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Eat More Fish!!! – Cooking Class

Eat Well and Lose Weight





Do you only eat fish when you eat out because it never tastes as good when you try to make it at home?


Do you know you need more fish in your diet for your health, but you haven’t ever really liked seafood?


Then this class is for you!


We will be preparing:

Cod En Papillote with Spring Vegetables AND Slow Roasted Halibut with Fennel and Leeks


Join Dr. Abby Bleistein and Chef Dee Iraca as they explore the nutritional benefits and various cooking methods of seafood, and start cooking great seafood at home!


June 12th – 6:30 – 8:00 pm


Natural Grocers
4900 Kipling St,
Wheat Ridge, Colorado




We look forward to seeing you there!


Dr. Abby



Beans and “Super Grains”- A Perfect Pair – Cooking Class

Eat Well and Lose Weight




Are you looking for fiber packed and nutrient dense sources of carbs to round out your meals?

Join Chef Dee Iraca and Dr. Abby Bleistein as they explore the nutritional benefits of beans and gluten-free “grains” with flavor packed recipes.

In this class, we will be preparing:

Sprouted Quinoa Salad w/ adjuzki beans, cilantro, corn, avocado, and lime
African Black Eyed Pea Salad
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe

This class is perfect for those that desire to implement their meals with fiber and nutritional carbs.

May 22th  –  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Natural Grocers
2053 South Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80222




We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Abby 


Fresh & Healthy Low-Carb Spring Menu – Cooking Class with Dr. Abby

Eat Well and Lose Weight

Are you feeling the freshness of Spring and looking for ways to capture that energy in your food?

Do you want to go beyond the usual and make your low carb cooking really pop?

Join Dr. Abby from Healthful Life MD and Johnson and Wales Culinary Nutrition students for an information session and cooking demo exploring the bright and healthy flavors of Spring.

In this cooking demo, we will be preparing:

  • Spring salad and vinaigrette
  • Pesto with baked salmon
  • Cauliflower rice dish
This class is beneficial for those who want to learn how to eat fresh and healthy this spring.
We look forward to seeing you there! It’s FREE!

May 10th  –  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Natural Grocers
2053 South Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80222



We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Abby 

A Low-Carb Italian Menu – Cooking Class with Dr. Abby

Eat Well and Lose Weight


Do you love Italian flavors, but are missing them because you are trying to cut down on your carbs?

Do you struggle to find tasty yet healthy versions of your favorite food?

Join Dr. Abby Bleistein and student chefs from Johnson and Wales as they prepare a flavorful Italian menu that captures the flavors and delight of Italian cooking without the carbs.

In this cooking class, we will be preparing:

o Mini Cauliflower Pizzas
o Lemon Chicken and Spaghetti Squash
o Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream


This class is beneficial for those who want to learn how to make and enjoy Italian food without the carbs.
We look forward to seeing you there! It’s FREE!

May 1st – 6:30-8:00 pm


Natural Grocers
2053 South Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80222




We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Abby 

The Truth About Dietary Fat – FREE Cooking Demo

Are you confused as to whether fat is good for your diet, since it was once discouraged?



Contrary to what was taught in the 80s, fat should be a part of every meal and snack, as it stabilizes blood sugar, and helps with satiety (keeping you feeling fuller longer).

So, which fats are the healthy fats and how much fat should you be eating? Join us for our cooking demo as we discuss why fat is important, how much you should be eating, and how to incorporate it into your diet.

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Make Your Vegetables Sing  ~  Free Cooking Class on April 10, 2017

Make Your Vegetables Sing ~ Free Cooking Class on April 10, 2017

Healthful Life MD Healthy Eating Series


We all know we need to eat more vegetables, right?

The time it takes most people to prepare vegetables scares them off!

Would you eat more vegetables if you just knew how to prepare them right?

Would you like to learn some quick and easy recipes that taste great?

Are you inspired by how quickly some people can throw together a meal? Got veggie prep envy?

In this cooking class, we will:

–   Share time-saving tips and skills to vegetable recipe preparation
–   Learn to choose vegetables that are seasonal and fresh
–   Explore a variety of delicious recipes and methods to prepare and enjoy vegetables at every meal.

This class is perfect for those who are ready to improve their health by preparing and eating delicious vegetables while feeling like the executive chef of their own kitchen.

April 10th  – 6:30-8:00 pm


Natural Grocers
2401 Ford Street
Golden, CO 80401


Register Here

How To Protect Kids With Extra Weight From Bullying

Healthful Life MD Abby Bleistein

Too often, kids and adults alike suffer from name-calling, taunting, rude gestures, pranks, and other cruel teasing and bullying because of their weight. The following recording and handout are thanks to Dr. Abby Bleistein, who is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine, pediatrics, and obesity medicine. Abby has a practice specializing in medically managed weight loss for adults and kids. She uses Kidpower to provide support and skills for her patients because they face a much higher risk of being bullied about their size. She includes this knowledge in her presentations on pediatric obesity at educational conferences for pediatricians.
As a Kidpower Board member who has participated in our Skills for Child Protection Advocates Institute, Abby partnered with us to create a handout and plan for what health care providers can say and do to help protect their patients who carry extra weight in their bodies from bullying.

Please put your name and email in the form below to download our handout for health care providers and other supporters. 

Kidpower Tips and Resources for Health Care Providers: Protecting Overweight Youth from Bullying

In the following audio recording of a telephone meeting with some of our instructors and board members, Abby discusses how she is partnering with Kidpower to educate pediatricians and other professionals about how to use Kidpower skills and resources with their patients.

Although the focus of the handout and discussion was about young people, all of these tools have also been useful for adults. At any age, people who want to lose weight in a healthy way often struggle with image and boundary issues that diminish their sense of self-worth and confidence. Health care providers and other people in positions of authority have the opportunity, even in just a minute or two, to communicate powerful information that can make a big difference.

To learn more about Abby’s excellent resources for helping people make healthy lifestyle choices, visit her website at:


Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; and The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People.Click

Friday Fitness Tip

Friday Fitness Tip

Exercise Helps You Resist Temptation

They don’t call it a “runner’s high” for nothing! Whether you’re addicted to sugar, cigarettes, or even heroin, exercise could play an important role in resisting your substance of choice.

In one study, scientists found that the endorphin rush released during exercise acts on the same neural pathways as addictive substances.

The result?  Mice in this study opted for the treadmill over the high from an amphetamine-laced solution, suggesting that humans could do the same.

If you are in the Metro Denver area and ready to get started loosing weight and getting fit, book your FREE 30 minute session with Dr. Abby who is located in Golden, CO here:


Creativity Can Help Keep You Healthy!

Creativity Can Help Keep You Healthy!

Creativity reduces stress and keeps you healthy

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn, like singing, dancing, or acting?  Or perhaps you have a love for horses and want to take riding lessons? Don’t brush it off as a silly extravagance or something you just don’t have the time or money for — giving into your creative desires is not only fun, it’s also good for your emotional health.

Creative Thinking: Why Creativity Is Important

Creativity is important for a number of reasons, including:

  • It’s fun and enjoyable. Doing things that you like reduces stress and improves overall well-being.
  • It boosts self-confidence. Trying new things can improve self-confidence and make you a more interesting person.
  • It stimulates the brain. Creativity sharpens the brain, which can stem the advance of dementia in old age. The more new things you learn, the more use the brain gets — and the sharper it will remain. It’s often recommended that seniors learn new skills and challenge themselves with new opportunities, but this recommendation is appropriate for any age.

Creative Thinking: A Balanced Life

You already know that all work and no play do not make for a healthy life — and can result in a pretty unhappy you. But that also doesn’t mean that all play and no work is good either, and that’s why striking the right balance is so important.

Working and being productive helps keep you sharp, organized, and even happy — as long as it’s well balanced with leisure and creativity. Whether it’s at your daily job, taking care of your children, or cleaning up your home and yard, you feel a great sense of accomplishment after a productive day — and that does a lot for your emotional health. But we all need time to rest and rejuvenate, and do something fun and stimulating. So block off some time each day or each week for a little creativity.

Creative Thinking: Making the Most of Your Time

During your “you” time, do anything that you enjoy or anything that’s new and different to you. Make it something that’s challenging, stimulating, and that you look forward to. Here are some good ways to challenge your brain, learn new skills, and get your creative juices flowing:

  • Write in a journal or do some creative writing
  • Tackle a crossword puzzle
  • Take a knitting, crochet, or cross-stitch class
  • Take up gardening
  • Visit the theater
  • Take a painting or sculpture class
  • Take a dance class
  • Learn yoga or tai chi
  • Listen to lectures
  • Take a cooking class
  • Learn to sing or play a musical instrument
  • Learn to speak a new language
  • Go back to school and take some academic or other classes of interest to you

Most importantly, whatever you decide to do, make it fun. Sure, it’s one more thing to add to your busy schedule, but taking time for creativity is one of the best investments you can make for your body and spirit.

Article written by:  Diana Rodriguez
Medically Reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD
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