I am Dr Reeta Karamchandani, GP, lifestyle medicine practitioner and culinary coach. I am a doctor, wife and mother, striving to cook simple yet tasty and nutritious meals for my family within my time constraints, without breaking the family budget and only using common kitchen equipment. I am not a nutritionist or dietician – simply a doctor with a passion for home cooking. I believe that food is culinary medicine and I want to advocate cooking at home to help achieve great health outcomes.
So what is culinary medicine?
It’s not nutritional studies or dietetics and you don’t need to be a chef. We don’t make you count calories nor discourage you to dine out. Simply put, it’s about enjoying health-promoting home cooked food with your loved ones, and more often. The idea of food as a tool for health is not necessarily new. However, this approach to education empowers individuals of all ages and experiences to overcome common barriers to healthful eating, and is a refreshing view of medicine. As Dr. John La Puma describes in ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine:
Culinary medicine is a new evidence-based field that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine. Culinary Medicine is an emerging field: it is a new educational and nutritional approach to improving eating behaviours, focusing on skills such as shopping, storage and meal preparation.
Dr. John La Puma
what is culinary coaching?
Culinary Coaching teaches behavioural interventions, aiming to improve nutrition and overall health by facilitating home cooking through an active learning process for participants.It combines culinary training with health and wellness coaching competencies. Special attention is given to how food works in the body as well as to the socio-cultural and pleasurable aspects of eating and cooking. My mission resonates with Dr La Puma:
Food, mindfully selected and prepared, can be a powerful medical tool.
Dr. John La Puma
The core of what we are trying to achieve, is to reach out to medical colleagues with our concept of Culinary Coaching. We want to establish a conversation that will encourage them, to take on board the principles and give them the confidence to use the subject of food as a preventative and curative tool.
what do we want to achieve?
- We aim to fill the gap between medicine and cooking, fusing the art of cooking with the science of medicine.
- We want to make cooking more interesting and not just a chore.
- We want to help ‘you’ develop a vision of ‘A Healthy Me’.
- Set culinary goals based on the required outcomes.
how do we operate?
- We provide virtual coaching sessions to develop confidence in your ability to cook more at home.
- Alternatively we can provide cooking sessions in the comfort of your own kitchen (once lockdown restrictions allow!).
- We can even mail the ingredients to you.
- We have a website with news, views and recipe suggestions to help you progress your interest.