Whether you practice yoga once in a while or have a more regular practice, you will notice that you slowly become more mindful of how you treat your body and how you nourish it.
Have you ever found yourself feeling a bit sluggish, tired, heavy and staring into the refrigerator or pantry looking for something to snack on ….! We know we certainly recognise that. The thing is, are you looking for comfort food because you feel a certain way, or do you feel that way because of what you are eating?
We are convinced that the way you eat determines how you feel. The healthier your diet, the better you will feel, the more energy you will have and the happier you will be.
With this 6 session workshop series we want to help all yogis interested in learning easy ways of ensuring a healthy, delicious and nutritious diet that provides all the necessary nutrients and energy you need for a happy and fulfilling day.
Once you have experimented and understood the benefits of a healthy diet, your body will only crave for fresh and simple foods. You just need to overcome the first 21 days of withdrawals and cravings from your regular intake habits. Let Elise help you make that transition easy and fun.
What is a Healthy Plant-Based Diet?
First of all, let’s reject the idea that healthy eating is boring, bland, time-consuming or hard work. On the contrary, a healthy plant-based diet brings a rainbow of colours, flavours and textures on your plate. And it is actually a very happy and easy way of eating.
A plant based diet also provides great sources of vitamins, nutrients, healthy fats and proteins so you don’t just fill your stomach to take away the feeling of being hungry but instead you, truly nourish it with the best that nature has to offer.
Eating a healthy plant-based diet is certainly not about dieting or counting calories! It is all about enjoying real and wholesome foods in their most simple form:
- whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, whole-wheat bread/pasta, bulgur, buckwheat, etc.)
- legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas, etc.)
- seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, linseeds, etc.)
- nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.)
A healthy and nutritious plant-based will exclude all kinds of naughty refined and processed foods and also limits the consumption of meat (chicken and fish), eggs, and dairy products.
Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Benefits of a Plant Based Diet
The plant-based diet brings real health benefits.
- seriously boosts the immune system
- reduces the risk of chronic conditions such as asthma, heart diseases, some forms of cancers, and diabetes.
- increases your energy levels for more vitality
- raises alertness, concentration, creativity
- improves mental health because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to relieve depression and lift up the mood.
- promotes healthy teeth and gums since you drastically reduce the intake of sugary foods and beverages.
- gives you a naturally smooth and glowing skin
- helps protect the environment! By eating clean, you tend to buy more locally grown, seasonal and simple foods; less transportation, processing, packaging, and refrigeration. Your carbon footprint lowers, and that also creates a very happy feeling!
6 months, 6 workshops
Elise’s workshops are designed for you to develop a better understanding of what a healthy diet is, and how tiny tweaks can make big changes in how you feel in your body and in your mind. They follow the yogic principle that by combining our diet with our holistic health we can unite and strengthen our entire system.
Each workshop includes a short cooking class where you’ll make healthy plant-based recipes that you can take home to share with your loved ones.
Workshop 1 – Ditch the diet and eat healthy for life.
Ditch the diet and eat healthy for life. You’ll find out why fad diets don’t work and how to bring sustainable and healthy changes to your diet. You’ll learn how to transition to a more plant-based diet, step by step, without feeling overwhelmed. Find a healthy & sustainable way of eating that works for you and brings you energy and pleasure. We’ll make a super nutritious and delicious quinoa salad with seasonal vegetables recipe.
Workshop 2 – Sugar 101. Sugar is not a treat!
Workshop 2 – Sugar 101. Sugar is not a treat! Refined sugar is a sneaky villain, highly addictive, insidious … and yet so delicious. You’ll find out everything you need to know about sugar and its negative effects on your physical and mental health. You’ll also learn how to kick it from your diet and discover ways to replace it with healthy alternatives.
You’ll learn how to make green smoothies and discover the powerful Match powder.
Workshop 3 – Happy gut, happy you.
The expressions “Trust your gut” and “I have a gut feeling” will totally make sense once you understand that the importance of a healthy gut.
Did you know that the gut is our second brain, that 80% of our immune system lies in the gut, and that 90% of all diseases can be traced back to an unhealthy gut? It also directly affects our emotions, behaviours and decisions. Discover the signs of bad gut health and how to you can make it healthy and happy for you to be as well. You’ll also get to make tasteful Chia Pudding with seeds, nuts and seasonal fruit, a perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack that will nourish you and keep you satisfied for a while.
Workshop 4 – 12 steps to Optimal Health for 2020.
Tiny tweaks can make big changes! Drastic and sudden shifts are difficult to maintain because they force people to repress their imbedded eating habits. The more habits are repressed, the more powerful they become. A gradual introduction of basic changes will allow you to create larger shift without as much effort or strife.
Learn 12 simple steps to help you achieve optimal health. Pick one and then go on to another one when you are ready; go at a pace that’s suitable for you. You’ll learn the art of making colourful and pleasureful Buddha Bowl with wholegrains, legumes and seasonal vegetables.
Workshop 5 – The Ayurvedic Diet.
Ayurveda is the Science of Life, sister science of Yoga;it is the longest standing wellness system in the world. Ayurveda believes we’re made up of three different ‘body types’ that correspond to our physical and personality traits, known as ‘doshas’. The Ayurvedic diet is about eating foods that help maintain balance of our dosha so that we remain the healthiest versions of ourselves at both the physical and mental levels. Learn the guidelines for when you eat, what you eat, and how you eat to boost your health, prevent or manage disease, and maintain wellness. In this workshop you’ll also learn to prepare raw lemon & coconut energy balls, the perfect treat when you feel a bit peckish.
Workshop 6 – Food & Mood.
If you’ve ever found yourself mindlessly digging ice cream out of the container or bingeing on crisps after a bad day, you probably know that mood and food are often linked. Research has shown that stress, anxiety, fatigue, low self-esteem, moodiness, etc. can all be linked to unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how the food you eat have a direct impact on your emotional and mental health. You’ll discover what foods make you feel tired and unwell, and which ones nourish and energise you. You’ll also get to make Thai vegan spring rolls.
Your Teacher Elise
Elise is a Yoga Teacher and a Holistic Health Coach who will take you to a journey to lasting and vibrant health, and show you how you can improve your wellness through small and sustainable diet and lifestyle changes.