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Unlocking The Healing Powers Of Food

A holistic chef taught members of the community how they can use food as medicine at a Power Foods lecture at the Hicksville Public Library on Wednesday, March 5.

Lee Perrotta has been a chef for almost 30 years but has officially been holistic for about 20 years. Next week, she graduates as a certified Ayurvedic practitioner.

According to Perrotta, ayurveda is the science of life. It is the ancient way of holistic medicine from India and was the first medicine that ever existed. Ayurveda strives to bring human beings and animals into perfect balance and alignment through lifestyle, diet choices and environment.

In her lecture, Perrotta gave cooking tips and health advice based on Ayurvedic beliefs. Attendees of the lecture asked questions and wrote down notes throughout the entire lecture, including audience member Kathy Politis. “I couldn’t write the notes down fast enough,” she said. “It was fantastic.”

Politis remarked on how much she learned from the lecture. She was most shocked by how beneficial spices are for a person’s health. “They’re so easily applied and available,” she said. “You just take the spices and put them in your food and it can really impact your meal.”

If Perrotta could give one piece of advice to the public, she recommends the Ayurvedic technique of eating anti-inflammatory foods. “I believe, and have heard from experts, that a lot of diseases come from inflammation in the body,” she said. “If you can eat foods that target to bring down inflammation, I think that’s such a good starting point for people.”

Some anti-inflammatory foods include turmeric, coconut and chocolate. Turmeric, also known as “the spice of life,” has miraculous benefits, according to the Ayurvedic beliefs that Perrotta practices.

“I pretty much put turmeric in the food that I’m cooking every day,” she said. “Spices are typically underutilized. I think that people can incorporate spices into their lives a lot more.”

The benefits of turmeric impressed Politis, who plans to implement what she learned into her cooking. “I’m going to go to Whole Foods and go shopping right away,” she said.

In addition to lectures on Power Foods, Perrotta gives lectures on Weight Loss with Herbs in towns across Long Island. She also classifies herself as a “diehard chocoholic” and will never give up her favorite food. She now uses chocolate as medicine in her holistic practices. “I found a way to blend the best of both worlds,” she said.

Perrotta believes that people should still eat their favorite junk foods, but just not every day. “I believe that people should do all things in moderation,” she said.

If she can get one person to feel better and improve his or her health through holistic healing, then Perrotta feels that she did her job.

“I just want to help people,” she said.  “I feel like knowledge is power and if people know, then you can make a choice.”

News

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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