Bastyr University’s Culinary Arts & Nutrition Program

23 Jan

Bastyr

Saturday morning around 4 am, Pete and I packed the car and began our 3 hour journey north through the rain and snow to Bastyr University just outside of Seattle.

I realized recently that I needed to add a link for my future school (assuming I get in) to spread the word about their amazingly unique and all encompassing culinary program. For those of you interested in real food nutrition as well as culinary arts, this might be just the place to get started.

Bastyr University is one of the world’s leading academic centers for advancing and integrating knowledge in the natural health arts and sciences. Their mission is to transform the health and well being of the human community through an integrated approach to education, research and clinical service. The programs are all very heavy in the science department, which I think is essential when walking the fine line between conventional and non-conventional medicine. For a full list of the many programs offered, click here.

I love food, and I am fascinated by the ways in which it affects us both physically and mentally. I think that as a whole, we as a culture have been set up for failure in regards to making proper food choices for a healthy life. Sadly, what many of us believe to be healthy really isn’t; and on a more depressing note, some of us will never truly be able to relax and enjoy food, as we are told to meticulously count calories and feel guilt while consuming some of the best foods on the planet. I see it all the time waiting tables, and I have been there myself. It is no way to live, as life is too short and good food is way too good.

Many  nutrition programs in this country are sponsored by the big guys (think Kraft and Nabisco), meaning that folks going through these programs are told to promote items such as low fat dairy products and sugar free sweeteners as the healthy choice, rather than looking at food closest to it’s natural state. Many of these schools never even provide contact with actual food, let alone educate their students on the importance of understanding how to prepare a meal at home. How are you supposed to eat well if you don’t know how to make something taste good?

Bastyr however offers an alternative, and it really is one of the only accredited programs in the country dealing with real foods as well as educating its students from every angle; from the hard sciences to the kitchen. (The only other program that I have found that actually offers a degree is NYU’s Food Studies Program, which we will save for another day). And the best part is they offer a Culinary Arts and Nutrition Degree, meaning mastering nutrition with a focus on food preparation (meat and all the good stuff included).

For more specifics on the actual program, click here.

My goal in life is to one day play a role in the food movement that I believe to be happening here in America, and to help empower the general population to make smarter food choices, and more importantly in my eyes, how to have fun while doing it.

Thanks for staying tuned and hope you all are having a lovely winter.

Stay posted for more to come soon!

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4 Responses to “Bastyr University’s Culinary Arts & Nutrition Program”

  1. amanda 03/12/2012 at 7:42 am #

    Hi. Do you have an email contact? I.d like to ask you about Bauman. I am considering attending. Bastyr is also on my mind but not sure which to do first… Pls email me when you get a chance. Thanks!!
    Amanda.melati@gmail.com

  2. window tint 02/16/2012 at 5:24 pm #

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  3. John Koptiuch 01/24/2012 at 8:02 am #

    This is terrific, Chloe…I hope you are accepted to this program at Bastyr, as I am sure you will excel in this field. I am looking forward to many more healthy food blogs from you! Best wishes,John

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  1. Diver Education - 02/21/2012

    Giving thanks…

    We better be rejoicing for this….

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