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Nutrition, Greens, Grains and Beans – What Does It All Mean?

Nutrition is a hot topic these days, prompting lots of questions—and lots of confusion!

You may be  wondering…

  • Why you hear such contradictory dietary advice
  • What new “buzz” words like gut microbiome, phytonutrients and super foods have to do with you
  • Why children are developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity at younger and younger ages, yet those living in Blue Zones live to be in their 90’s, enjoying amazingly healthy active lives
  • What’s the connection between diet and the chronic diseases that are so common in the U.S.?

These and other questions will be answered in the upcoming class! Click here to watch a video preview.

Greens, Grains and Beans: Whole Food Plant-based Nutrition is emerging as one of the most popular trends of this century. Whether you’re just curious or already committed to better eating, this class will provide information and inspiration towards better health and a longer life. Monday, 10/30, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., ADV, Fees $30* (*LLI members receive 50% discount).

Instructor Joan Davis, RN, MS, explains why she is excited about offering this class: As a masters-prepared nurse with years of wellness experience, I thought I knew about nutrition—until my active, seemingly healthy husband had a sudden, totally unexpected heart attack. It was then I discovered the emerging body of research exploring the connection between diet and chronic disease. After earning a certificate in plant-based nutrition I am committed to sharing the encouraging messages I’ve learned: getting old doesn’t have to mean getting sick; and your genes are not your destiny.

You may also be wondering…

Will I feel guilty attending this class if my diet is far from ideal?

Nutrition is a very personal matter, so NO lecturing! NO nagging! Just the latest evidence-based research to help you learn more, then decide what works for you.

Will I fall asleep in the midst of dry scientific studies on nutrition?

Nutrition IS a complex subject, but there’s no reason we can’t have a little fun with our food lessons. This photo of my attire at a recent half marathon where I promoted vegetables while jogging shows my light-hearted approach. Eating healthfully is something to celebrate and the path to better nutrition provides lots of opportunities to learn and laugh on the way!

How can this class help me if I decide to go more plant-based?

Handouts including recommended websites, books, even free national “kick start” programs will be reviewed. You’ll leave with practical tips to incorporate more whole and plant-based foods whether in your kitchen or eating out. You’ll even get to sample some tasty plant-based snacks. Healthy munching while learning!

I’ve never been a healthy eater. Isn’t it too late for me?

Even after most of a lifetime eating the standard Western diet, you can turn it around, reversing chronic disease risk with a healthier diet. Don’t underestimate your body’s ability to improve even late in the game.

The field of nutrition is exploding with new research and I’ve been fortunate to learn about it from the masters: Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study featured in the popular DVD Forks Over Knives; Dr. Michael Greger, founder of the internationally-acclaimed website NutritionFacts.org  and Dr. Neal Bernard, author of newly-released The Cheese Addition. All three and others were on a recent cruise I had to opportunity to join. Taking onboard classes and dining on gourmet vegan cuisine with these nutrition pioneers rekindled my desire to share the good news about plant-based nutrition with others!

Guest Post by CE Instructor Joan Davis, RN, MS.

Register online or call 847.925.6300.


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