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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What equipment do I need to have at home?

During our first consult, we'll review what cookware you have and don't have at home. We will recommend purchasing any kitchen essentials that allow us to prepare a more diverse menu for you, but for the most part should be able to work around your current inventory.

How long does a home cooking session last?

Including food prep, cooking and cleaning up we estimate between 2 and 3 hours. During this time we encourage you to observe, chat with us and ask any questions. For a full cooking lesson, make sure to book a separate session.

Can you accommodate allergies? 

Absolutely. This is part of our initial consult when we will discuss food allergies and aversions. We will cater our menu for you based on the specifics.

Do you only use organic ingredients? 

While it is our recommendation to use only organic, we leave this choice to you. We will discuss this option during our initial consult.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be submitted 48 hours in advance, or are otherwise subject to a $50 fee. More detailed information can be found in our Terms of Service that we will review together in our first consult.

Our Service

Nutrition

Do I have to be vegan to use your service?

Not at all! Changing to a whole food plant based lifestyle is not a single step. Everyone transitions at their own pace and we respect that. Our goal is to make the change easier for you, wherever you are on that journey. If you need more advice and guidance on days we aren't cooking, don't hesitate to reach out!

Where can I find out more about eating whole plant foods?

Our absolute favorite resource is nutritionfacts.org, a nonprofit started by Dr. Michael Greger. This really is a comprehensive and plain language overview of how best to eat, including a simple guide of daily recommended foods to consume. 

Do you cook for other diets?

We're proud to say that our mission to improve lives means we will only cook per a whole food, plant-based diet. Many of the other diets have claims based on small, short-term studies that disregard serious long-term side effects. We feel a very significant social responsibility to not promote them.

Do you recommend any vitamin supplements?

If you are trying to follow a whole food, plant-based diet it is recommended to take 250 mcg Vitamin B12 daily. Requirements for Iodine (150 mcg daily) can be supplemented or found in seaweed like that used in sushi. You may also hear about the need for getting EPA and DHA, which can be supplemented with 250 mcg daily.

Can eating this way really reverse diabetes and heart disease?

If you are suffering from chronic disease, please consult with your physician on the best treatment options. For more information on the effects of a whole food, plant based diet we recommend the significant work by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Neal Barnard in this area. In addition, a more historical context is The China Study, by T Colin Campbell, PhD and Professor Emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University.

Can you recommend any medical professionals that are well-versed in the whole food, plant-based diet?

Absolutely! We have a network of physicians and registered dietitians knowledgeable in this area that we are happy to recommend to you. 

 

Careers & Partnerships

Are you hiring?

We are hiring and looking for more partners! Whether you're a chef, an established medical professional or organization interested in partnering with us please feel free to contact us via email or phone.

 

References:

1

Gregor, Michael and Stone, Gene. How Not To Die. 1st Edition, Flatiron Books, 2015.

2

Pawlak R et al. How prevalent is vitamin B(12) deficiency among vegetarians? Nutr Rev. 2013; 71(2):110-7.

3

Witte AV, Kerti L, Hermannstadter HM, et al. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids improve brain function and structure in older adults. Cereb Cortex. 2014; 24(11):3059-68.

Disclaimer

This site offers health and nutritional content for educational and informational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always consult your physician or other qualified health care professional before beginning any diet and lifestyle change to determine whether it is appropriate for you. Do not delay or avoid seeking medical health advice from your healthcare provider because of something you may have read on this site. The use of any information provided here is solely at your own risk.

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