Interview with Chef Frank From Three Lily Farm

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing and introducing Chef Frank Giglio from Three Lily Farm. Frank and his family live on a farm in Maine and offer traditional cooking classes as well as local events that inspire people to cook more and eat a more nutrient dense diet.

His adventurous culinary offerings have been showcased throughout the health community and Frank is the featured chef for NY Times Best-Selling Dr. Alejandro Junger’s Clean Eats cookbook.

HD: What inspired you to become a chef?

I got my first job as a dishwasher when I was 15. From the start I was intrigued by life in the kitchen and dove right into the trade. A few years later, after graduating highschool, I decided it was best to keep going with it and pursued culinary school. I felt connected to life in the kitchen and took great joy in making food for people. Maybe it’s because I am Italian and a Cancer, but I feel a sense of responsiblity to feed and nourish my friends and family.

HD: You did nutrition training. How did this impact your cooking and your life?

I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2007 while the program was still live and held in NYC. IIN directly impacted my work and it was after attending this school that I began to reach out to the public and offer my services. Having made a complete dietary overhaul before enrolling, IIN provided me with a wealth of nutritional knowledge and for the first time ever, I really understood how food effected my body. It also helped me better understand that health doesn’t only come from the foods I eat, but the community I live with, the joy I find in my daily life, work, and friendships.

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HD: What’s it like living on a farm?

Chores, lots of chores 🙂 I love being connected to the land and feel great joy when I am able to spend time in nature foraging for wild foods, growing food, and raising animals. This means there is always lots of work to be done. When not weeding, digging, feeding, or watering, I am preparing for another project on the land, or repairing old structures that have begun to degrade over time. Having land and living out in the country gives many freedoms and a sense of solitude which I enjoy deeply.

HD: I know many of my readers eat a mostly plant based diet. Should vegetarians consider doing your Traditional Cookery Training as well as other low meat diets?

My goal with this course is not to tell you what you should or should not be eating, but to empower you to make the best choices for your body. I will however, teach you how to best utilize the ingredients you do choose to put in your body.

While I feel there is great value in the consumption of animal foods I realize it is not for everybody. Although there is a week devoted to preparing meat and fish, there is plenty of info and inspiration for the vegetarians and vegans throughout. Whether one chooses to eat meat or not, there is no harm in learning how to prepare such foods, especially if they are creating meals for other family members who may consume animal foods.

HD: What is the one thing you wish more people would cook?

Personally, I think everybody should be making fresh stock, whether that be fish or meat based. Stocks or bone broth not only impart a delicious, earthy flavor, their medicinal properties make them worthy of daily use.

Second to that, I wish people would start working with more wild plants and seeing them as superior to their domestic counterparts. While kale, collard greens, and lettuce are fantastic, there is an abundance of wild plants that nutritionally dominate cultivated varieties.

You can find out more about Chef Frank and Three Lily Farm, as well as their courses here

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Win FREE Admission To The Academy of Culinary Nutrition!

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This month has been giveaway central here! And today, we have two amazing opportunities for readers who are looking to transform their lives and careers. 

If you are interested in furthering your current knowledge of raw foods preparation, gluten free baking, and culinary nutrition, and are even considering teaching this knowledge to others, look no further than best selling author Meghan Telpner’s Academy of Culinary Nutrition

In 2008, Meghan Telpner first began offering cooking classes in her loft-style kitchen in Toronto’s west-end neighbourhod of Parkdale. Shortly afterwards, she launched the Culinary Nutrition Program, starting with just 12 students around her kitchen table.

As demand for her classes grew and the walls of her 600 square foot loft could expand no further, she took the leap to online teaching and began recording her programs for a global audience. Meghan gathered the best team she could find and began building the world’s first online school for culinary nutrition.

The program has both an honorary option as well as certification in culinary nutrition. Both include practical, everyday, natural cooking skills as well as a deeper exploration into the therapeutic properties of the foods we eat and how we prepare them. This program serves to enhance prior professional training in natural health, or can serve as your introduction to it.

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Enter to win FREE admission into the Honorary Culinary Nutrition Expert program! Enter now -> http://www.holisticdad.net/2014/07/29/academy-culinary-nutrition-giveaway/

The Culinary Nutrition program includes:

– 70 Hours of Real time pre-recorded videos pieced into 11 workshops covering topics like: 

  • meal prep skills, food storage, menu planning and organization
  • the foundations of nutrition, including breakdown of carbs, fats and proteins
  • the sources, functions, and deficiency symptoms of major vitamins and minerals
  • Gluten-Free Baking
  • Eating For Awesome Energy
  • Edible Beauty Care
  • Raw Food Power
  • and more!

– Accompanying course materials (resources + recipes + reading material)

– Weekly live-stream office hours with Meghan that includes demonstration of key techniques and tips and tricks and Q&A.

– Meghan’s business coaching workshop: Two additional courses designed to get your business and personal goals in motion

  • full-day, live-streamed video course  detailing effective branding guidelines, best use of social media, sponsors and partnerships, filling classes, web development, book writing and more
  • A 90-minute personal development workshop aimed at helping you move beyond hurdles, putting an action plan into place and taking the first steps to make it happen.

– Home study & cooking assignments based on:

  • Development of meal plans in accordance with various dietary restrictions.
  • Recipe development and testing.
  • Client simulation: how to follow a prescribed meal plan.
  • Workshop or cooking class creation.
  • Cooking assignments and assessments so you can do your work and eat it too!

– Private Facebook Group for students and grads

And that’s not all…

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Bonus Training Opportunity

As a Wellness Coach, I know how challenging it is to begin coaching and to start ( and grow) a blog & social media following. It has taken me years to find my online voice, develop my own unique coaching method, grow my social media presence, and all of the other aspects that a holistic health professional needs.

That’s why I am offering a one time only opportunity to receive personal mentorship sessions from me ( for free!) plus other bonuses for anyone who registers to the Academy of Culinary Nutrition through my referral link. This means that on top of your training with Meghan, you get to work with me on what steps to take next to develop your online platform.

What’s included in this bonus training?

+ 2 Skype Strategy sessions with me

We’ll dive deep into your strengths and callings, and what you intend to do once you graduate from The Academy. I’ll give you my ideas on how to grow your blog and develop a social media strategy that’s right for you.

+ Month Long Social Media Bootcamp

You’ll gain access to an exclusive month long course on social media for holistic entrepreneurs, which will be available later this year.Created by EK Bradley of Thriving Healer and myself, we’re going to dive further into how you can use your training to impact your local community or internationally.

+ Opportunity to guest post on Holistic Dad

You’ll have the opportunity to guest post on my blog. This is typically only available to our staff writers, a small group of coaches and yoga teachers we have developed relationships with over the years.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, I’d love to work with you! This bonus training will no longer be available after the program begins in September, so head on over to The Academy of Culinary Nutrition to enrol!

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Win FREE Admission!

Meghan has graciously offered to give one lucky reader FREE admission into the Honorary Culinary Nutrition program, valued at  $1,790 CAD. 

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5 Ways To Become Healthier ( Starting Now)

5 Ways to become healthier ( starting

All across the world, people are waking up to a pressing need for us to become aware of how to take care of our health, as well as making a positive impact on our environment and community. 

Through the internet, affordable courses, books, health leaders, alternative MDs, Moms/Dads/Kids, activists, chefs, and so have appeared. It can be overwhelming finding out what we should eat and how we can best take care of our health. On top of that, there is a belief that in order to be healthy you need to spend a ton of money on supplements or equipment. Sure, I love my Vitamixer and see real value in supplementation, but in reality you can start living a healthier life right here and now.

I’ve created my list of 5 ways you can take charge of your health without feeling overwhelmed. Start with one of these points or do all of them! Whatever feels right for you and your family. Remember, you are not in this alone!

1.) Say no to GMO

If you are concerned about Genetically modified food, pesticides, and other harmful toxins in your food, it’s time to switch to organic. It’s important to remember that even though organic food can cost more, it doesn’t have to; there are organic produce clubs you can join that send you an affordable box of veg/fruit every week, and at your local farmer’s market you can speak with farmer’s about seasonal produce.

Organic shampoo too expensive? Consider making your own ( youtube has many videos on everything from ‘no-poo’ to dry shampoo). No fluoride free toothpaste at your local store? Use baking soda and essential oil ( like peppermint) or even turmeric.

Remember to buy in bulk when possible so as to save even more. Your local health food store should have a bulk section for things like chickpeas, lentils, rice, etc You can also save by shopping at places like iherb which offers discounts and cheap or free shipping.

2.) Download my free workbook to determine your budget and assess your pantry

If you’re not sure where to start and are new to all this health stuff, download my free workbook and start filling it out. It will help you determine your budget, personal health goals, and what items in your house may contain harmful ingredients.

3.) Find the right exercise for YOU

Not everyone enjoys running, yoga, or cross fit. Find what YOU enjoy and do it daily. That’s your number 1 task: consistency. If you hate doing something, you won’t do it for long, so find out what works for you. If it happens to be running, then schedule it into your calendar and tell family/friends you are unavailable during that time for anything other than running. Or better yet, invite them along with you!

Enjoy yoga but no time to take a class? No problem, you can do it at home and fit it into your schedule. Read Emily’s post on how to not feel overwhelmed by yoga and know that it’s flexible for your needs and schedule.

4.) Start using and/or growing spices

You can do this right now! Write down your top 5 favorite spices on a sheet of paper and then google them followed by ‘health benefits’ or ‘how to grow’ and you will be amazed as to A. how health they are and B. probably how easy it is to grow them ( well, some of them)

I’ve written about the health benefits of ginger as well as cinnamon, and that is just touching the tip of the iceberg! Wait til I write about turmeric…one could write a book on turmeric as it’s a major superfood.

Once you’ve investigated the health benefits of your favorite spices and herbs, discover how to use them. The Herbal Academy of New England has excellent programs and articles for learning how to make poultices, cook with superfoods, make tinctures, etc. Meghan Telpner also teaches on her TV show and culinary nutrition program how you can use superfoods in your daily diet.

5.) Simplify

I can’t even begin to expound on how important it is that we all slow down and simplify our lives. That’s a challenging task in our fast paced keep-up-with-the-Joneses world, but our health and wellbeing depend on it.

A few ways to start slowing down and simplifying

-Declutter one room a week and donate or sell whatever you don’t use or need

-Journal 1 page a day. This will slow down your train of thought and get you into a contemplative mode. An excellent way to end the day. 

– Go on a limited info diet. I am not saying you shouldn’t stay on topic of topics that are important to you, I’m saying don’t be inundated with negativity that is dominate in media. 

– Spend time each day meditating and/or praying. 

-Take a nature walk with your family. 

All in all, remember that the journey to wellbeing is something that may not happen overnight. It can, and it’s great if it does but leave room to gradually improving your health too. No matter what health issues you are facing, you can do something each and everyday to get you closer to your goals.

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