Temenos Academy Lecture – “Hippocrates: The Lost Way to Health”

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Dr Eleni has been invited by the Temenos Academy to give a lecture on “Hippocrates: the Lost Way to Health”. The lecture is on the 2nd of May in the atmospheric building of the Royal Asiatic Society in central London.

The Temenos Academy is an educational charity which aims to offer education in philosophy and the arts in the light of the sacred traditions of east and West. The word ‘temenos’ means ‘a sacred precinct’. 

You can read more about the Temenos Academy programme here 

“Health depends on the harmony of the basic elements in the human body”, wrote Hippocrates the Father of Medicine  2,500 years ago. ‘Diaita’ which, from ancient Greek, means literally  ‘way of life’, preserves or disrupts this inner harmony influencing our health and state of being. Hippocrates understood the properties of foods, the importance of exercises, music and social interaction in maintaining harmony. Emphasising the relationship between the quality of food and the soil, his practical advice on cooking and the impact of fasting on health can help us today in our search for a harmonious, healthy life.

Tuesday 2 May, 7-8:30 pm

In the Chair: Ian Skelly

Venue: The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Nearest Underground Euston Square / Euston

The event is open to the public

Admission: £8 or £5 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions

To reserve a place please email temenosacademy@myfastmail.com

“Anti-Inflammatory DIAITA: Diet & Lifestyle” Workshop, 11 March 2017, London

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Following our last successful meeting on Anti-Cancer DIAITA, in this multi-dimensional workshop, I will expand on ways to reduce inflammation in the body, the primary cause of many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, auto-immune diseases, depression etc.

I will explore Science, Medicine and Ancient Wisdom to find the available knowledge and understanding offered to us to create an anti-inflammatory way of living.

Anti-Inflammatory DIAITA combines:

• foods, herbs and spices

• ways of eating and fasting

• types of exercises (natural and unnatural)

• meditation

• ways to deal with stress & anxiety & improve sleep and

• a connection with other people, the environment & something higher than us!

Connect with others in a friendly environment which invites questions and offers answers to a modern problem of an ‘inflammatory life’ that affects us all.

Learn about healthy meals, herbal remedies and easy recipes to use in your daily life.

Explore philosophy, spirituality and try meditation to connect with your body.

Saturday 11th of March, 11-13:30.

Venue: Woolman room, 8-9 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH

Cost: £25 per person

Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and demand is high.


I can provide you with a CPD certificate, if you need it.

“DIAITA Against Cancer: Diet & Lifestyle Dodecalogue” Workshop

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In this ANTI-CANCER DIAITA workshop, for World Cancer Day on the 4th of February, I’m going to dispel the myth that there is nothing people can do about cancer. Research shows that, with a healthier diet and lifestyle a third of the most common cancers can be prevented.

 

DIAITA, the ancient Greek word meaning “Way of Living”, is where the word DIET comes from.

I am going to draw on evidence, knowledge and wisdom from Modern Medicine, Aurveda, Philosophy & Spirituality, to show that with the right DIAITA it is possible to: 

  • prevent cancer
  • reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and
  • improve quality of life in cancer survivors

I will give you my Dodecalogue for cancer prevention.

You can join me either in London on the 28th of January 2017 or in Kozani-Greece on the 13th of February.

Along with an interesting discussion, you will be offered ideas for cooking (“anti-cancer recipes”) and some delicious anti-cancer snacks, prepared by chef Mariana Ivanova.

Cost: £25 per person

Venue: Woolman room, 8-9 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH

TO BOOK email: ihealthbeing@gmail.com or phone: 07958495537

“Seven Spices for Health”

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Learn how to use spices in your everyday life to support your health. We will explore 7 spices for their medicinal properties but also for their ability to enhance the taste and smell of our food, bringing life to our mealtimes.

“Food is Medicine”, Hippocrates the wise Greek physician of the 5th century BC wrote. When I was researching his books for my thesis, I found quotes such as ‘Coriander is hot and astringent; it stops heartburn, and when eaten last also causes sleep’ and ‘Wild saffron passes by stool’. Spices were differentiated according to their taste and the effect they had on the body. Clearly the ancients also used spices for their medicinal purposes. They recognised spices had an effect in the body and used them accordingly. Modern science confirms the powerful properties of spices.

Eating a tasty, aromatic, colourful, nutritious meal in a quite, pleasant environment and with attention is a powerful holistic experience that nourishes the body, mind and spirit. When we leave out one of these factors, then we feel like we are missing something and turn to more food or other substances and experiences to make up for the loss and to seek happiness. This has led in the 21st century to the epidemic of obesity and other chronic diseases. Spices can be one of the factors that can save us from disease and poor quality of being.

For this workshop I am very happy to welcome my guest speaker Vivian Voulgaraki. Vivian was born and raised in the island of Crete. Her journey in life brought her back to her roots where she set up “Pure Philosophy”, a private company that produces Holistic skin care and nutrition products and promotes natural and healthy living with respect to animals and nature. She will talk to us about a very special spice called carob which she has researched. The story of carobs has a special meaning for Greeks, as the consumption of carobs saved a lot of people and children during the war period and austerity. Evidently, this spice has special properties which Vivian will discuss further.

AGNOTIS – Pure Philosophy www.agnotis.eu

Please join us for this special event and taste a caramelised carob cake and raw carob gluten and dairy free biscuits, made using Vivian’s organic Carob syrup and powder, prepared by our chef Mariana Ivanova. Recipes will be provided.

 

“Brain Loving Foods & Lifestyle: Ways to Avoid Dementia” Workshop

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What could we do to prevent dementia and even delay its’ progress?

In this workshop, Dr Garuth Chalfont, from the Division of Health Research, University of Lancaster and Dr Eleni Tsiompanou from the Health-Being Institute, will discuss different natural and holistic interventions including:

• modern Nutritional Medicine

• functional foods developed in Japan

• horticultural therapy

• our connection with nature

• lifestyle and brain games

• ancient Ayurvedic nutrition and Hippocratic Medicine

• philosophy, music and storytelling

Research shows what’s good for the heart and the gut is good for the brain.

Come and join us on Saturday 25th June 11am-1:30pm at this unique workshop in the centre on London. Along with an interesting discussion, we offer ideas for cooking (“brain loving foods”) and some delicious snacks designed to nourish your heart and brain, prepared by chef Mariana Ivanova.

Cost: £20 per person

Venue: 8-9 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH

TO BOOK email: ihealthbeing@gmail.com or phone: 07958495537

Workshop: “Six Tastes for Health & Wellbeing”

“My tongue is smiling”. What can help us say that?

Our next multidimensional “Medical Kitchen Wisdom” workshop, combining

Nutritional Medicine, Ayurvedic Nutrition, Hippocratic Medicine, Philosophy & stories is

on the 14th of May 12-14:30

at 8-9 Hop Gardens (Woolman room), London WC2N 4EH.

Theme: “Six tastes for Health & Wellbeing”

We will explore:

• the 6 tastes that are important for health

• the attributes of tastes and foods according to Hippocrates, Plato, Ayurveda and modern medicine

• impact on digestive health of different tastes, foods and food combinations

• what ingredients and utensils to use

• recipes to have in hand for easy and healthy cooking

Bring a friend if you want but, let me know beforehand, so that we can prepare the Ayurvedic snacks.

 

Places are limited.

TO BOOK either e-mail me: ihealthbeing@gmail.com or phone me: 07958-495537

Cost: £20 per person

With Dr EleniTsiompanou

Guest chef: Mariana Ivanova

‘Greek mountain tea’ & ‘Ayurvedic snacks’ will be provided

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What are we made of? The Elemental in the Body and Cosmos

WHAT ARE WE MADE OF?

On one level, this philosophical/existential question has been pondered by our ancestors since the beginning of time. Is it relevant today? Yes increasingly so.

On another level, ‘what we’re made of’ can be answered in physical terms. We’re made of atoms, cells, minerals, nutrients, genes etc. But, if we put these together, can we create a human being? Can we create a flower with the knowledge of its’ structure, components, colour and scent? No we can’t, not yet, at this particular epoch in history.

However, ‘what we’re made of’ is becoming more known and uncovered by recent scientific breakthroughs, such as the genome and the epigenome. What they show is a much greater complexity than we previously anticipated. These modern studies also reflect how past knowledge – such as Ayurveda and Hippocratic Medicine – are more applicable and practically beneficial to our busy lives in the 21st century, for example:

  • the importance of diet on health
  • the significance of gut function on the body and mind
  • the effect of fasting on health and wellbeing

Come on the 16th of April to find out more, meet people who are interested in similar ideas and discuss these with an open mind in a friendly space, allowing for the scientific element to mingle with philosophical, cultural, historical elements and… cooking. Bring a friend if you want but, let me know beforehand, so that we can prepare the Ayurvedic snacks.
Warmest wishes,

Eleni
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“Fasting Can Save Your Life” Workshop

In this workshop find out  the first steps to fasting for your health

Fasting allows the body to have a good ‘house-cleaning’ and a rest.

It is a way to health and long life.

Hippocrates said it: ‘the more you nourish a diseased body, the worse you make it’

Saturday 19 September 2015, 12 – 2:30 pm

8-9 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH 

More information & to book a place:

E: ihealthbeing@gmail.com

P: 07958-495537

Cost: £25 per person

‘Greek mountain tea’ ‘Hippocratic snacks’ will be provided

Chef: Mariana Ivanova

19:09 fasting workshop

Fasting for Health: Philosophy and Practice

Hippocrates described fasting as therapy. All the major religious traditions apply it in their spiritual practice. Gandhi used fasting making the personal political. Modern medicine rediscovers it.

Want to hear more? Are you interested in the health benefits of fasting? Eager to find out the different ways of fasting for health, weight loss or treatment of various diseases?

Come to the next Health-Being event Saturday 27th of June in London.

Places are limited and are booking fast as many are interested in the subject. Contact me to book your place, preferably via e-mail on

ihealthbeing@gmail.com

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Ancient Hippocratic Wisdom for a Harmonious Diet: “ΔΙΑΙΤΑ”

We are coming together again on the 9th of May to continue our exploration of the ‘Power of Foods’, what Ancient Hippocratic Philosophy can teach us and how we can aspire to a Harmonious Diet, which is called “ΔΙΑΙΤΑ”.
If you are in London, then come and join us.
For more information & to book a place, 
e-mail me: ihealthbeing@gmail.com or
phone me: 07958-495537 
Saturday 9 May 2015, 12 – 2:30 pm
The Woolman Room, 8-9 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH
Cost: £25 per person. Limited availability. ‘Greek mountain tea’ and ‘Hippocratic snacks’ will be provided.

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