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Register Online by March 10, 2024 via the Castro Valley Adult School:
In person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, CA

Re-Boot Your System by Reducing Chronic Inflammation!

Date:  March 13, 20 and 27, 2024

Time:    6:00-8:00 PM

Cost:     $105 + $25 Materials Fee

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

Inflammation can sneak up on us because there are so many factors in our lives—damaged food, a wonky microbiome, compromised gut function, food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, stress, lack of sleep, and toxins—that can drive this process ever upward. Modern lifestyles unfortunately provide all these drivers but we CAN counterbalance these pressures to protect our health. Inflammation can be a major root cause behind fatigue, digestive problems, arthritis, skin or lung conditions, mood and/or hormone imbalances, blood sugar issues, unhealthy weight, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune conditions. Healing and soothing foods, herbs and lifestyle changes are the best way to calm excessive inflammation and return to the balanced and healthy state that your body is always striving for. Come learn about the nutritional choices and everyday habits that can help you moderate that fire and get back to feeling amazing. 

Each class includes in-depth information and practical ways to apply what you are learning, extensive handouts, slides and recipes, therapeutic herbal teas, and small plate samples of anti-inflammatory foods that embody the principles being taught in class. My goal is to also foster community-building in the classes as we learn from each other and make new connections that can help us work together to make healthy habit changes.

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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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