Guiding you to complete health and happiness for body and soul!
The Vegan Vegetarian Cooking School was founded in 2009 after Angela Poch saw the need for an online school teaching vegan cooking and scientific health information for those interested in becoming vegan or vegetarian. All our recipes ARE plant based and we offer VEGAN alternatives for the odd recipe, not already completely vegan. For extreme diet limitations, or for those new to a healthy lifestyle, or for those whose partners do not want to change, we can help those using a Mediteranean diet, but we do primarily promote a plant based diet. The name change to Body Mind Health 4 U is because diet is only one aspect of health and we need a wholistic approach to wellness.
We teach health and cooking in a fun and captivating way so those in all walks of life and skill levels will enjoy our courses. We've never had any of the over 3000 students from over 100 countries say Angela is either boring or too difficult to watch. For testimonies click here. Angela Poch, your instructor has been on TV and is well versed in video production. She is an experienced cook, educated nutritionist, health, wellness, and life coach, Christian, mother, and wife. More about Angela Poch below.
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Angela Poch: With over 30 years cooking experience, Angela Poch has researched healthful living for her family and friends, leading her to become first a vegetarian, strict vegetarian, then vegan (for approx 10 years), and now is a 'flexitarian" (2010 to current) - see what is a flexitarian below.
A graduate in Nutritional Counseling from the Total Health School of Nutrition in Calgary AB, she is a certified nutritionist in BC Canada. She continues to research health on a regular basis to help others have better mental and physical health and is working, long term, toward her BSc and then onto MPH.
Other credentials include: Certified Life Coaching diploma, Certified in CBT Diploma, REBT certificate, Certified Depression Recovery Program Director for over 2 years, Certificate in Lifestyle Matters, Member of Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine, Board member for the Health Ministries Advisory Committee to the BC Conference of SDA's, Food Safe Certification, worked in a restaurant/commerical kitchen as a cook, and has her Business Administration Certificate among many other qualifications such as video and photography courses.
Angela has been on both sides of the filming and TV industry in several professional cooking and children's shows and is comfortable behind and in front of the camera.
"A flexitarian is someone who is 'almost' vegan but flexible to the choices available. I live close to being a vegan but I weigh the time, money, environmental impact, health, feasibility, and so one of the choices I make. I sparingly use leather products vs synthetic garbage and occasionally eat eggs and... mmmmm, dare I say... even 'yuck' meat. I do believe in being a good steward of all of God's creation: animal, plant, and human. Perhaps we should embrace a new term - loveavore.
That includes living as healthfully as possible (love ourself), taking care of God's creatures (love animals), and protecting the environment (love others). I believe in stewardship, not just protection, embracing a balance. Using natural, sustainable products which means cutting down a tree or two (that can be re-planted) and using the skin of a dead animal (they do die naturally too.) vs using synthetic, plastics that hurt the environment and economy.
I believe in supporting local business/farms/etc over big business when possible. I believe the entire impact of our choices are must be weighed! With this philosophy one can be a logger and still an environmentalist." Angela Poch
Having irritable bowel from her youth, Angela found lying on her back extremely painful along with other daily tasks, until a friend shared a healthier lifestyle. She and her family became strict vegetarians (no dairy or eggs) in 1999, and this change improved her health significantly. Due to the medical literature showing the benefits of such a lifestyle combined with exercise, Angela began to have a desire to share this good news with others.
That desired to help others live happier, healthier lives drove her to hold health luncheons in her home with help from her mother, Diane as well as holding cooking schools across British Columbia for over 5 years. After much prompting from friends, she set out to write a series of unique cookbooks for healthful living. Having created and adapted many recipes for the Health Luncheons, cooking classes, and friends with food allergies and sensitivities, it wasn’t too hard to come up with the recipes needed. In addition, a few recipes were donated or inspired by friends.
She has also made gluten free/allergy cookbooks & health books due to the discovery of several food intolerances in her home. Angela also has several food sensitivities so is on a VERY restricted diet (low FODMAP) and occasionally eats eggs to provide adequate nutrition. She continues to seek the most healthy alternatives and treatments.
Angela's son, Jordan Poch has his own vegetarian Kids cooking program: Happy Kids Cooking. His videos air in New Zealand on Firstlight TV Network. Jordan would like to do a series for teens and a cookbook so that's a work in progress.
With help from her father Wayne Castellarin and husband Jim Poch, Angela started Higher Path Print & Production (formerly Sette Publishing) to publish the books she's created. That in turn branched into photography, graphic design, video production, and low cost printing. Angela graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in Aug 2007 and while photography continues to be a passion it has branched into video production. Weddings, nature films, lectures, school programs, and more: www.HigherPath.ca
Being diagnosed with Fibromylgia, Angela understands the importance of a whole lifestyle approach to health. It's NOT just about the food we eat, but exercise, social support, fresh air, attitude of gratitude, helping others, and much more that affects our health and well being. Angela has very few symptoms and is mostly pain free even with having Fibromylgia. While we can't live forever or avoid all disease, we can delay disease and even reduce symptoms by lifestyle choices.
" I particularly like the emphasis on nutrition. Angela demonstrates in a way that make me believe I can do it, too. She makes everything look easy and I appreciate her attention to organization and tidiness."Helen, Lakeport, CA
"Great job Angela! You have put a lot of hard work and dedication into these lessons and it shows. Love the recipes and the DVD's.Amy, Fairbanks, AK