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Smart Cooking to Boost Your Immune System – Online

With all of the scary headlines today, there may be no better time to consider switching to a diet that can help boost your immune system and lower your risk of chronic diseases that make people more susceptible to the ravages of COVID-19.

Instructors Nancy Travis and health coach Cindy Thompson will explain the science behind low-fat, plant-based diets, and they’ll share recipes and techniques for creating delicious, healthful meals. Plant-based foods are naturally low in fat and chock-full of fiber, and they are filled with immune-boosting antioxidants and phytochemicals. That’s why these foods can prevent and sometimes even reverse diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases — all risk factors for developing serious complications from COVID-19.  

The classes in this series use materials developed by Food for Life, an award-winning nutrition education and cooking program created by a team of physicians, nurses and dietitians for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The instructors have both been certified to teach Food for Life classes.


Get Tickets at: https://bainbridgebarn.org/smart_cooking/

Immune-Boosting Foods (May 31, 3-5 PM)
Learn to make colorful, scrumptious meals rich in protective compounds and immune-boosting nutrients such as beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin C and zinc. Click here to register.

A Healthy Heart  (June 7, 3-5 PM)
Research shows a plant-based diet doesn’t just prevent heart disease; it can also help manage and sometimes even reverse it. A plant-based diet improves risk factors including high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure. Learn to prepare heart-healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Click here to register.

Fighting Diabetes with Food  (June 14, 3-5 PM)
People who eat plant-based meals are less likely to develop diabetes. Those who already have diabetes are likely to have better blood-sugar levels and fewer complications if they make the switch. Get the latest science behind low-fat, plant-based diets, consider some simple ideas for getting started, and learn to make four delicious dishes. Click here to register.

Foods for Weight Control (June 21, 3-5 PM)
If you need to lose weight, how can you do it without skipping meals or limiting your portions? In a word, it’s all about FIBER. Plant-foods have it; animal products do not. Fiber is what makes us feel full, keeps us regular, controls blood sugar levels and protects against certain cancers. Learn to comfortably fill up on whole foods and watch the pounds melt away. Click here to register.

Instructor Bios:

As a health educator and personal chef, Nancy Travis supports people on their journey towards health and wellness through cooking, teaching, and promoting a whole foods, plant-based diet. She cooks for families in their homes as well as teaches people how to prepare easy, delicious plant-based recipes in both private, public and corporate settings. She brings over 25 years of experience cooking a plant-based diet and is honored to be a licensed instructor with the Food for Life program. She has taught cooking at BARN for the last 3 years.




Cindy Thompson wants you to be Trimazingthree times better than amazing! After improving her health and fitness through plant-based nutrition, losing 60 pounds and becoming an adult-onset athlete, she retired from her 20-year firefighting career to help people just like you. She works with people and organizations so they can reach their health and wellness goals.

Our health and wellness is closely tied to the health of our environment. Cindy incorporates zero-waste and sustainable practices throughout her programs. You’ll see it IS easy being green!

Cindy Thompson is a certified Health Coach, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Firefighter Peer Fitness Trainer. She is a Food for Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Rouxbe Plant-Based Professional, teaching people how to prepare delicious, satisfying, and health-promoting meals. You can find Cindy at Trimazing! Health & Lifestyle Coaching and be reached at cindy@trimazing.com.


Online via Zoom!


May 31, 2020
June 21, 2020