The Memphis-Raleigh, Tenn., Church’s monthly Simply Vegan cooking classes have been ongoing for about 18 months. A survey from participants revealed that the number one interest was for a weight loss program. The 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart book by Neal Barnard, M.D., was chosen for the four-week class.
For the first session, the participants met at a local Kroger to read labels, sample food, and identify and purchase foods that fit the criteria of the program. Then, it was on to the kitchen to prepare the foods and eat. Each week they prepared food together, ate dinner together, and then reviewed and discussed the reading assignments together. The group united quickly.
Prayer and Bible verses on health were part of each session. The beauty of the program was the emphasis on health, not just weight loss. Barnard’s book explains how to boost the metabolism; the overall benefits of a plant-based dietary for longevity, reduced risk for cancer, relief of body pains, and cardiovascular health; and why a plant-based diet is a good choice for people of all ages. Family members and work associates also benefited from the class, and the participants shared the Bible verses, foods, and their new knowledge. This event was an effective way to connect with the community, nurture interests, and get to know people from other churches in the area.
Kentucky-Tennessee | December 2016