Based on scientific nutrition information, students are learning about the industrialized food system, highly processed foods and their effect on our brains, moods, and appetites. They hear from local and national experts generously speaking about how our food system works. Last semester, they learned about CAFO’s and how animal protein is raised in this country. Do YOU know that 98% of all animal protein consumed in this country comes from a CAFO, where animals live and die in misery? My students didn’t know that either. They learn how to put together three days of healthy meals on a budget. Some students ate for $1.45 a meal!
Comments from students on Sustainable Living and Mindful Eating:
Life changing learning. Judge for yourself.
“Research studies quoted by guest speakers are interesting, especially the connection between recovery time and a plant based diet.”
“I really want to inspire my dad to move towards plant based eating because of his disease.”
“I think that plant based eating program for diabetic patients is astounding.”
“It is very encouraging to hear from a Physician Assistant that a plant-based diet actually can heal your body.”
“I learned how changing your diet can help prevent diseases.”
In addition to learning about the benefits of a mostly plant based diet, they learned how their moods affect their eating. They learned the practice of Mindful Eating, and how to establish a mindfulness practice. Some comments:
“Whenever I have a busy day and don’t stop to take a break to eat, I overeat at night. I get to a point of being too hungry that I indulge when I finally get the chance.”
“Sometimes I feel that I need to have something sweet to eat every day.”
“I need to pay attention to my mindful eating so I don’t feel that its ok because it can count as my carbs. I choose to pay more attention to this habit.”
“Whenever I make pasta I make the entire box, so I can have leftovers. Well, instead of spacing out my meals over the next few days I tend to eat the pasta: breakfast, lunch and dinner until its gone. I also don’t always add sides to the bowls of pasta, so it is straight pasta! It is a really bad habit!!”
It is truly life changing to notice how habits affect your eating. This can help you improve your health, and even lose weight! You may not be able to take the course, but you can buy the book. Contact me for more information.