November 2, 2016

Julie Ward, Fresh Food Alchemy
Julie Ward, Fresh Food Alchemy


Today’s blog and HealthCetera interview continues a series exploring how integrative healing modalities are being shared with underserved populations. The focus is whole food, plant based diets and access for the underserved.


There are many variations in food habits and preferences influenced by culture, health needs, the media, and current trends. Much emphasis has been placed on the benefits of a plant based, whole food diet. Kaiser Permanente Health System has promoted a whole food, plant based diet as a healthier way to eat. Patient education material encourages patients to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (


A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil. (


But are whole food, plant based foods accessible to all communities? What are ways in which underserved populations can access the types of fresh, whole foods being recommended by healthcare organizations, and the benefits of which are supported by current research? (


Eve Adler RN RYT speaks with Julie Ward, a Food Alchemist (, ACE Health Coach, member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Co-Chair of the Food As Medicine Working Group, and founder of Fresh Food Alchemy about her experiences bringing the knowledge of healthy food alternatives to underserved populations in Los Angeles.


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