Ancestral Foodways for Health

Have you ever wondered if your ancestors’ diets influence your health today?

Paula Szloboda answers this question!

Paula Szloboda is a licensed nurse, tribal nutritionist and therapeutic chef who studies the relationship between food and disease from a holistic perspective. She works in Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico, and serves nineteen pueblos through the Native American Partnership. She has developed school gardens, cooking classes, and diabetes and nutrition education.Paula Szloboda is an adjunct instructor at JKF University, and also teaches wellness and nutrition at Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Institute.

Szloboda’s work emphasizes on the value of ancestral foodways as a way to nourish ourselves emotionally and physically. Our bodies operate under the influence of environment, the food we eat, and our predecessors’ traditions. Genes store information which inform our body’s responses towards different foods. In this sense, Paula Szloboda understands health issues as collective symptoms, rather than just individual manifestations.

Have you noticed that supermarkets are selling more vegetables with unusual shapes? It turns out those foods taste better and have more nutritional composition. These are reminiscences of products our ancestors ate, and scientific research shows the value of eating heirloom foods to stay healthier.

To learn more about this fascinating topic, come listen to Paula Szloboda’s talk and cooking demonstration on Saturday April 28, 2018, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, at JFK University, Pleasant Hill campus; Room S209. In this presentation, she will teach us the value of looking into our own native traditions as tool for health. You will also have the opportunity to taste some indigenous dishes from the Southwest.