Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa


Here’s My Whole Life Action Plan for June

June is a great month which symbolizes activity, passion and potential, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. So here’s my Whole Life Action Plan that takes a holistic health approach and includes- ritual, new food for my stomach and all 5 senses, celebration of the sun and loved ones, and even nothing (yes, nothing).summer solstice energy

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Functioning at Peak Performance

Many of you have asked for more nutritional information, so wanted to share this article with suggestions for functioning at peak performance.

farm-standIn history humans have eaten foods that are grown locally and seasonally. This way of eating provides optimal nutrients, the freshest foods and foods that are appropriate for our bodies during that season.

Today, due to modern technology, we no longer eat just what is in season but we eat everything, regardless of the weather or location. But just because a certain food is available doesn’t mean that it’s the best food choice for us. If we regularly eat foods that are out of season and from various locations, this can unbalance our body and mind and negatively affect our health.
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Just a Few Minutes for Critical Food Science

No, this is not about a food trend.  This is time-tested food science.

Question: What is the cost to you if the acid and alkaline compounds in your blood are not balanced?

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Being too acidic can cause weight gain, fatigue, foggy thinking, heartburn, and may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research in Austria.  Other studies link the condition to bone loss, increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and may elevate the risk of chronic diseases.

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Yogi Tea

Yogi BhajanHere’s my recipe for the New Year.  (Just add yoga and meditation for extra umph!)

According to Yogi Bhajan, Yogi Tea is good for the blood, colon, nervous system, and bones. Good for colds, flu, and physical weakness…and so much more. Continue reading

Sweet Potato Ginger Soup

Ginger3With the weather being so tricky, I thought I’d share a recipe I tried this weekend which helped kick my immune system into high gear (yay, ginger!)

What else wears down your immune system?  Stress, which elevates the stress hormone cortisol for long periods.

So if you want to strengthen your immune system AND reduce stress, try this recipe along with our easy yoga at home.  It worked wonders for me. Continue reading

Tricolore Salad

Tricolore SaladToo busy?  Want healthy food that tastes great?  Have 15 minutes or less?

If you want to have more energy, a sharper mind, and feel less stress,  try this!  It is a beautiful combination of potatoes, fresh green beans, and Roma tomatoes- hence the name, tricolore.
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Crunchy Lentils

Too busy?  Want healthy food that tastes great?  Have 15 minutes or less?

If you want to have more energy, a sharper mind, and feel less stress,  try this!


LENTILS are generous in phosphorus, calcium, potassium, zinc, molybdenum, iron and even B complex, may be the most nutritious of all legumes and one of the most popular around the world.

CELERY helps synovial fluid production to ease achy joints…ah sooo good for the joints.

GREENS are full of magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, calcium and vitamins A,C, E, K and folic acid.  They are blood purifiers, immune strengtheners, full of flora and enzymes (if raw or barely steamed) to help digestion, clear congestion, and elevate your mood.

OLIVE OIL contains oleic acids, a type of fatty acid, good fat, to help cleanse the blood vessels.

LEMON JUICE is preferable to vinegars because it is fresh, unprocessed, contains no yeasts and is alkalizing (which is great for American diets laden with acidic foods.)

THYME is a natural antifungal, good for respiratory congestion, and crampy gassy bellies.

BLACK PEPPER stimulates digestive juices and eases sore joints with it’s anti-inflammatory properties.

GARLIC is the natural miracle food, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, lowers cholesterol and more.

1 1/3 cups cooked green or brown lentils
4 large celery stalks, sliced thin
6 ounces baby spinach leaves (use the type that is pre-washed)
2 Tbs Olive Oil
3 Tbs fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch of dried Thyme
Black Pepper to taste
Minced Garlic to taste

  1. Combine lentils, celery and spinach in a large bowl
  2. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over it
  3. Sprinkle generously with seasonings and toss

Serves 4

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What People Are Saying. . .
I just completed Michele’s 90-day MORE program. As Michele will remind you, if you decide to study with her, things don’t happen to us; they happen for us. Michele happened for me just when I needed what she is committed to teaching. Commitment is the key word because she is always thinking of what she can do to help others live happy, successful lives filled with joy. She takes care to really understand what each of her students needs and instinctively suggests just the right message, yoga exercise, meditation, food, experience, etc., that will resonate with them to help them courageously live the life they want. Michele is a gift you deserve to give yourself when you’re finally ready to live your best, authentic life.
- Sheri Robbins, New York

...I have suffered from emotional eating for 6 years, during which I have juggled and switched through different therapists and treatment options. I continued to feel "stuck" as the approaches focused on the past and why I acquired my disease. ...Michele's plan of remaining present- right here, right now- in addition to helping me choose love for myself, has allowed me to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually... Michele is a true gift from God.
- Michele Messina, New Jersey

The benefits have been significant. My reason for doing this yoga is to improve and maintain good health. Each morning class provides me with the motivation to get up and improve my physical and mental strength. I also think one of the greatest things about Michele’s 365 Yoga Course is I can join a class any day of the week, drop in at any time during the class and leave at a time that works for me and my schedule, from anywhere I am.
- Philip Swanton, New York