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Classes and Seminars

Upcoming Classes

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Register Online by October 3, 2023 via the Castro Valley Adult School:
In person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, CA

Beat the Blood Sugar Blues: Experience a New Level of Health for NOW and for your FUTURE

Dates:  October 4, October 11 and October 18

Time:    6:00-8:00 PM

Cost:     $105 + $25 Materials Fee

Location:   Castro Valley Adult & Career Education, 4430 Alma Ave, Castro Valley

Blood sugar levels affect every organ and cell in our bodies. If you want to reduce inflammation, achieve healthy blood pressure and cholesterol, overcome weight loss resistance, protect your brain, balance hormones, and improve immunity this class is for you. Pre-diabetes, diabetes and fatty liver have been skyrocketing for years and COVID made it worse. The good news is that these conditions are reversible!

We’ll cover healthy blood sugar metabolism and insulin resistance, along with in-depth lab info to help understand where you are at right now. Then we study how different foods, herbs and nutrients affect blood sugar levels and how to put together healing and low-glycemic meals and snacks. We will consider other key factors such as habit change, nutrient timing, as well as the impact of sleep, stress, exercise, and healthy weight

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Register Online by October 25, 2023 via the Castro Valley Adult School:
In person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, CA

Hands-on Cooking for Healthy Blood Sugar: The kitchen is where we build health!

Date:  Saturday, October 28, 2023 (Single Class)

Time:    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cost:     $105 + $25 Materials Fee

Location:   Castro Valley Adult & Career Education, 4430 Alma Ave, Castro Valley

Great news! Colorful whole foods rich in fiber, antioxidants, protein, and good fat can taste fantastic AND build vibrant health! Learn how to build meals around the therapeutic nutrients that produce stable blood sugar and energy, protecting your heart, liver, and brain.

This hands-on cooking class will start with an overview of the important nutrition principles, beneficial foods, and cooking techniques that contribute to blood sugar balance. We will prepare a variety of healing main dishes, snacks, and healthy treats rich in low glycemic, colorful, and therapeutic ingredients to create a delicious meal we will share (along with intelligent and interesting conversation!).

All recipes are gluten and dairy-free.

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Classes and Seminars

Susan is on faculty at the California School of Herbal Studies and the Castro Valley Adult School. She teaches in the classroom each quarter on various nutrition and health topics.  Each class provides in-depth content, classroom exercises, a food demo, recipes and handouts. She also teaches hands-on healthy cooking classes, corporate wellness events and private in-home cooking events. All learning experiences allow for ample informal question and answer and focus on how to apply what you have learned. 

In her hands-on cooking classes, you learn how to cook whole foods so they are delicious and satisfying. Eating more vegetables becomes a delight rather than a chore. This is why Susan loves to teach cooking classes—she knows that “one bite is worth a thousand words!” Most people already KNOW they should eat more vegetables, or cook at home more, but tasting a really awesome dish is very convincing! Having some great recipes and hands-on cooking know-how, along with planning and shopping strategies are key to implementing a powerful nutrition upgrade.
Cooking Classes are available every quarter at Castro Valley Adult & Career Education, where there are three complete mini-kitchens in one room. Working in pairs, every student prepares a dish. The class and recipes are clustered around a theme, such as cardiovascular health, or building immunity, but there are many nutrition principles in common for each class. The room is full of good smells and camaraderie as the whole class cooks and shares the meal together.

For Susan’s small group cooking classes in private homes, she designs a class around your nutritional preferences, or a theme, and plans a fun and nutritious event for you and your friends.


  • Whole Food Nutrition for Reducing Inflammation

  • Boost Your Immune Health

  • The Heart of the Matter: Nutrition for Your Cardiovascular System

  • Whole Food Nutrition for Healthy Aging

  • Healthy Weight Is On Your Plate

  • Get off the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

  • Whole Food Nutrition for Brain Health

  • Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Diet and Lifestyle for Better Sleep

  • Whole Food Nutrition for Improving Digestion

  • Is it Hot in Here? Whole Food Nutrition for Balancing Hormones

  • Power Your Day With Whole Foods

  • Food and Mood

  • Everyday Herbal Remedies

  • “Dump the Junk” Detox Program

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