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Return to Food Continuing Education Course

Sherry is offering an 8 week course through the Institute of Holistic Nutrition based on

her book Return to Food – How Going Back is the Way Forward

Return to Food

Instructor: Sherry Strong, Food Philosopher & Nutritional Strategist
Campus: Vancouver

  • Location: Jiivala Holistic Culinary Academy (530 Vernon Drive, Vancouver)
  • Sessions: 8 Mondays Oct 29 – Dec 17, 2012     7- 10pm  **NEW DATES
  • Required Text: Return to Food – how going back is the way forward by Sherry Strong
  • Fee: $365 + HST
  • Registration Deadline: Oct 24, 2012

Call IHN to book 604 558 4000

The premise of this course is that Nature dictates what and how we are meant to eat. Understanding this provides context for the deluge of nutritional information while decoding the discord amongst authorities, theorists and gurus in the nutritional space.

The book ‘Return to Food – How going back is the way forward’ by Sherry Strong, contains concepts and philosophies inspired by nature, thriving cultures as well as individuals who’ve achieved both amazing health and peace around their food choices.

Investigate our complex relationship with food, beyond ideology, physical nourishment and addiction with philosophies like The Lethal Recipe, Nature’s Principle and the Consumption Concept. This course will also explore seasonal, local, organic, whole foods, eating rituals and behaviours with practical real life application of the philosophies in the kitchen.

Understanding and creating context for the deluge of nutritional information while decoding the discord amongst theorists and gurus in the nutritional space in order to appreciate what nature dictates what we are meant to eat, provides basis for this course. The book ‘Return to Food – How going back is the way forward’ by Sherry Strong, contains concepts and philosophies inspired by nature, thriving cultures as well as individuals who’ve achieved both amazing health and peace around their food choices. Investigate our complex relationship with food, beyond ideology, physical nourishment and addiction with philosophies like The Lethal Recipe, Nature’s Principle and the Consumption Concept while exploring seasonal, local, organic, whole foods, eating rituals and behaviours with practical real life application of the philosophies in the kitchen.
Call IHN to book 604 558 4000

RETURN TO FOOD COURSE OUTLINE- Vancouver campus

8 Sessions: Program dates: Consecutive Monday’s for 8 weeks starting October 29th  7- 10pm to December 17th

INSTRUCTOR: Sherry Strong, APS, Food Philosopher & Nutritional Strategist

Textbooks:

  1. In Defense of Food, Michael Pollen, (required reading prior to Session 1)
  2. Return to Food Workbook – Sherry Strong

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Feeling overwhelmed by conflicting opinions of experts in the nutritional space? This course will provide context & clarity for the deluge of nutritional information to eliminate nutritional confusion. Asserting nature dictates what and how we are meant to eat, it explores concepts and philosophies from, “Return to Food”, by looking at nature, thriving cultures as well as individuals who have achieved both amazing health and peace around their food choices. Investigate our complex relationship with food, beyond ideology, physical nourishment and addiction while exploring seasonal, local, organic, whole foods with practical real life application of the philosophies in the kitchen

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Understand how far away food today is from its wild origins and the impact this has on the health of the planet and every species on it including humans. Understand the social impacts have had on food and food has had on our socialization.

  • To develop a critical thought process around the nutritional marketing of modern food.
  • To identify and offer possible solutions to the issues discussed.
  • To be able to articulate in your own words your conclusions from the course material.

FINAL MARK COMPOSITION:

  • 10%
  • 25% Research Document
  • 25% Presentation
  • 40% Written Assignment

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100%

RULES AND REGULATIONS:

With the instructor’s prior consent or in case of emergency, students can make up submit assignments late with a maximum allowable grade being 70%. Penalty for late assignments is a five-percent deduction from the mark per school day.

COURSE OUTLINE:

SESSION 1 Introduction – The Story of Food

How we once ate, an overview of the history of food. How did we Get Here and Why Go Back?

  • The Cost of Fast – How speeding up is making us sick and the case for slowing down
  • The Disease of Ease – How the seduction of ‘Easy’ is making us sick, fat & unhappy
  • The Big Cost of Money – How profit over integrity impacts food quality
  • Filling Up versus Nourishing – The Paradox of the Starving Obese
  • Young, Thin, Fit and Sick – How could fit thin people be sicker than overweight people.
  • Food Politics and the Truth about Food – The propaganda keeping people fat, sick and tired.

Text: Return to Food Workbook – Chapter One
Video: TBA

SESSION 2 The Lethal Recipe – Part One

How foods are processed the chemicals in foods, how consumers are unaware of their existence or impact on the body and the planet. Looking at the extreme processing of food and additives and the impact on human and planetary health.

  • You’re Not Eating Food – When does a food no longer become a food, at what point in the growing and processing is food more toxic than nourishing to the body.
  • Totally Addicted to Food – Evolution and how food is set up to make us addicts. How our current level to addiction affects the future of the environment.
  • Shooting Up Food, Turning Food into Drugs – How many basic ingredients are processed like highly addictive and toxic drugs.

How these common ingredients in 90% of packaged foods are processed;

  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Soy
  • Chemicals

‘Soft Drinks’ – Why soft drinks are so ‘hard’ to give up and on the body

Text: Return to Food Workbook Chapter Two
Video: TBA

SESSION 3 The Lethal Recipe Part Two

How foods are processed the chemicals in foods, how consumers are unaware of their existence or impact on the body and the planet. Looking at the extreme processing of food and additives and the impact on human and planetary health.

  • The Slow Death Diet – Is food keeping us alive longer or prolonging death?
  • Science is Good, not God – Understanding how science has been used to deceive and sell unhealthy food and why it needs to be contextualized.
  • Food Politics – The bureaucracy that keeps good science and important information from the majority of the public.
  • The Allergy Epidemic – The Truth About Lactose, Gluten and other Intolerances
  • The Banana Story – The difference between organic and conventional produce

Text: Excitotoins – The Taste that Kills – Russel L. Blayblock
Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill – Udo Erasmus
Return to Food Workbook – Chapter Two

SESSION 4 The Consumption Concept

Examining how sourcing our food impacts our buying and eating behaviours. Food movements, such as Slow Food, Local Food, Raw Food, Vegetarianism are explored while tying in recent emergence of food intolerances from Session 3.

  • How Would You Eat in Nature? If you had to source your own food from scratch in a natural setting, what would you eat for dinner?
  • Chicken of the Egg – What would you choose to eat if you had to source it yourself?
  • The Problem with Processing – What it does to the integrity and nutritional content of food.
  • How Many Steps From Nature is Your Food?

How to Eat Naturally in an Unnatural Environment

  • Most Abundant
  • Harder to Obtain – the Chocolate Cake Story
  • Cannot Be Found in Nature

Real Food over Diets and Diet Products – Food Fundamentalism and Extremism

Pay Now or Pay Later, Investing in Your Life – Cost versus Value analysis in Eating Real Food

Text: Return to Food Workbook Chapter 4
Video: TBA

Assignment 1: Examine the nutritional profile of a natural whole food, a minimally processed version of it and a highly processed version of it.

SESSION 5 Nature’s Principle

This class explores the hierarchy and principles in nature that are reflected in our wellbeing.

  • Nature’s Weird Little Secret – Our Primary Nutrient Sources According to Nature
  • Nature’s Principle – How we are meant to eat

The Three Primary Sources for Sustaining Life;

  • Air
  • Water
  • Soil – Vegetation

The Hierarchy of Plants – How nature tells us what, when and how much to eat

  • Soil is Sacred – Is what we’ve done to it is sacrilegious?
  • The Real Dirt on Organics – Why not all organic food is created equal or is healthy.
  • The Acid Alkaline Balance – How to know what is healing and what is harming according to nature.

Text: Return to Food Workbook Chapter Five
Video: TBA

Research Document Due

SESSION 6 First Do No Harm

Exploring the Process of Transitioning from the Lethal Recipe to Nature’s Principle. Also looking at the trend of the social context in which we eat and the impact on our wellbeing and eating behaviours.

  • The Mind, Body, Emotion and Spirit Connection to Wellbeing and
  • Healing – It’s not about the food, how we think and feel impacts our food choices and why prescribing a ‘diet’ is only a part of healing.
  • Is Obesity is a Disease of Lack or Abundance? – Why we are getting fatter and it’s not what you think.
  • Emotional Eating and Dieting in the last 100 years – Exploring the increase of eating disorders and disordered eating with self imposed extremes seen at no other time in history
  • The Role Love Plays in Human Health – How love for self, other species and the planet is impacted by our collective decisions of the present food system.

Text: Return to Food Workbook Chapter Six
Video: TBA

SESSION 7 – 7 Steps to Returning to Eat Real Food

  • Sourcing Real Food – How to shop and save money eating real food
  • Nutrients over Chemicals & Calories
  • Going Organic and Beyond – Understanding and navigating the world of chemical free food.
  • Ending Nutritional Confusion – Getting clear on what heals and what harms and how not to be fooled by Nutritional Marketing.
  • Modern Dairy – Like taking milk from a baby.
  • Is Meat Addictive? – Exploring if you are you eating meat because of the nutrients or the drugs.
  • Mindful Conscious Eating over Consumption – Health
  • considerations if you are going to eat animals and their milk.
  • Good Enough – Making peace with imperfection
  • Nourishing Beyond Food – The 3 Types of Nourishment
  • Being Human and Finding Peace in Eating – Handling Guilt, Worry & Forgiveness
  • Discipline and Love in the Practice of Eating

Text: Return to Food Workbook Chapter Seven

Written Assignment Due this class

SESSION 8 The Universal Recipe for Healing

The Case for More Wisdom and Less Information – we are deluged with information putting it all in context.

  • Air – Breath
  • Water – Hydrate
  • Vegetation & the Soil Story – Getting to the Root of the Solution
  • Movement & Pleasure – Finding a Way of Moving for Life
  • Sunshine as a Nutrient – Bathe don’t Bake
  • Community – Filling Our Need for Connection
  • Nature as a Source of Energy – Plug in and Go Farther
  • We are Meant to Eat Together – the social context in which we eat is as nourishing as what we eat.
  • Pick Your Poisons and Still Have Fun – how to eat the foods you love without getting sick, fat or tired.

Text: Return to Food Workbook Chapter

Presentation Given in the last class

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