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What’s On Your Plate and In Your Pantry/Refrigerator?

Nutrition Panel Discussion



Nov. 14, 2011 

5:30 – 7pm

Casino Ballroom

Panel members

Debra Dobies, RD                                                                                      

Kim Belanger                            

Sarah Lockenmeyer

Kathryne Ellis                                                                          

Sachiko Komagata

 

This panel discussion program will emphasize what healthy foods, herbs, & spices to purchase to build a healthy kitchen to attain/maintain wellness.  The program participants should stress positive choices in

  • Staples for the Pantry
  • Navigating the Grocery Store for Wellness
  • Important foods to eliminate from the diet
  • Importance of alkalinity in the body
  • Benefits of a plant based diet and some steps to get started
  • Typical Japanese (or Asian) pantry/ref for Wellness
  • Food that don’t support wellness/health
  • Portion control and my plate with food models & healthy breakfast plate
  • Recipes 

Panel Mini Bio

Debra A. Dobies, RD, MA, LDN –  Debra has over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. Debra attended Rutgers College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition & Foods followed by a Clinical Dietetic Internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. She also attended GCU and earned her MA in Holistic Health. Her work experience include serving as an inpatient and outpatient dietitian, health educator, Director of a hospital Food & Nutrition department and was the clinical advisor for an outpatient weight management program. Debra maintains a private practice and conducts classes, speeches and programs for healthcare, corporate and community groups. She has appeared on several television shows, radio broadcasts and featured in newspapers on various nutrition topics.  One of  Debra’s favorite quotes is “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” (~ G. K. Chesterton)

Sarah Jane Lockenmeyer – Sarah is a holistic health coach currently practicing in Monmouth and Ocean County. She uses a mind, body, soul approach to both educate on proper nutrition and repair the relationship with foods. She believes in a primarily whole foods, plant based diet along with nourishing the spirit. Sarah Jane received her certification from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, NYC and is currently enrolled in the Holistic Health program at Georgian Court University.

Sachiko Komagata, PT, Ph.D. – Sachiko is a consumer of food and food-like substances over the past half century. Her dietary habits were formed through Japanese tradition that originated in the continental Chinese and Korean traditions and as an adult immigrant to the US she has experienced American Standard Diet (SAD) with many questions and consequences.  She teaches/introduces Japanese, Asian food choices, such as sushi cooking whenever she can on campus as well as outside. After over a decade of physical therapy practice along with some part time teaching in graduate professional schools in the Philadelphia region, she began teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in Holistic Health at Georgian Court University.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Holistic Health and Exercise Science.  She also teaches Japanese culture, Japanese calligraphy as a mindfulness practice, complementary and alternative approaches to wellness, etc. as non-degree program at McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL).

Kathryne Ellis MA, CN.  Kathryne Ellis is a certified nutritionist, homeopath, and holistic health practitioner who has been in private practice for over 17 years. She supports health and well-being from a biopsychosocial perspective. In order to support the needs of each person, she looks at a multitude of stressors that may contribute to physical, emotional, or spiritual imbalances. In doing so, she addresses diet, lifestyle, health status, and behaviors, thus addressing both acute and chronic health concerns. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Monmouth College and her Master’s from Georgian Court University in Holistic Health Studies. She received her nutritional education and certification from the American Health Science University. She is currently working on her dissertation for her doctorate from Walden University in Health and Human Behavior.

Kimberly Belanger, Cand. MA – She is currently working as a Program Nutritionist for the Ocean County Health Department WIC Program.  Kim attended the College of Saint Elizabeth where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Foods and Nutrition. She currently provides nutrition education and counseling for low income families.  Her target population is pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children up to the age of five.  She also has experience in hospital based dietetics where she worked as a Dietetic Technician.  Kim has followed a vegan diet for nine years and has experience working in health food stores and vegan restaurants.  Her goal is to be able to provide her clients with cost-effective diet plans while still incorporating nutritionally dense and unprocessed food options.  Kim is attending Georgian Court University and is working towards her Masters in Holistic Health. 


 

Guest Blogger: Alesha Lazan

Hi Everyone!

I met Alesha over the summer and we immediately began to speak about our love of health and nutrition with each other. After quickly speaking with her, I learned about her struggles with a problem that many people do not know anything about. I asked her to write a blog post about her struggles because I know there are other people like Alesha who could feel better, but did not know what was wrong to correct it. She had seen doctors but never got a diagnosis as to what was wrong with her. If it was up to the doctors she would still be feeling awful. Luckily for Alesha, she was able to get a diagnosis that fixed all of her eating issues. She now is working on making a name for herself in the nutrition world and hopes to help children everywhere to eat healthy. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or comment on this blog to reach out to Alesha.

Enjoy!

Tracey

 

My name is Alesha Lazan. I found out I was gluten intolerant in March 2011. It changed my life! Ever since I could remember I have been struggling with exhaustion and stomach pains. My parents took me to different doctors who could not find anything wrong with me. All they would tell me was it was anxiety related. In March, I started working for a nutritionist who took me on as a client. He put me on a program, which consisted of eliminating all allergenic foods for two weeks such as gluten, dairy, and soy. After two weeks you start introducing foods back into your diet. As soon as I introduced gluten back into my diet it was all over! I felt miserable like I have for many years. Within two weeks I found out I had intolerance to gluten. I have been pain free for 6 months now with more energy I could have ever imagined!

 

Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are two different things. Gluten intolerance can be defined as an allergy to gluten and non-autoimmune condition in which the consumption of gluten can lead to symptoms such as stomach pains, constipation, diarrhea, etc- Celiac disease is an autoimmune illness of the small intestine. It affects the digestive system when food-containing gluten is ingested.

 

Gluten means anything that has rye, barley, wheat, oats- there is also a huge hidden ingredients list you can find on the celiac website. So what I had to cut out of my diet was pretty extreme. Bread, pastas, cake, cookies, pizza, anything breaded and the list goes on. Fortunately, there are A LOT of gluten free options. I still eat all of those things, but the gluten free version, which is surprisingly very tasty! As I am writing this blog, I am actually munching on gluten free pretzels! You can find gluten free food and snacks at Shop Rite, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes- pretty much anywhere now days! Even pizza places are making gluten free pizza!!

I understand the struggle to stay completely gluten free when everything in the world contains gluten! I want to help educate people and give them the tools they need to become successful in living a gluten free lifestyle.

Please don’t hesitate to respond! I would love to hear from other people with stories like my own!

Alesha

Alesha Lazan graduated in May 2010 with a BS in Health Sciences from Monmouth University. I am currently enrolled in a health coaching certification program as well as going for my Masters in Human Nutrition. I have a passion to work and educate children about health and nutrition as well as the gluten intolerant community.

Wellness is spreading on campus!

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to share about the amazing panel we had Thursday night in the wellness center called “Sustainable Wellness.” Myself and my fellow classmates sat on a panel to talk about what sustainable wellness means to us and examples of what we do in our life.

For me, I had a hard time putting it into words because I feel as though I live my life to keep myself well. Whether it is watching what I eat or preventing a cold from getting worse, I live each day to consciously keep myself healthy. I shared a quote with the group because it summed up exactly what I was feeling...“Take care of your body because it’s the only place you have to live.”

We had a really amazing session with the students talking about their struggles with stress, healthy eating, time management, and their overall health. For all of you who were at this panel, please use this as your way to reach out to me about events you would like to see on campus. I am currently working on putting together two events before the end of the semester in regards to stress management. I will keep your posted on all of that.

Also, THIS WEEK we have 2 great events on campus.

Don’t forget TONIGHT we will have The Food Mood Connection in a new location. It is in A&S 165 at 5:30PM to 7:00PM. Learn how the food you eat affects your mood.


Tuesday night I will be showing an amazing movie called Food Matters! It is a personal favorite of mine and many of my classmates and I hope you can take the time out to see it. It talks about supplements, vitamins curing cancer, foods you should be eating to change your health, and how the food we eat makes up who we are and can actually be used as medicine!

Check out the trailer below.

Food Matters will be shown in the Little Theatre, Tuesday night at 6pm.

Hope to see all of you on campus this week!
Tracey

Prevention Starts in the Kitchen!

Eat Your Veggies, but Kick the Can- We all know vegetables are great for us, but the lining in canned food can leach chemicals like BPA. Farmers’ market-fresh vegetables are a better choice, but if you can’t make it to the market or want something out of season, choose frozen over canned or look for brands that make BPA-free cans.

Eat Smart with Organic Foods – Organic produce is grown without harmful man-made pesticides and herbicides. Visit a farmers’ market for locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, or ask your grocer to stock organic produce. For extra points, look for antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables high in vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Eat Hormone-free Meat and Dairy- When we eat meat and dairy products, we’re also eating the residue of what those animals ate, including pesticides, growth hormones and contaminants. Choose hormone-free beef or dairy to eliminate those traces of hormones that can enter our bodies and contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Catch Some Non-toxic Seafood – In addition to mercury, seafood can also be contaminated with high levels of PCBs and dioxins. Buy farmed fish that are lower on the food chain; for larger fish like salmon and sea bass, buy wild-raised. And limit consumption of fattier fish, like lake trout, or fish that are bottom dwellers, like wild catfish.

Cook Healthier Fish – When you do eat fish, careful preparation and cooking can reduce the amount of PCBs consumed. Fillet fish to remove as much fat as possible. Frying may actually seal some of the toxic chemicals within the remaining fat, so bake it or broil it instead, which will cook off natural fats and cause the accumulated chemicals to drip out.

Grill with Care – Found in cigarette smoke and car exhaust, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are also found in the char of heavily grilled foods. So when grilling, use a slower roast method, go for medium instead of well-done, and scrape off any of the black stuff that results from overcooking.

Include Soy, but Don’t Overdo It – Natural plant-based estrogens in soy may provide healthy benefits in low doses, but may be a risk factor for breast cancer in higher doses.

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Don’t Forget to Take Part in all the PINK on Campus Today!!!

Today is Breast Cancer Awareness day at GCU! 

Please be sure to take part in something!

I will be hosting a table on breast cancer prevention. Stop by and learn how we can end breast cancer in the future. 

At 6PM, we will also be hosting a movie screening of CRAZY SEXY CANCER in the Little Theatre. After the movie is over, I hope you are inspired to share your thoughts and feelings on the movie to have a discussion. 

Sarah Jane Lockenmeyer Intro to Forks over Knives

Hello everyone!

I am so excited you have have found this blog, it’s is going to be an excellent space vibrant with great energy to inspire you on a healthy path to wellness and inform you of the amazing events happening right around campus!

I hope everyone can feel the amazing energy and excitement i’m feeling just by reading my words! I am just getting back from Yoga Fest where I sat as a Q&A panel member for the amazing documentary, Forks over Knives.

The showroom was packed with 100 plus people all filled with questions about adapting a plant based diet into their lifestyle. Something amazing happened during the questioning, this one women stood up and broke out in tears, the prompt handed her the mike and she began to speak, “You mean to tell me if I want to be healthy, I have to give up all the things I love and was raised on…meat,eggs, milk, CHEESE?!!!”

My fellow panel members and I were a bit taken by surprise, this had to be approached gently, I took to the microphone and replied.

“A journey to a plant based diet is a long beautiful journey, the things you love don’t all go away overnight, in fact they never go away, their just replaced with new loves.During the transition these foods are crowded out with more sustainable ones. It’s not that you will have to deny your body of the foods you crave, once you embark on a plant based diet the consciousness is heightened, the body no longer desires these types of food. How’s this for inspiration… every time you pick up a fork with plant based food on the end, not only are you nourishing yourself, you nourish the environment- it takes about 80% more water, land and fossil fuel to produce animal product. Your nourishing your fellow man- with the amount of grain it takes to just fatten a cow we could solve the issues of world hunger! That to me is reason enough to vote with my fork over the knives that slaughter and ultimately kill our environment, our bodies and our fellow man”

The woman came up to me as I was leaving the theater and said to me “I’m ready to begin my journey!”

 

 

 

Interested in embarking on your own journey? The screening of Forks Over Knives is coming to Georgian Court, Tuesday October 4 at 6pm in the Little Theater, please call or email Sachiko for your free e-ticket.

 

Sarah Jane Lockenmeyer is a holistic health coach currently practicing in Monmouth and Ocean County. She uses a mind, body, soul approach to both educate on proper nutrition and repair the relationship with foods. She believes in a primarily whole foods, plant based diet along with nourishing the spirit. Sarah Jane received her certification from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, NYC and is currently enrolled in the Holistic Health program at Georgian Court University.