Services, Events, Education

MY SERVICES & OFFERINGS

  • Personal Chef with a focus on seasonal, whole food, vegan dishes 
  • Plant-Based Cooking Consultant
  • Hands on Cooking Instructor
  • Personal and Public Cooking Sessions
  • Five Season, Plant-Based Transitional Health Coaching
  • Macrobiotic Health Coaching
  • Individual, Couple and Family Consultations
  • Classes, Workshops, Presentations, Cooking Instruction available in your home, club, church, organization or school setting - Each customized to your needs and audience
  • Short-term Personal Chef Services - plant-based, healthy and delicious!
  • "Jump Start" Kitchen Packages including  "Mini Leap" and "Macro Leap" Packages personalized to your life and customized as you choose. 
  • Speak with Jeanne about all of her "a la carte" offerings and services. such as, Kitchen Success Clean up/Set Up, Ins & Outs of Shopping at your area stores, CSAs and food cooperatives, Seasonal, Whole Food, Plant-Based Menus, Short-term Personal Chef Services and more! 
  • Customized Menu Planning based on your health needs and your doctor's and dietician's recommendations
  • Plant-based Dessert Classes
  • Herbal Home Pantry Recommendations
  • Herbal Tea Blending Classes


UPCOMING EVENTS

Now scheduling for 2019

Email me at jeanne@thekeytobalance.com


Your first consultation to customize your event, class or service is FREE.


  • Our popular Anti-inflammatory Cooking Class Series at Hartford HealthCare's Bone & Joint Institute continues into its second year with classes starting up in January.
  • These classes are open to the public.
  • The class series is hands-on, fun and delicious and demonstrates how easy healthy, whole food, plant-based meals can be!
  • Details and registration can be found at Hartford HeatlhCare's Event Page at HartfordHospital.org/events
  • See their ads in The Hartford Courant.
  • My "Holiday Treats" classes and other public offerings have concluded in December as I turn my focus on charitable work and nourishing and treating my own family and friends during these last few weeks of 2018.
  • Stay tuned for future offerings as they are scheduled.
  • Any open-to-the-public events and class offerings will also be detailed on my Facebook page.
  • Schedule your own hands on cooking session with your family, friends  or colleagues. 
  • Customized classes and workshops can be held in your home, church or organization's kitchen. I am now scheduling for 2019.
  • Make yourself one of the dishes in my Recipes section. Enjoy in good health!
  • Follow me on Instagram! @thekeytobalancellc for more inspiration, recipes and ideas
  • Check out my FaceBook Page /thekeytobalancellc


EDUCATION/TRAINING


  • 31st Annual New England Women's Herbal Conference, Honoring the Wisdom of Plants, Hebron, NH
  • Reiki Level II Practitioner
  • International Herb Symposium, MA
  • Certified ServSafe Food Protection Manager 
  • Macrobiotic Health Coach Intensive Program - MacroVegan, Galway, Ireland 
  • Herbal Intensive Apprenticeship - Rosemary Gladstar, Sage Mountain Herbal Center and The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition, West Granby, CT
  • Sustainable Health and Nutrition Program - The Institute for Sustainable Nutrition, West Granby, CT
  • Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate - T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, eCornell
  • Macrobiotic Leadership - Kushi Institute, Beckett, MA
  • Way to Health - Kushi Institute, Becket, MA
  • Chopra Center Perfect Health Ayurvedic Life Style Program - Enlightened Way Wellness Center, Tariffville, CT
  • Studied Business Management at Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology - University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
  • Vegan Outreach Mentor, Member of The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, the Northeast Herbal Association, Herbalists without Borders, United Plant Savers and Connecticut Herb Association. 



Resource List

Recommendations to Explore

This is only a very small listing (in no particular order) of some of my favorite and recommended resources that are available to all of us.  

Most of these sites offer free recipes, resources, tips, events and support.

The internet and your local library can help you find more including books, cookbooks and recipes that will help you make the transition to a compassionate, vibrant and plant-based lifestyle easily.

There are support groups, clubs and recreational opportunities throughout CT and the world for you to explore! 


Enjoy the journey! Be the Change! 


www.nutritionfacts.org  (non-commercial,, science-based public service showcasing video clips on the latest updates in nutrition research provided by Dr. Michael Greger, author of How Not to Die and the How Not to Die Cookbook. Dr. Greger also offer the free "Dr. Gregers's Daily Dozen" iPhone App for Smartphone users.)


www.nutritionstudies.org (T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies - Offers articles, recipes, course, plant-based info and events)


www.pcrm.org (Physicians Commitee for Responsible Medicine) Dr. Neil Barnard’s website offering educational and professional material including educational literature, shopping lists, clinical research, events and their Power Plate nutrition guidelines. 


www.gmofreeusa.org (Promoting food transparency, advocating for regenerative food and ecological systems and educating consumers about the potential hazards of GMOs and related pesticides.)


www.who.int (World Health Organization)

“A healthy diet (for adults) contains

  • Fruits, vegetables, legumes (e.g. lentils, beans), nuts and whole grains (e.g. unprocessed maize, millet, oats, wheat, brown rice).
  • At least 400 g (5 portions) of fruits and vegetables a day (2). Potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava and other starchy roots are not classified as fruits or vegetables.
  • Less than 10% of total energy intake from free sugars (2, 5) which is equivalent to 50 g (or around 12 level teaspoons) for a person of healthy body weight consuming approximately 2000 calories per day, but ideally less than 5% of total energy intake for additional health benefits (5). Most free sugars are added to foods or drinks by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and can also be found in sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. 
  • Less than 30% of total energy intake from fats (1, 2,3). Unsaturated fats (e.g. found in fish, avocado, nuts, sunflower, canola mand olive oils) are preferable to saturated fats (e.g. found in fatty  meat, butter, palm and coconut oil, cream, cheese, ghee and lard) (3). Industrial trans fats (found in processed food, fast food, snack food fried food, frozen pizza, pies, cookies, margarines and spreads) are not part of a healthy diet.
  • Less than 5 g of salt (equivalent to approximately 1 teaspoon) per day (6) and use iodized salt.”

www.EWG.org  (Environmental Working Group – offers free information, their “Dirty 12 and Clean 15” Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce and other resources including food scores and dietary guidelines.)


www.hartfordhealthcare.org Hartford Healthcare and the Bone & Joint Institute in Hartford, CT offer a wide-range of classes, support groups, events and services. 


www.ct.gov/doag/cwp  (CT Farmer’s Markets and Community Supported Agriculture)


www.dresselstyn.com (Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Program - Offers articles, videos, FAQs, programs and books.)


www.bridgetofu.com (Connecticut's own offering organic tofu, seitan and amazake prepared using traditional methods)


www.TheWorldisVegan.com 


www.HowDoIGoVegan.com 


www.edenfoods (Eden Foods site for free recipes and online ordering)


www.SeaVeg.com (Maine Coast Sea Vegetables offering recipes, resource information and online ordering. Check out their videos on harvesting!) 


www.VeganOutreach.org (Nonprofit organization working to end violence toward animals. Seeking a future when sentient animals are no longer exploited as commodities.) 


www.thehumaneleague.org (Mission to reduce animal suffering by creating change at all levels.)


www.OhsawaMacrobiotics.com 


www.macrobioticsummerconference.com


www.chienergy.co.uk 


www.AbolitionistApproach.com 


www.peta.org 


www.MercyforAnimals.org 


www.all-creatures.org/saen (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) 


www.farmsanctuary.org 


www.americanvegan.org 


www.vrg.org (Vegetarian Resource Group) 


www.sagemountain.com 


www.susunweed.com


www.northeastherbal.org 


www.mountainroseherbs.com


www.avenabotanicals.com 


www.ctherb.com 


www.learningherbs.com 


www.compassionfest.net 


www.happycow.net 


www.bfp.org (Beagle Freedom Project)






Balance

What is Balanced Health?

Balanced health is achieved when there is a harmonious equilibrium within our body's systems: 

Endocrine, Circulatory, Respiratory, Immune, Digestive, Urinary, Lymphatic, Nervous, Muscular, Reproductive, Skeletal, Integumentary.

Imbalance within our body systems occurs when our own Yin and Yang qualities are no longer in equilibrium.

Imbalance in our bodies presents as lethargy, inflammation, discharge, depression, aches and pains, illness and disease.

Radiant health can be enjoyed when vibrant, nourishing foods are consumed AND digested properly in order to reach all of your body's systems on a cellular level.


Macrobiotics

"Macro" is defined as large and "biotic" as pertaining to life.

Macrobiotics = Large Life or Great Life

Macrobiotic diet and philosophy have been practiced, promoted, embraced and debated for centuries.  Widely practiced today in European and Eastern cultures, it, unfortunately, still remains a misunderstood approach in many parts of the United States. 

My teachings highlight the history, core beliefs and principles while promoting the universal health benefits and encouraging intuitive adaptation.  


The following is a definition of Macrobiotics as discussed and accepted by the Macrobiotic Association of Great Britain, Strengthening Health Institute, George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation, the new Spanish Association and others during the October 2017 Macrobiotics International meeting in Berlin.

"Macrobiotics, noun, (used with a singular verb.) 1. a way of life that guides one's choices in nutrition, activity and lifestyle. 2. a system of principles and practices of harmony to benefit the body, mind and planet. - macrobiotic, adj., such as macrobiotic diet or macrobiotic philosophy. Origin: from Ancient Greek: Macro (large or long) and Bois (life or way of living.)"

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang and the Five Transformations serve as the guiding principles in my menu planning, recipe recommendations and preferred cooking methods each season.  By acknowledging and working with nature's cycles, we can achieve optimal health. Focusing on a whole foods, plant-based, seasonal menu while making any necessary adjustments for specific individual health concerns yields astonishing results.

Action Plans

It is my goal to inspire and empower you in the kitchen. Take charge of your health by nourishing your body with whole foods. Learn how to refine your cooking skills and prepare your own customized meals while making seasonal adjustments and following your own intuition.  Fueling your body with vibrant, nutrient dense foods will assist you in maintaining, or returning, your body to a harmonious state of balanced health! 

Food truly is medicine and what you eat does matter!

Small changes yield big results.