The Key to Balance, LLC is committed to empowering others to transform their health through education, consultation, support and networking while promoting the physical, emotional and environmental benefits of following a seasonal, whole food plant-based diet.
Jeanne Tennis is a five season vegan chef, certified macrobiotic health coach, plant-based cooking consultant, certified herbalist, organic gardener and a bold advocate with a fierce desire to help others. She strongly believes in the healing power of food, herbs and wild edibles having seen remarkable results both personally and in others.
Jeanne provides her clients with the most up-to-date recommendations for following a whole foods plant-based diet while interlacing ancient herbal, Ayurvedic and macrobiotic wisdom and traditions.
Her clients are empowered to transform their own health beginning in their kitchens.
Jeanne's customized recommendations compliment her client's preferences and any MD or nutritional guidelines they may be following.
Clients benefit from personalized, confidential attention in an atmosphere of loving kindness with continued support and encouragement.
Numerous studies show that getting more vegetables into our diets and avoiding processed foods can reduce our risks for heart disease, cancers and a host of other chronic illnesses. "Plant-based Diets" are everywhere. Consult with your healthcare professionals, doctors and dieticians to find the one that is right for you and your family members. There is a lot of information out there; however, you want to make smart choices based on your current medical condition, your medication regime, your constitution, your activity level and your personal goals.
Plant-based diets have been shown to lower blood sugar and ward off diabetes, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease and stoke, reduce excess weight, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk for certain cancers due to the anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and increased fiber content, reduce the risk for cataracts and macular degeneration due to the Vitamin A-rich foods and even lower your grocery bill.
Studies are showing that plant-based diets are not only improving people's physical health and reducing weight in those who are obese, they are also boosting emotional states, creating a sense of well-being and reducing episodes of depression.
Simply shop in the Produce Department at grocery stores and avoid the middle aisles except when purchasing whole grains, such as, quinoa, rice, barley, amaranth, oat groats, buckwheat and beans, nuts, seeds and canned or jarred tomatoes and salsa.
Explore making bulk purchases of your family's favorite foods when they are on sale.
When available, shop at local farmers markets and consider investing in your favorite local farmer by buying a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. Most farmers who offer CSAs are currently advertising early sign-up specials now for the summer season.
Plant-based, whole food diets are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants protect against damage at a cellular level where cancers and degenerative diseases begin. Phytochemicals in the foods work alongside the antioxidants, boost protective enzymes and help your body remain healthy.
By following a whole food, plant-based diet including avoiding processed foods, animal foods and eating as seasonally and locally as possible, you can enjoy tremendous health benefits, reduce your carbon footprint and put an end to the needless suffering and killing of animals who live short, cruel lives when raised in animal agricultural settings.
Celebrate the season! Winter is a time of waiting, resting and planting our seeds for spring. It is a time for quiet contemplation, rest and restoring. At the same time it is essential to get outside each day, soak in a bit of sun, breath in the cold, crisp air and enjoy a walk, build a snowman, ski, sled or snowshoe.
Winter is known as the Water Element. Our kidneys, bladder and bones are in focus and are nourished by foods, such as, sea vegetables, beans and grains which are high in calcium and contain beneficial nutrients.
Blue and Black are the colors associated with the Winter Season and Water Element. Black beans, berries, black cherry juice, figs, raisins, plums, purple barley, black rice, blue corn, purple potatoes and sea vegetables all take center stage this time of year.
Winter is associated with the sound of "groaning" and the emotion of "fear." As water's movement is inward and downward, our emotions may be deep and sinking. Reach out to others, stay connected, nurture yourself and seek counseling as needed.
"Authentic self-care begins in the kitchen." As I promote throughout the year, nourish yourself and treat your body to the best foods possible. During this season we enjoy longer cooking styles, soups, stews and baked casseroles incorporating the blue and black foods noted above.
While waiting for spring, this is the time of year to literally plant our own seeds for success. By nourishing our bodies with quality plant-based whole foods and adopting healthy daily living practices, we set the stage for stellar health for the upcoming year.
Free consultations are scheduled in my office at the Bridge Healing Arts Center or at a mutually agreed upon alternate site.
The Bridge Healing Arts Center, D411, 304 Main St, Farmington, Connecticut 06032, United States
Consultations and classes are booked to fit into your schedule.