Making changes to your diet should be fun and easy! And it doesn't have to be expensive, either. This class is the perfect place to learn the in's and out's of healthier eating.
In the class, we will discuss:
PLUS, we’ll dive into the how and why of it all, with a little history on how we got here in the first place.
In addition, you’ll have access to over 3 hours of lectures and over 25 pages of healthy recipes and documents you can print out to help you on this path.
In the process, you'll be able to make food choices that make sense AND make you feel good. And you can always reach out to me if you have any questions.
Here's my own story, in case you're interested:
When I was in my 20s, I gained weight. I became horribly ill. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me.
So I started to seek out on my own the answers I needed.
It turns out that all of my problems were caused by the processed foods that I was eating. You see, I was a junk food JUNKIE! But as soon as I started to eat fresher foods and eliminate the junk, not only did my health improve, but I lost weight, too.
Had I continued on that path, I don’t know where I would be now — I suspect, I’d be a lot heavier and a lot more miserable!
Instead, I feel amazing. I’m frequently told that I look 10-15 years younger than I am, and I have more energy, endurance, and vigor than ever before. Life just keeps getting better and better.
There’s no secret to my good health. It’s all about integrating small changes and making them stick. It’s about honoring this body — the only one I get! — with good food and healthy choices.
I have been studying nutrition and natural wellness for almost 20 years, and I am excited to share with you what I have learned.
Want the nitty gritty about what this class is all about? Here you go!
Let's get the legalities out of the way. I'm not a miracle worker -- YOU are. I put this disclaimer at the beginning of every lecture, in text format, just as a little reminder.
Here you'll find out why I really know what I'm talking about -- not only because of what I've studied, but because I've been down this road myself. I know what it's like to change my diet, step by step.
Want to know how the class is structured? What to expect? What not to expect? This is the video for you.
Find out why eating a rainbow every day is Step 1 in eating healther foods. We'll also discuss the meaning of "nutrient dense" and touch briefly on why organic makes a difference.
Everything you ever wanted to know about vegetables, part 1... Some tips on cooking and eating and which nutrients each vegetable contains and how they can help you to look younger, feel better, and live longer. We cover dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and roots and tubers.
Everything you ever wanted to know about vegetables, part 2... Some tips on cooking and eating and which nutrients each vegetable contains and how they can help you to look younger, feel better, and live longer. We cover gourds/squash, the lily family (onions, garlic, and asparagus), nightshades, and sea vegetables.
Do you love eating fruit? Find out why it's good for you, part 1. We'll cover citrus fruits, fruits in the rose family (apples, pears, berries, etc.), and gourd fruits (melons).
Why fruits are good for you, part 2. We'll discuss miscellaneous fruits, including tropical and exotic fruits.
Need help figuring out which vegetables and fruits comprise the rainbow? Here's a handout you can even take with you to the grocery store or farmer's market.
Feeling adventurous? Great! Here's something new to try.
You deserve a little treat after listening to these lectures. Here's a fun way to treat yourself to some fruit.
Ready to start eating more vegetables, but not sure how to prepare them? Here are some recipes for you to try! Email me a recipe of your own, and I'll include it in the supplementary materials. So be sure to check out the Supplementary Materials section of this class to see what offerings your cool classmates have for you.
Come take a tour of my local farmer's market and see what kind of goodies I put into my basket.
Here's an introduction to artificial food dyes, why and how they're used, and the history behind their use.
This video looks at some of the controversy and health effects of artificial colors and why YOU have to be a smart and savvy consumer.
Here's a look at the specific artificial (FD&C) colors, where you'll find them, and how to avoid them. I'll teach you how to become a smart and savvy consumer.
A short list of some unexpected products that contain artificial colors and their color-free alternatives.
Can you find an alternative to something you normally purchase that has artificial colors? Let us know on the discussion board what you've discovered.
Treat your eyes to the beautiful colors of nature.
More recipes, this time with some alternatives to foods you might make or purchase that contain artificial colors. All of these recipes contain only nature's colors. Email me a recipe of your own, and I'll include it in the supplementary materials. So be sure to check out the Supplementary Materials section of this class to see what offerings your cool classmates have for you.
This fun little quiz tests your knowledge from Sections 2 & 3
Here's an introduction to home cooking, why preparing a weekly menu helps your body AND your wallet, and some of my favorite cookbooks.
We'll cover why and how to freeze meals ahead of time, why good-quality cookware doesn't have to break the bank, and how to enlist the help of friends and family in the kitchen.
Ever wonder why beans are a magical fruit that can make you toot? We'll talk about why beans and grains make us fart. You'll learn how soaking grains and beans ahead of time not only makes it cook faster, but you'll fart less and make them more nutritious at the same time.
When you're eating fast and on the go, does the food sit in your gut like a brick? Find out why. Here's a tip to keep your digestion running smoothly. And don't forget to chew!
Need some help incorporating new grains into your diet? Here's your incentive! Go Team!
When was the last time you sat down to a tablecloth and cloth napkins?
Lots and lots of menu ideas and recipe suggestions using grains and beans. Email me a recipe of your own, and I'll include it in the supplementary materials. So be sure to check out the Supplementary Materials section of this class to see what offerings your cool classmates have for you.
A not very politically correct introduction to the link between fast food and obesity.
We're going get very graphic here about the production of fast food burgers. We'll talk about CAFOs, beef controversies, downer cows, and slaughterhouse conditions. And why poop might get into your burger.
How come there have been so many E. coli outbreaks recently? Here's why... plus a quick look at how we can so easily avoid E. coli outbreaks.
Are you addicted to French fries? Here's a look at some of the crazy, unnecessary ingredients you might find in a fast food French fry, including those that make you want to keep eating them. Don't worry, I'll teach you how to make your own homemade fries in the recipe section.
Here's the skinny on all the sugar found in soda -- one of the main purchases at a fast food restaurant. Learn why soda is associated with obesity.
Here's a suggestion on how to avoid fast food and save yourself a bundle in the process.
Our brains need some nourishment too! Treat yourself to an expansive look at one man's 30-day journey eating nothing but McDonalds.
Here's how to make some of your favorite fast food concoctions at home. Email me a recipe of your own, and I'll include it in the supplementary materials. So be sure to check out the Supplementary Materials section of this class to see what offerings your cool classmates have for you.
A fun little quiz testing what you've learned in Sections 4 & 5
Why is the 5th step throwing a party? So that you can share what you've learned! It's much more fun to be healthy with friends.
We'll touch on the different types of sugars and sweeteners available, the sordid history of sugar, and celebrate throwing a party with lots of healthy foods.
Have you ever wondered what you can do to eat less food at parties? Here are 5 easy steps. Print up the pdf and post it on your bathroom mirror.
This is it! You've made it to the end of the 5th step. Here are some fun party recipes for you. Email me a recipe of your own, and I'll include it in the supplementary materials. So be sure to check out the Supplementary Materials section of this class to see what offerings your cool classmates have for you.
Please be sure to complete a review for this class and let me know if there is anything I can do to make it better!
Founder and owner of Oasis Wellness, Jennifer Schmid, MSN, RN, CNL, is a holistic nurse and natural wellness educator who is passionate about helping people get healthy naturally. With degrees in both nursing and naturopathy, Jennifer successfully bridges the gap between conventional and alternative medicine, understands when each is appropriate, and advocates for her clients’ health care freedom. Jennifer brings over 20 years of teaching experience to students of all ages, and her goal is that her students feel empowered by her courses and ready to make positive changes in their lives. She knows what it's like to be a busy single mom trying to feed and heal her family on a budget, and she can give you the tools that you need on your own journey towards wellness.