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MEDICAL KITCHEN WISDOM

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What would it mean to cook and eat consciously?

To put heaven and earth in the dish that you prepare for eating?

To pay full attention even to the simplest meal and give all your heart when cooking for others and for yourself? To eat in a peaceful environment, slowly and appreciating the world with all your senses?

From the kitchen of Mount Athos in Greece to the Buddhist temples in Japan, these concepts are key to preparation, appreciation and enjoyment of food.

Come and explore with me ‘Conscious Eating’ and ‘Heart-Warming Cooking”. 
https://www.meetup.com/Medical-Kitchen-Wisdom/

Conscious Eating

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Healthy eating has to do with what we eat, what we absorb & how we eat. We can combine conscious eating to all these aspects: primarily by eating with attention, mindfully but also, by learning to eat according to our type & choosing foods that are from a sustainable source.

Practicing to cook and eat consciously can affect our health & being in tangible & intangible ways:

- by reducing stress

- improving digestion and absorption of nutrients

- optimising the amount we eat

- helping us be in tune with our body and seasons

- influencing our energy and awareness.

We are going to explore these useful principles in the “Conscious Eating” workshop.

The Health Being Institute “Diet and Philosophy” and “Medical Kitchen Wisdom” workshops provide an opportunity for people who are searching to bring together wisdom and science for the benefit of themselves, other people they know and the wider community. 

Workshops provide an interesting, joyful exchange, learning from each other in a relaxing environment, with a healthy snack and tea provided.

Booking is essential. Places are limited and demand is high. Cost: £10 per person. 

To book for place, please email me at: eleni.soma@gmail.com or phone: 07958 495537 

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

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

To find out more and book online: go to my meetup group ‘Medical Kitchen Wisdom’ on https://www.meetup.com/Medical-Kitchen-Wisdom/ or check my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/www.healthbeinginstitute.co.uk/

Body types, Personality and Health

Body types, personality & health 20 Sept 17

The Health Being Institute workshopBody types, personality and health – from ancient teachings to modern science’ will take place on Saturday 30th of September 2017 11am- 1:30pm, Central London.

I’m really pleased to have a co-presenter Angeliki Kompoholi from Greece. Angeliki brings an in-depth knowledge of Ancient Greek and literature and, a skill in bringing this timeless philosophy and wisdom to life, making them relevant to our everyday world.

From ancient traditions, human types have been described by the Humours: choleric, phlegmatic, sanguine and melancholic and in Ayurvedic Medicine by the five elements of ether, air, water, fire and earth. Ancient Greece? Angeliki and I aim to relate this wisdom to the newer discoveries in medicine such as epigenetics and to help you find practical ideas to improve your ‘health being’.

What is our ‘type’ made up in terms of:

  • our personality
  • our types of relationships
  • body type
  • activity and sleep patterns

How can diet, lifestyle, mindfulness and connection help our ‘type’?

The Health Being Institute “Diet and Philosophy” and “Medical Kitchen Wisdom” workshops provide an opportunity for people who are searching to bring together wisdom and science for the benefit of themselves, other people they know and the wider community.

Workshops provide an interesting, joyful exchange, learning from each other in a relaxing environment, with a healthy snack and tea provided.

I hope you can join us. Booking is essential. Places are limited and demand is high. Cost: £10 per person.
Venue: Woolman room, 8-9 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH
I can provide you with a CPD certificate, if you need it.
To book for place, please email me at: eleni.soma@gmail.com or phone: 07958 495537

Find out more and book online: go to my meetup group ‘Medical Kitchen Wisdom’ on https://www.meetup.com/Medical-Kitchen-Wisdom/

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

“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

“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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“The Power of Ancient Greek Foods” Workshop

Learn how to choose foods, combine & cook them, to use their power for your own health.

Listen to Ancient Recipes with their History and Nutrition Secrets.

This workshop will concentrate on Ancient Greek Foods, popular in modern day life, such as figs, pomegranates, greens, herbs, millet, barley, fish, dairy etc.

‘ it is necessary to know the property, not only of foods themselves, whether corn, drink or meat, but also of the country from which they come’

Foods in their natural form have different properties to foods modified by the ‘human art’ 

These two quotes taken from the Hippocratic books were written 2,500 years ago.

We will examine them under the lens of modern science and medicine.

We will continue to explore the power of foods in future workshops.

To find out more come to our 3rd “Ancient Wisdom & Harmonious Diet” workshop with Dr Eleni.

Saturday  7 March 2015 12-2:00 pm

8-9 Hop Gardens (off St Martin’s Lane), London WC2N 4EH 

Cost: £20 (includes Greek mountain tea & date truffles)

More information & to book a place: ihealthbeing@gmail.com - 07958 495537 

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Walking v Running – which is the healthiest?

 

While I was away, I read some interesting articles about the relative benefits of walking and running. This was of interest to me, as I had taken the advice of Eleni Tsiompanou, the integrative doctor at Penny Brohn, to stop running some time ago.Overall, it seems the benefits of a 5-minute run, match those of a 15-minute walk. Broadly speaking, it seems the benefits associated with a 25-minute run are equivalent to walking for 1 hour 45 minutes. Obviously if you are  young  healthy and reasonably fit, running is more time-efficient. Or is it? With running there is time spent getting changed twice and showering afterwards. (Assuming that you have a healthy attitude to personal hygiene) Plus, there is the  time stretching (before and/or after running) and maybe even cooling down. So a 15-minute run could, in reality, easily take an hour out of one’s day. This is  significantly more time than that devoted to say, a 45-minute walk (which, generally, will require no changing, stretching or showering) and you spend all the time outside!Runners may also be prone to injury. I know from first hand experience about this. When I used to run a lot, I had a succession of running related injuries (shin splints, right calf,  lower back, to name a few), which was one of the reasons which eventually led me to think about giving up running.Prior to my liver resection in February 2011, I had a personal trainer who was helping me get fit again, after a year of very gentle exercise. My aim was to run a 10km race and raise money for cancer charities. I was feeling great and beginning to enjoy the running. Then I was diagnosed with a metastasise in my liver. It required surgery. I had to stop the running while I recovered from my surgery.

That March as part of my post op recovery, I went to Penny Brohn for a few days. During which I saw Eleni  Tsiompanou ( an Intergrative Health Doctor) and we discussed the subject of exercise and how much was advisable. I told her what my plans were and that I hoped to get back to running again soon. I was not expecting what she said. I remember her words “Running – no way – this is far too much for you. Walking – most definitely and as much as you like. But running no”.  I was confused!

The reason, she explained to me, was that my immune system was having a difficult time dealing with fighting off the cancer cells floating around my body. Running can suppress the immune system. So if my immune system is suppressed after I run then the cancer cells can prosper. Which is not a good idea.This made sense! Cardio/aerobic (distance) running is known to (stress) suppress the immune system, You only have to think of distance runners such as Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe who have been prone to infection illnesses . 

Walking can be sustained all year and can be carried on as you get older. Walking is much easier and in my experience it is more conducive to ‘social networking’. Another advantage of walking is that it can easily be incorporated into one’s daily routine. My friends are of the age when going for a walk is not too off putting. I can’t think too many of my friends who would get excited by asking them to go for a 5km run. But a walk with Colin and me seems to be OK.

Source: http://addictedtogreentea.blogspot.co.uk

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