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. James (Jim) Bennie, MD is double board certified in Family Medicine and Cardiac Ultrasound. He feels very fortunate that his post-doctoral training in nutrition was with Dr. McDougall because without that training it would have been very hard to be educated in the truth about how food directly impacts a person’s health and well-being. He has now worked with Dr. John McDougall part-time for over six years managing and educating patients at his Health and Wellness Center immersion program in Santa Rosa, which has allowed him to participate in the life changing journeys a whole food, low fat, plant based diet offers to those who are unwell.
Moreover, Dr. Bennie was one of the first Medical Moderators at NutritionFacts.org, the pioneering website of scientific review on a variety of lifestyle medicine and nutrition topics and he has volunteered many hours helping answer numerous medical and nutrition questions for the websites users with its founder and creator Dr. Michael Greger. Dr. Bennie was also instrumental in helping implement the inaugural Health and Wellness center for Whole Foods Market in Glendale California, allowing him to provide care and lifestyle education for their team members.
He feels very blessed to have a wonderful, supportive and beautiful wife Angie and two amazing teenage sons which push him to be the best father and mentor he can be.
When he’s not working fulltime at the Redding Rancheria Tribal Health Center in Redding California he is probably out whizzing by you on his road or mountain bike trying to obtain another personal record (PR) and enjoying the great outdoors.
Dr. Bennie genuinely has a true passion for motivating people and patients to live at their highest capacity, pushing them past their perceived limits to expand their boundaries, to not only survive, but thrive in their hectic lives.