WDIET : Wide open workshop (Wow)!

by KalaLea on June 11, 2011 • Posted in News

Scene:
Brooklyn loft space. Steamy hot. Beautiful faces. Music. Refreshing drinks and food. Wow!

photo_wdiet_wow1Sounds like the setting of an incredible party, huh? Close but not really. This past Tuesday evening, I hosted my first Why Did I Eat That? Wide open workshop (WDIET : Wow)!

Fourteen patient people — mostly my dearest and nearest friends — stared at me as if I was a stranger, eager to hear what I had to say about food and the WDIET philosophy: eat what you wish in extreme moderation with full awareness of where it comes from and how it affects your body on a moment-to-moment basis.

This will most likely be one of the healthiest bunch of participants I’ll ever lead. It was great to hear about their favorite fruits and veggies such as, sweet potato, avocado, papaya, and even purple asparagus.

My favorite exercise involved discussing our childhood memories of food. Three of the participants shared their stories of visiting grandparents down South and eating to their hearts’ content. When I asked what came of these experiences, good or bad, I was comforted by their expression of love and appreciation for whole foods. Families coming together around delicious, homemade meals had a positive impact on these storytellers for sure. When I asked what they could abandon from this southern experience, one person said, “eating until I am stuffed and uncomfortable”.

photo_steamedspinach3Time-wise. The sixty minute workshop lasted ninety minutes. Not the plan. I’m revisiting some of the exercises this weekend in order to bring a clear and concise message without losing the meat of the workshop (pun intended).

Everyone agreed, I must serve mini-meals at each workshop so that participants can experience yummy whole foods. I’ve posted the four recipes plus the types of bread and sweets from our menu in the Friday’s Recipe section.

Workshop participants and friends, feel free to comment below so others can read about your experience at WDIET : Wow!

Giving thanks and Happy Weekend!

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WDIET : Wow! Menu Recipes
Colorful Quinoa Salad

What’s in Season: Spring

Apricots
Artichoke
Arugula
Asparagus
Avocado
Beets
Carrots
Cherries
Collards
Fennel
Mango
Mint
Pineapple
Radishes
Rhubarb
Snow Peas
Spinach
Strawberries
Sugar Snap Peas
Vidalia Onions


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