Raw and Vegan Potluck in Carmel Valley Sunshine

  • August 24, 2014 · 11:30 AM
  • Private Home in Carmel Valley

We are hosting a Raw and Vegan potluck at our home.  You won't want to miss this event if you care about your health and wellness and how your raw or vegan lifestyle is working for you.  We have invited Dr. Connie Sanchez ("the Vegan Doctor") to attend the potluck and talk to us about her expertise in living this lifestyle.  Dr. Sanchez recently moved her practice from Santa Cruz to Monterey and is located at the Wellness Planning Institute at 950 Cass Street, Suite A in Monterey.  I know you will find her exceptional expertise and credentials listed below quite impressive!  Come and meet Dr. Sanchez.

Dr. Connie Sanchez

I use a whole system approach to health and healing. I create plans for all types people with a variety of conditions; from those who are healthy and who are just seeking ways to optimize and maintain their health; to those who have been struggling and suffering for years with chronic illness trying to work their way out of the chronic web of dis-ease.

My expertise is in:

Naturopathic Endocrinology (Thyroid, Adrenal and Sex Hormones)Autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's, Grave's Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus and all other autoimmune diseases).Type-2 DiabetesCancer support and preventionCardiovascular disease, hypertension, Metabolic SyndromeWeight loss and healthy weight maintenanceLongevity and healthy agingSenior wellnessVegan nutrition and health

Modalities:

Whole-food, plant-based nutritionSupervised water fasting, intermittent fasting, juicing, and raw foodsFitnessDetoxification and cleansing programsClinical NutritionBotanical MedicineWomen's Wellness ExamsBioidentical hormonesIV nutrientsB12 injections

HOW I CAN HELP YOU

My expertise is in teaching people how they either create health or create dis-ease by the lifestyle choices they make. I am an expert in plant-based nutrition, lifestyle and functional medicine, fitness, and fasting. I have been successfully working with people with thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer for over 13 years. I teach people how to navigate their way back to health by empowering them with the tools they need in order to do so.

I have the secret to health....(I bet you've heard that one before), but, the truth is - so do you! That secret power is in each and every one of us, we just have to step out of the way and provide the correct environment in order for the body to heal and thrive. My passion and joy comes from teaching people how they can create the health they want and deserve so that they can LIVE LIFE to the fullest! Break the laws of nature and they will eventually break you. I teach patients how to get back in touch with their natural environment and diet utilizing the body's own innate power to heal itself when given the right environmental and nutritional conditions. For the body to heal certain conditions must be met. Conditions such as clean water, appropriate amounts of sunshine, clean fresh air, whole foods, adequate sleep/rest, periodic fasting, stress management, and exercise/movement. Getting back in touch with the "healing power of nature".

Nature is amazing! It turns out that what is best for your health is also best for the health of our planet and all species that call it home. Human beings, have more or less, lost touch with their natural environment and the natural laws that govern this planet and all life. In order to create the health we want we must understand that we are NOT separate from nature; we are a living part of it. Old-time Naturopathic Doctors understood this principle and practiced "Nature Cure"; they understood that humans are an integral part of the natural world and if we break the laws that govern it, those laws will eventually break us.

I believe that health is created by living healthfully. Included in that formula is behaving in a way that promotes not only human health, but also the health of the entire planet and all species that call this planet home. We are all an integral part of the intricate web-of-life. That means respect and care for all life.

Credentials/CV

I am a 2001 graduate of the National College of Natural (Naturopathic) Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR. and am licensed in California and Washington state and have been in practice for over 13 years. I am a member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association, the National Health Association/American Natural Hygiene Society, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (NCLM) the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

2003 - Co-Host of the Denver-based radio program, The Wellness Forum, a call-in radio show that answered listeners health and nutrition questions.

[masked] - Cooking/ Nutrition Instructor for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and The Cancer Project. 2010-present - Spokesperson for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

[masked] - Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver (Integrative Medicine Program), and Community College of Denver (Nutrition Program).

[masked] - Internship at True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. I spent three months on-site training to learn medically supervised water-only fasting and detoxification.

2010 - Certified by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD to teach his Nutritarian Eating program Eat to Live.

2010 - Certified as a C.H.I.P (Complete Health Improvement Program) Director.

2010 - Certified by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, in Plant-Based Nutrition, author of The China Study and Whole.

2012 - Internship with Dr. John McDougall, MD., author of the Starch Solution.

2012-present - Volunteer writer for Dr. Michael Greger's www.NutritionFacts.org. in which I answer Q & A.


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  • Suzanne R.

    Great. Food was delicious as well as supremely nourishing. Dr. Connie was inspiring.

    August 26

  • Sherrie

    Click photo above to view photos.

    August 24

    • Jamie P.

      Thanks for taking photos of all the beautiful, delicious food Sherrie! :-)

      1 · August 26

  • Jody Emerson Q.

    Fantastic! Super well organized; everyone, just about, made a recipe card so we knew what was in each dish, and the dishes were beautiful and delicious. The speaker was very good, also. Great job, Paula and Lee, and everyone who participated!

    1 · August 25

  • Connie S.

    Thank you so much Paula and Lee for all your generosity in sharing your beautiful home with so many beautiful people! It was a joy to meet all. I wanted to pass along my contact info if you would like to talk with me or make an appointment. Be well!

    Dr. Connie Sanchez, ND
    Wave Street Naturopathic- 774 Wave St., Monterey, CA 93940
    www.wavestreetnaturopathic.com Wellness Planning Institute - 950 Cass St., Suite A
    Monterey, CA., 93940
    www.vegannd.com
    [masked] (phone)
    [masked]

    3 · August 25

  • Paula L.

    Thanks so much to all of you that attended the potluck yesterday. We enjoyed having all of you. Many thanks to Dr. Connie for all of her wisdom and being so willing and giving to our group. She was so gracious to stay and answer everyone's questions. Just a comment, today is totally peaceful and quiet here, no helicopters. The search has ended and we don't know what resulted and sometimes things are just not in your control, the potluck was planned months in advance. Thanks to all of you for making such great efforts with your raw recipes. Please check out all of the great photos of your dishes that have been posted. See you all soon.

    4 · August 25

  • Kimberley M.

    In the Valley......is always beautiful‼️

    1 · August 25

  • Kimberley M.

    This was a fabulous day. The people, great food, the warm Valley Breeze nurturing us all while we listened and learned from Connie Sanchez, it just doesn't get any better than that❗️Thank You so very much Paula and Nick for sharing your beautiful home with us all. You are an inspiration

    2 · August 25

  • Mina

    Wonderful time, thank you Paula, Connie and all the talented raw food chefs!

    2 · August 24

  • Jody Emerson Q.

    What an amazing array of beautiful and delicious vegan dishes we had today, and Paula and Lee (and friends) did such a great job of hosting us. Thank you so much! Thanks also to Connie Sanchez, who gave us a great inspirational talk about naturopathy, and health in general. She is obviously dedicated to the cause of true health and is not afraid to believe that we can indeed find the true causes of our health challenges, and make the necessary choices and changes in our lifestyle to cure them. We are not hopeless! There is a way to make the seemingly impossible changes to diet and lifestyle that we know, deep down, are necessary. Thank you, Connie, for your courage.

    3 · August 24

  • Connie S.

    Thank you so much for inviting me to speak at the meetup today! I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to get to meet you all! You are a group of truly inspired people - filled with love and genuine kindness. Let's create wellness - we can all do this one individual at a time. Eventually, it will take over the world <3 Thank you all - I hope to see you all again very soon!

    1 · August 24

  • Sherrie

    Thank you Paula and Lee for opening your home to host such a lovely event and creating a wonderful space. Thanks to everyone for bringing beautiful and creative dishes.

    3 · August 24

  • Cyndi F.

    What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thank you so much Paula and Lee.

    2 · August 24

  • Audrey F.

    The best potluck ever! Great food, great people and a wonderful presentation.

    1 · August 24

  • Audrey F.

    The best potluck ever! Great food, great people and a wonderful presentation.

    2 · August 24

  • Paula L.

    Hi Everyone,

    I've gotten a few questions and for those that are new and have not attended a previous Raw Food Connection meetup, I want to just clarify. This is a POTLUCK, yes you do have to bring a raw food dish to share if you are attending. Please try to make your ingredients organic. Make a card or sheet of paper with all of the ingredients listed PRIOR to coming, people do want to know what is in your dish. If you don't RSVP "YES" on the Meetup website, you will not receive any details or directions to our home, please make sure that you RSVP, it is critical for our planning.

    August 22

  • joanna s.

    It appears that I will be going away this weekend after all and regretfully will not be attend the pot luck on Sunday...should things change I will advise further, but for the time being it is pretty concrete. Have Fun Everyone....along with the wisdom learned.

    August 19

  • Satkirtan K.

    Please keep me posted on any cancellations. I forgot to add Bani to my reservation! And she would love to come if someone cancels. Please put her on a waiting list.

    August 13

    • Elsa W.

      I just had to cancel for myself and my hubby so there should be two openings.

      August 19

  • janie

    hi, is anyone going from santa cruz county? car pool? this time if someone can drive, i can pay for gas. my lyme disease has been acting up with a lot of strenuous activity that needed to be done. if it gets better by then, i can drive.

    August 14

  • joanna s.

    I will plan on it. It is always a lovely experience at your home and the attendees are wonderful as well. I will look forward to the experience. It has been awhile since I have attended a meet up. Should something prevent me from attending, I will most definitely let you know in advance. It will be nice to be in the group once again.

    August 12

  • Kelli

    I wish I had that resume!

    August 11

  • Verna

    If anyone lives here in Salinas, I would really appreciate getting a ride with you. Please let me know. Thank you. Verna

    June 25

  • Jody Emerson Q.

    Will do. For now, I plan to be here. If something changes, I will certainly remove myself and my guest from the list.

    June 23

  • Paula L.

    No problem, Jody, if you can come, we'd love to have you, if not please take your name off the RSVP list so I can get an accurate last minute head count. Thanks.

    June 23

  • Paula L.

    Glad you can make it, Elsa, looking forward to seeing you again as well!

    June 23

  • Jody Emerson Q.

    I will certainly come if I am in town. Not sure at this moment, but it sounds like a great event. Thank you, Paula, for organizing a great potluck once again.

    June 21

  • Elsa W.

    Oh Wow! Aren't we lucky to have Dr. Sanchez move to the area?! Looking forward to meeting her and seeing you all again.

    June 21

  • Sherrie

    Yay! Thank you for hosting, Paula and Lee. I look forward to trying out my new knife skills.

    June 20

    • Paula L.

      So glad that you and Ron will attend and help us out! I'm looking forward to seeing your new knife skills. Don't forget practice makes perfect!

      June 20

  • Suzanne R.

    Thank you, Paula, for hosting this exciting meet up. I am looking forward to meeting Connie Sanchez and also hope I can make an appointment with her for a consultation.

    June 19

    • Paula L.

      I am happy to provide great guest speakers at our potlucks and you will enjoy Dr. Sanchez.

      June 20

  • Zephyr M.

    Do you have her phone number?

    1 · June 20

    • Paula L.

      Yes, I certainly do have her phone number and any of you can email me directly or through Meetup and I will be happy to provide it to you.

      June 20

  • Satkirtan K.

    Yes, I'm also happy you're hosting this, Paula, and looking forward to meeting Dr. Sanchez.

    June 20

    • Paula L.

      Looking forward to seeing you, it has been awhile. You will really like Dr. Sanchez.

      June 20

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