Archive for May, 2011

May 19, 2011

A Weekend of Whole Foods Cooking

“Nothing is more intimate than our relationship with food.” Tressa Yellig

Have you ever wondered what a lab class for a nutrition program looked like? A really busy kitchen, that’s what!  We recently held our Whole Foods Cooking class weekend in Boise with chef and instructor, Tressa Yellig, owner of  Portland’s Salt, Fire & Time.

Students were given countless invaluable tips on the properties, uses and preparation of a wide variety of traditional foods. In addition there was plenty of dedicated time for students to practice and apply their cooking skills in preparation of a series of incredible menus. Check out the slideshow at the end of the post for more pics from the weekend. Not only did students learn a lot through the hands on experience, they also experienced firsthand the incredible sense of community through preparing and sharing delicious meals together.

The menus took advantage of spring with a bounty of fresh veggies, including a warm pinto bean salad with arugula, a cured kale salad and fresh strawberries and walnut cream. Here’s a recipe on the latter, courtesy of Tressa, to whet your appetite.

Walnut Whipped Cream & Strawberries


  • 3 cups walnuts, soaked overnight
  • 3 Tbs. coconut oil
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 basket of strawberries


  1. Add walnuts, coconut oil, vanilla and maple to blender and begin on low speed.
  2. Gradually add water until processes smoothly
  3. Remove to a bowl and allow to chill thoroughly (about 30 minutes)
  4. Serve with strawberries

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May 12, 2011

The Preservation of the Field of (Holistic) Nutrition

The last few weeks have been jam-packed with travel, conferences and classes. At the end of April I attended the yearly conference of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals in San Francisco. Outside of the various nutritional educational tracks the buzz was all about proposed legislation in CA and several other states pertaining to the field of nutrition. Very serious stuff for those of us who incorporate any form of nutritional therapy into a professional practice.

While the proposed bill (CA AB575) in California was pulled last week there are still several others pending. This isn’t something that is going to go away. The Alliance for Natural Health has a really great summary of what’s happening in the industry, collectively and by state. The bottom line is that anyone who wants to retain the right to choose the type of nutrition professional they can access and anyone who wants to continue to practice in this field needs to pay attention to what is happening today in our industry.  

For me it was a definite reminder as an educator,  practitioner and consumer of the benefits of (holistic) nutrition that it is incumbent upon me to be involved outside of the comforts of my own office. Don’t think this doesn’t really impact you.  Ask Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CHN. On April 20, 2011, the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition denied Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CHN the right to practice as a nutritionist in North Carolina. Liz has been a practitioner for over 20 years. Unthinkable!

So, I challenge students, practitioners and consumers of nutrition related fields outside of the narrowly defined area of dietetics to become champions. Be involved, stay informed and actively preserve the bounty of  this incredibly rich and diverse field. As for the “how” join your local nutritionist group(s), build credibility through national membership, board certification, etc. and stay apprised of the latest legislative and industry news. Make sure you are well versed in your respective scope of practice and understand the respective licensing requirements and corresponding practice verbiage in your state for dietitians and nutritionists.

In Boise, we will be hosting an evening event on Friday, June 3rd from 5:30-7:30PM with our current nutrition students and alumni. The event will be a round table discussion focused on the field of holistic nutrition including updates on legislation, opportunities, etc. I strongly encourage our WNP alumni to attend.

Rachael Myles, CHN, CMT

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