Written by Steve Mosco, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:49
It seems with each week comes a new fat-packed, deep-fried, fast-food offering from one of the many chains lining busy roads across Long Island. And every time an advertisement for one of these purveyors of preservatives flashes across the television screen, it seems to signal the need for a shift in eating habits.
In the spirit of providing healthier options for eaters, and helping people in general, Liana Werner-Gray is using a Massapequa platform to guide humanity away from a lifestyle of expanding waistlines and deteriorating health.
The author, speaker and health advocate comes to Organic Corner, 37 Broadway, for a raw food cooking class Sept. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., where she will be teaching visitors how to make raw breakfast (chia seed cereal), lunch (weight loss salad), dinner (spaghetti using zucchini) and dessert (chocolate balls).
She will also answer any questions people have about losing weight, treating acne and other skin issues, and even how one can fight cancer and diabetes with diet.
“Anyone who comes down can expect to be in a cool, colorful place with a healthy vibe,” she said. “People want to know how to take care of themselves and how to lose weight, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about healing the whole person.”
Werner-Gray was born in Australia, growing up mostly in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Before coming to America in 2010, Werner-Gray experienced a health scare that forced her to examine the lifestyle she was living—and make some drastic changes to heal her body, as well as her mind.
“I was addicted to junk food and my health started to deteriorate. I was bloated, had bad acne and lots of chronic problems, and I was only 21,” she said. “Then I learned I had a precancerous tumor in my throat.”
It was during this time of upheaval that she founded The Earth Diet, a movement where she directs a team to create and share recipes designed to help people treat a range of conditions including cancer, diabetes, addictions, depression, acne, heart disease, obesity, and more.
The Earth Diet began as a personal challenge for Werner-Gray. She set a goal of eating only foods from the earth for 365 days, and decided to write a blog in order to keep herself accountable, and not go back to binge eating junk food.
“Over the course of that year, I just began to feel so good about my body and I started to feel so empowered,” she said. “When I was eating junk, I was all over the place. I was always down, depressed, negative and insecure. But now I feel connected to myself and to my environment.”
And it was all of those positive effects that spurred Werner-Gray to expose more people to The Earth Diet.
“My joy is in helping others,” she said, adding that The Earth Diet is not strictly for vegans or vegetarians but for anyone that wants to add organic food to their diet. “It comes naturally to me.”
Ambition also seems to come naturally to Werner-Gray. She was named Miss Earth Australia in 2009 and was awarded “Best in Environmental Speech,” “Green Achievers,” and the “Innovators Award.” She has also starred in films and continues to work in the entertaining business while promoting a healthy lifestyle. She self-published The Earth Diet book last year and looks forward to a wider release with a new version through Hay House Publishing next year.
Werner-Gray said all the hard work does not seem so difficult when she hears stories from people who have taken on The Earth Diet. And when she meets the masses in Massapequa, she hopes to convince even more people to make a life change, from the ground up.
“It is the most fulfilling thing I have ever experienced,” she said. “Knowing that I have helped people, it keeps me going and keeps me wanting to help more people.”
For more information on Werner-Gray, check out www.theearthdiet.org and www.organiccornerny.com. Tickets for Werner-Gray’s raw food class cost $29, but space is limited so call 516-798-5670 to reserve a spot. She suggests visitors come hungry as all the food she prepares will be available to eat.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.
Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.