Hayden serves up food class

Karen Gilroy will focus on proper combinations for digestion

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What: "Discover natural health through proper food combinations" class

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays for eight weeks, beginning Oct. 6

Where: Family Fitness Center at Solandt Memorial Hospital in Hayden

Cost: $50

Call: Karen Gilroy at 276-3819 or Kathy Hockin at 276-3610

— Dieting doesn't work, Karen Gilroy says.

Gilroy, who just finished her master's degree in holistic health, said she plans to teach people another way to be healthy. The key is combining the right foods to help digestion, she said.

Gilroy has created a class on the subject. It starts Monday and will run for eight weeks.

"It's going to be a class teaching people how to eat properly," she said. "It's not a diet. It's all about getting people all geared up for the flu and cold season so they don't get sick."

Gilroy, a Hayden resident, plans to teach the course at the Family Fitness Center in Solandt Memorial Hospital. If large numbers enroll, however, she said it would move to Hayden Public Library.

Gilroy received her degree through the American Institute of Holistic Theology. According to the school's Web site, it "is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. : The AADP is a private association offering professional accreditation in the field of natural health."

Gilroy's course will include lessons in food blends, cooking demonstrations and discussions of the use of natural herbs. One tip she will share, for example, is that combining proteins and starches is tough on digestion.

"When you combine a protein and a starch, you don't get any value from either one," she said. "When you put a steak in the stomach, you need an acid to digest it, and when you put a baked potato in, you need an alkaline. : They cancel each other."

The food then stays in the digestive system for 25 hours, she said, draining the diner's energy. And then the person often repeats the error at breakfast. Gilroy said combining a steak with a vegetable and a dinner salad is the better way to go. Another smart choice is eating pasta with meatless marinara sauce, she said.

Kathy Hockin, who runs the Family Fitness Center, said she plans to attend Gilroy's course.

"She's just really worked hard at what she's done," Hockin said. "I sure want to support her, and I want to be healthy."

She said she looks forward to learning from Gilroy.

"I'm real excited about it because she's just coming in with a wealth of really well-researched knowledge," Hockin said.

Anyone interested can register through Friday, Gilroy said. She also expects people to trickle in as they hear about the course. That's OK, too.

"There's just so much I'm going to teach in the class," Gilroy said. "It's an eye-opener."

- To reach Blythe Terrell, call 871-4234 or e-mail bterrell@steamboatpilot.com

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