Eastover Weekly Complimentary Classes:
Never Diet Again
Dietary advice is plentiful, and it is, at best, confusing. Every week, new diet plans appear, and research wavers between the benefits and dangers of everything from supplements to caffeine to meat and dairy products. People are thrown into confusion and are relegated to passive participants in their own health decisions. But it need not be that way.
Dietary choices are made within a framework of assumptions we make concerning food and health: unspoken assumptions that we sublimate and never question. The problem is, many of these assumptions are wrong and, so, much of the advice that emerges based upon our understanding is flawed. Here at Eastover, our complimentary classes on diet and health question those very assumptions and place common-sense health care decisions back into the hands of individuals. We will teach you the power of observation; explore how our anatomy determines our diet; observe how nature provides perfect nutrition for all other species of animals and how that can inform our own decisions on diet and health. We don’t provide a diet plan. We provide a way to make sensible lifestyle decisions.
Quality vs. Quantity: We are obsessed with the quantity of food and nutrients we consume, but it is important to observe:
$11. Nutritional deficiencies are uncommon in people who live in developed countries. When it does occur, it is often because certain foods and medications leach the body of required nutrients.
$12. Illnesses in developed countries can be most often attributed to excess in one form or another, while illnesses and disease in developing countries can most often be attributed to want, or lack.
Our classes at Eastover emphasize the quality of life and the quality of foods we choose to consume, and we provide the tools for you to make your own health care decisions.
Explore the difference between eating a food just plucked from the vine vs. week-old kale vs. frozen and canned foods. Forage for one of the most invasive plants in the US, but one of the most nutritionally valuable plants ever analyzed. (Hint: it makes a great pesto sauce!) Discover the qi/ki/prana/energetics of food, and know that it is can be found in your backyard.
The Myth of Dairy Foods
Let us take you on a fascinating journey of the history of dairy foods, the role of dairy in our lives, and the mistaken assumptions we have been taught regarding the use of dairy products. It will turn your understanding of dairy upside down.
Evolution and Diet
We have evolved over many thousands of generations under conditions of natural light, pure water, and whole, unadulterated foods. Environmental influences that range over such a vast span of time fashion the human body like the hands of a sculptor, and we can safely assume that the very essence of who we are has been defined by that relationship. Any deviation from this natural order will invite a measure of stress and, eventually, disease.
We should recognize that all animals in their natural habitats evolved with foods perfectly suited for their needs to maintain health and natural resistance. Bees have their nectar, deer have their browse, birds have their seeds and berries, and each food an animal eats in the wild is perfectly suited for its needs; that is to say, each and every food an animal consumes benefits it in countless ways, and harms it in none. (Buffalo don’t get cancer. Explore the prairies where they feed to understand why.) Humans, too, have been included in this beautiful and intricate scheme. The next question to ask, then, is: what are those foods best suited for us? Join us in this exploratory journey. You will find it informative, entertaining and inspirational.
Learn What It Means to Eat According to Your Constitution, Your Condition, Your Climate, the Season, and Your Dreams.
Here at Eastover, we share with you the following life-affirming perspective and support:
Most people today have set for themselves the admirable goal of reestablishing their health. As important a goal as this is – as fundamental as this is – we should remember that a healthy body and mind is our birthright, and we are to use our health to achieve our goals. This is why here at Eastover, we offer classes to support mind and body: from cooking classes to positive psychology. Whole Health for the Whole Person.