Evenings of Afterglow

The Pleasure Projects



Two lovely women of Boulder, Jill Emich and Sue Van Raes, have joined together to offer multiple series of evenings titled: The Pleasure Projects. All I can say is YUM! The first of The Pleasure Projects is a yoga and wine tasting series called An Evening of Afterglow.

These incredible ladies are both well-versed in nutrition, preparing the most delicious foods, yoga, health, and living well. This balance of knowing what is good for you together with what’s good makes them more than qualified to offer these evenings of bliss. Body and soul are bothnourished here.


I had the distinct pleasure to ride my bike up to Boulder Mountain Lodge at the foot of 4 Mile Canyon for last week’s Evening of Afterglow and partake of the ultra-yumminess. As a true Boulder girl I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening: celebrating life, connection, intimacy, health and fun! I even had the opportunity to meet Jill’s mom and was inspired doing yoga next to her (that woman is a fierce yogini and just as beautiful as her daughters!) in the rustic lodge replete with the sound of water running through a creek.

Plus chocolate

I really loved how they wove science into the mix to provide a deeper understanding of why wine and chocolate are so good for you and so good in combination. They speak of the trace amine phenyl-ethylamine (PEA) which is found naturally in our bodies in small amounts and which also occurs in chocolate. Scientists have reason to believe that PEA is capable of raising dopamine levels in the brain thus improving our mood. It is also believed that just smelling chocolate is relaxing because it increases theta waves in the brain.

Plus wine

Wine, red moreso than white, produces a very potent polyphenol called resveratrol. Resveratrol protects both the heart and the brain, reduces inflammation which contributes to aging, and shows promise in the prevention of cancers. Its absorption is most effective in the mucous membranes of the mouth, so sip your wine slowly both to savor its taste as well as increase its health benefits!

Equals goodness

Another incredible thing that both red wine and chocolate do is increase nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide dilates the capillaries and increases blood circulation; good for the heart, great for the skin, considered to be anti-aging, and produces the Afterglow.

Get your Afterglow on!

Tonight is the last of this first series. If you have an inclination to get out of town and slip away into some comfortable but rustic surroundings just up into Boulder Canyon, meet some amazing people, and be nurtured and nourished in an adult setting then please click here to make your reservation. It certainly made my week!

Stay tuned for more yumminess . . .

I will be working with the ladies in a future series “for women only” this July that will involve customizing your makeup routine with the healthiest makeup available. And give you the best Tips and Tricks for Quick Summer Looks!

See you there!

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