Friday, December 27, 2013

From Our Nutritionist: 5 New Years Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To

"Don't you just love New Years? You can start all over. Everyone gets a second chance." - Forrest Gump

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Everyone does it - "This year I am going to give up dessert completely!" "This year I am going to go to the gym every single day!" "This year I am going to get up early and make a green juice every day!" - but most of us find it hard to stick to resolutions that are drastic changes in our lifestyle.  So how about making a few small changes that can put you on the path to where you want to be?

Here are Allison's top 5 suggestions for do-able New Years Resolutions:

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1.) Drink more water! Every system in your body relies on water to function properly. This is one of the easiest changes for most people to incorporate into their day-to-day routine. So how much do you actually need? Everyone thinks of the 8 glasses a day rule, but The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

This year, why not try focusing on water and herbal teas instead of soda or other sugary beverages?

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2.) Eat more plants! Thanks to Michael Pollan for introducing this phrase into the general lexicon! Most of us can benefit from eating more plants. Plant foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They also tend to be lower in calorie while being more nutrient dense, making them a great choice to fill up on if you're looking to cut calories. The USDA's MyPlate actually offers excellent guidance by suggesting that you make a full 1/2 of your plate fruits and veggies at each meal!

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3.) Incorporate more movement into your day, every day. Your body was built to be in motion, and most of us are stuck at a desk everyday. Try taking a few minutes each hour to move a little bit- whether it is a walk to the bathroom or some stretches in your chair. Here are some fun and easy ways to incorporate more movement into your day:

  • get off the subway one stop before your stop and walk the rest of the way
  • take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator
  • walk over to your buddy's cubicle to talk INSTEAD of instant messaging or calling them
  • walk around the block twice on your lunch break.

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4.) Learn to Meditate! A growing body of scientific evidence supports the health benefits of meditation that include reducing negative emotions and building skills to manage your stress. Urban Mindfulness has compiled a list of meditation centers in NYC along with reviews, and there are several places that you can learn to meditate and practice for free!

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5.) Eat Less Sugar! Sugar impacts your immune system, is full of empty calories and most of us eat way too much. The average american consumes about 130 pounds of sugar EACH YEAR! Some simple ways to reduce your sugar intake:
  • Switch from soda to naturally flavored carbonated water
  • Switch to plain, unsweetened yogurt and add your own fruit if you need a little sweetness
  • Read labels! Many foods have much more sugar than you might expect - I've seen yogurts that have 35 grams of sugar in one serving! That is almost as much as what's in a 12 oz coca-cola. 
  • Avoid fancy coffee drinks - they're often loaded with sugar and sugar syrups.

See? That wasn't too bad, was it? Remember that a few simple changes can add up to a big difference. 

Allison has a Masters Degree in Nutrition and is a NYS licensed certified dietitian-nutritionist. 

Please note that this blog contains only my opinions - none of this information is intended to be a replacement for that of other health professionals.

Please note: All health care issues of a medical nature must be discussed with a physician. Nutritionists are not physicians, and my advice does not replace that of a physician. Suggestions made by nutritionists are non-medical and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. - See more at:

Please note: All health care issues of a medical nature must be discussed with a physician. Nutritionists are not physicians, and my advice does not replace that of a physician. Suggestions made by nutritionists are non-medical and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. - See more at:


Please note: All health care issues of a medical nature must be discussed with a physician. Nutritionists are not physicians, and my advice does not replace that of a physician. Suggestions made by nutritionists are non-medical and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. - See more at:
Please note: All health care issues of a medical nature must be discussed with a physician. Nutritionists are not physicians, and my advice does not replace that of a physician. Suggestions made by nutritionists are non-medical and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. - See more at:
Please note: All health care issues of a medical nature must be discussed with a physician. Nutritionists are not physicians, and my advice does not replace that of a physician. Suggestions made by nutritionists are non-medical and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. - See more at:

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Winter Skin Care

Winter Skin Care with Dr. Hauschka 
The nights really are drawing in now and the extra layers are welcome. But the cold, heavier foods and central heating can have undesired effects on our health, including, of course, our skin. Hopefully, our Winter Skin Care recommendations will be useful when deciding how best to care for your skin over the winter months.
Visit us on December 23rd from 12-3 find out how Dr. Hauschka skin care products can give you glowing skin for the Holidays. We'll have a gift with purchase promotion during that time!

With a purchase of $75 or more, you'll get a Dr. Hauschka Facial Care Kit FREE! It's great as holiday gifts for both men and women, and as an introduction to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. Each kit contains an assortment of products that are sure to nurture, soothe and nourish. Also, the whole facial care line is on sale for 20% off for the month of December, so now is the time to save on your regular skin care regimen and get a free gift!

Stop in from 12-3 Monday, December 23rd to take advantage of our Dr. Hauschka gift with purchase promotion!

  • With any purchase between $50 and $75 you will get a free Dr. Hauschka lip balm (valued at $13)
  • With any purchase of $75 or more you will get a free Dr. Hauschka facial care kit (valued at $25)
  • With any purchase over $100 you'll received both the facial care kit and the lip balm for free - (valued at $38).
DEMO - Monday, December 23rd 
12:00 - 3:00 pm
Perelandra Natural Foods
175 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 855-6068

Friday, December 20, 2013

12 Healthy Stocking Stuffer Ideas

12 Stocking Stuffers
Make Christmas morning memorable with unique stocking stuffers!  Instead of giving calorie-laden sweets this Christmas, help your loved ones have a healthy holiday by including some fun and healthy stocking stuffers that vegans and vegetarians will enjoy, too!  Give the gift of health to everyone on your list!  Check out Perelandra’s top 12 picks for cool, inexpensive stocking stuffers for Christmas.

Now Pure Essential Oils & Diffuser
It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! Essential oils are a fantastic gift because they offer boundless versatility and can be used in a number of ways to enrich the quality of life.  From aromatherapy and massage, to personal care and household applications, they can serve as wonderful additions to any home or lifestyle.  This new Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser by NOW Solutions is now available at the store.  It's quiet, diffuses essential oil for up to 8 hours and even has 6 rotating LED lights!  

Hurraw! - Lip Balm 
HURRAW! Lip balms are the perfect stocking stuffer!  These little lip conditioners are not only vegan, but raw, organic, and gluten-free.  They also come in an ever expanding variety of flavors.  People love their flavored lip balms.  Choose fun flavors, like their root beer balm which is cool, creamy, rooty and fabulous.  

Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream
A rich, high-quality hand cream is a perfect little gift.  This is a great pick for a daily moisturizer, and protects hands from cold, harsh conditions.  Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products are infused with vital extracts of organic and biodynamically grown plants.  These products carry these plant essences directly to the skin to encourage health and reveal true and lasting beauty.  A deep commitment to holistic principles guides Dr.Hauschka Skin Care to reject the use of synthetic additives and animal testing.  They support the health of humanity and the earth.

Perelandra's Immuno Well Rx Herbal Supplement

Perelandra’s Immuno Well RX Herbal Formula is a timely stocking stuffer!  It supports healthy immune function during the cold-prone winter season, and throughout the rest of the year. It features organically grown and wild-crafted herbs!

SpaRitual Nail Polishes

 Nail polish is a great gift for the all of women on your list!  Surprise them with this vegan nail polish that is free of toluene, formaldehyde, parabens and synthetic dyes and comes in an incredible range of beautiful colors.  Color has the physiological power to soothe or seduce, nurture or ignite. By fusing the disciplines of color therapy and numerology, SpaRitual has designed a lush, shimmering palette of nail lacquers orchestrated in a range of dynamic harmonies. Each SpaRitual shade is associated with a unique message or meaning and numerological value. SpaRitual's color experts have carefully hand-blended each hue for superior shine, dry time and coverage.

Love Nature NYC: Rosemary Peppermint 
National Handmade Artisan Soap 
Sure, you can stuff a stocking with trinkets and small gadgets, but handmade gifts from the heart are so much more meaningful and will be cherished long after the holiday season.  Perelandra offers many unique and interesting handmade soaps, such as this festive peppermint-scented soap by Love Nature NYC.  Handmade soaps are perfect as a stocking stuffer for men or women, you'll be happy to have so many options to choose from in our store!  

Health Magazines 
Health and Wellness Magazines make great gifts and we have a great selection of magazines to choose from.  Find premier vegan lifestyle magazines, food magazines, and health and wellness magazines.  Catch up on delicious recipes, intriguing interviews, new products, practical advice, and health news.    

Hail Merry Macaroons 

Hail Merry Macaroons are a delicious stocking stuffer!  Chocolate is a natural mood-enhancer that just happens to be incredibly tasty. This decadent dessert snack is perfect as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or as a guilt-free treat. Merry's macaroons are dehydrated at low temperatures to protect the raw coconut oil for a melt-in-your-mouth taste experience. 

Teeccino Coffee Substitute 
Another great healthy gift is the Teeccino Coffee substitute.  Teeccino, America's #1 Coffee Alternative, is roasted and ground to brew and taste just like coffee.  Coffee lover's desire Teeccino's nutritious health benefits with its natural energy boost.  Coffee drinkers blend Teeccino with coffee to reduce caffeine and acidity or drink Teeccino in the afternoon and evening.  People who are motivated by healthy to quit coffee kick the habit with Teeccino.  Kids love Teeccino as a healthy alternative to caffeinated drinks like coffee and hot chocolate.

Tru Joy: Organic Candy Canes

Every Christmas stocking needs candy canes!  Choose a healthier option for everyone on your list! We carry TruJoy Sweet candies which are made with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients.  Their products are made without corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors.  They use organic sweeteners to create a healthier and better tasting product. 
All natural peppermint flavor
Peanut free/Gluten free/Vegan/Kosher
1% of sales go to environmental causes 

Litter Free Lunch Bags

Help take care of the environment with a Litter Free Lunch Bag.  This is a great gift for adults or children.  Packing a waste-free lunch has long-lasting results.  In fact, many schools are now requiring or moving towards requiring that students bring zero waste to school. 
To build a healthy, waste-free lunch, there are two essential components: good food and the right gear.  Litter Free Lunch Bags include a recycled lunch sack and napkin, stainless steel water bottle, food cozy wrap and two stainless steel containers --everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy meal .  Use for lunches, picnics, or on-the-go snacks.  With great colors and fun designs, everyone will enjoy their Litter Free Lunch Bag.   
Perelandra Gift Cards

The ultimate stocking stuffer for everyone on your list!  Give gift of health with our gift card.   We offer an amazing selection wholesome natural and organic goods.  Find food for a holiday feast — from organic entrees and main dishes, to snacks, organic beers, home made desserts and more.  Our gift cards can be used to purchase anything in our store, including the prepared foods in our kitchen and fresh juices! We have something for everyone. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Healthy Selfie Photo Contest


To celebrate ‘The Year of the Selfie’, Perelandra Natural Foods is holding a HEALTHY SELFIE Photo Contest.  We're going to give you a shot at showing yourself off this holiday season.  Take a creative Selfie posing with your favorite natural or organic product and win!

First Place Healthy Selfie: Wins $100 gift card to Perelandra Natural Foods.
Second Place Healthy Selfie: Wins a gift bag full of healthy products (worth $50) from Perelandra Natural Foods.

The 'selfie' is one of the purest forms of online expression available. People the world over are reversing their smartphone cameras and snapping self-portraits and sharing them with friends and strangers alike via social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

Why Natural and Organic Products?
Perelandra has been selling natural and organic foods since 1976, and we want to connect with you about your favorite natural and organic products!      

Contest Guidelines:
  • Upload your Selfie with your favorite natural or organic product to Instagram, or our Facebook page.
  • Tell us the name of the product.
  • Mention why it's your favorite natural or organic product.
  • Be sure to add the following hashtags:
  • #Healthy #Selfie #Photo #Contest by #Perelandra #Natural #Foods
How to Win:
  1. Follow all Contest Guidelines above and you will be entered into the contest.
  2. 'Like' our Facebook page.
  3. Follow us on Instagram.  
  • You get one entry for uploading your photo to Instagram and tagging us.
  • You get 5 entries if you post your Healthy Selfie to our Facebook page.
  • If you take your Healthy Selfie Photo at our store in Brooklyn Heights, you will be eligible to receive 10 entries for your one photo!
  • That's 15 chances to win with one photo!
Starts at midnight, December 17th 2013. 
We'll take submissions until January 1st, 2014
Drawing will take place on January 2nd.

  • You must pose with a Natural or Organic Product in your Selfie.
  • Photos depicting any sort of offensive material will be disqualified and removed.  This includes shirtless photos.
  • You must be able to pick up your prize at our store in Brooklyn.  
  • Employees of Perelandra and their relatives are not eligible for contest.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Evan Healy Skin Care DEMO - Wednesday, Dec 11th, 4-7 pm

Find Evan Healy Skin Care Products at Perelandra in Brooklyn

The Evan Healy Skin Care line was created by aestetician Evan Healy.  Her holistic approach to skin care draws from traditional plant lore, aromatherapy, ayurveda, and homeopathy.  Evan has borrowed from the wisdom of nature utilizing many certified organic ingredients such as nourishing nut and seed oils, herbal extracts, homeopathically prepared flower essences, pure plant hydrosols, and fresh, steam-distilled essential oils to create her cleansing milks, werums, creams, emulsions, butters, and natural clays.

Her holistic, successful and long-term solution is to support the totality of skin functions using simple plant-based formulations and non-invasive treatment methods.  This encourages the skin, with its innate ability to regulate itself, to breathe.  Evan Healy Skin Care heals, repairs, refreshes, and regenerates a wide variety of skin conditions from oily, sensitive and blemished to dry, dehydrated, inflamed and delicate...and all of the subtle nuances that lay between.  Learn more about Evan's approach to skin care by visiting her website

Perelandra's Picks:  Evan Healy Holistic Skin Care  

When choosing new items for our health and beauty department, we look for products with high quality ingredients that are made without artificial colors, preservatives or other unnecessary chemical additives. Beauty products made with organic ingredients are a big plus, and we also look for products that are cruelty-free and produced without animal testing.

Perelandra tries products from every line that we sell before we decide whether or not we want to sell it.  We often give samples to our staff members and cosmetologist to try as well, so our decision is heavily based on our experience with the product.  
We also aim to offer a variety of skin care lines so that we have products that will meet the needs of anyone who comes in. If you have dry skin, combination skin, oily skin, acne prone skin, sensitive skin, easily irritated/reddened skin, have eczema or psoriasis, we have products that will address your particular condition and have licensed professionals on staff to help you find the right product for your specific needs.
Perelandra is a big fan of Evan Healy skin care. The products are formulated by Evan Healy, an esthetician, and are focused on promoting skin health by supporting your skins natural function and balance rather than interfering with acids or other chemical exfoliants.
They use many organic ingredients in their products and take great care with the manufacture of their essential oils and hydrosols. They smell great (especially the whipped shea butter and the lemon-thyme hydrosol) and have a really great feel on the skin. Our VP of Operations is a huge fan of the tea tree oil cleanser and lemon thyme hydrosol and finds them to be a great match for her combination-oily skin.

Give the Gift of Health this Holiday Season

Organic Health and Beauty products make excellent holiday gifts.  Not sure which skin line or organic products you should buy?  Stop in to ask our staff.  You can always purchase a Perelandra Gift Card as an option.  Purchase gift cards at the register.  
Learn more about Evan Healy Skin Care and other products we love by visiting our Pinterest board, BEHIND THE PRODUCT.  
Evan Healy

In 1986 Evan trained as an aesthetician in the US, and with a European-based organization already using bio-dynamically grown Demeter-certified herbs, flowers, plants and homeopathic remedies in their skin and body care products.  In 1988 she opened a private practice in San Diego specializing in holistic treatments for skin and body.  Her approach, based on holistic and naturopathic principles, challenges some of society's fundamental beliefs relating to beauty, aging and care of the skin.  Her philosophy is founded on the premise that the less you interfere with the skin's own ability to achieve balance, the better.

Her postgraduate work has included in-depth study with European aromatherapits Malte Hozzel, PhD and Deitrich Gumbel, PhD and in the US, aromatherapist Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD.  She is a student of Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque; she has traveled to India to study Ayurveda in its birthplace.  Evan is a graduate of the International Dermal Institute, Los Angeles, and has a diploma from the British Institute of Homeopathy, Bach Flower Therapy.

In 1999 she co-founded the EvanHealy brand of skin and body care products featuring simple plant-based, certified organic ingredients.  She sources plant material directly from snakk, regional farms in various parts of the world:  a widow's group in Ghana provides her with raw, unbleached shea butter at fair-trade prices; family-owned farms in Washington, Oregon and California are sources for organic  hydrosols and nourishing plant, seed and nut oils, and self-governed winen's cooperatives in Morocco are responsible for sustainably harvested argan oil. 

Find Evan Healy products at Perelandra Natural Foods in Brooklyn.  Try samples on Wednesday, December 11th, for the Evan Healy Skin Care DEMO, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.