What is Culinary Medicine? Simply put, it is a prescription for good health. It’s all about bringing the chef and the physician together in the kitchen, working together to create delicious meals that promote good health and prevent disease.
At least 70% of chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease are preventable. In fact, there are a number of cancers that are also preventable. The most important first step to prevention is nutrition. Doctors are often asked about what to eat for good health. They may suggest that you eat quinoa or couscous as an alternative to white rice. That’s all well and good, but if you don’t know how to use these ingredients, chances are that you won’t use them. But, a culinary medicine expert will take the latest nutritional research and will teach people how to purchase, prepare, and enjoy healthy and delicious meals.
Now, more than ever, people are often confused about the right thing to eat, how to shop at the grocery store, and even how to navigate a restaurant menu. We are bombarded by new “cure-alls” whether it’s coconut water, turmeric, ginseng, coconut oil, gogi berries, etc. Conflicting information on risks and benefits of these foods creates so much confusion that most people are not sure what to do. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone guide you in sorting out the myths from facts? This is where culinary medicine comes in.
Cooking foods using fresh, healthy ingredients should be simple, affordable, and not intimidating. In short, what we eat is crucial to our health. So, take charge of your health and bring the doctor to your kitchen.
The Premiere Teaching Kitchen (part of Physicians Premiere Weight & Wellness Center) applies the principles of medicine to creating delicious, simple, and affordable foods. Call us at 703-783-(LOSE)5673 to learn about class schedule and topics.