Healthy Food: Class With Rebecca Wood
Healthy Food: Class with Rebecca Wood
written by: Clea Westphal
April 25, 2011
Easter Dinner With Rebecca Wood
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Easter Sunday I had the good fortune of taking a cooking/health class with Rebecca Wood. Paula Breymier graciously hosted a small group of us at her house in Boulder Colorado. Upon meeting Rebecca, the first thing you immediately notice is her enthusiasm for teaching. Her warm spirit and love for what she does is written all over her face. She set out to organize our small group in this informal setting, while simultaneously preparing a delightful meal of lamb, beans, red rice, salad, bass, pickled cabbage, and slightly blanched vegetables.
Quick as lightning she was ready to begin the class, and launched in to explain some time-saving tips for cooking, and some ways to prepare these foods so you could receive the most nutritional value from them. After, putting on the rice, she explained how just rubbing the rice a little between your hands when you wash it can even make it easier to digest. She spoke about the different cooking oils, which ones can be used in cooking at higher temps, retaining their nutritional properties. One of the things she suggested for diet support, that you could serve along with your meal, was a pickled cabbage. It was very tasty, easy to make, and saves in the fridge for weeks. All of her recipes are located on her website.
The next hour was spent teaching us how to read faces. Through examples of photographs, she was able to illustrate the different areas, textures and colors, around the face that correlate with different organs of the body. How you could learn to adjust your diet to fully support your digestive system, and then start seeing the results on your own face. She explained in detail how the foods we eat are sensitive to certain internal organs.
There are also emotional components’ connected to these organs, and depending on the severity of ones sensitivity to these foods, eating them can produce emotional distress such as depression, lethargy, sadness, anxiety and paranoia. How finding a balance in your diet, can really give you relief in working with a failing digestive system. Helping your internal organs to function properly can lead to more energy, happiness and overall sense of wellbeing. In a very short time, Rebecca was able to give us so much information, and cook a fabulous meal that everyone fully enjoyed. I only wish I could have stayed longer to learn more!
I asked lots of questions, but the one that stands out was: “How do you get someone to stop eating foods you know are killing them, especially when you know they are really attached to those foods?” Rebecca answered, “Through compassion. Being addicted to foods is really like any other addiction, it provides comfort to the person, and you need to be gentle and patient when talking to them about it.”
I found all of her wisdom to be tremendously helpful, for me, my husband and our sons diet. Her explanations of how things are connected to each other, and then what changes one can make to correct the distress in these areas, was clear, simple and concise. Rebecca has spent the last 4 decades devoted to finding answers to her questions about healthy diets, and what actually works. She has worked with so many families over the years, helping them to refine their diets, and actually get the nutrition they need from the foods they eat.
Thank you Paula for giving me the opportunity to be there, and thank you to Rebecca for a wonderful meal and opening my eyes to so many new ways of improving ones health and overall digestion.
Rebecca resides near Boulder, Colorado.