Author Archives: WAPF Rockland County

About WAPF Rockland County

I am passionate about helping people eat in a way that is most nourishing and satisfying to them.

Food As Medicine

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Thursday April 3, 2014

7-8:30 PM

Hudson Valley Functional Medicine, 707A Executive Blvd, Valley Cottage, NY

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The food we eat has an amazing ability to steer our health in the right direction, or the wrong one. 

If you are struggling with a chronic illness then it is even more important to get it right.

Based on the work of Dr. Patricia KaneDr. David Perlmutter, and others I will introduce a healing diet that is very powerful, but also enjoyable and simple.

In this lecture learn about foods that can have an anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and healing effect on the body.  And also learn the ones that are pro-inflammatory and that hinder healing.

We will also go over how to implement this way of eating in a practical way. Recipes and meal plans will be provided.

Take Back Your Kitchen!

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Healthy Meals For Picky Eaters!

Do you struggle with a picky eater? Do you wish your children ate better but feel helpless about how to get them to do so? Are you unsure about which foods are the best?

We are surrounded by quick food that is not the healthiest so it is easy to resort to less than ideal choices. And with a picky eater it can be very challenging, even when you are doing your best.

In this discussion we will explore ways to get your children to eat better and we will go over healthy, convenient food options.

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Join nutritionist Jill Cruz, MS, for this informative talk on how to maximize your children’s health

Saturday, March 9th

10 AM 

The Christian Community Church

15 Margetts Rd

Chestnut Ridge, NY

$10 Suggested Donation

RSVP: jill@bodywisefoodsmart.com

IMG_0378Jill Cruz, MS, is a Nutrition and Health counselor for Body Wise, Food Smart. She melds together scientific knowledge with learnings from multiple modalities such as Metabolic Typing, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, Weston A. Price principles, and her life experiences.  Jill is passionate about helping people incorporate healthy food and lifestyle choices into their lives. Learn more about Jill:

www.bodywisefoodsmart.com

Outrageous October Events!

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The Harmony Diet

Thursday, October 11th 7 PM

Tappan Library 93 Main St. Tappan, NY

Have you ever wondered why some people do great on a more vegetarian-type diet while others feel they wouldn’t survive more than one day without meat? Why are some diets such as the Atkin’s Diet wildly successful for some and a dismal failure for others? Or are you just confused about what to eat?

The answer is simple: We are all unique and there is no “one” diet that is right for everyone!

Although almost every shred of information about eating healthy would lead you to believe the contrary, this is a simple truth that can transform the way you view eating.

It is easy to find the way of eating that is right for you, but it requires an open mind and accepting that there are no inherently “good” or “bad” whole foods. At this workshop I will guide you through the process to find out the most nourishing foods for YOU (ie: not someone else). And we will learn about the single most important skill in reaching your ultimate health potential.

Join nutritionist Jill Cruz for this informative talk on how to reduce cravings, gain energy, and improve mood.

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Jill Cruz is a Nutrition and Health counselor for Body Wise, Food Smart and a Masters Of Science candidate for Human Nutrition at The University of Bridgeport. She melds together scientific knowledge with learnings from multiple modalities such as Metabolic Typing, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, Weston A. Price principles, and her life experiences. Jill is passionate about helping people incorporate healthy food and lifestyle choices into their lives. Learn more about Jill

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The Natural Diet

for

Cats & Dogs

Saturday, October 13

1-3 PM

The Christian Community Church

15 Margetts Rd

Chestnut Ridge, NY

$5 Suggested Donation for use of space

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Learn how to feed your pet the way it was meant to eat!

Your dog or cat can achieve vibrant health and longevity and avoid many degenerative diseases with a few simple dietary changes. 

Presented by Dr. Eric Goldman

Introducing The Eat Well Club®

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After about 4 years of personal and spiritual growth related to my health and eating well I have come to the conclusion that this endeavor requires regular inspiration and support.

I began this quest motivated by fear and regret and have now come to a place of simple inspiration. Over the years I have vacillated between extremism, unconventional self-experimentation, an occasional “screw it, I’m eating ice cream”, and a calm, confident attitude of “I’m just doing it”. What I have found is that the times when I’m feeling inspired and supported is when I remain in the “I’m just doing it” attitude.

The “I’m just doing it” attitude is so easy and peaceful. There is no angst, no guilt, no unrequited desires, no rationalizations, and no judgement. This is when I eat well and faithfully follow my most nourishing practices. This is when I feel my best.

So, it is with great excitement that I announce my launching of The Eat Well Club®! My intent is to provide a supportive, loving, and light-hearted space that inspires others to be at their best.

Meetings will be held in Chestnut Ridge the first Monday of every month at 7 PM and the third Saturday on 10 AM. There is a 5$ suggested donation for each meeting.

In my studies I come across multiple valid reasons to scare the junk food right out of your hands. The sheer complexity and potential for disaster to occur in our biological systems is overwhelming to ponder. However, I do not look to motivate through fear. My goal as a practitioner and partner in health-building is to inspire, inspire, and inspire. How can I do that? I believe that we ALL have it in us to do our best. I believe that we all have the power to transform and direct our realities. But since we are modern humans often disconnected from our inner world, we also all need support to draw upon this inner personal power and ability.

So my goal is to help people recognize that they posses this power. Once the awareness is there then regular reminders, acceptance, and support can help maximize the harnessing of this power. The Eat Well Club® is a gathering of people who are inspired by this power and desire mutual support to harness it to transform their realities. 

For more details go The Eat Well Club® page or visit Events on our Facebook page to RSVP to attend a local meeting.

Fermented Foods Workshop

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This summer you can preserve nature’s bounty by fermenting many different typs of foods. From vegetables and fruits to dairy and meat; pretty much anything can be fermented into a tasty, nutritious, long-lasting food.

Join us for this informative and fun workshop and learn how to make some popular fermented foods.

Saturday, June 16

1-3 PM

The Christian Community Church

15 Margetts Rd.

Chestnut Ridge, NY 10952

Suggested donation 10$

Thank you to Kittikun Atsawintarangkul  and Free Digital Photos for the image.

What Do Healthy People Eat?

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have you ever wondered?

In this talk we will explore the work of Weston A. Price to find out what extremely healthy people across the globe were eating in the 1930s. These people had superb physical and mental health, near-perfect teeth, and they were happy! With a few modern adaptations we can eat like these people did and reach our maximum health potential!

-find out about super nutrient-dense foods

-find out what are the most nutritious foods for YOU (it varies)

-find local sources for high-quality food

Rockland County Weston A. Price Foundation Meeting

Saturday, April 14th, 1-3 PM

Christian Community Church

15 Margetts Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY

RSVP to jill@bodywisefoodsmart.com

6$ suggested donation

What’s growing in YOUR yard?

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Are you interested in gardening?

Are you considering backyard chickens, bees, or other animals?

Do you want to convert yard space to useful space?

Then this is the workshop for you!

Learn about this, and more, from a self-taught, local homesteader!

And see what is growing in her “yard”!

Saturday, March 17th

10 AM-12 Noon

RSVP for location:  jill@bodywisefoodsmart.com

10$ suggested donation

FRESH! Movie Screening

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Free screening of this inspiring documentary!

Join us for a discussion afterward and

learn how you can eat more local food and be healthy!

When: Sunday, February 5, 2:00 PM

Where: Finkelstein Memorial Library

Fielding Room, 3rd Floor

24 Chestnut Street, Spring Valley, NY

RSVP: jill@bodywisefoodsmart.com

Sponsored by Rockland County WAPF and The Wellness Committee of Green Meadow Waldorf School

Check out a trailer of the film HERE!

Boost Your Immune System With Super Foods!

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January 21, 1-3 PM

Christian Community Church

15 Margetts Rd.

Chestnut Ridge, NY

Donation: 10$

RSVP: jill@bodywisefoodsmart.com

Winter is upon us and with it comes colds, flu and general malaise for many people. But it is possible to escape all this suffering year after year. It involves eating a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods, avoiding junk food and sleeping well.
Combining this with several SUPER FOODS that are right for you can give your immune system the boost it needs to slide through winter sniffle-free. We will introduce these powerful super-foods and discuss other ways to strengthen your body’s defenses this winter.
RSVP: jill@bodywisefoodsmart.com
Donations go to the Church and help pay for meeting supplies.

Some REAL Holiday Cheer

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The soothing, warming aroma of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes and apple pie are irresistible to just about any American. It is quite extraordinary how quickly all of that delicious food is consumed. Even more extraordinary when one considers that it is usually followed by at least one evening, if not days, of discomfort. And this discomfort seems to be forgotten by the time December rolls around. Differing religions, households, and customs create a great variety in how this season is celebrated but food is universally involved.

What does this translate to in terms of our health? One would normally assume that the answer to that question depends on the amount of sheer willpower a person possesses. If you are like I used to be, you can pretty much rely on over-indulgence and feeling simply awful afterward. For me that was the case for several reasons.

  1. I didn’t know what it meant to feel truly healthy so experiencing discomfort after a meal was not so unusual.
  2. I was not aware of how much food affected how I felt (duh!) so I had no compelling reason to control myself.
  3. I was not satisfying my nutritional needs at any given meal so gluttony was a common occurrence.
  4. At social gatherings I just wanted to “enjoy” myself and was not interested in limitations or restrictions.

If you find yourself overeating during the holidays you may be prey to one or more of the factors I’ve listed above.  But be encouraged! All of them can be overcome.

It may be shocking to hear that there is a state of being where, not only do you not overindulge, but that you have no interest in doing so.

 I will look at each of these issues in order.

1. “I didn’t know what it meant to feel truly healthy so experiencing discomfort after a meal was not so unusual or especially noticed.” 

It may be a little late, in November, to elevate your health high enough to lose interest in overindulging. But you can begin to improve your health right now, which will increase your chances of eating better at the holidays. And also, if you do veer off track it will be easier to get back on the right path if you’ve started some healthy habits beforehand.

Some basic improvements you can start making now:

-Begin eating in harmony with your metabolism

-Reduce or eliminate intake of processed foods

-Replace refined grains with whole grains

-Replace refined sugars with raw honey or maple syrup

-Focus on eating foods with the highest nutrient-bang-for-buck

2. I was not aware of how much food can affect how I felt (duh!) so I had no compelling reason to control myself. 

The best way to cure this illness is to eat really well for awhile. When you see how undeniably powerful eating the right food for you can be, no convincing will be necessary.

The biggest mistake people make when they are “trying to eat healthy” is that they completely ignore messages from the body while doing so.

This results in many people not seeing warning signs that what they are doing may not be so healthy. Or they feel better but disregard this important fact and easily fall into old bad habits.

Practicing the fine are of observing your body is more important than any other single change a person can make. We all have unique needs. And, there is no “one” right diet for everyone. What is great for me may be a disaster for the next person. Observing your body is the key to identifying what is working for you and what is not. A simple food diary is a good place to start with this. Record what you eat and how you feel after you eat.

3. I was not satisfying my nutritional needs at any given meal so gluttony was a common occurrence.

When you are eating a nutrient-dense diet that is right for you, you will be satisfying your nutritional needs. This will lead to the great habit of stopping eating when you are satisfied (I said satisfied, not stuffed).

Even at the holidays this will work. Yes, sitting around with friends and family lends itself to eating more than usual, but you will already be in the habit of eating just the right amount so your chances of stopping are much higher.

4. At social gatherings I just wanted to “enjoy” myself and was not interested in limitations or restrictions.

The beauty of eating really well is that you feel great pretty much all the time. You really lose the need for artificial stimulation. If you get it right you should feel an unprecedented feeling of calm contentment.

Your ability to live in the moment, be patient and enjoy the little things in life will be greatly enhanced.

This lends itself well to enjoying every day, not just the holidays.  The common habit of equating “being bad” with enjoying yourself may completely dissipate. Because in fact, the better you eat, the better you feel. And the better you feel, the more you will enjoy yourself. It seems pretty simple but most of us have developed a rather convoluted idea of having fun.

More information on Eating in Harmony With Your Metabolism.

More information on a Nutrient-Dense Diet.