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Prescription for LIFE

Prescription for LIFE

What if your doctor told you there was a prescription to dramatically lower your risk of cancer? Or increase your chances of survival if diagnosed? All the while lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes. What would you say? And what if that same prescription was food? Food that was delicious and simple to prepare. That is what we call Food for Life.

We now know that 35-60% of cancers are diet related. We also know that a plant-based diet high in fiber, low in saturated fats, and rich in whole foods is the best prescription for cancer prevention. By the way, this same way of eating will lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk for heart attack and diabetes, and lower your weight. Sounds like a prescription with side effects you want, right?

So what does this look like on your plate? You start with the new four food groups and build your plate from there. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes form the Power Plate, our answer to the food pyramid. Breakfast may be cinnamon apple oatmeal, lunch could be a veggie wrap with soup, and dinner may be pasta marinara, a salad with chocolate mousse for dessert. How does that sound? Pretty delicious, right? It is! This is what we call Food For Life.

Want to know more? Check out our website at http://www.cancerproject.org or sign up for one of our local Food for Life classes. During a Food for Life class, our goal is to empower the participants and their families with easy to implement cooking skills to help them turn every meal into a healthy dose of nutrition. You learn more of the how and why about how food fight cancer and get to sample all the food made during the class. Healthy made easy for everyone.

Feed your body, fuel your life.
NOURISH

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PCRM | Food for Life Cooking Class Detail

Join us in exploring how a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes can enhance your health and support your overall wellness goals. Learn how to gain control of your health through simple steps in the kitchen.

Please join me for the single introductory class of How Foods Fight Cancer. Click on link below for details.

PCRM | Food for Life Cooking Class Detail.

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PCRM | Food for Life Cooking Class Detail

Join us in exploring how a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes can enhance your health and support your overall wellness goals. Learn how to gain control of your health through simple steps in the kitchen.

This four series class for The Cancer Project is being offered at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Please visit link below for details.

PCRM | Food for Life Cooking Class Detail.

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Knowledge is power!

I had an opportunity recently to get together with like minded individuals and brainstorm a little. We were trying to figure out the best way to help our community be a healthier one.  How do we help people take better care of themselves? How do we reach the people who are too busy to listen? How do we reach those who feel they don’t have the resources to lead a healthier life? How do we help people help their children do the same? It’s education, I’m sure of it. I’m not talking about a degree or level of schooling, I’m talking about practical, real life knowledge that can be put to work for anyone. I bet if I told you that cancer was the second leading cause of death in the U.S. you may not be surprised. I bet if I told you that 1/3 of cancer deaths are linked to diet you would be. How about the number one killer in this country is heart disease and it can be PREVENTED! Really. And if you have it, you can reverse the damage. Yes, really.

Have I peaked your curiosity yet? I hope so. What I just told you is that nutrition, what you eat, can prevent disease or at least, with cancer, reduce your risk. Here’s the thing, very few people are talking about it. Why? There’s no money in selling kale or collard greens. There are no sales reps, no lobbyists for greens and beans, there is just no money in this information. There are no drugs to be pushed, no sales to be made. But if I told you vegetarians lived longer and had a decreased risk of cancer, you might listen. If I told you to change your diet now rather than wait until your chest must be cracked open and your organs repaired, would you listen? I think most people would. I think if I told you that an obese child will live a shorter life than his parents, maybe you would care. If I told you an estimated 70% of diabetes could be prevented, you may listen. If you were obese, suffering form heart disease, taking medicine for diabetes, had an overweight child, you should know these things. Is anyone telling you? I don’t hear the screaming from the rooftops that we need.

So guess what? I’m about to start. Get ready because I plan to keep at it until I help people understand what it is they deserve to know. I can show people how to make healthy, delicious whole food meals for their families in 30 minutes that cost LESS than the meat and cheese filled entrees they are making now. I can help people understand how simple it makes life when you MAKE your own food. It’s cheaper than McDonald’s, tastes much better too. It is very empowering to know that  you are feeding your body to fuel your life and that of your family.

It’s time to get started, let the education of our community continue.  Nourish is now offering nutritional consulting.

Feed your body, fuel your life!

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Welcome to The Cancer Project

Last month I found out that I was selected to be a Food for Life instructor for The Cancer Project. I am overjoyed at this amazing opportunity!  Here is a little background on who they are and what I will be doing. The Cancer Project is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. They “promote cancer prevention and survival through a better understanding of cancer causes, particularly the link between nutrition and cancer. Through research, education, and advocacy, we are saving lives”.

I will be a Food for Life instructor (even the name makes me smile)! Food for life? Finally someone gets it! And they found a way to make it easy, accessible, and practical so people can take control of their lives. I will be cooking right in the class while sharing nutritional information on the power packed foods we are using. The goal of this program is to empower cancer survivors, their friends, and their family members with easy-to-implement cooking skills that turn every meal into a delicious dose of healthy nutrition. Let me tell you, the recipes are delicious, easy, and very affordable. I have been telling everyone for years that eating a plant-based (vegan) diet is all these things but now I get to show you how!

So who doesn’t want to come to a cooking class where you get to eat, learn, share stories, meet like-minded people, AND discover the joys of a healthy lifestyle? You don’t know how good you will feel or how much you can learn in one class! Interested? Let me know. I will post class dates and times when available. If you want to host a class, send me a message!

Leaving you with this…

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food” – Hippocrates  

www.cancerproject.org

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