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Let’s Talk About Food: Culture, Evolution, Taste and Politics – Eisenhower’s Heart Attack and the Mediterranean Diet

September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

America was shocked in 1955 when President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack.  While it was more likely a result of his heavy smoking habit, his heart attack prompted a solution to be offered to a nation with a rising rate of heart disease.  How the nation ate was to change.  The creator of K-rations, Physiologist and Nutritionist Ancel Keys identified saturated fat the culprit responsible for the heart attack and the Mediterranean diet as the solution.  Today, the Mediterranean diet is a staple, a go-to for healthy eating.  As a part of culture, it is included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage List.  Countries like Greece, Spain, Morocco and Portugal are at the list’s origin.  But what is it and what does this mean?

Looking at cultural foods for inspiration as to what to eat taps into the genius of how cuisines worldwide have discovered how to make food nutritious and delicious.  Efforts to maintain these traditional fares in a world where the Standard American Diet (SAD) is craved, and the bliss point is exploited is difficult.  Food is big business and so, Let’s Talk About Food:  Food authenticity, food appropriation, and even the grocery store’s international aisle!

In this seminar led by Cultural Anthropologist Leila Finn, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Discover why saturated fat was deemed unhealthy and the Mediterranean diet promoted as heart healthy
  • Identify common elements of Mediterranean cuisine
  • Learn about the Bliss Point, and its taste enhancing components
  • Explore the social and political complexities of preserving traditional cuisines
  • Consider how immigration, xenophobia, and “foreign” food has shaped how global cuisines are categorized

Leila Finn has her Masters in Cultural Anthropology from Brown University.  She is an author and a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach.  Leila was the co-creator of the Emory Health Coach Training Program and has contributed to books and training curricula in the health coaching and health fields.  She’s been a coach mentor in Dr. Andrew Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine Coach Program.  Leila is a food blogger (Good Food) and has been a lay trainer for the Stanford Diabetes Prevention Program.

Not your typical conversation around “What’s for Dinner?”, join this online webinar with Leila for this deep and informative dive into the culture of food.

Register Today! (You’ll be directed to Centered Yoga & Wellness, joint provider of this program.)

$35.00 per person

This event is approved by NBHWC for 2.0 continuing education units (CEP #100063).


September 23
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT