Culinary Medicine Summer Program at Wellness Garden [USA]
This year, The FoodRemedy is coming to the USA with a fantastic program of culinary medicine classes all summer! These creative summer (and healthy) cooking classes at Wellness Garden will be held by The FoodRemedy’s co-founder, Nutritional Therapist Tara Zuluaga Dorgan of Root Health Nutrition.
The intention of these classes is to inspire and ignite a love of real food, get creative in the kitchen and help people find their own path to wellness. Our classes reverberate the concept that everyone is biochemically unique and there is no one right way to health. All of the classes and courses are designed to provide a deeper understanding of food choices and impart a confidence to cook delicious food in balance to maintain health physically, mentally and emotionally.
The school does not follow one particular diet (everybody has their own food journey), however, all classes are dairy, gluten and refined sugar free by default providing an anti-inflammatory baseline.
The classes are designed as a group to make up an Optimal Health course, but each class can be taken individually. The course is following the concept of the 5Rs, a protocol in functional medicine: Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate, Repair and Rebalance. The classes below are grouped in this fashion. Learn more about it here.
… food intolerances, toxicity, parasites, bacteria or yeast overgrowth, viruses, and anything else that may be stressing the digestive system and microbiome balance.
June 28 | 6–8pm Love Bread: Gluten-Free Baking
Gluten, unfortunately for us bread lovers, happens to be one of the most common food irritants to the human gut. It is a key player in promoting inflammation, and science is finding more and more links between this protein and autoimmune reactions. Science has shown us that NO ONE can digest gluten grains, but we do know that if you buy gluten-free products, they are often loaded with gums, fillers, sweeteners, and bad fats to mimic that gorgeous glutinous texture we get in our favorite carbohydrate-rich products. In this class, we will discuss the science behind gluten, ways you can support its digestibility if you are eating it, who should definitely stay clear of it, and how we can get everything we need without giving up our beloved BREAD! Join me for some tasty alternatives to the conventional, including recipes for gluten-free sourdough and grain-free breads.
July 3 | 9–11am Superfood Treats: Nourishing Desserts
Functional medicine Doctor, Mark Hyman says, ‘The facts are in, the science is beyond question. Sugar in all its forms is the root cause of our obesity epidemic and most of the chronic disease sucking the life out of our citizens … You name it, it’s caused by sugar: heart disease, cancer, dementia, type 2 diabetes, depression, and even acne, infertility and impotence.’ In this, class we discuss why we want to get this recreational ‘drug’ out of our diets and explore delicious, nutrient-dense recipes that won’t compromise health or taste! Treat yourself and indulge in these desserts which are sure to inspire your palate and bring something beneficial to your body in every single bite.
Replace digestive secretions by supporting the body’s ability to make digestive enzymes, stimulate bile and stomach acid production and ensure the essential nutrients are on-board for healing.
July 5 | 6–8pm Anti-Inflammatory: Make Every Bite Count
Chronic inflammation is a common denominator in most diseases. Yet the foods we choose to eat – or not eat – have a massive impact on this inflammatory cascade. A nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet benefits everyone; toddlers going through tantrums, those suffering with depression or anxiety, athletes trying to peak performance and speed up recovery, and the more obvious people with injuries, arthritis, and chronic disease. This class will help you understand what may be contributing to your inflammation and inspire you with delicious recipe ideas and foods to support a more vibrant you.
July 10 | 9–11am It Takes Guts: Digestive Health
Digestive health is paramount in any optimal health protocol. If your gut is ‘off’, or you suffer from inflammation or inflammatory conditions, this class is ideal for you. Learn about the best foods to soothe the gut and give it rest so it can heal. Find out how to stimulate your digestive enzymes, optimize your stomach acid levels, and ease symptoms of acid reflux, cramping, burning, constipation, diarrhea and chronic inflammation. We will focus on foods that restore gut health and promote detoxification. Take home nourishing recipes and food lists to focus on what will strengthen your immune system and reduce inflammation.
Re-inoculate the gut with beneficial bacteria and provide the right environment for them to flourish.
July 12 | 6–8pm Fermentation 101: Kefir, Kvass, Kraut
Fermentation is a fantastic process that preserves food, and creates beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. This class will introduce you to easy fermentation mediums teaming with good bacteria, acids, enzymes, and yeasts. Probiotics have been shown to help slow or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion, and improve immunity! This class has a hands-on element. Bring your mason jar, have fun and take home some happy ferments to start in your kitchen.
July 31 | 9–11am Fermentation 201: Probiotic Canning
Homemade salsa only lasts a few days in the fridge – fermented homemade salsa lasts months! The same goes for sauerkraut, pickles, beets and other garden foods. Fermentation allows you to store these foods for longer periods of time without losing the nutrients like you would with traditional canning. I will also show you how to use the ferments from Fermentation 101 to ferment everyday items like oatmeal, ketchup, crackers, and more!
Repair the lining of the digestive tract by supplying key nutrients that can often be in short supply in a disease state. In most disease that beings in the gut, we see something called intestinal permeability or ‘leaky gut’. This phase is essential to maintain health.
July 17 | 9–11am Mind Your Minerals: Energize and Revitalize
Minding our minerals and our mitochondria is vital in the ‘Repair’ stage of healing. Our cells need minerals! The minerals in our diet are essential for a variety of bodily functions. They are important for building strong bones and teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function, muscle, and for metabolic processes such as those that turn the food we eat into energy. This means that minerals are needed for the body to work properly for growth and development. Our mitochondria are tiny organelles found inside our cells which are responsible for over 90 percent of our body’s energy! They have a massive influence on our health. We need to supply them with the nutrients and co-factors they need to function so they can keep us going! This class is full of information, ideas and recipes to keep your cells happy and your body feeling energized and revitalized!
July 19 | 6–8pm Beautiful Broths: Soothing and Healing
Chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul; it has been used traditionally as a brilliant food to support healing, as it is rich in minerals and concentrated nutrients. Discover the immense goodness of different broths (bone and plant-based) and learn how easy it is to make and incorporate into your everyday cooking. It isn’t just for soup! Be inspired with ways to enjoy broths, and healing soups in the most unexpected places. Making broth part of your life can totally turn around your health and also acts as the perfect electrolyte, mineral mix and protein source for all.
Rebalance the body. Pay attention to food and lifestyle choices and make goals to keep a healthy body and mind.
August 2 | 6–8pm Dinner Party: Health in Balance
Join me for an epic dinner party at Wellness garden where we’ll create nutrient-dense and healing recipes that will not only wow your friends, but boost your conscience too, knowing you are helping build your friends’ health, body and soul. We will discuss where to source the best ingredients in the Valley, learn creative ways to recreate your go-to recipes and give them a nutrient lift without any of the bad stuff. Come hungry, as this class will include appetizers, salad, main course, and dessert. And, of course, some healthy MOCKTAILS!
August 7 | 9–11am No Dairy, No Problem: Deliciously Dairy-Free
Most people love the sweet, creamy, satisfying texture of dairy products. It does have a role in some people’s health, but on the whole, looking at it logically … milk was made to make baby cows grow into big cows. The growth factor in milk also speeds up the growth of our cells, which in many cases can be detrimental. We are not designed to digest it, nor the plethora of chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and inflammatory properties found in dairy products. Dairy also happens to be one of the top allergens and intolerances across the western world and is a contributor to excess mucus, sinus issues, and asthma.
This class will explore the science behind dairy in our diets, why it may not be supporting your health and some simple and divine alternatives that deliver that cheesy flavour and creamy texture without sacrificing health. Get creative with delicious, nourishing dishes and no cow in sight.
August 9 | 6–9pm Wild Kids, Calm Foods: Gut–Brain Connection
As a parent, sometimes it feels like our children are on an endless emotional roller coaster, but the latest research shows that our children might not be as responsible for their behaviour as we may think. The answer lies in the gut … Come learn how to nurture and balance their gut microbiome, so your kid can navigate the excitement and challenges of childhood. Nutrient-rich, child-friendly recipes that are sure to please the whole family.
August 14 | 9–11am Against the Grain: Grain-Free Kitchen
A grain-free diet can help improve performance, reduce inflammation, support the digestive system, help loose excess weight and so much more. This class features baked treats, practical staples and imaginative twists on dinner time favourites all without grain.
Optimal Health Course: $250
Mini Master Program: $475