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Cooking for wellness: Nonprofit hosts classes for those with challenged digestion

Modified: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017




This Thursday, March 16, and every Thursday following, the Wellness Kitchen, a local nonprofit organization, will host a cooking class designed specifically for  individuals from all across San Luis Obispo County who are faced with life-altering health crises.

Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on cooking classes — covering topics like comfort foods, green necessities and quick weekday meals — the Wellness Kitchen hopes to provide nutrition and culinary education to those suffering from devastating treatments, surgery recoveries and overall challenged digestive systems, executive director Nancy Walker said.

“(Those suffering can learn to) take (their lives) back by making (overall) lifestyle changes - nutrition, portion sizes, clean eating, meditation, exercise, friendships - kind of (all through) the whole ‘mind-body-spirit’ mentality to living,” Walker said.

Although a majority of students are normally individuals who have recently been diagnosed with illnesses - like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and several autoimmune diseases - other students are often community members who simply want to realign their goal of achieving optimal health. 

All of these community classes - which are offered in both English and Spanish - are offered for free, Walker said. The ultimate goal is that no one will ever have to be turned away due to a simple lack of funds.

The Wellness Kitchen currently has roughly 50 volunteers per week - all between the ages of 13 to 80 - who work to perform necessary duties like shopping, washing produce, chopping, cooking, packaging meals and many more, Walker said.

Both students and volunteers alike however, agree these classes act as the perfect opportunity to learn and personally experience the benefits of clean eating, Walker said.

While this week’s Portable Snacks class is scheduled to be held in Templeton at 1255 Las Tables Rd., the Wellness Kitchen generally prepares weekly meals and broths that are available for pickup in three different locations across the country - at the Joselyn Center in Cambria, Idler’s Home in San Luis Obispo and the Wellness Kitchen in Templeton.

For more questions contact the Wellness Center at (805)434-1800.

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