With all of the scary headlines today, there may be no better time to consider switching to a diet that can help boost your immune system and lower your risk of chronic diseases.
This first in a series of four online classes will help you make colorful, scrumptious meals rich in protective compounds and immune-boosting nutrients such as beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin C and zinc.
Instructors Nancy Travis and health coach Cindy Thompson will also explain the science behind low-fat, plant-based diets. Plant-based foods are naturally low in fat and chock-full of fiber, and they are filled with immune-boosting antioxidants and phytochemicals. These foods can prevent and sometimes even reverse diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases which can limit your body's ability to fight infection. There is scientific research showing that vegetarians have approximately double the natural killer cell activity than non-vegetarians have.
The classes in this series use materials developed by Food for Life, an award-winning nutrition education and cooking program created by a team of physicians, nurses and dietitians for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The instructors have both been certified to teach Food for Life classes.
- This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
- An email will be sent to you 1 day before the class start date with the Zoom video conferencing link to join the class. Please watch for this email.
You will be able to click on the link and participate from your smartphone, notebook or computer without needing to download a program. If your computer does not have a microphone, you can ask questions via phone or by typing into a chat function. The sign-in will open 15 minutes before the class starts, so that you can test your connection if you wish.
- The class will include an educational video, a live cooking demonstration of several recipes, interactive discussions, handouts, recipes, lots of tips and tricks — all from the comfort of your home.
Please check out the other classes in this series. The two-hour sessions begin at 3 pm on Sunday afternoons, one week apart. You will need to register for each individual class session you would like to take. If some sessions have already passed, you can still sign up for later ones.
- A Healthy Heart (June 7)
Research shows a plant-based diet doesn’t just prevent heart disease; it can also help manage and sometimes even reverse it. A plant-based diet improves risk factors including high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure. Learn to prepare heart-healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Click here to register.
- Fighting Diabetes with Food (June 14)
People who eat plant-based meals are less likely to develop diabetes. Those who already have diabetes are likely to have better blood-sugar levels and fewer complications if they make the switch. Get the latest science behind low-fat, plant-based diets, consider some simple ideas for getting started, and learn to make four delicious dishes. Click here to register.
- Foods for Weight Control (June 21)
If you need to lose weight, how can you do it without skipping meals or limiting your portions? In a word, it’s all about FIBER. Plant-foods have it; animal products do not. Fiber is what makes us feel full, keeps us regular, controls blood sugar levels and protects against certain cancers. Learn to comfortably fill up on whole foods and watch the pounds melt away. Click here to register.
As a health educator and personal chef, Nancy Travis supports people on their journey towards health and wellness through cooking, teaching and promoting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. She cooks for families in their homes and teaches people how to prepare easy, delicious plant-based recipes in private, public and corporate settings. She brings more than 25 years of experience in cooking plant-based meals and is honored to be a licensed instructor with the Food for Life program. She has taught cooking at BARN for the past three years. She can be reached through her website, Sukhikitchen.com.
Cindy Thompson wants you to be Trimazing—three times better than amazing! After improving her health and fitness through plant-based nutrition, losing 60 pounds and becoming an adult-onset athlete, she retired from her 20-year firefighting career to work with people and organizations to reach their health and wellness goals. She is a certified Health Coach, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Firefighter Peer Fitness Trainer. She is a licensed instructor for Food for Life and a Rouxbe Plant-Based Professional, teaching people how to prepare delicious, satisfying, and health-promoting meals. Her website is Trimazing.com.