Friday, November 22, 2013

Cooking Classes - Healthy and Delicious Plant-based Cooking for Everyone

Cook the Best and Feel your Best!
Learn plant-based, healthy and delicious cooking with Susan Waxman, who brings the kitchen to life with cooking techniques that maximize nature’s best flavors and nutritional values.
• Healthy Holidays (Dec 14, 2013. 11am-2pm )
In this demonstration class you'll learn to make dishes that are fit for a feast. We will prepare a medley of small plates, entrĂ©e dishes and desserts that are suitable for the season and guaranteed to have you and your guests feeling merry and bright! $50 REGISTER ONLINE
• In the Mood for Love (Feb 8, 2014 11am-2pm)
Ignite a spark with recipes that will wet your appetite and arouse the senses. $50 

• Wake Up & Brighten Up (April 3, 2014. 6:30-9pm)
Capture the refreshing and uplifting energy of spring in your organic seasonal cooking. $40 
Enroll Today! 215.238.9212
1149 N. 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
SHI promotes the health of self, community and the environment through diet and lifestyle practices.

The Strengthening Health Institute admits students of any race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap and national and ethnic origin. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

About Master Your Health 2014 (Comprehensive Certficate Program): Faculty & Curriculum

Each session of the Master Your Health 2014 is a balance of the Five Fundamental Areas of Study: Macrobiotic Philosophy & Theory, Healthy & Delicious Cooking, Oriental Diagnosis, Health Care, and Shiatsu Massage.

Every Session includes Hands-On Cooking Classes, Energy Awakening exercises and stretching, homework review, class discussions and group practice of self-diagnosis and group counseling. Delicious, organic,  freshly cooked food is included - breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert

Founder and Director Denny Waxman is a world-renowned author, health counselor, and long standing figure in macrobiotics. For over forty years Denny has guided people to health with his unique, effective and practical approach to creating health.

Susan Waxman’s personal passion is the art of cooking. As SHI’s co-director and executive chef, Susan brings the kitchen to life with cooking techniques that maximize nature’s best flavors and nutritional values.

Teaching Staff Warren Kramer, Patrick Riley, and Michelle Nemer come to SHI with esteemed careers as counselors, educators, and healers. Having traveled and taught throughout the country, these practitioners bring invaluable experience to SHI and its vision of holistic health education.
2014 Curriculum: 
  • "Towards a New View of Health" (January 29 - February 2):
    • Macrobiotic Philosophy: Order of the Universe & Yin Yang Theory
    • Hypoglycemia, Stress & Health Care
    • Energetic Power of Foods (Introduction)
    • Self-Diagnosis Practice
    • Understanding Cravings and Discharge of Toxins
  • "Health & Illness, Body Map & The Five Transformations" (February 21-23)
    • The Role of Activity in Health
    • Food as our Connection to Life
    • The Five Transformations Energy (Oriental Medicine &Macrobiotic's powerful tool for classifying foods, elements, and cooking styles with Health Application)
    • The Progressive Development of Illness
    • Anatomy (Physical Body and Energetic: Chakras & Meridians)
  • "Digestion: The Foundation of Health & Making Balance" (March 28-30):
    • Making Balance with Environmental and Seasonal Change
    • Creating Digestive Health
    • Understanding Gender Differences
    • Biological Evolution (Food & Health Applications)
    • Balancing Past Conditions
    • Internal Home Remedies
  • "Blood & Vitality" (April 25-27):
    • Blood Qualities and Relationship to Health
    • Understanding Acid and Alkaline Blood Quality
    • Health Care of Bones, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Teeth
    • Health Care of Anemia
    • Creating Healthy Sleep
  • "Blood & Immunity, Part 2" (May 30 - June 1):
    • Using Intuition in Healing
    • Overcoming Allergies, Asthma & Skin Troubles
    • Balancing Overweight & Underweight Conditions
    • Health Care for Colds, Flu, Fevers and Infections
  • "Diagnosis In Depth" (June 26-29):
    • Principles of Diagnosis: 
      • Environmental Diagnosis
      • Constitutional Diagnosis
      • Symptom Diagnosis
      • Facial Diagnosis
    • Self-Assessment & Group-Counseling
  • "The Power of Foods, First Aid & Healing Injuries" (July 25-27):
    • The Energetics of Foods: Cooking Styles, Remedies & Creating Balance
    • Health Care: First Aid 
    • Understanding Injuries & Alleviating Pain
  • "Heart, Circulatory System & Emotional Health" (August 22-24):
    • Natural View of Emotions
    • Creating Circulatory Health
    • Creative Expression (Understanding Emotional Health)
    • Understanding and Overcoming Depression & Anxiety
  • "Family & Reproductive Health" (September 18-21):
    • Understanding Sexuality, Fertility & Conception
      • Women's Health 
      • Overcoming Men's Reproductive Ailments
    • Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Care
    • Healthy Babies & Healthy Children (Diet & Overcoming Common Problems)
    • Responding to Imminent Environmental & Social Challenges
  • "The Mind" (October 24-26):
    • Understanding the Nervous System, Judgement & Consciousness
    • Health Care of Common Nervous System Problems
    • Self-Diagnosis & Group Counseling
  • "Final Weekend" (November 20-23):
    • Review
    • Final Exam
    • Self-Diagnosis & Group Counseling
    • Celebration & Group Festivities

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cooking For the Harvest - Fall Cooking Class with Mary McCabe

Cooking for the Harvest - Fall Cooking Class with Mary McCabe

Quick dinner entrees and healthy meals that embrace the bounty of late summer and fall! Cooking demonstration and tasting. September 12. 6:30-9pm. $40 
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Cook the best and feel your best!A big part of taking care of your body is knowing what you're putting into it. At SHI we teach you how to feed your body the right way without sacrificing flavor. SHI's cooking classes are the perfect way to learn plant-based, healthy and delicious cooking techniques that maximize nature’s best flavors and nutritional value. 

Where: Strengthening Health Institute (SHI)1149 N. 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-238-9212 or for registration or more information. 
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Friday, June 7, 2013

The Wellspring of Health: Mindfulness Meditation during June 19-23 Intensive Seminar

The Wellspring of Health: Mindfulness and Meditation practices connect us with our inner-self whose home is a deep connection with nature - that force which provides physical and emotional refuge, rejuvenation and prosperity. 

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen as they return to Philadelphia to teach special mindfulness meditation classes during our upcoming June 19-23 Intensive Seminar. We hope that you will join us for this unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills-based tools for cultivating lasting health in your life!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ready For Spring!

It’s hard to imagine that spring is around the corner. We have just had our first bit of cold weather here on the east coast. It is really hard to think about spring at this point. Personally I am wondering if we are going to get any serious snow storms this winter.

On February 2 the ground hog will let us know how quickly spring is coming this year. I have never tracked the accuracy of the ground hog. However, I like this ritual since it reminds me that spring will be here before long. 

The ancient Celtic holiday of Imbolc celebrates the beginning of spring or the time when all life is reborn in early February. Also, according to the ancient Oriental calendar, spring begins on February 4. All of these dates are midway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox and signify the time when nature’s energy starts to change towards spring. This is the time when we start to feel fed up with the winter and spring fever begins. 

To be healthy we need to follow nature’s calendar and begin to change when she does. In the winter we tend to eat more well cooked and warming dishes, things that will keep us warm and energized. Generally it is not a good idea to overdo it on ice cream and other foods that make us feel more sensitive to the cold. We still need lightly cooked vegetable dishes and raw salads that are mildly cooling to keep us fresh throughout the winter.

Starting in early to mid February it is time to very gradually lessen these well cooked and warming foods and re-introduce foods that are light, refreshing and cooling. This way our body gradually adjusts to the coming of spring and follows nature’s pattern. Add more lightly cooked vegetable dishes, raw salads, vegetable dishes and enjoy some oranges and tangerines. 

It is most important to not consume any foods that are extremely cooling such as ice cream or iced-drinks until the warm weather is stabilized, well into the spring. If we take cooling foods when we have a brief warming period in the spring and the weather turns suddenly cold again the harmful effects tend to go deep inside and cause prolonged or lingering illnesses well into the spring.

The same also applies if you go to the tropics during the cold winter months. While we are enjoying the warm weather and sun, it is fine to have tropical fruits, drinks and other cooling foods. If we overdo it on vacation however, we may have problems when we return to the cold. It is good to be moderate with our food and drink choices during winter vacations. 

Personally, Susan and I prefer to go on vacation in April or early May so that when we return the weather is similar enough. Whatever your preferences, I hope these suggestions help you make a smooth transition into the spring and to get the most out of our remaining cold weather.