Last summer I took Dr. Vanita Rahman’s Healthy Nutrition class at the McLean Racquet and Health Club. This was a wonderful class. It was chock full of useful information about eating right, discerning the nutritional value of different foods, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Vanita’s dynamic, interactive style and her deep expertise contributed to the value of the class. The Q&A at the end of every class allowed the participants to explore topics of special interest to them. As a scientist, I appreciated Vanita’s thorough and clear explanations of the health aspects of nutrition. My family has already benefited from the class. I put into practice her advice on portion control and the result is that my husband has lost over 10 pounds. I hope more people can benefit from the enthusiasm and knowledge Dr. Vanita brings to the field of healthy nutrition.
I have consulted with Dr. Vanita Rahman since April 2014. My goal was to lose twenty pounds by changing my diet and improving my exercise schedule. The process starts with a careful assessment of nutritional habits. Dr. Rahman gives suggestions about recommended changes in the diet. She also gives a nutritional rationale about why the changes are recommended. Her explanations are given in plain language and are easy to relate to. Dr. Rahman is creative and thoughtful. If there is an impasse in the process of weight loss and nutritional change she develops strategies that are consistent with the overriding goal. I have made significant progress towards my goal, and I recommend Dr. Rahman for her expertise and thoughtful commitment.
About me: I love to read books, newspapers and recipes. When it comes to cooking I would describe myself as a visual learner. That’s where I sing the praises of Vanita Rahman, MD. Our sessions – four in total – were personally structured by Vanita to meet my own nutritional goals as well as specific requests I could share with my family. For instance, my daughter, who was pregnant at the time, asked for food related information tailored to her special needs. Each session included an instructional as well as a hands-on component. I was particularly appreciative when Vanita provided me with insight on how to interpret current food labels. Another example of Vanita’s helpfulness was teaching me about the use of a greater variety of spices and knowing when to precisely add fresh herbs. I believe her instruction and wealth of nutritional knowledge was made so practical that I look forward to making a smooth lifestyle change.
When I first transitioned to plant-based eating, one of the things I missed the most was plain yoghurt. Most of the vegan alternatives had a very sweet aftertaste. I started making my own, with unsweetened soy milk using a yoghurt maker, and that works well. I was in Whole Foods yesterday, and saw this newRead More
To teach them a lesson about the Great Depression, my children’s history teacher gave them a new project, where they cook using the rations that were provided during that time. Interestingly, there was no meat or seafood in the rations. They whipped up a delicious minestrone soup and pasta with marinara sauce! Simple, easy andRead More
I am very excited to share that my new cookbook, Vegan Style, is now available on Amazon. It features my favorite recipes from around the world-carefully curated to be healthy, tasty, and easy. Each recipe is accompanied by a colorful picture of the food taken in real time.Read More
Many of you have been asking me if soy can increase the risk of breast cancer. The concern stems from the fact that soy contains phytoestrogens, a type of estrogen found in plants. However, soy-based estrogens actually decrease the risk of breast cancer and recurrence as explained in this very informative video by Dr. Michael Greger.Read More
I love these whole grain bagels that I found at MOM’s – they are made with sprouted whole grains. This almond-based cream cheese tastes just like the dairy version! I had a bagel sandwich with tomatoes, cucumbers and sliced green chilis – just fantastic!Read More
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