Jill Nussinow, MS, RDN: Jill is a cooking teacher, Registered Dietitian, cookbook author, freelance writer and speaker with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Jill has been sharing her knowledge of nutrition and love of cooking with groups for almost 30 years, entertaining and educating them in the process. She has found that teaching people to cook has a profound impact on people’s lives and their health. She has written four cookbooks: The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment, The New Fast Food, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimal Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and Vegan Under Pressure. She also is featured in 3 DVDs: Creative Low-Fat Vegan Cuisine, Pressure Cooking: A Fresh Look, Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Plant-Based Electric Pressure Cooking: Basics and Beyond.Jill’s recipes focus on healthful, seasonal, and organically grown foods. Over the past 25+ years Jill has introduced thousands of people to the joys of eating fresh food, using exciting new “real” ingredients, as well as teaching them how to use the pressure cooker. She also teaches classes and workshops on fermenting and mushrooms for health. Jill can be found shopping at local farmer’s markets and produce stands, seeking out the best tasting food. In her spare time, she loves to hike, do yoga and hunt for mushrooms. Her website is theveggiequeen.com.
James Bennie, MD: Dr. Jim Bennie works at the Redding Rancheria Tribal Health Center in Redding, CA, as a family physician. Dr. Bennie educates his patients on Lifestyle changes to maximize their quality of life, reverse chronic diseases and get his patients off their medications. He has worked for 7 years as a staff physician during McDougall Employee Immersion Programs. He is triple board certified in Lifestyle Medicine, Family Medicine and Cardiac Ultrasound. His post-doctoral training with Dr. John McDougall in nutrition educated him on how food directly impacts the health and well being of patients. Dr. Bennie’s experience ranges from being one of the first Medical Moderators at NutritionFacts.org to being instrumental in helping implement the inaugural Health and Wellness Center for Whole Foods Market in Glendale, CA, by providing care and lifestyle education for WFM Team Members. He enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking and the great outdoors. Dr. Bennie’s passion for motivating people and his patients to live their lives to their highest capacity by pushing them past their perceived limits to expand their boundaries to thrive.