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Bellaire, TX 77401
The holiday season is coming and how can we celebrate after such a tough year? Maybe some self-care gets us through. What better way then cooking healthy, delicious foods to make us feel better. Invite your friends and family to join you, there will be something for everyone.
In this class series, you’ll learn how mood, cancer, heart and brain disease are connected with dietary choices. To make the cooking part versatile, you’ll learn simple dishes for everyday and festive ones worthy of the approaching holidays. Each class includes a brief lecture by a Physicians Committee health professional, group discussion, and cooking demos. You’ll receive informational and recipe handouts.
Foods and Mood – October 24
Evidence suggests that foods can help conquer moodiness and more serious mood problems such as anxiety and depression. Studies show a dramatic improvement in depression and hostility scores, along with physical benefits, with a plant-based diet. This may happen because inflammatory foods such as dairy, meat, and eggs may trigger chemical changes in the brain. Furthermore, fruits and vegetables are anti- inflammatory. Another potential mechanism is the high-fiber content of a plant-based diet. Fiber fosters healthy gut bacteria, which release short-chain fatty acids that appear to have favorable effects in the brain. In addition to eating a plant-based diet, it is helpful to exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. This class will demonstrate mood-boosting recipes participants can sample and easily make at home.
Tackling Hormone-Related Cancers – October 31
Certain cancers are significantly affected by hormones: breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer in women and prostate and testicular cancer in men. We can help regulate our hormones with the foods we eat. This class will focus on low-fat, high-fiber foods to reduce the risk for cancer and help enhance survival for those who have been diagnosed.
Curing Erectile Dysfunction and Saving Your Life – November 14
A majority of the time, erectile dysfunction (ED) is an indication of artery disease. The same narrowing of the arteries to the male genitalia that results in impotence affects arteries to the heart, brain, lower back, and rest of the body. To reverse ED, one can follow the same steps used to reverse artery disease: a plant-based diet, moderate exercise, stress management, and no tobacco. This class will lead participants through these steps, focusing on the plant-based diet and how to cook delicious, filling plant-based meals.
Power Foods for the Brain – November 21
Plant-based foods are beneficial to the brain and may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. A decline in brain health is not an inevitable part of aging. But how we eat and live can help us protect our memory and stay sharp into old age. Research shows saturated and trans fats found in dairy products, meats, pastries, and fried foods can increase the risk for cognitive decline. Instead, eat a plant-based diet, which helps protect brain health. Berries and foods rich in vitamin E, including nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and whole grains are especially beneficial.