Cooking for Health is Her Bag

Cooking for Health is Her Bag

(Melinda Clynes)

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Ferndale resident Gail Wyckhouse bounces around at her cooking classes like a butter in a mixer. She’s lean and full of energy, clear-headed and organized – all characteristics that she attributes to healthy eating and healthy living. As a certified health coach, she knows the ins and outs of good eating and is eager to share her knowledge with those around her. She blends, whips, stirs and chats as she prepares delicious samples that give testament to how delicious good, healthy food can be.

At a cooking session at the Innate Wellness Center in Detroit last month, Wyckhouse wowed the class of seven students with three tasty dishes, describing the nutritional properties of the ingredients and how to best prepare them for the largest nutritional payback. For example, she explained that rinsing rice or other grains before cooking, allows the body to better absorb zinc – and contributes to a healthy sex drive. Intriguing tidbits like that keep her cooking students engaged and firing off questions, which she answers with the authority of someone who obviously knows her stuff.

Wyckhouse decided to become a health counselor to fulfill her passion of helping people with issues like weight management, food cravings, sleep and energy. “I work with clients to develop a deeper understanding of the foods and lifestyle choices that work best for them, and then I help them to implement lasting changes that will improve their energy, balance and health,” she says .

Gail received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and is currently pursuing a doctorate of naturopathy from Trinity College of Natural Health in Indiana.  She has a bachelor’s degree in science and social studies, and a master’s degree in education, which complement her current career in health coaching.

She leads workshops on nutrition, cooking and health and offers individual health and nutrition coaching to women and their families. “It is rare for anyone to get an hour to work on the nutrition and goals with a trained professional,” says Wyckhouse. “As a health coach, I help to create a supportive environment for folks to explore what really works for them. Together, we uncover the bio-individuality of each person, making positive changes that are based on their unique needs.”

Upcoming classes include:

Cooking in the Kitchen with Gail

November 8, 2010 from 10:30 am – noon

Our series on cooking seasonally continues with Gail Wyckhouse as she returns to teach participants how to prepare delicious dishes with just-picked ingredients from local markets. Participants will learn how to maximize the health benefits of locally sourced food by cooking meals packed with nutrients as well as flavor.

Location: 1664 Wordsworth St., Ferndale Michigan 48220

Participants will taste the dishes and receive recipes. This class is free to clients. Cover charge of $10 to cover cost of food and materials. Free Health Histories for new participants. Encouraged to register early for head count so copies of recipes are available. Please call 248-840-5490 or email gailwyckhouse@yahoo.com

Marvelous Menopause

November 9, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:00pm

When you’re hot you’re hot! Learn how to make menopause marvelous instead of uncomfortable. Understand some of the common problems women experience and learn some good news about traditional cultures.

Location: ROUGE 23341 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, Michigan  48220

Cover charge of $10 to cover cost of healthy snack and class materials. Encouraged to register early for snack head count. Contact Gail at 248-840-5490 or email gailwyckhouse@yahoo.com .

Acid Reflux pH are you Confused?

November 10, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Am I too acidic? Should I be alkaline? Find out about pH and how to balance it with foods and diet. Class includes presentation, pH testing, recipes and some healthy snacks. Encouraged to register early on line for snack head count at www.integrativewellbeing.com select services and classes

Location: Farkas Chiropractic Wellness Center 225040 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220

Cover charge of $10 to cover cost of healthy snack and class materials. Encouraged to register early for snack head count. Contact Gail at 248-840-5490 or email gailwyckhouse@yahoo.com .

Your Right Diet is the Best Diet

November 14, 2010 from 1:00 to 3:00

Take the myths out of loosing weight. Learn how to eat right for your body. Bring carbohydrates and energy into your life.

Location: The Center for Integrative Wellbeing located at 42839 5 Mile Rd. Plymouth MI 48170.

For more information on the center go to www.integrativewellbeing.com. Cover charge of $15 to cover cost of healthy snack and class materials. Contact Gail at 248-840-5490.

Cooking Class in the Evening

November 18, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Accommodating those folks that can’t attend the day time cooking class we are offering a monthly evening cooking class. Our series on cooking seasonally continues with Gail Wyckhouse as she returns to teach participants how to prepare delicious dishes with just-picked ingredients from local markets. Participants will learn how to maximize the health benefits of locally sourced food by cooking meals packed with nutrients as well as flavor.

Location: Innate Healing Arts Center 18700 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48203

For more information on the center go to http://www.innatedetroit.com/ Participants will taste the dishes and receive recipes. This classes is free to clients.

Cover charge of $10 to cover cost of food and materials. Free Health Histories for new participants. Encouraged to register early for head count so copies of recipes are available. Please call 248-840-5490 or email gailwyckhouse@yahoo.com

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