Fitness Newsletter 17 September
Newsletter – 17 September 2012

Hi and Welcome to our September term Complementary Fitness Newsletter
How are you getting on in Complementary Fitness classes? I hope you’re enjoying them.
As you know, you can work as hard as you can/as you like.
The workouts can be tough but there are options to make the exercises and workouts easier when necessary.
Remember we need to keep ourselves fit and active and enjoy the fitness benefits too so keep coming to class/es and do the best you can.

Details of COMPLEMENTARY FITNESS classes can be found on the Classes page

Did you know?
Millet is a non-glutenous grain & is the most alkalizing of all grains. It contains 15% protein as well, so an excellent choice over wheat.

Health + Lifestyle
Good cleansing juice for the liver: Carrot, beetroot, apple, parsley.

The body needs vitamins, minerals and a healthy balance of proteins and carbs to rebuild cells and function properly.

For a warming cuppa that packs an immune punch, try an exquisite Elderberry Herbal Chai: Bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add a star anise, 3 or 4 cloves and cardamom pods, with a couple slices of fresh ginger, lemon and stick of cinnamon. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain, stir in a teaspoon of Organic Elderberry Syrup into each cup (from Neal’s Yard Remedies NYR) Fiona Morris, Medical Herbalist NYR, Hanover Street.

Recipe: Spiced Potatoes with Aubergine and Coconut
Ingredients – 350g waxy potatoes, 1/2 small aubergine, 1 tbsp oil 1 tsp black mustard seeds, 1 red chilli, finely chopped, 2 tsp turmeric, 200ml reduced-fat can coconut milk

How to cook:
1. Cut potatoes into 2cm cubes and the aubergine into 1cm cubes.
2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the mustard seeds for one minute until they start popping. Add the chilli. Stir in the potatoes and aubergine and fry for one minute.
3. Stir in the turmeric and 200ml water. Cover and cook for eight minutes. Pour in the coconut milk, season well and bring to the boil, then cook uncovered for 7-8 minutes until tender. Serve garnished with chopped coriander

Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food, thus aiding in digestion and the prevention of cramps.

Sea vegetables (ie. wakame, dulse, kombu, nori, kelp) contain 90+ nutritional elements. Add them to soups, wraps, salads & spreads for extra flavour, saltiness, nutrition.

Something to think about
“Compassion and peace of mind bring a sense of confidence that reduce stress and anxiety”– Dalai Lama

Quote: “Unless you puke, faint or die, keep going” Jillian Michaels

Proper nutrition is the fuel needed for vibrant health
Destructive emotions are toxic to the body. Don’t hold on to anger, fear, grief or bitterness – choose to forgive and simply let go!

What are your goals, aims and aspirations fitness and health-wise for this Autumn term? Do you feel that the classes are helping to achieve your goals? I’d love to know the answers to both questions, so email me or tell me in class, thanks.

“Active women in their 70’s had immune systems that were as healthy as women in their 30’s. Exercise slows down ageing affects to the body” @rawfoodbliss

What’s On
1) Stockfest is a big community celebration rather than a music festival come mud bath. For a whole week the people of Stockbridge will be laying on art exhibitions, theatre productions, dance events, pub quizzes and even a dog show. Scottish Tourist Guide Colin Imrie is leading a two-hour walking tour of Raeburn’s Stockbridge on 22 September. Let him paint a picture of how the area influenced celebrated artist Sir Henry Raeburn, one of Stockbridge’s favourite sons.
If you’d love to go along and see what’s happening, where do you need to go?
Weather permitting, the main marquee will be set up in Edinburgh Academy rugby ground but there will be things happening across the area. It will culminate with the 2nd Septemberfest at Broughton High School on 22 September.
Stockfest runs from 15 to 22 September. For more info, visit

2) Edinburgh Doors Open Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 Sept – 121 venues across Edinburgh. Pick up a leaflet at a library or check out the programme and latest news on venues at There’s also a Talk Series 2012 between 18 and 21 September. More details at

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Thanks for reading this week’s Complementary Fitness newsletter,

I look forward to seeing you soon,
Susan x

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