Fwd: [Food-for-Life] Very negative experience teaching 1st EWP class.....

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From: Kathy Reynaert <[address removed]>
Date: April 4, 2013, 9:16:27 AM PDT
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Subject: Re: [Food-for-Life] Very negative experience teaching 1st EWP class.....
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I like to share with people that they know how to cook meat and dairy now I'm going to help them learn how to cook, grains, vegetables and nuts.  I avoid V word and always use plant-strong.  I let them know that I am on the journey as well as well as they are and we're all learning.  I like to use the analogy of a tool box.  "I'm giving you access to tools to keep you healthy.  You decide which ones and when to use them but you always have them to use WHEN YOU DESIRE to be as healthy as you can be.  These tools have been proven to reverse chronic disease.  What is your health worth."  This last question is a great way to start a new class off.

I've found that being positive, positive positive is very helpful.  Let the content of the DVDs speak for themselves on what they shouldn't do.  Just teach them whats best without being judgemental.
My mantra high fiber, low fat, foods as grown.  Healthy by Choice not by Chance but the decision and action is totally up to them when they're ready.
Having a successful testimony presented from a previous student is very helpful.

I'm really sorry you had a bad experience.  I can feel your discouragement but truth will win out and we're like salmon swimming up stream with the truth on our wings.

On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM, sharonfmcrae <[address removed]> wrote:

I just taught my first EWP class; it was held at a small automotive repair business in the area. The owner and his daughter had been very excited about having the program there, as they felt their employees were primed to make changes since one of them had recently lost a lot of weight. I went in today to set up for the first class, and the owner came in and told me that they had at most a lukewarm reception when they told employees about the classes. The employees kept asking him when "The Vegan Lady" was coming......I tried to take it in stride and greeted everyone with a smile. The owner had provided salad and bread, as well as fruit and veggie chips (loaded with oil, I'm sure) to supplement the food I was preparing (I did the green smoothie and Quick Black Bean chili). When I was showing the DVD, there were several people who weren't even watching. They were watching as I cooked and I tried to engage them and ask whether they had ever heard anything about or tried vegan food; some said they thought it was very restrictive and that it would be too hard to follow this way of eating. I explained that they actually could eat a wide variety of food and gave some examples. They were watching as I prepared the food and seemed to like it somewhat; I had two people ask for seconds of the chili. When the class was over, some of them left their PCRM literature on the table! I got a voice mail later in the day from the owner, who said he didn't think they would be going forward with the program. Some of the attendees were complaining of feeling "uncomfortable" (gas) after eating the food. He said that he would be talking to them tomorrow individually to get a read on whether they want to continue, but he didn't think they would. I'm planning to refund them for the 4 classes they didn't use and be done with it, but it was not a very pleasant experience at all. Much different than the other class I'm teaching at a local vegan restaurant, where people signed up and paid voluntarily. That group is very engaged and is doing really well on the program. Has anyone else every experienced anything like this? It's hard not to take it personally, but I knew going in that the audience was not going to be receptive. Lesson learned, I guess.....thanks for reading!


Kathy Reynaert Randall
Corporate Trainer
Licensed CHIP Facilitator

Check out this  video on what CHIP is all about: http://www.chiphealth.com/chipvideo/




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