In this first recording of a Boulder Nutrition Think Tank session, Pilar and Dequan describe their “Last Suppers,” of foods they suspect they’ll be giving up for at least a while, as they head into healthier eating. (15 minute recording)
The Boulder Nutrition Think Tank was launched in 2004 to educate people about how to reduce the risk of, or even reverse, chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. About a dozen people began in the Think Tank. It was an all-volunteer effort. Each person who joined had health problems they wanted to eliminate through healthier choices. Each wanted to improve community health. For a nutritional approach and education, Ron Rosedale, MD, volunteered to lead the group, and the Think Tank chose a low-carb, adequate protein, high-fat diet. While there’s increasing scientific evidence that this can be healthful, there’s little government support for low-carb programs, making them hard for people with limited incomes to try. Having group support made it easier to offer this option to a wide variety of people, with a wide variety of incomes. Participants agreed to eat this way for 8 weeks, meeting weekly for education and group support. Boulder’s Family Learning Center donated space for the meetings. The Learning Center’s mission is to encourage successful lifelong learning and economic self-sufficiency for families of diverse cultures and limited incomes, in a learning environment where families feel nurtured, respected and empowered. Each Think Tank gathering included a pot luck dinner, lots of conversation, plus a lecture or question-answer session. Over time, many participants reported health improvements.