The Food for Life Diabetes Nutrition and Cooking Class is a community-based, national program designed by health professionals to aid people with diabetes to learn about the power of food to improve their health and wellness. Launched in 2009, the Food for Life Diabetes Nutrition and Cooking Class is designed to bring a new, research-based, easy-to-follow approach to help people with diabetes in two significant ways:
- Avoid preventable complications from the disease
- Reduce the need for medication(s)
Designed by physicians, diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and professional chefs, the goals of this program are to empower people with diabetes with information on how food choices promote, prevent, and treat type 2 diabetes and practical cooking skills for healthy and delicious meal preparation. Instructors include registered dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionists, chefs, health community workers, and trained peer leaders with an interest in diabetes and a passion for plant-based nutrition. Our instructors have completed an extensive training program offered through PCRM, and participate in ongoing, interactive educational sessions.
People who have type 2 diabetes, or concerns about developing diabetes, and their friends and family members will all benefit from the class.
Background on the Nutritional Approach
Population studies and clinical research show the effectiveness of a low-fat, plant-based diet in:
- Improving blood glucose
- Promoting weight loss
- Reducing cholesterol
- Lowering the risk of common chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and various cancers
A well-planned plant-based diet has many nutritional benefits and has been demonstrated to be as acceptable as the portion-controlled diet for diabetes management. A plant-based diet has also been endorsed by the American Dietetic Association and described as a safe choice in the 2009 American Diabetes Association's Standards of Care for Diabetes.
What You Can Expect from the Food for Life Diabetes Cooking Class
Each two-hour interactive class includes:
- Nutrition education on the role of plant-based meal planning
- A presentation of moving interviews with people who share their inspirational experiences of how they reversed their diabetes following the same nutrition lessons taught in the class
- A cooking demonstration of simple, tasty recipes that can be easily recreated at home
- Delicious food samples of the recipes prepared in class
Participants will leave the class equipped with recipes, a summary on how to get started with a planted-based nutrition approach, and information on additional resources.
Note: Participants are strongly encouraged to work with their health care team to safely make changes in diet.
Every Thursday, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes
Thursday, April 18 The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart
Thursday, April 18 Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
Thursday, April 25 Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control
Thursday, April 25 Using the Glycemic Index
Thursday, May 2 Keeping a Healthy Heart
Thursday, May 9 Diabetes Care from Head to Toe
Thursday, May 9 Making It Work for You