Food as Medicine
Over a year ago my partner, Tatiana Forero, created OmWellness during a time of economic uncertainty and disillusionment with the healthcare reform efforts. She wasn't sure what she was going to do next. She was doing freelance nutrition counseling and private yoga instruction, and her job at the college was done for the summer. One night she looked at me and said, "I can create a really good nutrition counselor training program. I don't know of any out there that are overtly spiritual. Something that's focused on group processing and individual transformation as the basis of counseling others. If it doesnt' exist yet, or if I haven't heard of it, then it's up to me to create one"
At the time I thought she was inspired, thinking outloud, daydreaming. A year later, and countless hours of work and heart poured into the creation of OmWellness, and we have graduated 25 holistic health counselors.
We've seen women resume their menstrual cycles for the first time in years, diabetic symptoms greatly reduced, weight loss, cures to emotional eating problems, and many more wonderful healings. And now we're seeing our students go out into the world and change their communities. A salon in Queens adding a holistic health center, corporate execs from places like JP Morgan hiring us to destress and teach them about Meditation, Yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Macrobiotics, Veganism, organic farming, food politics, and much more. Little by little we are feeling the real possibility of a preventative, green, holistic health-care model emerging into the mainstream.
This Wednesday, July 7th, from 7-9pm, join us for a free eat and greet at Reflections Yoga, NYC. We will eat nutritious food, share healthy conversation, and share ideas as a community. Share your own thoughts about holistic health care and hear from our teachers and graduates as well.
Where: Reflections Yoga, 250 West 49th Street, 2nd Floor, at 8th Avenue
When: Wednesday July 7th, 7-9pm
What: Eat and Greet/Open House
Why: Because we want to share our vision and speak to our NYC community!