Wild Edible Foods FAQs
Q: How do you know which plants are safe to eat?
A: This subject is the first thing to be discussed on plant walks and yard consultations. Wild foods are only safe to consume if you are 100% sure of what you are eating. My classes teach students the protocol around how to properly identify wild edibles before they are consumed.
Q: What are the benefits of eating wild foods?
A: Wild food is growing all around you: in the cracks of the sidewalks, in the shade of a tree in someone’s back yard, as well as in natural settings. Oftentimes the weeds we curse for existing are actually nutritious food: dandelion, plantain, creeping charlie, and lamb’s quarters, just to name a few. These wild foods have not had a human hand to cultivate them, which means they have the ability to grow and thrive on their own. The more cultivated a plant is, the fewer nutrients it contains. Wild foods have to protect themselves, and this makes them more nutrient-dense than store-bought or even farm stand fruits and vegetables.
Movement Classes FAQs
Q: Why are the classes called movement classes instead of exercise classes?
A: People often think that the only movement their bodies can and should do is “exercise” in a gym, studio, or out on a walk or run. But the human body is designed to do incredible things, and it needs and wants more expression than walking on a treadmill or doing one repetitive exercise over and over. Exercise is great but it’s only a small part of what it means to move the body. We tend to spend most of our day sitting and then go to the gym or work out for only about an hour—then it’s back to sitting or to bed. It doesn’t matter if you do yoga or go to the gym, if you are only moving for a small part of the day, your body is hungry for more.
My classes are designed to teach students how to move well and how to start thinking about moving more often—while they enjoy doing it.
“Modern fitness and exercise science bludgeons us with an overwhelming flood of data, clinical studies, and research results. From this perspective, fitness often seems like something that is almost impossible to do right. But if we look at it from the point of view of an opportunistic primate, we see that fitness is something that is almost impossible to do wrong. If we move consistently and vigorously, our bodies are going to remain substantially healthy.”
—Frank Forencich, Exuberant Animal
Q: Are these movement classes right for me?
A: My classes are designed to meet students where they are, physically and emotionally. There are many progressions a person can move through at their own pace. These classes will challenge you to move your body in new ways and change the way you think about moving, but they never push students into something for which they aren’t ready.
Q: What should I wear to the classes?
A: Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Classes that are held outdoors go year-round, so dress for the weather.