Why do I teach cooking classes? Well, mostly because so many people don't know how to cook or they don't know how to cook a healthy meal. No, opening up a can of veggies and heating it up in the microwave is not cooking. I'm talking about planning a healthy, well balanced meal. Shopping for the ingredients and cooking it. Cooking a meal that makes you look forward to sitting down at the table and enjoying the fruits of your labor. That kind of cooking. Get it?
No, it's not hard to do and yes, you can do it. It just takes experimentation (which can be fun), practice and patience. Sometimes it doesn't even take that.
What makes me a good person to teach you how to cook? Mainly, because I've been cooking since I was about 12 years old. I grew up in Columbia, Tennessee. Yep, that's in the South. Guess who taught me how to cook. My grand mother, my great aunt, my aunts, my mother and a cousin or two. I come from two families with deep Southern roots of farming and raising their own food. Believe me, these people know how to cook! Ever heard of Clifty Farm Country Hams? They're kin folk. Are you starting to get an idea of what kind of cook I am?
My cooking roots are deep in Southern cooking but, I have more to add than just that. I have received an education in nutrition from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I've learned how to heal myself with food. I've learned how to cook and to eat to heal and maintain a healthy body. So, if you're concerned about diabetes, heart health, gut issues, food allergies or sensitivities, etc. then I can teach you what's good for you and what isn't.
My first cooking series is: Living and Cooking for a Healthy Life. Keep scrolling to learn more.
This class series will meet on the 4th Friday of each month. Cost for these classes may vary.
Next class is Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 6:30p We will be fixing a German dinner of schnitzel with mushroom gravy, spaetzel and red cabbage.
Class attendees will be asked to participate in the preparation of the meal. Class size is limited to 5 people.
Please RSVP by February 20, 2019. To hold your spot in the class with a credit card, click the register button below. To hold your spot in the class with cash, click the Sign Me Up! button to the left.
Location: Private Residence in Donelson, TN. Address to be given upon registration.
Foodie Retreats in 2019
May 18 & 19, 2019 Location: a Private Residence on Lake Barkley in Cadiz, KY
According to Wikipedia, a foodie is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and who eats food not out of hunger but due to their interest or hobby. The terms "gastronome" and "gourmet" (a connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate) define the same thing, i.e. a person who enjoys food for pleasure.
Does this describe you? If it does, then this retreat was created just for you!
Come spend the weekend in the beautiful wooded hills around Lake Barkley in Cadiz, KY. During your time here, you will savor the most tasty, flavorful and healthy meals you can imagine. When you aren’t doing that, you can spend your time hiking, kayaking, visiting distilleries, going on planetary excursions at the planetarium, viewing buffalo, antiquing and so much more. What you do is up to you!
During your stay, you will receive a tasty sack lunch to take with you on your excursion out in nature, on your shopping trip or whatever you decide to do. All of your other meals will be cooked classroom style. You will learn tips and tricks for making your own tasty meals at home and take-home recipes for everything made over the weekend.
3 different Foodie Retreats will be offered this year.
The I Love Everything Foodie Retreat – May 18 & 19, 2019 This retreat is based upon seasonal foods available at the time of the retreat.
The I’m a Vegetarian/Vegan Foodie Retreat – (date to be announced soon) if you’re a vegetarian or vegan then this is the retreat for you!
The Southern Cooking Foodie Retreat –(date to be announced soon) love Southern Cooking and want to learn the tricks to making those fabulous signature Southern dishes? Then this is the retreat for you.
You pick the retreat that works for you. It maybe one of these or all of them! Great food, fun, laughter, a little education and interesting people are guaranteed at each retreat.
Retreat Cost: $150 Early Bird Registration Discount of $30 available until April 30, 2019. A $75 deposit will hold your spot for this retreat. +Registration ends May 10, 2019. +All outstanding balances must be paid in full by May 10, 2019 Cancellation Policy: Full refund if cancelled 30 days before the class. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to class date will receive a 50% refund.
Additional to retreat! Room is $60 for Saturday, May 18, 2019. All rooms are shared occupancy with private bathroom. A deposit is required to hold your sleeping accommodations. To reserve your room please call Mary Glesige at 615-596-9355. *Optional - come in on Friday, May 17, 2019 for an additional $70 (room rate + Saturday breakfast).
Health & Lifestyle Coaching
I bring a holistic approach to my coaching, this means I look at all areas of your life and how they are connected. As an herbalist and nutritionist, I use things like sunshine, water, air, food, herbs and other modalities to facilitate healing within. I help you to implement healthy changes that will affect your overall lifestyle. I call it a lifestyle makeover with an emphasis on health and nutrition.
For example, does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to choose foods that nourish or harm your body? Does your family history play a role in your health? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising?
We will work together to understand how all parts of your life come together to affect your life as a whole. I will help you to get from where you are to where you want to be.
As your coach I will help you to do things like…
Create healthy habits in your life and in your diet
Improve your relationships
Connect to your life purpose and your inner passions
Identify and reach your goals
Create a stress management system that works for you
Deal with life changes
I will guide you to implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health. I believe our bodies were designed with the capacity to heal themselves naturally. It is my passion to work alongside my clients to support and teach them to create an environment both internal and external that will assist their bodies in the healing process.
Individual Coaching Programs An ongoing support system based on client’s individual needs. Programs and cleanses are available for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. Programs include two 50-minute appointments per month along with email support that includes nutrition education, herbal education and lifestyle coaching. Individual, family and group programs are available.
Prior to starting a program we will have a 50 minute consultation.