Wellness Club, the first of five such sites now planned to be launched across the country.
The website describes the Club as "an inviting environment where members are empowered to make educated and positive lifestyle choices that promote their long-term health and well-being through coaching, delicious food and a supportive community" (huh?). What I came away understanding it to be is a beautiful glass enclosed structure smack dab in the middle of the store where - for a substantial fee (for me, anyways, this is substantial) of $199 to sign-up and then monthly fees of $45 plus additional fees for the "Supper Club" - you're coached on developing new healthy eating habits and wellness and can attend cooking demonstrations in their very cool kitchen/classroom.
Lisa Johnson and we chatted before the presentation a bit, Lisa making the very good point of how the health and fitness blogging community has just begun to catch-up to the Mommy blogging community in terms of networking together and community building.
The Wellness Club eating recommendations seem to be based on a vegan diet, although this is only suggested, not mandatory. The evening started with a presentation by Dr. Matt Lederman, co-author with his wife (who was also in attendance), Dr. Alona Pulde, of the book "Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health". They serve nationwide as the Club's "Wellness Experts" and "have developed a comprehensive Lifestyle Change Program that is designed to help club members make changes for lifelong health at their own pace."
The first was an eggplant and roasted red pepper with chickpea hummus. I really enjoyed the cooking demo, learning some interesting techniques, and finding out about 'smoked paprika' spice which I had never used before (but bought on my way out of the store). For my taste, the hummus was a little bland, but perhaps that is because I'm used to very spicy hummus.
|No bake Apple Spice Cake with Cashew Cream & Berries|
and Spiced Poached Pears with Raspberry drizzle
If you read Healthy Loser Gal blog regularly you know I love to promote Buying Local and Farm-To-Table having grown up in rural upstate New York and being an advocate for the small farm. The signage below on the Whole Foods wall caught my attention: