It’s what’s on the menu for kids this summer and whenever healthy eating is the topic of discussion!May 17, 2013
If you and your children or grandchildren attended our Kids’ Healthy Eating Seminar in any of our GreenAcres stores this week, you might have noticed how quickly the kids scarfed up those victuals!
Tasty and nutritious at the same time—you can’t beat that combo. So, just to recap, we’re printing the menu here for moms and dads to consider the next time they’re wondering what to feed the kids while still trying to stay the course for healthy eating.
On the menu:
Organic Prairie Hot Dogs – Made with USDA certified organic, pasture-raised beef that comes straight from local ranchers. The hot dogs are uncured with no synthetic nitrates or nitrites. They contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Rudi’s Hot Dog Buns – The buns contain 19 grams of whole wheat grains, 3g of fiber and 4g of protein per roll. Free of synthetic chemicals, artificial ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and they are Non GMO and USDA certified organic. They are soy free, dairy free and vegan.
Dr. Praeger’s Sweet Potato Pancakes – Made entirely of sweet potatoes, egg whites, potato flakes, onions expeller pressed canola oil, arrowroot, brown sugar, salt and pepper. They are gluten free, no cholesterol, transfat, or saturated fats, all natural, certified Kosher and low in fat.
Organic Valley Aseptic Milk – Comes from family farms at Organic Valley. They are certified organic, produced with no antibiotics, no hormones, no pesticides. With aseptic packaging, these milks are shelf stable; do not require refrigeration; and provide the optimal balance between nutrition and convenience.
Funky Monkey Fruit Snack – These are 100% real, freeze-dried fruit; 100% fat free, all natural, without added sugars or preservatives, artificial coloring or flavorings. They are vegan, RAW, gluten free, kosher and peanut/tree nut free.
Bitsy’s Brainfood Snacks – An excellent source of Vitamins A, B12, B6, D3 and Folic Acid. Also, Omega 3 EPA and DHA. Contains 32mg or Omega 3s per servings, which is 20% of the 160mg daily value. A great source of calcium and iron as well. No GMOs.
GreenAcres customers, be our Valentines!February 07, 2013
It’s time for our annual Customer Appreciation Day in all three GreenAcres Markets. In Kansas City and Jenks, we’re celebrating from 5 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 12. In Wichita, we’re starting the party early—from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 9.The first 200 ladies who walk through the door in Wichita will receive a long-stemmed red carnation. It’s all about red roses for the women in Kansas City and Jenks. And, please notice, there will be 10% off everything in the store that isn’t already discounted. Can you say, “Bargain?!”
One thing all three stores share in common: there will be food demoes galore and lots and lots of chocolate to sample and buy! After all, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we wouldn’t be true to our store if we didn’t offer some over-the-top sweets for all our sweetest customers. We can all eat healthily, diet and exercise the other 364 days of the year, but during Customer Appreciation Day, we throw caution to the wind!
Since Kansas City, MO has different liquor laws, customers coming to celebrate in the evening might find themselves with a little vino in hand. All three stores will have products and vendors sampling out everything from free range, organic chicken and beef, BBQ sauces, hummus in all kinds of flavors, cookies, cakes, muffins, chocolate (did we mention chocolate?!), coffees, honey and breads. Lots of our regular and new vendors will be in store--a great chance to meet the people who supply the nutrition up close and personal.
Some of the products will be dairy free; some gluten free; some sugar free; some soy free. But all of the sampling will be delicious. In Wichita, our boss just got back from the San Francisco Fancy Food Show. You should see what she brought back with her (!) How do figs dipped in dark chocolate sound? Yum-O! How about Florentine Lace cookies that melt in your mouth? You’ve got to try crusty croutons made with garlic and seeds, and little breadsticks sweetened with cran-raisins and honey.
The new products will be sprinkled throughout our stores, so we encourage our customers to come hungry and avail themselves of all the new (and tried and true) tastings.
Our store philosophy is, “When we meet, we eat!” We want you to try new things, new foods from our arsenal of all natural, healthy choices that will put a smile on your face and better nutrition into your body. It used to be, not that long ago, that organic and health food meant bland and tasteless—think cardboard tasteless. We’ll, things have changed dramatically since GreenAcres first opened its doors 19 years ago. Thanks to pioneers like Nell Newman of Newman’s Own Organics, Hilary of Hilary’s Eat Well (the veggie burger queen), Pamela of Pamela’s Baked Goods (gluten free flours, cookies and more) and of course, countless others who struck out on their own, determined to create toxic-free, allergy-free, nitrate and nitrite-free products that tasted great, were all natural, and in many cases, gluten free, ORGANIC at last is becoming the norm.
Our customers are better educated today. They want to be and stay healthy. They know their Omega 3 and 6 numbers. They believe in integrated and alternative medicine, combining traditional and naturopathic and chiropractic medicine, and taking what works for them and applying to their daily lives.
We, at GreenAcres, like to think we’ve had a hand in all this. We’ve certainly introduced our customers to the latest science and supplements, pure foods and “health talks.” We’ve spread knowledge in every way we can: through seminars, in-store demoes, a weekly radio show where we bring the experts in natural living right to your living rooms…we want to be healthy and we want you to come right along with us.
So, we take time out on Customer Appreciation Day to say, “Thank You” to all who have been with us since the beginning, and all those soon to follow. Come join us as we celebrate YOU. We want you to be our Valentines!
Know your numbers!January 07, 2013
If you register to attend only one GreenAcres seminar this year, make it Stuart Tomc’s fascinating discussion on “Know Your Numbers.” Stuart, Nordic Naturals’ educator, worked with our owner, Shannon Hoffmann, to come up with a myth-busting formula for putting Omega 3 and Omega 6 numbers to popular health foods.
What long hours and tons of research came up with is that, with a simple blood test, the consumer can actually know for sure if he’s getting enough Omega 3s in his diet, whether he supplements with fish oil or not. And, he can actually keep ahead of the curve, knowing if he’s out of balance Omega 3-to-6 wise, and by applying Stuarts’ numbers formula to the food he’s eating, he can make choices on a dime and keep the ratio in balance.
Did you know, there are actually more Omega 3s in white rice than brown? Who knew? Even though foods can fall into the categories of healthy, healthier and healthiest, the ratio when eating certain foods actually might tip the scale in a favorable-to-unfavorable direction if you don’t know your numbers.
Balance… it’s all about the balance, Stuart says. If, after you’ve taken the Nordic Naturals Omega 3 blood test, you’ll know, based on your eating habits, whether or not to add more fish oil to your health regimen or whether to change your pattern of healthy eating all together.
Think red meat, eschewed by many as too fatty, too whatever…but organic red meat has more Omega 3s than chicken—nice to know, since for two decades, many of us have eaten so much chicken (free range or not) that we’re beginning to cluck!
The thing to remember about Omega 3s is that they are essential for solid cardio and brain health. You seldom see heart disease in a balanced numbers ratio, so this one seminar, is the one to register for.
Stuart will be in our Kansas City store at 7 p.m., January 23; in our Wichita store at 7 p.m., January 24; and in our Jenks store at 8 a.m., Saturday, January 26.
Mark your calendars now folks. Oh, and bring a pad and pencil along. This is break-through science you’re not going to hear anywhere else!
The smoking gun…it just won’t go away?November 05, 2012
For the last 37 years, the American Cancer Society has marked Nov. 15 as the Great American Smoke Out, trying to encourage men, women and sadly, children (!) to take charge of their health and quit the nasty habit. So, in all these long years, are Americans heeding the call? The answer is a pitiful “NO.”
Today, 45 million Americans continue to puff away, affecting at least another 20 million who inhale their smoke “second hand” in homes, pubs (where it’s still allowed), private clubs and well, just about anywhere you find people gathered at parties, on campuses (both high school and college), on subway terminals, in front of restaurants, anywhere and everywhere. Nicotine, it’s been said, is a more powerful drug than heroin…and twice as hard to quit.
The American Cancer Society reports that of the millions of Americans who smoke, more than half have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. We have a customer at GreenAcres who finally ditched the habit and says his health has improved immensely, but he tried to quit off and on for 30 years before he was successful. Finally, he decided to go “cold turkey,” and he tucked a pack of Marlboros into his car visor and dared it to get the best of him. He won, but the experience was excruciating.
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US. But many of those who have given up cigarettes find their way to cigars, pipes, electric cigarettes, chewing tobacco and now hookahs. As of 2010, there were 13.2 million cigar smokers and 2.2 million who smoke pipes in the US. While most recognize cigarettes as a leading cause of throat and lung cancer; more people die because of smoking from emphysema, stroke and heart attacks. Did you know that tobacco is a major cause of blindness, baldness and bladder cancer, not to mention cataracts, ankle fractures, early onset menopause, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortion and erectile dysfunction?
In his book, Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition, Stanford University author, Robert Proctor, builds his case that cigarettes kill millions of people every year while the cigarette industry continues to prosper.
His book debuted in 2010, but not without a trail of lawsuits and legal fees from the tobacco industry trying to quash his research before the book ever came out. Proctor tells a dire tale: “Because of the long-term effects of cigarettes,” he says, “if everyone stopped smoking today, there would still be millions of deaths a year for decades to come.” Moreover, he continues, “six trillion cigarettes are smoked every year – that's 6,000,000,000,000—three quarters’ way to our national debt--enough to make a continuous chain from Earth to the sun and back, with enough left over for a couple of round trips to Mars."
What about "Low-tar" cigarettes, “Light,” More filters…all the things the tobacco industry wants you to believe? “Hogwash,” says Proctor. “Today’s cigarettes are deadlier than their predecessors. Half the people who smoke will die from their habit.”
Proctor goes on to say, “Cigarettes are the deadliest artifact in the history of civilization– more than bullets, more than atom bombs, more than traffic accidents or wars or heroin addiction combined. The industry has spent tens of billions designing cigarettes since the 1940s – that's from the industry's own documents.”
Have you noticed the resurgence in smoking in the movie industry? Almost every movie this last decade has someone inhaling and exhaling. No doubt the tobacco industry loves it. Where else can you find the perfect profit model? A cig costs a penny to make, sells for way more, and by creating the perfect “smoke curl” of chemistry and addictive drug, the industry can’t lose. Only its users.
This week on the Healthy Half Hour, Darcy Buehler, PhD, a Wichita psychologist honors the Great Smoke Out by telling our audience how she quit smoking 25 years ago and has helped myriad others see their addiction vanish like so much smoke. Strike up your smart phone, go to iHeart radio and download the B98 app to listen to the GreenAcres-produced program at 9 a.m. this Saturday, CST.
If you’d like to hear our past broadcasts, please go to our website http://www.greenacres.com/, click on “Radio Show.” The Healthy Half Hour brings you a world of health news every week. In the spirit of “the more you know…”, we at GreenAcres wish you who smoke will have success this year in your attempts at quitting once and for all!
Our goal is to Educate…both YOU and US!September 02, 2012
Any excuse to delve into holistic medicine, all natural living, healthy alternatives to the foods we’ve “grown up with,” is a quest we love. There are so many fascinating people out there who have devoted their lives to learning about healthy lifestyles and the science behind them.
Most of the great nutritional supplement formulators started their quest for health because of their own health challenges. Some of them were even at death’s door, when, with just a little more persistence, they discovered “the secret.” Those are the secrets we want to share with you.
At GreenAcres, we’re honored to have Dr. Karen Masterson back for “classes” in all three of our stores. Karen will be with us on the following dates:
· At 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 26 in our Kansas City store
· At 7 p.m., Thursday, September 27 in our Wichita store
· At 8 a.m., Saturday, September 29 in our Jenks store when we have “Breakfast with Roger,” our new Jenks Supplement Manager
Karen is our go-to expert on herbs, naturopathic medicines, and just plain, “a better way.” Karen’s latest book, “Beyond Gluten Intolerance—GIS Gluten Inflammatory Syndrome” is really a treatise containing personal testimonies and explanations about why people are not being properly diagnosed by doctors. It’s more than a “health book,” more like a health bible, which delves deeply into gluten and why in her opinion it actually can shorten life itself.
You won’t want to miss anything Karen has to say. Sign up today for one of her classes. You’ll be glad you did.
Got Digestive Issues or Failing Health? Karen recommends Aloe Vera Juice
Yes, you can actually drink the nectar of the Aloe Vera plant when it’s distilled according to formula with natural juices. At GreenAcres, we’ve even named a cocktail after our store! It’s called the GreenAcres cocktail and it’s a shot glass of Aloe Life Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate and a teaspoon of Nordic Naturals Omega 3 fish oil.
Inflammation is killing us, says Dr. Karen Masterson, “Diseases are increasing in the world we live in at an alarming rate!” According to Karen’s book, Beyond Gluten Intolerance, gluten is one reason for the inflammation that is invading the body and destroying our health. Her book highlights include:
- Digestive Relief plus the “Secret to Regularity”
- Energy, Mental Health & Sound Sleep
- Youthful Skin & Body for All Ages
- Healthy Weight & Superior Athletic Performance
Can’t wait for Karen to come into your store…talk to one of our knowledgeable market team members about our favorite cocktail. It just might save your life!
Migraine—it’s a headache!August 20, 2012
…And no laughing matter. Many of us know at least one person among family or friends who suffers debilitating headaches. At their worst, migraines can send their victims to bed or to the hospital for days and sometimes weeks at a time. It’s proven extremely hard to get a handle on chronic, recurring head pain, especially that which has its genesis in injury, allergies or genetics.
The Migraine Research Foundation whose only mission is to assist sufferers by providing information and support to end debilitating migraine pain, says “Migraine ranks in the top 20% of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses.” Working under the adage that “only those who live with it can know,” Migraine sufferers number one in four American households. More than 90% of those are unable to work or function normally during their attacks. While most sufferers might experience Migraine attacks as often as once or twice a month, some have excruciating headaches daily. In other words, the throbbing and ocular symptoms that might accompany the headaches never abate.
It’s interesting that 18% of American women suffer as opposed to only 6% of men, but 10% of children suffer as well. Over the years, understanding of the illness has evolved first from medical doctors dismissing complaints as psychiactric in nature to today’s research that links the disorder to nerve pathways and brain chemicals. The study of Migraine is still very much a work in progress.
So, what to do about it naturally?
Dr. Kelsey Klausmeyer, a naturopathic doctor from Wichita, KS, will be GreenAcres’ guest on the Healthy Half Hour radio show at 9 a.m. (CST) this coming Saturday, August 25. Dr. Klausmeyer is a hands-on physician with lots of experience with Migraine, and no doubt he will have some interesting news for us on natural cure. He offers a link to new research being done by the American Academy of Neurology that may represent a breakthrough in the way traditional medicine looks at Migraine: http://www.aan.com/press/index.cfm?fuseaction=release.view&release=1062 .
“It’s now recognized,” says Dr. Klausmeyer, “that pain meds for Migraine headache used too frequently actually can send a patient into ‘chronic Migraine,’ not to mention other toxic effects of traditional medications. Instead of just relying on pain meds for acute Migraine, the AAN outlines what should be used to prevent Migraine.”
Dr. Klausmeyer continues: “Most neurologists now recognize Magnesium and B vitamins (especially the use of B-6) as big helps in the prevention of the headaches in the first place.” But he cautions, in severe cases, since the naturopathic supplements might not work as fast as medications, working the two together may be warranted.
For those who want to explore the world of GreenAcres and what 20 years of listening to customers and vitamin and supplement experts, such as Dr. Klausmeyer, have done for our knowledge to this point, you might want to check out these natural Migraine relief supplements:
· NaturalCare’s Migraine for Men and Women (Belladonna, Bryonia Alba, Cimicifuga Racemosa among other ingredients)
· Enzymatic’s Petadolex Pro-Active (releases blood vessels in the head)
· Quantum Health’s MigreLief (a combination of Feverfew, Magnesium and Riboflavin—NOT recommended during pregnancy)
· Sun’s My-Grastick, a roll-on safe for pregnant women who have migraines associated with hormonal fluxuations and who have experienced immediate relief by massaging it onto their temples.
As you can see, there are no “smoking gun” remedies for Migraine, but as research continues, and there are more natural paths to symptom relief, a cure in our day and age may be just around the corner!
It’s Party Time in all three GreenAcres stores!July 27, 2012
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And have we got reason to celebrate!
We’re opening a brand new store in Jenks, OK in 10 days (!) We’ve managed to face the challenges of a bridge closing and water leak at our Kansas City store (and we’re still smiling.) In Wichita, we’ve survived the initial rush to a new store in town, only to applaud the pendulum swinging back and bringing us even more customers than we had before. We definitely have reason to party!
Monday, August 6, is our “soft opening,” in Jenks--meaning we still have a few extra days to iron out the kinks before we swing wide the doors and let the fun begin. Angie and Rick from our Wichita store have moved to Jenks to be the store manager and produce manager respectively. They’ve been at our Wichita store for several years, so “they know the drill,” as we say. We hated to lose them in Wichita, but we’re so happy to have seasoned, responsible managers in our newest store. And the people they’ve managed to hire in Jenks are terrific. A welcomed addition to the GreenAcres team! We hope all our customers will eventually have a chance to meet them.
We’re going to have celebrations in all three of our stores, so don’t feel left out if you can’t make the drive to Oklahoma. We’ll have all natural cheese samplings on gluten free crackers; we’ll have veggies and dips; we’ll have something totally fabulous from our “absolutely-no-refined sugar” bakery. Just because we’re “all natural and organic” doesn’t mean we can’t deliver 5-star fare. And we’ll have lots of product and nutritional drink demos going on as well.
The grand opening in Jenks ( and in our other two stores) will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 11. But there’ll be big sales, food demoes, product classes and seminars going on in August, September and October in all our GreenAcres stores.
Like us on Facebook; check out our website; tune into our Healthy Half Hour radio show; watch for our e-newsletter; our newspaper tabloid and our in-store newsletter for all the surprises in store for YOU, our loyal customers. It’s definitely cause for celebration!
Finding the beauty within with author Kat JamesJuly 16, 2012
This week on the Healthy Half Hour radio show, our gurus will interview Kat James, an award-winning author and syndicated-radio host who wouldn’t let an addiction to food and a near-fatal liver ailment ruin her life. Instead, she became empowered to figure out what diet worked best for her. It actually was the realization that “nothing worked” that led her to transform herself on sheer guts alone. “It took tremendous courage and lots of soul-searching,” she says. But she was willing and open to change.
The result of Kat’s life journey has led her beyond the 10 dress sizes she lost, beyond chronic eczema, beyond reversing a serious liver disorder, beyond what doctors said she could and could not do. Today, Kat is the envy of every woman who wants a trim body and beautiful, smooth, unblemished skin. She actually glows from the inside out.
For a woman who admits she had gone years without baked goods (“even the whole grain ones were too high-glycemic to allow for my program’s full benefit,” she says), she learned going without was not the answer. Kat set about experimenting with different flours, first coconut floor, then other grain-based flours. Eventually, she settled on foods with no flours at all—rather seed-based cakes and breads and documented her discovery to help the gluten-free crowd break their carb habits. Her book, “The Truth About Beauty” describes her findings about herself and about her work on behalf for others.
In a series of interviews online, Kat says this about her transformation: “At the end of the day, it was my own journey of having nearly killed myself (literally) with the help of all of the low-fat (and non-fat), and even whole grain diets, with fleeting weight loss benefit — and zero elimination of the insane, drug-like relationship I had with food — that prompted me to venture outside my comfort zone and ultimately question my once-sacred low-fat allegiance. In fact, intrepid trial and error spanning years, convinced me to gradually phase out my beloved grains completely, almost fifteen years ago, before I’d ever read anything negative about them. And my resulting reversal of near-fatal liver disease and physical transformation was beyond my imagining.”
You won’t want to miss this Saturday’s 9 a.m. program on B98-FM if you live in Wichita or via iHeart radio by Smart phone if you live in Kansas City. Kat will give us a rare personal perspective in getting what’s best for each one of us and what it takes to overcome personal demons.
Kansas-and-Missouri-grown Farmer’s Market Kicks Off Thursday!April 30, 2012
Come on down to the GreenAcres weekly Farmers Market! We’re kicking off the spring season and firing up the grill in the Briarcliff parking lot this coming Thursday from 3-7p.m. On the menu this year, in addition to our much-in-demand buffalo burgers, will be grilled all-natural Greek lamb burgers. And, for our Vegetarian friends, moist and succulent Portobello mushroom burgers. Missouri and Kansas farmers will be out in full force presenting their 100 percent organic produce in addition to the yummiest jams, jellies and homemade baked goods.
You’re sure to hear us before you actually see us--we’ll have live music on the sidewalk. Park where you can and make your rounds to sample some of the best home-grown products anywhere. Of course, we’re prejudice, but we love our farmer-vendors. There’s a woman who cans her own mustards; a man who makes homemade pastas; a berry vendor who has fresh blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. Like a little spice in your life? Check out the authentic Mexican tamales and salsas--yummm. We can never forget man’s best friend. Furry Friend’s dog treats will have something special you can take home to Fido! Oh, and Jerry’s Furniture will once again have handcrafted furniture for sale.
When you’re tired of all the seeing, visiting and buying outside, step inside GreenAcres for some samplings of our own products: cheese and crackers, organic chips and dips…and to wash it all down, tastings from our wine collection. There will be other product demonstrations, and as always, the GreenAcres knowledgeable staff will be on deck to answer any and all questions about wholesome, healthy living. Welcome to spring!
Everyone Needs Magnesium!—Learn more Thursday 3/22, 7pmMarch 15, 2012
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Did you know that magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, and is essential to your good health? Virtually every organ and system of your body needs magnesium to function at its peak.
Magnesium therapy is the most efficient way to deliver this vital nutrient. When used topically, magnesium oil is rapidly absorbed -- quickly boosting magnesium levels in your body. This effect can not only restore healthy levels of magnesium to muscles (and ultimately to cells throughout the body) but also provide your body with all the benefits associated with high levels of magnesium. Magnesium is a natural muscle nourisher and relaxant. Benefits may include the relief of aches and pains, increased energy and cardiovascular support. It also supports the detoxification processes, brain function and healthy skin, improves mood and reduces tension-related stress, and numerous other health benefits.
You can already see all the important roles that magnesium plays in your body!
Join Brandon Amalani as he helps you discover:
- Why we can get deficient in magnesium, and what signs to look out for.
- How the foods and drinks (including energy drinks) that we consume can actually be leaching magnesium from our bodies.
- Why it’s difficult to get magnesium from food, and even from most magnesium supplements.
- Magnesium’s role in energy production and restful sleep.
Call the store at 816-746-0010 for further class details or to register. We look forward to seeing you for this important class!
Are You Healthy Enough for the New Year?January 16, 2012
Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00pm
The low-down on this week's seminar:
The new year is a time to begin anew and “clean up your act.” You are constantly exposed to toxins from your diet, your environment and from your own metabolism. There are a multitude of symptoms that can indicate a toxic overload within your body. Unlike your automobile, there are no warning lights like on your dashboard to tell you to stop and fix something, but there are warning signs that you might be carrying a toxic overload. If you’re feeling increasingly tired or sluggish, regularly fatigued during the day, anxious, stressed, or struggle with your weight, your body may be crying for a cleanse; consider these your “warning lights” telling you to stop and perform some much-needed body maintenance.
Cleansing and detoxification can be just the way to manage these pesky, often chronic symptoms. If you’re like many people, though, the thought of “cleansing” brings up connotations of maple syrup with cayenne pepper, starvation, and bathroom breaks. But you may not know that the body naturally detoxifies every day. Detoxification is a normal bodily process. The liver and colon, to name two big players in your body’s cleansing world, work to eliminate or neutralize toxins day in and day out.
But sometimes your body needs a little push when the toxic load gets to be too much for your body to control on its own. Healthy and balanced whole-body detox uses your body’s natural cleansers to their fullest potential, and aids them in their detox efforts. A whole body cleansing regimen adds fresh, healthy, home-made foods to your diet, cuts out the offenders we know we shouldn’t be eating—and that make us feel sluggish in the first place—and gives us a sense of mental clarity and body wellness, without the crutches of caffeine and sugar.
So how can you get started? There’s a lot to learn about this purification process, and each person should choose the cleanse that is right for their body. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone. Dr. Gaetano Morello will be holding a free seminar, Wednesday, January 18th at GreenAcres Market on healthy whole-body cleansing. Dr. Gaetano Morello is a naturopathic physician practicing in West Vancouver, Canada. For the past 17 years, Dr. Morello has been training and educating physicians, pharmacists and health experts on the scientific use of natural medicines in the fields of cardiology, immunology, gastroenterology, anti-aging and detoxification. He is lecturer and regular contributor to a number of magazines, journals and publications, and has hosted and appeared on numerous television and radio shows discussing the power of natural medicine. This is your chance to hear one of the nation’s leading experts!
All attendees will receive a free copy of Morello’s book, Whole Body Cleansing: Transform Your Health Through Gentle Purification and Effective Detoxification. Dr. Morello will walk us through where toxins come from, what they do to our bodies, and what we can do to eliminate them from our bodies. In addition to highlighting intensive detox, he will also teach us how we can incorporate detox into our daily lives through a natural and healthy lifestyle. You won’t want to miss this informative evening. This is your chance to make a significant impact on your health!
(Appearing 1/17/2012 in The Wichita Eagle, Health Chat section)
Are Your Hormones in Balance?September 15, 2011
Join us Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00pm at the store for an in-depth class on women’s hormone health. Do you suffer from pre-menstrual symptoms like mood swings or cramps, are you having menopause-related symptoms like hot flashes or fatigue, or maybe you’re just feeling sluggish, un-interested in sex, or you’ve been experiencing weight gain. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you could be suffering from hormone imbalance. Join Dr. Holly Lucille for a look at natural remedies and safe solutions to combat a lack of hormone support.
Hormones are a vital part of everyone’s bodily functions. And men’s and women’s hormones function differently in each sex’s body. Everyone’s hormonal balance is affected by their diet. It is astounding the extent to which the foods we eat can dictate our hormonal balance. A high-carbohydrate diet of junk foods, processed vegetable oils, trans fats, stimulants, and soy products can instigate such an imbalance. Foods from animals that have been treated with hormones and antibiotics can also be prime candidates for throwing women’s hormones out of equilibrium. Many foods, including all kinds of meat products, and dairy products like milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and more can all contain these offenders. It’s important to look out for hormone, antibiotic, and chemical-free products, and especially organic products, that will not be harmful to that delicate balance.
But what can you do to not just prevent, but fight your negative symptoms associated with hormone imbalance? Dr. Holly will address this very question using integrative medical techniques and training that focuses on naturopathic solutions.
To be a part of the conversation, simply attend this informative seminar. Call the store to save your spot, or click “Attending” on our Facebook page here. Registration is required, but there is no fee for attending. Hope to see you there!
Leslie Stullken: The Woman Behind “What’s for Dinner”September 06, 2011
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Food and Health Coach Leslie Stullken has been teaching cooking classes at GreenAcres for 4 years now. She’s been doing kids classes, a women’s hormone cooking series, and now the What’s for Dinner that’s been returning each Fall since 2008. We sat down to learn more about Leslie’s story and we want to share her inspiring approach with you, too!
How did you begin your food and cooking journey?
I guess you could say it started with my grandparents. My grandfather was an organic farmer in the Vinland Valley, between Lawrence, KS and Baldwin, KS; he was really ahead of his time, preaching the ills of pesticides and fertilizers being used to produce our food. My grandmother was said to be the best cook in Vinland Valley. Then my mom was a home-economics major; she was my earliest influence advocating food and wellness. I remember we were always looked on as the odd family. My mother shopped at this tiny, very obscure health food store in Garden City, starting in the late 60’s and through the 70’s. That meant my siblings and I grew up with cod liver oil, wheat germ, buckwheat…things that don’t come in boxes. We ate what is now called “whole food.” We pretty much never ate out of a box; everything was cooked from scratch, and we froze seasonal fruits and vegetables for use in the winter. I was into 4H as a kid, and I remember I cooked my first whole meal for a contest when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade. For me the kitchen became a source for creativity and pride. You didn’t have to follow the rules when you were cooking, and that gave me a sense of freedom…and fun!
Where has your journey taken you since the beginnings?
Well, cooking has been a key ingredient my entire life. I can honestly look back and say that I’ve cooked at home a minimum of 5 nights a week as long as I can remember, and made breakfast at home as well. In times of crisis or stress, when things just weren’t going the way you’d hope, I knew I could always cook myself a great meal. I believe that’s the best way to nurture yourself. That’s what cooking does: it provides love. And it shows you can take care of yourself; if you’re cooking for others, it shared that love and pride with them in your cooking. One thing I think we all miss is a dose of the Vitamin L’s: love and laughter. Food, and bringing food back into the kitchen, is one of the best sources of all natural Vitamin L.
I started on my current cooking path about 5 or 6 years ago, when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. We decided as a family to see a nutritionist to find out what more we could be doing to feed our mother the nurturing and healing foods her bodied needed in that time. Sitting in that class, we realized we were already doing a lot of the right things—but we looked around to see so many other simply shell-shocked: by the news of their or their loved-one’s illness, but also by the prospect of taking measures to eat healthy. They just didn’t know where to begin, how to shop for the right foods, and how to prepare them once they had them to aid them on the road to healing.
This period offered me many poignant moments of realizing the legacy my mother was leaving behind. The tools she’s passed on to me from our shared time in the kitchen not only was a way for me to connect to my mom, but it was also a way for me and my siblings to move on once she was gone. That’s what cooking did for me.
So, I went back to school in New York City at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I became a certified Food Coach. Now I am an independent food and health coach, teaching people to jump the hurdles of shopping and cooking for themselves and their families. I also have a special passion for working with people who have chronic illnesses to improve their diets and their lives through some simple and approachable ways to help themselves on a path to healing.
What is the most common feedback you get from beginners who want to start cooking healthier?
I always hear people saying that they want to eat healthier, they just don’t know where to start or what to do. What I do is help them start from the beginning. Create healthy habits by planning meals and freezing leftovers. There’s no such thing as a 30-minute meal…unless you’re prepared. If you have 3-5 well-stocked and well-planned ingredients between pantry, freezer, and fridge…you can make a meal out of just about anything!
What advice do you give them?
- Don’t be intimidated by “HEALTHY.” Once you start using fresh, organic, seasonal, and local foods will turn you on to really tasting your food—when you taste them, your body naturally gravitates toward them, it just doesn’t want junk food any longer.
- Try a cooking class and find a teacher you can connect with: always learn something.
- Find a simple recipe that looks delicious to you and try it.
- Cook with someone else. Part of the joy of cooking is creating with another person.
What’s kept you coming back to Green Acres for “What’s for Dinner,” among other cooking series?
Hands down, the people. Everyone I’ve met at these cooking classes, both in Wichita and Kansas City, has been the most incredible group of people from all skill levels—sometimes advanced cooks in their 60’s and 70’s, kids in their 20’s wanting to learn for themselves…it becomes a dinner party atmosphere. I meet friends through these classes, and other people have made new friends there, too. There’s a sense of anticipation before every class, like you’re going to see your friends. Food may be what they come for, but it’s like any meal—it’s the people around the table that make an incredible experience; not just the food, but what goes on around it.
The next “What’s for Dinner” class with Leslie will be held Tuesday, September 20th. The class fee is $20 per person for 1 class, or $55 per person for all three classes. For more details visit the Events Calendar. Or to register please call the store at (816) 746-0010. Hope to see you there!
Third Thursday “Dog” Days of SummerAugust 15, 2011
Turning out a New Website, Turning Over a New Leaf!July 07, 2011
Hello GreenAcres friends in Kansas City! We are so excited to be launching our new website that is going to provide us more flexibility to interact with you all daily & provide you with up to the minute info on the things you want to know about! We challenge you to give us feedback! What do you want to hear from us? What info is important for you? We know you received loads of enewsletters, facebook updates, online promotions & more on a regular basis so our goal is to make our interactions with you valuable, worthy of your time & fun! This is Shannon Hoffmann, the owner here at GreenAcres KC & I want to thank you for all the support you’ve given all of us at GreenAcres for these past 4 ½ years! We continue to grow, offer more varieties, create more value for you – our valued customers!! Come see us soon – either in the store or at our weekly farmers market Thursdays from 3-7pm! Come make a connection with your local farmers… and head on into the store to see your favorite team members & enjoy demos from other local vendors as well! We have fun here at GreenAcres & we hope you bring your family & friends to enjoy along with us!
We're working hard to provide you with the finest quality prducts. Long before organics were mainstream, GreenAcres Market in Wichita prided itself with the largest certified organic produce department in the area. That pride and commitment has not wavered, and has been translated to our mission here at GreenAcres in Kansas City. Today you’ll find organic products all over the store: in the produce department, in the delicious food the deli serves every day, on the grocery shelves, in the bulk department…just about everywhere! And it’s not just about organic. We are pleased to offer customers cage-free eggs, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, certified humane, local and heritage meats, non-GMO baked goods, gluten free products of every variety, dairy-free milks, vegetarian meat substitutes, paraben, casein, and cruelty-free health and beauty products, raw foods, superfoods…and so much more!
"We here at GreenAcres so love what we do," says Barb Hoffmann, GreenAcres owner and drive behind the whole project. "We love the industry, we love the products, we love the freshness, and most of all we love being here for our customers. Our goal is to stay on the cutting edge of what's available: from sustainable fish, organic, natural, heritage, and grass fed local meats, hand-picked specialty cookies and crackers...everything we can think of! We're constantly traveling around the country, seeking out new items to bring in for our customers to enjoy."
We want healthy living to be a priority for you and your family, and we want it to be accessible to everyone. "We are constantly negotiating deals so we can bring you affordable prices," says Barb. "We are dropping all our dairy prices this week, so be sure and check out the new values!" To find our in-store specials, look in our monthly newsletters, watch out for our bi-weekly ads in the Eagle on special drastically reduced items, look for Everday Low Price Tags on our shelves...and now we're introducing our new price-slashing good deal: Bonus Buys! This month it's 35% off New Chapter's Bone Strangth calcium supplement.
If you’ve never visited, or if it’s been a while since you’ve been in to the store, you’ll be sure to find something you need, something you want, and something you didn’t know you needed until you sampled it in our store. So drop by, chat with our friendly staff, kick-start a new diet regimen, re-vamp your refrigerator, or just find out which of those funny greens is kale.
We hope to see more of you in the store and online! Watch for our events, classes, and promotions on our blog, on Facebook, in our monthly newsletter, sign up for the weekly e-newsletter, or simply follow us on Twitter. No matter what medium you prefer, we want to connect with you!
Thanks for your continued support, KC! Have a great day!