A WFPB lifestyle aims to maximize consumption of nutrient dense plant foods while minimizing process foods, oils, and animal foods (including dairy products and eggs). It encourages lots of vegetables (cooked or raw), fruits, beans, peas, lentils, soybeans, seeds and nuts (in small amounts) and is generally low in fat.
Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low risk intervention that may lower blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels as well as increase Weight loss and reverse many chronic diseases (diabetes II, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers and autoimmune diseases) as well as reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower heart disease mortality rates.
It's the food! Change your food. Change your health destiny. It's that simple.
Two Classes - December 14, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Caloric Density - Lecture and Cooking Demo. Are all calories created equal? Just what is a calorie? On a day-to-day basis, people generally eat the same amount of food by weight. Learn how you can consume a larger portion of low calorie density foods and lose weight!
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Foods that Build your Vitamin Shield - Lecture and Cooking Demo. Learn about free radicals, what they are and what they can do to you. What about coffee? Good or bad? Heard about resveratrol? What is it? By using vitamins (found in food) E, B6, Folate and B12 we can knock out free radicals, lower our homocysteine levels and help to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Foods That Shield You from Toxic Metals - Lecture and Cooking Demo. In the brain of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease, you typically find this beta amyloid plaque. If you were to break apart this plaque, what would find? Metals! Perhaps copper, iron, zinc, aluminum, or mercury! But wait! Don’t I need these in my body? Learn the latest research and the impact this has on our brain!
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Living WFPB Build Your Cognitive Reserve - Lecture and Cooking Demo. Learn about cognitive reserve, which is a new concept in neurology, that may help us to hold on to memories for much longer. To do this, one must provide intellectual stimulation and building the connections between brain cells. Learn how to build your cognitive reserve in this presentation.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Living WFPB: Physical Exercise That Protects the Brain - Lecture and Cooking Demo. Exercise is good for so many things, and brain health is one of them. As your heart starts pumping, you rejuvenate your brain cells. In this presentation, learn how the hippocampus (the brain structure that is key for memory), is enhanced by any sort of exercise that gets your heart going.
Cooking demo: Soy Yogurt topped with fruit
Cooking demo: All Hale Kale (steamed, topped with infused balsamic vinegar)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Living WFPB: Build Memory Power as you Sleep - Lecture and Cooking Demo. Sleep is important. If your sleep is disturbed, your memory "files" remain in a jumble, and you have a hard time coming up with the names and words you need. Once you are asleep, your brain no longer has to pay attention to conscious life, it can file away the experiences of the day, reset your emotional balance, shore up your pain control and generally tidy up. Certain medications and health conditions can wreak havoc with your brain cells and interfere with sleep. Bottom line, your brain needs rest!
Cooking demo: Instant Pot basics - how to cook rice
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Living WFPB: Medicines & Health Conditions that Affect Memory - Lecture and Cooking Demo. When anyone experiences any sort of memory problem, medication should be high on the list of suspects. Specific medications that can affect your memory include: cholesterol lowering drugs, sleep medications, antidepressant, antihistamines, anxiety medications, painkillers, blood pressure medications, and acid blockers. Some hidden medical problems that can affect your memory include: gluten intolerance, depression, menopause, thyroid hormone, lack of oxygen to the brain, infections, cancer treatments, and diabetes. If you notice any change in your mental function, a check of the medicine cabinet and a good medical evaluation hopefully will identify the cause so you can address it promptly.
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm WFPB Foods that Protect You from Harmful Fats and Cholesterol - Lecture and Cooking Demo. Blue zones are places where people enjoy good health as well as healthy brain functions well into old age. In all these places, people's food choices have one thing in common: they emphasize food from plant sources. The biggest source of saturated fat in the American diet is from dairy and meat products. Combining the saturated fat with metals aggravates the production of beta-amyloid in your brain cells. Zinc causes the beta-amyloid to come together and copper and iron make free radicals that destroy your brain cells.