School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
What is hunger, and where does it come from? Is hunger an emotion or a feeling? And why is it that so many of us are afraid of our own hunger? Join keynote speaker John Immel, founder of Joyful Belly, at the Ayurveda Food & Nutrition Conference this May 13-16th in Carnegie, PA. There he will discuss his latest book, "Explore Your Hunger." From appetite to cravings, from emotional eating to biology, this talk will give you practical ways to explore and heal your psycho-somatic interaction with food, using your hunger as a guide. This presentation is especially suited for students and practitioners interested in disordered eating or disordered hunger, emotional eating, and clinical approaches to unruly food cravings.
John created Joyful Belly to recast Ayurveda in the context of American food traditions. He directs Joyful Belly's Masters in Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition e-course, a 500 hour certification program for health professionals who wish to specialize in food, nutrition, and digestive tract disorders. The program has been accredited by both the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America.
First and foremost a teacher, you will find that John's presentations are rich with anecdotes. Despite the seriousness of the topic, you will find he maintains a sense of humor when discussing the blood and guts of health. This humor often comes at his own expense, which he hopes you will enjoy!
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.