Personal Chef with a focus on seasonal, whole food, vegan dishes
***PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULING ANY CLASSES, EVENTS OR SERVICES AT THIS TIME***
JANUARY'S 4 week Anti-inflammatory Cooking Class Series at Hartford HealthCare's Bone & Joint Institute has SOLD OUT and is currently underway.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
KINDLY NOTE THAT I AM NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULING ANY FUTURE CLASSES, PRESENTATIONS OR CONSULTATIONS AT THIS TIME
AS OF FEBRUARY 1, 2019, I WILL BE ENJOYING A SABBATICAL
This is only a very small listing noting 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
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.)
https://susancardillo.wixsite.com (The Practicing Vegan) Windsor, CT's own Dr. Susan Cardillo and James Emerich share their recipes, ideas, tips and suggestions for plant-based, vegan eating and living.
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 located in Middletown, CT. The Bridge's products can be found in natural food stores and restaurants. They offer organic tofu, seitan and amazake prepared using traditional methods. Their website lists some free recipes.)
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.all-creatures.org/saen (Stop Animal Exploitation Now)
www.vrg.org (Vegetarian Resource Group)
www.bfp.org (Beagle Freedom Project)
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.
"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 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.
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.