All Things Sushi (May 9)

LFN is happy to present Mari‘s Perfect Sushi Made Easy. Mari Takahashi is an experienced Chef who opened the first izakaya SF, the well-known Izakaya Sozai in SF. Imagine two hours with Mari and all-things-sushi: everything from its history to preparation & plating. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/LFNsushi

Sushi, traditionally made with vinegared rice and salt cured fish, has been around for thousands of years before it changed to the current form in Edo era. Now, Sushi is not a special Japanese food any longer as it is consumed by so many people all over the world. However, it changed the form significantly since it became popular in the west. Many people are eating it without knowing what the traditional Sushi is. Mari, who grew up in Yokohama, Japan, will teach you in and out of Sushi from how to wash rice to how to eat it.

In this two-hour hands on class, you will get to learn:

• How and why Sushi started 

• How to make the perfect Sushi rice 

• How to prepare the toppings: vegetables and fish 

• How to make rolls 

• How to slice them 

• How to plate them 

• Enjoy Sushi with a glass of beer or soft drink 

Note: Please wear closed toe shoes and a top that you don't mind rice sticking on. Also bring a container to take home leftover sushi.

HotPot Dinner and New Member Welcome

*Please note that this meetup has changed from weekly to every other week*

Homo sapiens is a social animal and socializing is a super important part of the primal lifestyle (perhaps more important than the diet and exercise components). Plus, keeping primal can be tough, so keeping a good social support network is a key to success.

This is also a great chance for new or inactive members to come out to meet some of the regulars, learn from them, and make new friends. If you have been curious about this group but haven't pulled the trigger on coming to a meetup, we really encourage you to come out!!!

We'll be meeting at the HotPot Smoothie Shop, a great primal-friendly spot in Kirkwood. From their website:  “Hotpot Smoothie Shop combines the health and excitement of Asian influenced cuisine with a casual corner coffee shop.  Focusing on natural and responsibly sourced ingredients Hotpot Smoothie shop will offer breakfast and luncheon foods prepared to order.  From delicious rice and noodle dishes to gluten free crepes and freshly made sandwiches; the emphasis is on supplying a unique, alternative to everyday dining.  In addition, a full line of artisan organic tea and coffee drinks, and a health conscious smoothie bar will add further value to the establishment.”

In response to the Paleo/Primal crowd, they have added roasted sweet potatoes as a choice to their Hot Pot bowls (instead of noodles or rice) and on Thursday nights Chef Greg usually prepares a  Paleo special!

Mother’s Day Special: Make Your Own Kimchi! (May 9) 15% for couples

RSVP@ http://bit.ly/LFNkimchi

Mother's Day Special, 15% Off promo code: formom is available purchasing more than two seats 

Kimchi is a traditional Korean fermented vegetable dish that has been loved by generations for its crunchy texture, bold flavors, and endless variety. Kimchi is also gaining popularity for its reputation as a living superfood and is an excellent source of probiotics and raw nutrients. Ellen White, founder of Ellen’s Kimchi, is a Korean native who first learned how to make Kimchi from her grandmother as a young child living in Seoul.

Ellen will share her knowledge about the cultural traditions of Kimchi making and the benefits of the serving this healthy dish at home. She will also showcase places where you can locate seasonal ingredients, popular recipe variations, and timesaving tips. Students will chop, blend, spice, and create their own handmade jar of Kimchi made to personal taste. You will learn how to naturally ferment your Kimchi at room temperature, best storing techniques, and the optimal time to open and enjoy your handmade superfood. Fortunately there's no rush to finish it off, because like wine and cheese, Kimchi's flavor only deepens with age. 

*A two-hour Kimchi making class for one person 

*Hands-on lesson, with all ingredients and recipes provided 
* 16 oz. glass jar with BPA free lid, decorative napkins, and accessories

Weekly Primal Social and New Member Welcome

Homo sapiens is a social animal and socializing is a super important part of the primal lifestyle (perhaps more important than the diet and exercise components). Plus, keeping primal can be tough, so keeping a good social support network is a key to success.

This is also a great chance for new or inactive members to come out to meet some of the regulars, learn from them, and make new friends. If you have been curious about this group but haven't pulled the trigger on coming to a meetup, we really encourage you to come out!!!

Note that this is a weekly meetup, so there will be plenty of opportunities to make it out!

We'll be meeting at the HotPot Smoothie Shop, a great primal-friendly spot in Kirkwood. From their website:  “Hotpot Smoothie Shop combines the health and excitement of Asian influenced cuisine with a casual corner coffee shop.  Focusing on natural and responsibly sourced ingredients Hotpot Smoothie shop will offer breakfast and luncheon foods prepared to order.  From delicious rice and noodle dishes to gluten free crepes and freshly made sandwiches; the emphasis is on supplying a unique, alternative to everyday dining.  In addition, a full line of artisan organic tea and coffee drinks, and a health conscious smoothie bar will add further value to the establishment.”

In response to the Paleo/Primal crowd, they have added roasted sweet potatoes as a choice to their Hot Pot bowls (instead of noodles or rice) and many daily specials are Primal friendly.

Paleo 109: Healing a Sugar Addiction with Karly Randolph Pitman + Paleo Potlock

Are you struggling with a sugar addiction? One of the biggest challenges with a paleo/primal lifestyle is sugar – how to eat less of it, how to deal with cravings for sugar, and more. 

The advice about sugar is to just stop eating it. But for many people, it's not that simple. This can create a love/hate relationship with sugar and can make eating less sugar feel impossible.

It's not impossible. It does need a different solution.

In this interactive presentation you'll learn:

• How to soften sugar cravings without “white knuckling” it
• How to prepare yourself to stop eating sugar
• Why there's a physiological and emotional component to healing a sugar addiction

About the presenter:

Karly Randolph Pitman is the best selling author of Overcoming Sugar Addiction and several other programs on healing a sugar addiction from the inside out. Karly struggled with a sugar addiction for most of her life, and spent over 15 years trying to find a way to say no to sugar from a place of self compassion and self kindness. An author, speaker and teacher, she lives in Austin, Texas with her family. You can learn more about Karly's sugar programs at www.sugaraddictionbook.com and learn more about Karly at www.karlyrandolphpitman.com.

We will follow this discussion with some time for questions.

If you're new to the group, we'd love to see you join us at the event! Just stop by and say “hello!”

After the discussion, we'll have a paleo potluck. Please feel free to bring your favorite paleo dish! Or, just bring yourself! There's always plenty of food to go around.

Ranch Tour of Bastrop Cattle Company + Tasting Samples

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We are so privileged to have the perfect grass-fed beef company right in our own backyard. You may have seen their beef for sale in Wheatsville, In.gredients, or even at local restaurants, but now we have the opportunity to see how their beef is raised on site at Bastrop Cattle Company. Owner and head rancher, Pati Jacobs will give us a tour of the facilities and the pastures. She’ll talk about how their practice of raising cattle is different from the herd. We’ll discuss why ranching this way is more sustainable for the environment and more healthy for the cow and the consumer. Pati will also tell us about her future plans, such as building an on-site processing facility and how that will reduce costs – helping the customer in the end.

Check out Bastrop Cattle Company’s website for recipes. My personal favorite is the Osso Bucco

Grass-Fed. What does it mean?
It’s almost the keystone to our paleo diet: Eat healthy animals to be healthy. The standard industrial practice is to fatten cattle up with grain for several months before harvest. By force feeding the cows grain stock, they become sick and develop metabolic problems leading to obesity. This allows the cow to be sold at a higher price because there is more “animal” by weight to be sold. Why is this so bad you might ask? What could be wrong about more beef? No pun intended but grain-fed beef is a completely different animal. Grain causes the omega-6 content in beef to rise significantly – causing alarm for those looking to reduce polyunsaturated fat consumption. Because grain-fed animals get sick often, they are given antibiotics preemptively.

Enter Bastrop Cattle Company’s pasture-raised, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, locally processed beef. The pastures at BCC are chemical free, being fertilized only by a local composting mixture. This means the cows are eating a clean grass only diet, promoting healthy, happy cows. Healthy cows mean more nutritious beef. Grass-fed benefits include higher omega 3 content and more vitamins.

There will be a market onsite + BBQ samples.
After the tour, BCC will set up a market for us to purchase their quality beef. They will also be cooking some meat samples for us to try, this includes smoked brisket and calf liver pâté. This is a great time to stock up on some of the best beef you can find in Austin. Don’t forget organ meats either. Because of the clean environment and diet of BCC’s beef, their beef liver and other offal are going to be much cleaner than store bought/conventional. So bring your coolers and cash for the after-tour meat purchases.

What to bring?
-Drinking Water
-Boots (Resist the urge to go barefoot! We will be on a ranch and boots are necessary.)
-Cash and Cooler for meat purchasing

Directions: 
From Austin, head east on HWY 71. Exit for TX HWY 304 in Bastrop and head south (turn right).
At exactly 2 miles there will be a one lane dirt driveway on the right with the gate open.
Follow the driveway through the hay pasture and park near the house or barn.
Call if you get lost:[masked]-1234.

Like Bastrop Cattle Company on facebook, too!

Volunteer @ Lift For Life Gym

Lift for Life Gym offers St. Louis city children a safe, enriching environment in which to strengthen their bodies, enrich their minds, develop healthy social relationships and learn to make positive life choices.

As committed health enthusiats, we are all well aware of the benefits of a good strength and conditioning program. Especially how it helps the mind and body do things previously thought impossible. So imagine for a minute the benefits of bringing a CrossFit style program to the at-risk kids and teenagers of St. Louis.

Every other Thursday evening between 5:30 and 7:00 pm, a group of volunteers arrive at Lift For Life Gym to lead them in a workout. We warmup, do some burpees and play a game. It’s great fun for both us and the kids.

Check out the gym website @ www.liftforlifegym.org.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining the current group of volunteers, please email [masked]. You can come down any time to help but if you intend on regularly volunteering there is some paperwork to fill out.

Grocery Store Field Trip (free)

For newcomers to paleo or veterans wishing to get food-sourcing tips from a seasoned paleo eater, this tour is a helpful resource that will help you shop better for the rest of your life.

For many, it is the catalyst for making paleo happen in their day to day lives.

The group max is 6. If RSVPs exceed 6, I will choose 6 names at random to join us on Saturday.

We will visit 3 stores, all centrally located in Brentwood. We'll visit an everyday supermarket (Schnucks), and two paleo-friendly specialty stores (Trader Joe's and Whole Foods). The tour includes a 12 page reference guide and a follow up email summarizing any questions that come up on the tour.

Past participants have reported a renewed sense of empowerment at the concrete, actionable information presented at this service.

Don't hesitate to message me with questions! You can read more at www.rebornsuccess.com

~Alex

Handmade Beauty & Bath Scrubs from Vegan Kitchen

Join us for a “crafty afternoon” session to explore bath products made of all natural salt, sugar and oatmeal from the kitchen. As we sip our Earl Grey tea, we will make Earl Grey citrus salt scrub and sandalwood coconut sugar scrub. We will also learn the soothing qualities of the lavender oatmeal bath tea. Bonus will be walking away with a handmade gift for mother for the upcoming Mother’s Day. A gift crafted with love! 

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/LFNBeauty

Live Comedy at The Funny Bone

Laughing is primal and a way funner ab exercise than a sit up.

Note that the show is at 8 pm on a Thursday, but the regular Thursday meetup will not be canceled. I plan to do both.

Greg Warren is a great comic from St. Louis and he's not super dirty or vulgar. Info at the link below:

http://stlouisfunnybone.com/?p=559