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Low GL diet will leave you feeling Grrreat about yourself

It’s no use denying it, we all like to get our money’s worth. When cookery courses deliver both inspiration in the kitchen and also give you a metaphorical package that you can take away to deliver a healthier lifestyle, then they’ve ticked all of the ‘value’ boxes in one hit.

Whether you agree with a vegetarian lifestyle or not (thought I’d better redress the balance after the Meat Advisory Panel last week), there are evidential benefits that you can take from the plethora of plant-like ingredients that other menus don’t offer.

Whole Food Matters is running a four week cookery course at the end of the end of September that will not only show you how to get the greatest gratification from your greens, but will also garner a growth in your gift for grasping a gregarious side of your nature to spread the word beyond the granite work surface of your kitchen so others can grasp the gravitas of the grandiose goal of the course. G-g-g-grrr, I’m gobsmackingly great today!

From High Volume G’s and Gr’s to Low GL, the premise behind this series of cookery classes.

Many people turn to vegetarianism as a way to lose weight, cutting out all of the natural fats that can be found in meats believing that they’re all harmful. There’s a tome I could right on how wrong that is, but that’s the media for you (and, before you start writing in, I do mean ‘right’, not ‘write’ – bless).

The issue a lot of people have with being overweight is admitting it, first to themselves then acting upon it in socially – it’s sort of like a public admission, saying ‘hey, look, I know I’m fat, right?’ But that is the first milestone if you’re going to do anything to actively reduce the excess poundage. That’s what this course is about.

Without giving too much away, WFM is supplementing the vegetarian cookery course itself with diaries and recipes as well as offering a weigh-in every week.

Taking into account your BMI and the readout your existing body-make up gives you, you can then implement the Low GL diet in a way to shed the pounds over the four-week period and beyond.  And this really is where WMF has gone a step further, identified the key issues associated with other cookery courses to help lose weight and where they may have failed and done something about it.

Firstly, the price of the whole four-week course is at a cost – no, I’d say an investment in yourself – that I’ve seen single classes go for, especially in The Smoke. But after the first four weeks, for a nominal fee, you can extend the session in weekly, biweekly or monthly drop-ins to get an update and check your progress either at Health & Herbs and/or Moycullen, where there will be encouragement and a tad more advice to keep you on track for your weightloss goals.

So, if you’re up and around Galway, intrigued with herb-ilicious cookery, Low GL diets and perhaps looking to shed a few pounds, Liz and the gang can sure accommodate you this September.

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Vegetarian cookery courses as part of a weight loss diet

What is it about Irish cookery courses that, instead of just learning the wannabe chef how to cook, they always add a little something extra to incentivise its pupils to actually use the skills they learn when they get home. Or even in business, as our review of Donnybrook Fair opined you may, last week. is another weblog that, as well as offering a whole host of vegetarian cookery courses on a regular basis has factored in a special ingredient so that you not only want to practise what you’ve learnt when you get home to impress your friends, family and colleagues but also means that you’re getting a lot more value from your cookery class than just learning to prepare, cook and serve the menu.

Instead of just presenting a timetable of events, menu and pricelist, this Galway cookery school factors in how you can build their menus into a weight loss diet, with nods of acknowledgement to the master class from which they have taken a slice of inspiration. But more than that, the whole ingredients utilised in the variety of vegetarian offerings provide the body with much greater benefits, such as balancing blood sugars and lowering blood pressure, as well as giving a helping hand to help reduce cholesterol levels for a healthier lifestyle, overall.

As you would expect from a vegetarian cookery course, there is a heavy leaning on pulses, other vegetables, fruit and nuts, seeds and rice to deliver an all-round balanced diet. Not only from main courses, but you will also learn to cook starters, desserts and sides to offer a complete meat-free meal.

The next cookery course (after today’s) is on Saturday, March 3rd at a very reasonable €40, €20 of which will be required as a deposit when booking online.

There is no danger of being lost in the crowd, either, as cooking classes have a maximum of twelve chefs-in-the-making and will be guaranteed when the size of online enrolments reaches eight (your €20 deposit will be returned if the minimum class size fails to materialise).

In the next class in Moycullen a week on Saturday, there will be a grand selection of delights on the menu, such as berry smoothies, muffins, pâté and croutons, stew, salad, dressing and shepherd’s pie all prepared, cooked and served in a meat-free zone. As a rule, there will be a demonstration by Liz first, then it will be your turn to get stuck in.

If this is not for you, but you know someone who’d just adore to learn to cook vegetarian you can buy the €40 voucher online as a gift for, I don’t know, perhaps mother’s day? As long as your ma doesn’t take it the wrong way, of course! All details on their site.