Food As Medicine: Day 3

June 10, 2012

By Jo Cooper

Food As Medicine 2012 - Day 3

What a remarkable day, rich with diversity & texture. Elements of clinical practice this morning, with Cindy Geyer, MD leading us through Laboratory Basics and Kathie Swift, MS, RD sharing Simplifying Supplements. Supplement Jeopardy was a fun test of our knowledge! Lunch was utterly delicious: Rockin’ Black Bean Soup with Avocado Cream, greens, g/f cornbread muffins, Lime Citrus Halibut, Chef Stubb’s own plantain crisps, and Mexican slaw from Rebecca’s upcoming new book (gosh that was good! Lime cumin dressing…).

Jeanne Wallace, PhD provided an inspiring new talk on Edible Landscaping, and I am all fired UP to get my hands back in my garden soil, with all the references I’ll need to add some nutrient dense foods to my front yard. Victoria Proctor, RN, MS talked about working with little ones and at-risk teens using food, movement and mind-body medicine, and had us up and dancing to the music she used with her 3 & 4 year olds. Derek Neal, BS, CHHC offered a powerhouse talk about reaching out to people in a genuine way in Keeping it Real, about his work with ex-offenders and his health coaching clients in East Baltimore. Chef Rebecca Katz shared the essential batterie de cuisine in her Pantry, Pots & Pans demo, and Mark Hyman, MD brought it home, and brought down the house, with The Blood Sugar Solution, agreed by all to be one of his best FAM talks ever, emphasizing both health basics and the need for community in healing.

“Splendid” would be a good word for Day 3 at Food As Medicine 2012.