Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sugarleaf: Let Food Be Your Medicine

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Sugarleaf…Foods That Nourish and Healthy Choices in the MEDICard Lifestyle Center in Makati are delighted to welcome back raw food chef and health advocate Aileen de Guzman for another exciting and informative five-part themed raw food workshop series.

Dubbed Let Food Be Your Medicine, all four-hour Saturday afternoon classes take inspiration from Hippocrates’ famous dictum "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food".

The founder of Western medicine also championed treating the body as a whole and not just its parts and as recommended consuming herbal medicines regularly as food.

Aileen, who pioneered Sugarleaf’s raw food workshops shares “I am honoured to share once again my experience and updated knowledge about raw foodism. Eating a healthy well-balanced diet should provide you with all the nutrients the body needs. Unfortunately, the soil where our produce grows as well many processed foods are contaminated with chemicals and/or lack vital nutrients. The solution? Go raw! With a well planned lifestyle filled with delicious raw food, macro- and micronutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals are complete eliminating the need for supplements.”

Join each or all of these classes – the information provided in each class stand alone, are cumulative and complement all other raw food workshops held in Sugarleaf with Aileen and other raw chefs.

23 February – Introduction to super foods and super herbs, Thai-style
27 April – Detoxifying with herbs and fermented foods, go Korean!
25 May – Introducing medicinal herbs with dehydration, vita Italia!
29 June – Tonic herbs with super foods fusion
27 July – Super herbs for cleansing, Japanese-inspired with sprouting

P2,000 per person with incredibly healthy and delicious helpings of all dishes prepared. P200 discount for senior citizens, pairs, couples, groups and students. P1,700 for prepayments made before one week at the store or through bank transfer. Attend three workshops and come to the fourth for free! Workshops are all inclusive of course materials, generous samplings of a themed multi-course demonstration menu all in a lively interactive workshop.

Contact Jeren on 0917 8402 654 or email for more information and reservations.

Venue for all workshops will be at Sugarleaf at the MEDICard Lifestyle Center located at 51 Paseo de Roxas corner Sen. Gi Puyat Avenue, Urdaneta Village, Makati City. Email or call, SMS 0917 8402 654 for more information and reservations.

Sugarleaf and Healthy Choices are also located at the G/F Health Cube Building, 226 Wilson Street, West Greenhills in San Juan (between Kink Cakes and BDO). Follow us on Twitter @sugarleafph

Information on each workshop:

23 February – Introduction to super foods and super herbs, Thai-style

The world of nutrition has finally caught up with technology. The Food of the Future... More and more people are opening up to organic foods and natural health and the leading edge discovery in finding the healthiest foods ever like the following

  • Living, raw plant foods like most vegetables, nuts, seeds, seaweeds, sprouts, grasses, fresh herbs, and fermented foods
  • Superfoods that have a dozen unique properties
  • Superherbs that has super tonics, and adaptogenic properties

After all that holiday indulging, it’s time to get back on track and give your body a break. Rather than going on a juice diet or living mostly on carrot and celery sticks, we suggest incorporating superfoods and superherbs into your diet. Let's enjoy its prosperous abundance!

· Superfood goji and Pau d'Arco Smoothie
· Garden veggie wrap
· Thai holy basil "tulsi" salad
· Phad thai
· Chocolate mangosteen square

27 April – Detoxifying with herbs and fermented foods, go Korean!

The whole concept of detoxifying revolves around removing toxins. Super foods have substantially more nutrients and energy content. It delivers more to our cells being capable of throwing off toxins easier.

We should note that when we detoxify and release acids from your fat cells and tissues, it should be meet with highly alkaline minerals–the body from every direction in the form of super foods, greens and super herbs. This is essential for proper release of toxins from the system.

To keep our body's environment clean and healthy, detoxification is a must. Similarly, if you want to enjoy vibrant health, maintaining your liver is crucial. When liver health is declining, you may experience a variety of symptoms including fatigue, sluggishness, hormone imbalances,acne, headaches and more.

In our literally toxic modern society, maintaining liver health is more important than ever. There natural herbs that can provide potent results in detoxifying and restoring the liver. Learn to incorporate herbs for liver support into your regular diet.

· Liver tonic with gynostema
· Power breakfast
· Seaweed soup with mucuna pruriens
· Miatake kimchi salad
· Mushroom "bulgogi" in lettuce wrap
· Super fruit kefir with coca tea

25 May – Introducing medicinal herbs with dehydration, vita Italia!

High blood pressure is an epidemic that is currently sweeping across the nation. The fast lifestyle of fast food, soda and stress is starting to catch up on us, so much so that an estimated high blood pressure is on a rise. This puts them at risk of heart disease, stroke and even kidney disease. Moreover, this condition is costing the country millions in health care services.

Despite all the consequences associated with high blood pressure, it is still a condition that is preventable and can be managed. Observing a healthy balanced diet and enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle can help avoid the risk of high blood pressure. We will include the top seven medicinal herbs and spices to help lower blood pressure in our recipes.

Menu :
· Cold kickin' smoothie with ganoderma
· Vegetable carpaccio with herby spread
· Herb pesto canap├ęs
· Manicotti with black olive tepanade
· Chocolate vanilla biscotti

29 June – Tonic herbs with super food fusion

Chinese herbal medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine with the earliest known written herbal formulas dating back to the third century BC. Prior to being written down, herbal remedies were passed down by word of mouth and may date back as far as 3,500 BC. Chinese medicine teaches that people are either in harmony or out of harmony. Disease is caused by disharmony and cured by restoring harmony to the body.

It is believed that we are sustained by a life force called "qi" (pronounced "chee"). It is believed each person is born with a fixed amount, called Yuan Qi, which is inherited from our parents. We can nourish it, but cannot add to it. We can also deplete it through unhealthy living. Chinese medicine works to unblock the flow of qi if it is stuck or nourish it if it is lacking.

Qi is found everywhere in our body; qi protects us from disease and fights it when we get sick. Qi keeps our organs healthy, transforms our food into essential bodily substances, keeps our body warm, and is the source of healthy growth. According to traditional Chinese medicine, blocked or weak qi can prevent our organs from working properly and lead to disease.

Learn the use of tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms to help our bodies restore and achieve balance.

· Chaga "cappucino" coffee alternative
· Beauty beets
· Rainbow power slaw
· Vegetarian noodles in herby shilajit dressing
· Chia langka turon

27 July – Super herbs for cleansing, Japanese-inspired with sprouting

When your body is healthy, its natural processes keep it functioning properly, enabling it to clear waste and toxins easily. If you are not well nourished, drink alcohol and don't get enough exercise, your system may slow down causing blockages. There are a variety of herbs you can use to cleanse your system, boost your metabolism and stimulate your digestive tract to help rid your body of excess toxins, waste and trapped fluids.

Natural colon cleansing uses herbs combined with diet, to cleanse the colon of harmful toxins. Colon cleansing can be done with special diet and herbs. Regular colon cleansing can ease digestive problems and constipation. Learn to incorporate super foods and herbs that have natural cleansing properties into your daily diet. This
session we will introduce tonic herbs to assist the body with light cleanses.


· Acai lemon aide cleanser
· Cleansing miso soup
· Seaweed astralugus salad
· Quinoa sushi
· Super food Incan berry fudge

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