SmartFood: Eating for Optimal Wellness

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Nassau (NY2980)
Tel 2019-02-26
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SmartFood: Eating for Optimal Wellness

In honor of Cancer Prevention Month, come learn about the latest research in epigenetics and nutrigenomics, and how you can eat for optimal wellness.  Rachel will share some diet & lifestyle strategies, then Carrie will share two foodie-approved recipes (Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Chipollte Spice & Za'atar Spiced Salad) specifically designed to support your body’s optimal wellness, from the cellular level on up. Here’s a little known fact: the latest research shows we can affect our DNA gene expression through our diet.   We are NOT a prisoner of our family history of disease – we do have a say in our long-term health through our diet and lifestyle choices.  Dedicate these 90 minutes to optimizing your health for the long term.   You will walk away with a copy of the presentation, references for further reading, recipes, and a shopping list to use after the workshop in the store.  A portion of proceeds will be donated to Walk With Sally, a local South Bay organization that provides hope through its individualized mentoring and community support services to empower children experiencing trauma through a parent, guardian or sibling’s cancer journey.   We hope to see you there.

Note: Neither Rachel nor Carrie are licensed healthcare professionals.  Rachel will be educating on some of the latest research in epigenetics and nutrigenomics and foods/lifestyle choices that best reduce stress, toxin load, and chronic inflammation, fuel methylation for cellular metabolism, detox the body, and boost the immune system.  She will not be prescribing a treatment or nutrition plan, and is always happy to collaborate with healthcare professionals to support treatment plans they prescribe.   *Be one of the first 10 people to register to receive the early registration price of $35. Regular price: $40. SmartFood is a monthly interactive nutrition education & foodie-approved cooking demo workshop hosted by  Carrie Dodd and Rachel Rotabi .  Meet Chef Carrie: Carrie is a former professional beach volleyball player turned chef.
During her 12-year volleyball career, Carrie spent her off-season working in kitchens and catering. When Carrie retired from beach volleyball, she turned her passion for the food service industry into her next professional chapter. Carrie has extensive experience in the restaurant and catering industry. She studied under chefs at Thyme Café and Catering in Santa Monica, and was the Head Chef at the Century Club in Manhattan Beach for three years. Her mission is to help her clients build their cooking skills in a fun and relaxed way. Whether their goals are to learn more about food, bring family together around a healthy home-cooked meal, or gain new skills in the kitchen, Carrie offers cooking classes and private chef services to meet their needs.  She loves cooking for her family and friends, often utilizing fresh organic produce she grows in her backyard.
She enjoys all of the amazing new people her job as a private chef brings into her life. Meet Rachel: Rachel Rotabi is a certified nutrition coach, personal trainer, and student of functional medicine. She worked in the fast-paced medical device field for over ten years before “retiring” to spend more time with her young children.Those years working in the cath lab at the hospital inspired her mission to bend the healthcare cost curve, one client at a time. She takes pride in helping to combat the chronic disease epidemic in our modern world by empowering her nutrition clients in achieving a high quality of life now and throughout the aging process. Rachel understands the challenges of balancing a healthy lifestyle with the pressures of our busy lives. By breaking down goals into manageable chunks, she helps her clients incorporate healthy eating and living into every day life for sustainable change.  Rachel developed and leads Afterburn Fitness’s FUEL Nutrition Coaching Program in Manhattan Beach, as well as group workshops and 1:1 nutrition coaching sessions focused around nutrition education and building new skills to meet fitness goals.
She is a group exercise instructor, avid snowboarder, and former amateur boxer. Carrie and Rachel met while volunteering in Beach Cities Health District’s LiveWell Kids Garden & Nutrition Program two years ago. They are excited to provide the Lazy Acres community with valuable nutrition education to live in optimal health, and demonstrate that healthy eating can be delicious, easy and fun. Demos/Cooking Shows Scroll down for more FAQ’s. Is there an age requirement for this class? These classes are simply for demonstration, so there’s no required age for this event. We do ask if there are extended conversations or other interruptions that you please step outside of the room to preserve the learning environment of the classroom. Is this a hands-on class? No, this is a demo-style class which means it’s your opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy some amazing techniques and flavors.
Is there a Dress Code? No. What if I have a food sensitivity or restriction? As this is a demonstration class we unfortunately do not make substitutions. You may still join the class and enjoy it for the learning experience, but we do ask that you abstain from partaking in any foods that go against your food sensitivities or allergies. Do I need to bring my ticket to class? No, we do check-ins by name so all you need to bring is your lovely self. Is there a waiting list? Unfortunately not, our classes are on a first-come, first serve basis. If you're interested in joining our classes, we encourage you to sign up early. Do you do private events? We do. Please email Amanda Yurcich our Marketing Manager at and she will be in touch with you within 48 hours with more information. What if I have more questions? Please reach out to us at the following email: .

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