Woodland Hills , CA 91367
Based on the book, Your Body in Balance: The Science of Food, Hormones, and Health by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, this set of classes addresses hormone-related problems including infertility, diabetes, and depression. Dietary choices have a surprisingly powerful effect on hormones and the problems they cause. The information provided in these classes explains the latest research and offers a new approach to treating, prevention, and even curing many of the most common and persistent health problems.
Class 1: A Healthy Thyroid
Your thyroid gland regulates your body's use of energy. If it is not producing enough hormones (hypothyroidism), you will feel sluggish. If it is overproducing hormones (hyperthyroidism), you may feel revved up with a rapid pulse and other symptoms. In the United States, the main cause of thyroid problems is the autoimmune system creating antibodies that attack the thyroid gland. There is evidence that those who follow a plant-based diet, void of meat and dairy, are significantly less likely to get thyroid problems. There are also individuals whose hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism have disappeared after switching to a plant-based diet. This class will set you on the right foot for following a healthful, plant-based diet with simple yet delicious recipes for the whole family.
Class 2: Foods and Mood
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 easily make at home.
Class 3: Avoiding Environmental Chemicals
This class reviews common chemicals exposures and how to avoid them to keep you and your family safe. Common chemicals addressed include BPA, phthalates, pesticides, and hormones. Practical tips are provided for limiting exposure to these chemicals including eating plant-based foods. Participants will watch a cooking demonstration and learn to make delicious recipes that avoid environmental chemicals.
Each class is two hours long and includes an educational video followed by three Healthy Holiday Recipes.
Attendees are welcomed to attend 1, 2 or all 3 classes.