technique is her gift to balancing her clients’ bodies, minds and spirits through holistic and natural approaches.  She serves as President of  public 501c3 non-profit, Lmar Integrative & Holistic Medicine & Anti- Aging Therapies Inc., the mission of which is to educate and provide the community with natural, holistic medicine integrating optimal health and wellness through lifestyle practices, anti-aging therapies, mixed modalities, complementary and alternative medicine and educational workshops and resources.

Admission

FREE | Register HERE to reserve your seat!

Questions

Email thebeet@ellwoodthompsons.com or call Customer Service at 359-7525.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Grocery Budget: When to Purchase Organic

A common question I’ve received over the years is when to purchase organic products if you’re trying to stay within a strict grocery budget. There’s a lot of conflicting information about this and honesty everyone may have a different opinion. From my own experience, I find that this answer often changes from year to year depending on how our foods are manufactured and this is an industry that is constantly changing and shifting with increasing demand, political pressures and environmental irregularities. How your food was produced even 2 years ago may be entirely different today, and trying to keep track of this can easily suck you into an endless black hole of time consuming information hunting. So, here are my tips and resources for how to make the decision on what to purchase organic and when. Continue reading

Natural Thyroid, Hormone & Weight-Loss Solutions

 

When

Tuesday, June 27th / 6:30 to 8:30PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

Description

Hyperthyroidism, a little understood disorder, results in symptoms that stem from hormone dysregulation.  According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 27 million suffer from a thyroid condition and 50% are undiagnosed.  Surprisingly, 90% of women over 40 suffer from subclinical hypothyroid.  Although there are 27 known forms of Hyperthyroidism, conventional medicine treats them all the same way- by prescribing various medications that either have no effect or further irritate the system.  Doctors are conducting the wrong tests and asking the wrong questions when it comes to your endocrine (hormonal) health.  Too often, we treat the symptoms without understanding the underlying cause for a disorder, and often, the cause can be alleviated through diet and lifestyle change.

Thyroid symptoms can be extremely varied and difficult to diagnose.  Common symptoms include extreme weight gain or loss, brittle hair, flaky skin, flimsy nails, feeling cold, regular joint pain, frequent headaches, IBS, difficulty sleeping, premature aging, unexpected mood swings, irritability, depression, trouble concentrating and high blood pressure.  Needless to say, a thyroid condition can leave a huge impact on your life, affecting your relationships, family, goals, job performance and self-esteem.  This can lead to feelings of depression, desperation, inadequacy, and uncertainty.

If you suffer from a thyroid disorder, you should know, you are not irrational!  You are not inadequate!  And you are not alone!  Join us in The Beet for Dr. Wild’s discussion to learn more about the underlying cause of most autoimmune diseases, cellular inflammation and the detrimental effects this can have on our organs, brain, endocrine system, and the every cell that makes up our body.  Learn what you can do daily to reduce inflammation and how to reduce stress on your system by avoiding various toxins and irritants.  Dr. Wild offers a “Seminar Special” for those interested in a substantial reduction in cost for initial tests that may change what you thought you understood about your own body!  You might just find the answers you are looking for…

With

Dr. Michael Wild | GetN2Balance

Dr. Wild graduated with Cum Laude Honors from Boston College with a BA in Psychology (concentration in Psycho-Physiology), and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1991.

Dr. Wild is a board certified Chiropractic Physician licensed by the Medical Board of Virginia. He has been freeing people from pain and helping them live healthier more productive lives since 1991, and has focused on the needs of his neighbors in Richmond’s West End since 1993.

Dr. Wild uses a “whole person approach” when taking care of his patients. By combining the very best hands-on healing techniques, state-of-the-art diagnostic & treatment procedures, and providing the newest and best natural whole-food vitamins and mineral supplements on the market today, Dr. Wild is able to help you to accelerate your journey to good health. His mission is to help people realize that “health comes from within, and ultimately, maintaining your health is superior to the treatment of disease.”

Admission

FREE! We just ask that you RSVP by emailing TheBeet@ellwoodthompsons.com!

Questions

Email The Beet Cafe Coordinator, Charlotte, at cchristensen@ellwoodthompsons.com!

Save

Balance Your Brain, Relieve Your Pain

When

Monday, June 26th / 6 – 7PM in The Beet

What

Is Chronic Stress taking over your life?
  • Do you feel like headaches, anxiety, and stopping you from enjoying life?
  • Are you fed up with potentially harmful therapies that only offer temporary relief?
We can help!
  • By incorporating biofeedback technology with your chiropractic care, our doctors have designed a brain balancing program to help you find relief.
  • This revolutionary combination of biofeedback technology and upper cervical chiropractic techniques approaches it from all sides.
What is it?
  • Using a unique fusion of light and sound configurations, our biofeedback device can restore proper functioning brainwave states.
  • This audio-visual entrainment (AVE) works to regulate brain activity through tiny electrical impulses.
How does this help?
  • This has been shown to help with insomnia, memory, sleep, mood, cognition, stress reduction and mental functioning & clarity.

Admission

Free! Please RSVP before Wednesday, June 21st, for a healthy catered meal, as walk-ins will not be permitted to this event.

Questions?

Simply email us at TheBeet@ellwoodthompsons.com

Healing Leaky Gut: Find & Fix Your Food Sensitivities

 healing-leaky-gut-npbanner

When

Tuesday, June 20th  /  7:00 to 8:00PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

Description

Do you ever ‘not feel well’ after eating certain foods?  Are you often fatigued or foggy-headed shortly after a meal?  Are you having a tough time losing excess weight, or are you simply not sure why you have symptoms that seem to come and go without explanation, like headaches or skin rashes?

If you answered yes to any of these, you are most likely suffering from food sensitivities related to Leaky Gut … and you can be helped!

Attend this lecture and learn:

  • The difference in food sensitivities, intolerances & allergies
  • Why your doctor may not detect them
  • What exactly Leaky Gut is , how can you tell if you have it, and exactly what can you do to fix it so you feel better, fast!

With

Dr. Michael Wild | GetN2Balance

Dr. Wild graduated with Cum Laude honors from Boston College with a BA in Psychology (concentration in Psycho-Physiology) and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1991.

Dr. Wild is a board certified Chiropractic Physician licensed by the Medical Board of Virginia.  He has been freeing people from pain and helping them live healthier, more productive lives since 1991, and has focused on the needs of his neighbors in Richmond’s West End since 1993.

Dr. Wild uses a “whole person approach” when taking care of his patients.  By combining the very best hands-on healing techniques, state-of-the-art diagnostic & treatment procedures, and providing the newest and best natural whole-food vitamins and mineral supplements on the market today, Dr. Wild is able to help you to accelerate your journey to good health.  His mission is to help people realize that “health comes from within, and ultimately, maintaining your health is superior to the treatment of disease.”

Admission

FREE! We just ask that you RSVP by emailing thebeet@ellwoodthompsons.com.

Questions

Email TheBeet@ellwoodthompsons.com!

Relocalization Part 2

As we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of relocalization vs. globalism, consider the following.

Facts:

  1. More than 90% of food is not produced locally
  2. It’s easier to get products to global markets than it is to local markets

Photo: Shalom Farms

There are some reasons why we are not producing and sourcing our own food and why it’s easier and cheaper to distribute food globally versus locally. I will address these paradoxes.

One major reason is political and related to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). Historically, the USDA was instrumental in supporting food and nutrition for the needy, supporting small farmers and food education. In the recent past the agency has tended to be more supportive of the largest farmers and foreign markets. Big Ag gets significant financial and technical support from the USDA. New or beginning farmers get the least amount of support because of their size and financial stability. One farmer put it like this, “Big Ag controls politics and politics control the USDA.” There was a sense of hopelessness in his voice about affecting change at the USDA. I will not name this farmer.

I believe the only way to fix the problem is to develop and foster local food systems. Consistent distribution and efficiency at the local level is needed to gain favorable price points and access for local products.

Why is this important? The small economic food system is more sustainable. It creates greater economic resiliency in communities that have been marginalized by industrialization and globalism. Furthermore, we want local communities to have more control over their own destinies and traditions! Lastly, belonging and being rooted to a local place through its food is a fundamental longing that relocalization can satisfy.

– Rick