Fork2fit: Chef-Prepared Meals at Affordable Prices Available at Natur-Tyme Every Day

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By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC
Certified Nutrition Counselor and Natur-Tyme’s Marketing Coordinator

People may think that an epicurean and a health food enthusiast are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but I consider myself both. An epicurean is said to have luxurious tastes in eating and drinking, while a health food enthusiast is often stereotyped as a crunchy-granola hippie type. I create gourmet healthy meals by sourcing my ingredients from my garden and farmer’s markets and then carefully preparing scrumptious meals. Sadly though, with a toddler in tow, I often do not have the time!

I’m happy to report that I can get the high-quality, delicious, locally-sourced healthy food I desire in prepared meal containers right here at Natur-Tyme every day without hurting my pocketbook! We now carry Fork2fit! Fork2fit meals are chef-prepared right here in CNY; they are fresh, high-quality, bursting with flavor, healthy, and energizing.

Their meal choices rotate twice a week. Some customer favorites include: Southwest Turkey Stir-Fry, Meatloaf with Cauliflower Mash, and Chicken Fajitas. Natur-Tyme sells some organic options as well and we are the exclusive providers of vegan and vegetarian Fork2fit meal options such as the Vegetarian Mushroom Caprese and the Vegan Winter Squash Risotto that customers rave about. I have loved every Fork2fit meal I’ve tried and I bet you will too!

The best part of all is that these meals are affordable; they range from $6.99 to $11.49 a meal. Come pick up a meal; it’s like having a personal chef! Learn more about Fork2fit on our website.

What the Natur-Tyme Difference Means to Me

By Pamela Walker, Supplement Educator

Where do I begin? I guess I’ll start with the grateful Natur-Tyme customer that we helped one day who told us that, “Coming here is better than going to the doctor!” While we can’t diagnose anyone, we can certainly provide them with compassion, understanding, and knowledge of our products. I think of our customers as our extended family because that is exactly what they are. It’s a home away from home for all of us. It’s always wonderful to hear a customer say, “Oh here’s a friendly, familiar face!” as one of us walks up to help them.

And our new store is amazing for the employees as well! I thought we had it going on at the old store on Bridge Street; however, the Tyme-Out Café is just what we needed! I love getting a healthy juice, smoothie, or soup every day from there. And the salads and wraps are tasty and healthy. And did I mention the Enhanced Beauty Salon? It’s so easy to get an appointment for a haircut, facial, or massage. I truly believe that offering massage here at Natur-Tyme compliments our mission of providing health and wellness because massage helps our immune system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, and much more. I love what we do here, love our customers, and am very grateful that Natur-Tyme exists!

Book Review: Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion Nestle

By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC ShannonHeadshot

Marion Nestle is widely known for revealing the politics of food through books such as: What to Eat, Food Politics, and Pet Food Politics. While interesting, these books can be tough reads and they’re long…I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to find the time to read books that are close to 500 pages! Nestle herself admits that explaining how food lobbies exert influence over federal dietary advice can put people to sleep.

Eat Drink Vote offers you the opportunity to learn about food politics through cartoons! Consider it an educational comic book. Nestle teamed up with The Cartoonist Group to publish this book. She introduces the book by discussing how lobbyists were able to convince Congress to count a smidgen of tomato paste on school lunch pizza as a vegetable serving. This concept is illustrated with a cartoon of a slice of pizza and a headline that says “New Congressional School Lunch Food Pyramid.”

EatDrinkVoteBookNestle uses dozens of cartoons to illustrate a wide range of food politics on topics such as: the obesity epidemic, the food pyramid, GMOs, power of lobbyists, fast food, food labels, cost of food, world hunger/food aid, sedentary culture, food marketing, the organic food movement, the locavore food movement, and more.

To discuss food politics and see some of the cartoons highlighted in this picture book for adults, come to Natur-Tyme’s Healthy Living Book Club discussion on Friday July 18th from 5:30-7:00 PM. Healthy snacks will be served. I hope to see you there! If you’d like to join us, please send an email to so that we have a head-count. If you’d like to be added to our book club email list, send an email to

Alexis’ Health & Beauty Journey #7: Smooth and Effortless

Capers-Alexis_AFTERBy Alexis Capers – Alexis Capers is our Enhanced Beauty Salon and Enhanced Beauty Area manager. Join her every other Wednesday for a blog about her journey into natural health & beauty products.

I think we take for granted sometimes the simple things in life. I spoke last time about finding peace and enjoying moments. As I was reflecting the other day, I realized that my transition into natural products versus everyday consumer goods has been so smooth and effortless. I am amazed at how many things I have actually converted to. Not only for myself, but my spouse, my children, extended family, and friends!  Some may think I’m loony. It’s ok with me. I know I’m directing them toward a healthier way of life.

My mother-in-law broke it down for me on her last visit.

She told me I never looked better since I started using natural products!

My hair, my skin, and my energy!  Now that’s saying something!  So I encourage you all to try, even a little, to make the effort to transition to a kinder, more natural product. If I, the Glam Diva Extraordinaire can do it, you can too!

Start with simple things like Griffin or Aubrey shampoos and conditioners. They smell great, work great, and give you better results over time than standard salon products. They are reasonably priced too!  You will feel the difference and once you fall in love, you can add styling products to the natural mix.

Next, step into some amazing skin care!  Right now, we are offering the best deal in the industry! When you purchase the MyChelle products you need every day to take care of your skin, we are rewarding you with a free facial!  That’s right, I said FREE. When you invest $50 in your skin products, you get a FREE 30-minute facial. Invest over $75 in MyChelle products and get a full-hour facial, also FREE!  This is an unbeatable way to jumpstart the use of natural skin care products to effectively target any concerns you have and get your skin on the right path. We have a full line of science-meets-nature products customized to any skin type, with facials to match. No guesswork needed. Perfect for summer too!

So come fall in love with yourself all over again like I have, naturally!

Products to help you fall in love this week…Griffin Remedy Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner for color-treated hair (my personal pick!) and Aubrey Rosa-Mosqueta Shampoo and Conditioner, a color-safe formula to bring all hair types back to life!

Next, take a simple approach to skincare with a few MyChelle basics.

CLEANSE- Honeydew Cleanser is gentle but effective. For more exfoliation, try Fruit Enzyme Cleanser.

FRESHEN- with the Fruit Enzyme mist. The 2.1 oz size is perfect to take with you and refresh all day!

BOOST- Apply a serum of choice, my faves are Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum for day, Vitamin A Serum for night.

MOISTURIZE- start with Fabulous Eye Cream and NEW Advanced Argan Oil plus Supreme Polypeptide Cream (all three at a fantastic low price all summer long!).   PROTECT- your efforts!  Daily Defense Cream will deliver the perfect moisture and SPF for each day.

Couple these steps with the free facial and enjoy the skin your in!



Homeopathics to the Rescue for Allergies

Carol B. Blair, BS, CNC, DiHom, 78629722
Wellness Educator

Homeopathics are great for allergies.  We have a wonderful formula called North East Allergy that has minute, homeopathic doses of most of the trees and plants in our area.  It is based on the theory that like cures like, similar to allergy shots, but without the harmful toxins. This formula often reduces the sneezing, sore throat, sinus congestion, and itchy, watery eyes, and runny nose that are typical symptoms of outdoor allergies. Three sprays in the mouth about three times a day has been a small miracle for many individuals.

If this stops working or doesn’t seem to be enough to solve all of those upper respiratory symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, and sinus pressure, some of the more serious allergy sufferers may need to add in Sinus Relief.

If, instead of the upper respiratory symptoms, you tend toward developing bronchial symptoms with mucous congestion, hoarseness and coughing, add in the Asthma Formula along with the North East Allergy. This helps reduce the risk of bronchitis setting in and typically reduces the coughing as well.

These remedies are not meant to replace asthma or other medications prescribed by your doctor, but may be taken along with them. The wonderful thing about homeopathics (unlike some herbs or other supplements), is that they do not interfere with medications.

Of course, there are also other natural anti-histamines available, and if you are a serious allergy sufferer and would like some additional help, feel free to call Natur-Tyme at 488-6300 for a free consultation with Laurel or Carol.

We may have to suffer through Syracuse weather; but, we don’t have to suffer with all of the allergy symptoms the area has to offer, too.

Alexis’s Journey into the World of Natural Health & Beauty–Entry #2

By Alexis Capers — Alexis Capers is our Enhanced Beauty Salon and Enhanced Beauty Area manager. Join her every other Wednesday for a blog about her journey into natural health & beauty products.

I think I see it; it’s on the horizon! Spring!!! Everywhere we see the snow melting away and soon the flowers will start poking out.  When this season hits, I get in the mood for change—a rebirth of myself, my spirit, my everything! Forget diets in January as a New Year’s Resolution; spring is where it’s at! Like most people, I get stuck in a rut from time to time. As a woman, we are constantly rebuilding ourselves. After puberty, once we have given birth to children, even an illness can put us in a place where we must find ourselves again. I have had close personal brushes with all of these, forever calling on the strength deep inside me to get back to normal (whatever that is!). So I realized that first you must make a mess to transform to something beautiful.

I decided to start with my hair. We get attached to our style and moreover, our stylist. And for me, seeing is believing.

This concept of Organic Color, the color that we use at the Enhanced Beauty Salon, sounded great to me.  But, I really did not think it would look as good as what I have had done in the past at a traditional salon.  Well to my pleasant surprise–it looks amazing!  Emily performed highlights and low lights to blend my natural growth (which is Medium Brown) with my highly bleached-out blonde. My color is beautifully blended and natural. It feels soft and best of all; the color is not harmful to me like those I am used to exposing myself to. A great cut rounded out my service.  I have bloomed and am ready for the season!


Since my transformation, I have had many compliments.  I tell everyone “It’s Organic Color!” I am a believer and I invite you to become a believer too.  It’s time.  Let the winter doldrums melt away.  Try something new for yourself that is also kind to yourself. All of our stylists are wonderful, so you can book an appointment with confidence! Call 315-671-5199 or email us at


All great looks need home-care products to keep you looking your best!  Products I’m falling for this week: Griffin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner (a great fragrance and clean product), Suncoat Natural Styling Mousse, Frizz Be Gone styling serum by Giovanni (miracle in a bottle) and Feed Your Hold Hairspray by Yarok.  Get your style on!


Alexis’s Journey into the World of Natural Health & Beauty–Introductory Blog

By Alexis Capers — Alexis Capers is our Enhanced Beauty Salon and Enhanced Beauty Area manager. Join her every other Wednesday for a blog about her journey into natural health & beauty products.

031214_ProductsHello all! This is the first time in my life I have kept an electronic account of my days and the fluff that fills it! I say fluff because I always live to enjoy the day as much as possible. So if it’s a cloudy day (which it often can be in Syracuse), it’s really fluffy! But weather aside, I am excited to share my days and journey with you, flashbacks and hot flashes included! So join me in my path to a new beginning of wellness, work, and wonderment!

I am three weeks in my new position at Natur-Tyme and loving it! For many years, I traveled for a manufacturer doing education and sales. While I loved my job, it took me away from my family (3-year old, 10-year old, and 17-year old) so it was a balancing act to say the least! In July of 2012, I was diagnosed with stage-2A breast cancer.

My perspective on life, family, and work all changed. I realized my worth and the quality-of-life I was providing myself fell short due to taking care of others first—typical career mom.

So I changed gears, left my full time job, and on a leap of faith went back to school to pursue a career in Esthetics. Now while I love to perform services and make people look and feel better, I really love managing a team. As luck would have it (or maybe Karma?), I was approached on my graduation day by our placement teacher with this question “How do you feel about natural products?” Interesting question, I thought. How do I feel about them? I have learned now through my cancer journey how important it is to watch what I put in my body. But what about the things I put on my body? Now I will be the first to admit, I’m a product junkie! So this concept is new to me. However, I have an open mind and a thirst for knowledge, so I decided to dive in! And I am loving every minute of it. So join me each week as I discuss more of my journey and share the fabulous natural products I pick up along the way! Creating a healthier me and you too!

Products I am falling for this week: Natur-Tyme Signature Skin care! All these effective products are featured this month for a fantastic value. Priced just right to try and love yourself! My picks: Glycolic Night Crème, Facial Scrub with MSM, Firming Eye Crème, and Peptide C Serum! LOVE! ~Alexis

Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Supplement Educator Andrew Greeley152149018

Fall foliage is fading and snow storms are nearing. According to the laws of nature, winter months are a time to hibernate.  Well, I say hiber-not, young lad!  Kick winter in the teeth this year by utilizing Mother Nature’s deceiving gift. Get outside and build a snowman, hit the bunny hills for some skiing, or treat your significant other to a romantic evening of ice skating.

Motivate your winter endeavors with supplemental vitamin D. Nearly every cell in the body has a receptor for vitamin D, including brain cells; and vitamin D plays a role in serotonin and dopamine production. These feel-good chemicals are sure to raise you out of your seasonal slump.

Maintenance dosing for vitamin D is around 2,000 IU per day depending on each individual, but those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may need a higher doseage. Maximize your mood and immune system this long season with vitamin D and some form of physical activity. Snow-blowing doesn’t count!

Joining a gym is a great way to avoid seasonal claustrophobia.  Not only is exercise essential for the release of those feel-good chemicals that increase mood, but gyms are usually brightly lit.  If you don’t have a light therapy lamp on hand, hit the gym and kill two birds with one stone.  Enjoy your winter!


Brighten Up Your Lips for Spring, Naturally

By Alex Durkota

As winter ends and spring approaches, we all look for something new to brighten our days.

When it comes to makeup, you should transition from warm winter shades to bright spring shades. Lip shades are especially fun to switch up with the seasons.

Luckily, Jane Iredale has given her PureGloss lip gloss a new look, giving the everyday woman a little bit more for their lip gloss! Unlike most lip glosses, it provides moisture and protection to the lips. Also, PureGloss is long-lasting, so you’ll never have to apply another application nor worry about over-glossing your lips.

PureGloss plumps lips without chemicals. It contains only the highest quality natural ingredients used to provide staying power, moisture, and nourishment to the lips. There is no petroleum in any of Jane Iredale’s cosmetics. All PureGlosses are formulated in a base of organic vegetable oils.

The new PureGloss comes in 18 shades and provides variety for different looks and different styles so there’s something for everyone. Hope everyone enjoys their spring with new lips! Between now and April 30th, we have a special sale on all Jane Iredale cosmetics!!!


Spring into Luminous Skin!

By Monique Moshaty, Licensed Esthetician


Old-man winter is hopefully behind us here in Central NY. Soon, the grass will be greener; the birds will sing; and it’s time to show off that springtime glow in your skin again.

Throughout the winter, our skin undergoes a myriad of changes. Due to barometric pressure repeatedly expanding and contracting the skin and cold air sapping the skin of vital water moisture, our skin can become dry and tight and even flaky. Even for the oiliest of skin, loss of water in the skin (transepidermal water loss) can wreak havoc on skin.

A professional facial service is a good jumpstart to healthy skin this time of year, as we transition from winter to spring. A professional consultation from an experienced esthetician can help you pinpoint key areas that may have been disrupted with the changing weather. Under bright light and 15x magnification, the estheticians at Natur-tyme’s Enhanced Beauty Salon can see further than the naked eye: dryness, extensive sun damage, broken capillaries, and so on. These types of issues can be treated in the facial room with key products.

Three great products to treat dry, dehydrated skin are:

  • Rosehip seed oil—This oil gradually releases nutrients and moisture into the skin and quickly repairs dry, damaged skin.
  • Hyaluronic acid—This acid can hold up to 10,000 times its weight in water. Thus, plumping the skin from inside out will help prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss.)
  • Cream-based facial washes—Look for a wash containing a rich cream base of pumpkin, cucumber, or chamomile. Also check for included ingredients that soothe and heal like allantoun (from comfrey root–a natural healing plant), violet extract, or licorice root. Move cleanser around with fingers, washcloth, or facial brush. Remember light exfoliation is the key to removing dead skin cells to reveal new and radiant skin.

Face the coming season with youthful, glowing skin by following the advice of your esthetician and applying these tips for homecare.


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