You know that amazing feeling you have when you do something that you love? That’s exactly how I feel about running Nutrition workshops with my good friend and colleague Aminah. We have been running Nutrition workshops officially and unofficially for a few years now. Officially working with an interfaith community of Jewish and Muslim women in the Boston area. (And unofficially when we meet up for coffee or lunch and people around us overhear that we are Registered Dietitians and we get accosted with questions about new dieting fads and the wonder pill their neighbors’ daughter just tried.)
What can I say? We have an amazing time. Food and nutrition is what we LOVE. We practice what we preach. We are both complete foodies. We salivate over fresh vegetables. And as busy working moms, we know how important and challenging it can be to provide healthy meals for a growing family.
We really enjoy meeting with women because, lets face it, as women we take food to a near political level of controversy. Who DOESN’T have a story or past history with some sort of food question or struggle? And, we get it. While food should be celebrated and enjoyed, we understand how challenging it can be. How do I cook these meals? What if my kids won’t like what I make? Why can’t I seem to lose weight? Salads are so boring – what else can I eat? Are carbs really bad? How do I eat well while eating out? Who has time to cook? The dilemmas go on and on.
The one thing we know for sure, is that everyone has the right, access and need for nutritious food. We owe it to ourselves and our family to eat healthy. (Ever sit next to the co-worker or friend who’s on a diet? NOT FUN.) Healthy eating is not a death sentence. It’s a delight. And sometimes it just requires some direction, support and encouragement. It requires understanding and even humor. That’s where we come in.
Aminah and I so excited to be running MORE Nutrition events, specially for Jewish and Muslim women in our community. We are beyond excited to be hosted by CIRCLE – The Center for Interreligious & Communal Leadership Education, a joint venture of Hebrew College & Andover Newton Theological School. How amazing is that?! Consistent with our philosophy of eating better together, we feel honored that we can bring together women who may otherwise have little experience with each other. We have an amazing opportunity to learn, share, discuss and LAUGH together as a dynamic group of women in our community. At the end of the day, we all want to lead a healthy and happy life. Let’s learn from and about each other in the process. Together.
Please help share the news of our two-part series. These are just around the corner!
Tuesdays, October 21st & November 4th 7-9 pm, Hebrew College, Newton MA
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This project was made possible by a #MakeItHappen micro grant. #MakeItHappen is a global initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network. For more information, visit makeithappen.schusterman.org.