Our aim is to prevent the development and reduce the impact of chronic disease. To that end, the key topics below inform our programs, which are designed to build your knowledge about cooking and eating the whole foods that support YOUR HEALTH.
How You Feel is Data®: Our bodies have a lot to tell us, if we take the time to listen. Learning to make connections between how foods affect our bodies and brains is an important step toward living a healthier life. It’s important to slow down and notice subtle cues that the food we are eating may or may not be supporting our needs and our health. This is also known as a mindful approach to eating.
Using blood sugar as an example: People often experience feelings from the highs and lows (swings) that they have following the consumption of certain foods, particularly highly processed foods. One person may notice fatigue and poor concentration while another feels panicky. These different symptoms are related to how individual bodies experience signs of poor blood sugar regulation. The blood sugar highs and lows that are related to eating highly processed food may also mimic mental health concerns. At Suppers, we help participants design their own experiments to discover which whole foods best stabilize their blood sugar.
Biological Individuality: Different factors may affect our health and digestion, including the microbiome, genetics, environmental exposures, lifestyle, and nutritional status. In order to see connections between food, mood and health, we encourage personal experiments and to pay attention to how certain foods make you feel. We do not make assumptions about what food or diet is right for YOU or what style of eating is healthiest (except to avoid processed food).
Nutritional Harm Reduction®: Nutritional harm reduction describes the process of increasing the foods that support YOUR health and reducing the foods that don't. At Suppers we recognize that finding a healthier way of eating is a gentle transition process. It takes time to determine which foods work best for you. Our recipes don't contain wheat, sugar, or any processed foods, as these items are typically harmful for many people.
Healthy Microbiome: Your gut microbiome is a vast community of trillions of bacteria and fungi that inhabit much of your gastrointestinal tract, and have a major influence on your metabolism, body weight, propensity to illness, immune system, appetite and mood. According to research, the richer and more diverse the community of gut microbes are, the lower your risk of disease and allergies.
Developing a Taste for Healthy Food: We understand that acquiring new taste buds requires a plan and support. Palate development is the process of acquiring the desire to eat healthy, whole foods and lessening the grip that processed foods may have on your taste preferences.