Food As Medicine: Plant-Based for Chronic Disease

Plant-Based food

4-week series: Fridays, February 23 – March 16, 2018 10 am – 12/12:30 pm
Location: Powell River Recreation Complex

Registration is now closed. This 4-part series will be co-presented by Emma Levez Larocque (Plant-Based Chef and Registered Holistic Nutritionist) and Dr. Danielle Marentette (Family Physician). It is designed for people who are looking to change their diet to improve a chronic disease. Learn the nutrition science on why and how a whole-food plant-based diet can help improve common chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, as well as practical advice on what a healthy plant-based diet consists of on a daily basis. In the kitchen you will get hands-on cooking tips and techniques for making tasty, healing whole-foods plant-based meals without refined sugar, salt or oil, and each week you will get to sample food, so you can see how good it can be! Costs include all food and equipment. $205 + taxes 

Each class will include nutrition information, for example:

  • WHY and HOW a whole-food plant-based diet can help to improve common chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers (this information will be tailored to the needs of participants)
  • Information and practical advice on WHAT a healthy plant-based diet consists of on a day-to-day basis, including a take-home checklist
  • Learn how to cook tasty meals without salt, sugar or oil (and the details on WHY you should avoid those things and how they contribute to disease)

Each class will also include a cooking lesson, which will give you the practical skills you need to do this right. For example,

  • How to make a component meal, which is a complete meal that you can make a number of different ways so you get the best nutrition without getting bored
  • Tips for batch cooking and demonstrations on how to use it in a weekly meal plan so you don’t feel like you are always in the kitchen
  • You will be given a collection of recipes that you can try at home, as well as a number of resources where you can find more!

Between the classes you will have access to a private facebook page so you can ask cooking or nutrition questions. If you need more personal 1-1 you can also book a private consultation.

What does “Plant-Based Cooking” mean?

It means healthy, delicious food that is made without any animal products or by-products. Whole foods that come from plants are abundant in nutrients that benefit our physical, mental and emotional health. They are naturally high in fiber and low in saturated fat, and a well-balanced whole foods plant-based diet has been proven to prevent and reverse some of the most common diseases that afflict people in the Western World. And it’s easier than you may think to cook with them!

Who should take this class?

People who are dealing with a chronic disease (or have a loved one who is) and are interested in finding out more about how a plant-based diet can help to improve symptoms and quality of life.