The Santa Barbara 2018 Plant Food and Medicine Conference from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Santa Barbara City College West Campus will host speakers and authors on nutritional, therapeutic and sustainability benefits of a plant‐based lifestyle.
The emphasis will be on how to prepare easy, delicious plant-based meals while maximizing their benefits to prevent and reverse chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
Focus on taste and preparation ease will encourage attendees to consider plant-based meals as their primary source of food, organizers said. The two keynotes and six seminars will address: “How to Put ‘Easy & Delicious’ into Plant‐based Meals” with keynote speaker and celebrity chef Melissa Costello; “Eat What Heals You – The Power of Plant‐Based Nutrition” with keynote by Jim Adams, Ph.D.; “Herbs – Nature’s Super Supplements” will be the subject of a seminar; “Empowered Diets for Miraculous Healing” is another seminar topic; “Cannabis 101–The Real Deal on How Cannabis Heals You” is another is another seminar topic; “Healing Plants of Santa Barbara’s Trails and Gardens” is a seminar topic; “A Cancer Survivor’s Journey to Total Well‐Being Through Nutrition” is a seminar; “Essential Oils – Awaken the Body’s Innate Healing Ability” is the final seminar.
Keynotes and seminars will provide the latest evidenced‐based nutrition information.
Talks include question-and-answer sessions on use of whole foods as medicine in prevention and reduction of chronic diseases, while advocating for sustainable and animal‐free farming.
“After Michael almost died last year because of treatment side effects, we decided to take charge of our health and shift our source of nourishment and healing to plants as much as we could,” said Jacqueline Lopez, event organizer, whose life‐partner is a double‐cancer survivor. The couple dropped meat, dairy and processed food from their lifestyle.
“We cook most of our food with fresh ingredients and source produce from the farmers market,” Lopez said. “Our combined efforts to promote traditional plant knowledge and ethical harvesting helps ensure our future generations are versed in nutritional and healing benefits of plants.”
Nutrition gives greater energy, helps us fight illness, provides clarity of mind and brings us into greater balance with the world around us, Lopez said. “When we understand the power of nutrition, we can even help our families to achieve their optimal health potential,” said Michael Russer, Lopez’s life partner.
Keynotes and seminar seats can be reserved by visiting PlantFoodandMedicine.org more can be learned about each of the speakers and their topics.
Contact Jacqueline@plantfoodandmedicine.org or visit PlantFoodandMedicine.org for more information.