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7 Steps to Whole Body Wellness at Food As Medicine

Food As Medicine is coming up soon! Join us this September 18-22 at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Healing in Stockbridge, MA.

Marti Wolfson.
Chef Marti Wolfson brings us her “food forward approach to optimum health”.

Click here to register. Faculty members James S. Gordon, Kathie Madonna Swift, John Bagnulo, Cynthia Geyer, Aviva Romm, Stefanie Sacks, and Marti Wolfson will be sharing their expertise on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Core imbalances: the root of disease and the opportunity to heal
  • Nutrition in practice: case studies and clinical pearls
  • Macronutrients, micronutrients, and phytonutrients
  • A holistic approach to digestive healing
  • Cutting-edge laboratory assessment
  • Detoxification of mind, body, and spirit
  • Evolution of the human diet
  • Women’s health and prenatal care
  • Dietary supplements
  • Mindful eating and the art of self-care
  • Lively cooking classes.
FAM Faculty member Dr. John Bagnulo answers one-on-one questions with FAM trainees at Kripalu.
FAM Faculty member Dr. John Bagnulo answers one-on-one questions with FAM trainees at Kripalu.

Earn CE credits and learn hands-on ways to bring nutrition‬ and‪ ‎integrative medicine‬ together in your personal life, professional practice, and broader community. 

Return home knowledgeable about recent research and prepared to confidently and compassionately guide your patients toward sound, practical nutrition.


Wondering what it will be like at Kripalu? We’re sharing 7 steps to whole body wellness that you can take advantage of while at Food As Medicine. Reinvigorate your mind with new integrative nutrition knowledge, relax your body in the welcoming natural environment, and refresh your spirit by forming lasting connections with other health professionals. 


  1. Take a yoga class – Get your mind and body in sync by attending one of Kripalu’s yoga classes. Taught by some of Kripalu’s best and most seasoned teachers, these classes cater to all different skill levels and needs. Find a class that fits you, and feel the tension melt away.

  2. FAM mindful eating exercise with Dr. Gordon – An integral part of all our programs, Dr. James S. Gordon teaches what “eating mindfully” means and how to do it. He’ll walk you through an exercise, where you learn firsthand how to truly experience food by using all of your senses.

  3. Go for a walk by the lake – Nestled in the Berkshires, you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location to inspire revitalization. Connect with nature on one of Kripalu’s many hiking trails, or spend some time at the lakefront beach area. Take time to get lost in nature amid wildflowers, ferns, forested pathways, and rolling hills.

  4. FAM food demos & cooking classes – Ever feel overwhelmed by the concept of eating healthy at home? Our top-notch chefs will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as share helpful tips and tricks for cooking easy and delicious meals at home. Evening cooking classes ensure that you see the how-tos from start to finish.

  5. Enjoy the sauna – To help with the detoxification process, pack your swimsuit and visit the sauna. If you’d prefer something different but equally relaxing, Kripalu offers a range of healing arts services, including several types of massage, energy work, and ayurvedic services.

  6. Eat delicious meals – One of the most popular aspects of our trainings is the incredible meals. Our delicious gourmet lunches are whole-foods based with an emphasis on fresh flavors to stimulate the palate while nourishing the body.

  7. Shaking & Dancing – Experience this stress-relief technique we teach all over the world, including in areas traumatized by war, terrorism, and natural disaster. Release endorphins and get the body moving in this easy and fun activity — a great tool to use in your everyday life.


Shoutouts to our FAM supporters & vendors

Food As Medicine (FAM) Minnesota was a great success, thanks in part to our supporters & vendors! We want to share a behind-the-scenes look at the people and products who help make FAM possible. Click here for more snapshots from FAM MN. Thank you to The University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing for your coordination and interdisciplinary commitment to whole body wellness!

Our Food As Medicine training is the nation’s leading introductory program in medical nutrition, providing a semester’s worth of nutrition care practices in just four days. We provide a curriculum for physicians, registered dietitians, and educators to bring back to their communities. The next FAM is September 18-22 2015 at Kripalu in Massachusetts.


Functional Formularies gave an inspiring lunchtime talk at FAM. Read about Functional Formularies founder Robin Gentry McGee’s personal journey and how her love for her father helped her create a better liquid feeding option: “This experience even further rooted my feeling that food has the innate power to both harm and heal. I deeply believe that from my father’s suffering he gave not only a great gift to me, but to the world. And I hope to share with as many people as possible.”


Dr. Elizabeth Klodas attended FAM in Baltimore and was eventually inspired to create Step One Foods, nutritional and flavorful foods that help build a solid foundation of health.



Experience Life Magazine has featured articles from Dr. James S. Gordon, CMBM’s Founder and Director, and Dr. Mark Hyman, FAM senior faculty. Subscribe online to get the best news, interviews, tips, and guidance on happier & healthier living.



Love at first bite? KIND snacks reps were super busy sharing tasty samples with participants. Follow their KIND blog to learn more about their community service and social good initiatives, and tag your pics with #Kindawesome.



Super Food Cards sold out of their simple, informative recipe cards (which are also waterproof)! Combine greens, vegetables, whole grains, beans, fruits, proteins, nuts & seeds, and homemade stock for inventive and clearly organized meals. Follow them on Twitter @NourishSchools.


Thank you Vital Choice for the beautiful wild salmon and halibut for our lunch meals. Their website has a special category for Paleo Eats, making your paleo diet protein choices easier than ever.

7 smart convenience foods blog

7 Smart Convenient Foods

Food As Medicine Education Director Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, shares these tidbits of wisdom to help you eat healthy in the simplest way possible. Visit Kathie’s blog to learn more great tips on a healthy lifestyle.

To create and maintain good gut health – and a happy microbiome, opt for whole foods and by whole I mean minimally processed, unadulterated and not created or “enhanced” in the lab. Meals made with simple, nutrient-dense ingredients, as close to the vine as possible will deliver the maximum benefit to your belly, brain, heart and just about every cell in your body. Your body deserves and will run a lot better on good fuel, so don’t settle for a so-so tasting, take-out dinner that’s loaded with unhealthy fats, salt and hidden sugar(s). Instead, head to the kitchen and whip up something that is delicious and nourishing.

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