Living Food - Alok Holistic Health Community
Not your normal cooking class, this class brings
together creative-minded adults and body healing
for a night of nutritional socializing.
Not your average cooking class, this version
is more like a soiree, with organic and vegetarian
ingredients. - Time
Out New York
Attending one of these cooking classes is like
dying and going to heaven. - Ahuva
This class is a delectable feast for the senses.
- Judy Bonfil-Levine
A Raw Living Food and Lifefood Preparation Class
with various instructors such as Chef Shanti Devi Michal and Amy Rachelle
Spring into Life!
How to prepare easy and delicious
Cleansing Raw and Living Foods
Join us for an en-lite-ening exploration of
preparing easy to digest, properly combined,
low calorie, simple to make and outrageously
delicious raw and living foods!
Using a wide variety of exotic superfoods
and seasonal fruits and vegetables, we will
delight in simple and creative meal preparation
without the use of dense, high calorie, difficult
to digest foods such as nuts and seeds and
The recipes we will learn in this class are
ideal for a long-term cleansing and cellular
rejuvenation regimen effective in the healing
and prevention of most chronic modern day
conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart
disease, cancer, most digestive disorders,
skin diseases, chronic fatigue, candida and
many more. We will explore ways to accelerate
the elimination of toxins and the burning
of fat while promoting cellular rejuvenation
and weight loss in a relatively short period
of time through fasting.
We will discover
|| Which foods are easiest
to digest and provide the most nourishment.
||Which foods are low on the
glycemic index (have a low sugar content)
||Creating meals with simple
ingredients yet complex and satisfying flavors.
||Maximizing the energizing
and healing properties of foods through proper
||Fasting and Cleansing: short or long-term when and how
|| Very Berry Refresher Smoothie
||Green Energy Living Soup
||Spinach Basil Spread
||The Everyday Foundation for
Health: Superfood Salad
||Jicama Salsa with Cilantro
||Rubbed Kale and Daikon Salad
||Assorted Seaweed Salad with
||Blueberry Lime Sorbet
ALL VEGAN, 100% Organic!
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Great food - I could never imagine that those chunky
roots I saw in some grocery stores before are actually
sweet. Great people - very open, very different.
I made new friends instantly. - Rafael
What a great recipe: a wholesome organic meal and
an easy-going host. I'll be back. Organic vegetables
prepared with loving spirit always taste good. Thanks
for making me feel so welcome and comfortable. I'm
still feeling the good vibe from the evening.
- Larry Lux
I had a great time. Thanks for a truly wonderful
evening. I've been living in New York for seven
years now and it's usually very hard to entertain
me with something I haven't experienced yet.
- Keren Shani
I had such a wonderful experience. The class was
great fun, the food was terrific, and I left feeling
whole and happy. Looking forward to taking more
classes with you, and learning more every day.
- Susan Gass
The cooking class
was a great chance to make a healthy meal with
a bunch of new friends. It made me remember how
much fun cooking can be with a group and also
how easy it is to eat healthy with just a little
extra effort.- Jackie
I loved the cooking class. While the purpose (to
me) was to learn that eating in a healthy way
is beneficial and delicious, the atmosphere was
casual and filled with joy and love. I'll use
what I learned and go back formore. - Judith
Beloved Alok, namasti.
Much joy to share with you
a cooking experience, not just a class.
Food for the soul.
May you keep spreading
this light all over NYC.
Om. - Harsita Love
This class is a delectable feast
for the senses, and an incredibly fun way to meet
eclectic, creative people. I felt right at home
immediately. I really appreciate Alok's thoughtfulness
in making our experience so complete. And the
food is scrumptious! - Judy
Alok, thank you so much for that lovely evening.
Way beyond the technique of cooking healthy, you
let us practice 'enjoying' fully. Enjoying people
and the positive energies they give off whether
it is while massaging, singing, talking, eating,
or even while cooking. That was a really neat
group you brought together and it was not by accident.
Thanks again. - Anthony
Attending one of Alok's cooking classes
is like dying and going to heaven. I totally lose
my sense of place, and just succumb to the warm,
soothing and healing energies shared by those
around me. The meals are mouth watering, and simple
to repeat at home. Alok is a blessing. - Ahuva
I'm in Alok's six-month program. I find the cooking
perfect complement to the program. I wouldn't
miss a single class. I even attend the same class
more than once. The cooking class is an opportunity
for me to learn more about food, have yummy dinners,
meet new friends (with some of them I now hang
out outside of the classes), and promote my music.
The ambient is always so cozy and the energy is
very high. People who are not in the program can
attend the classes as well. It's fun and it's
a great way of meeting people from different countries,
cultures, and experiences.
- Irene Mastrangeli
Thank you for a wonderful experience! I learned
a lot and had a great time. The company was so
friendly and welcoming, and the air was filled
with lots of love and really great energy. I brought
my leftovers home and my roommate said, "It
looks like real sushi." I am looking forward
to taking another class. - Angela
I recently attended one of Alok's cooking classes,
and had a wonderful time! I felt so relaxed with
everyone. No pretensions, no competition, no stress.
It was a time to truly live in the present moment,
to be there and enjoy one another's company and
make delicious food! I recommend Alok's classes
for anyone looking for a cooking experience with
a bit of the spiritual thrown in. - Anne
I enjoyed how the class was more than just about
cooking. There was lots of primary food to be
enjoyed as well, so we got to experience the meaning
of primary food. I left feeling satisfied and
inspired. - Patricia
The whole event was very harmonious. I particularly
liked connecting with new people and making food
together is such a wonderful vehicle to do that.
- Marie Lumholtz
I really enjoyed having a live food preparation
class. It was very delicious and I felt very good
the next day. It left me with the feeling of eating
very clean and healthy food. Thank you very much.
- Nuria Divi
It was a stimulating, nourishing evening and I
am looking forward to hearing next month's schedule
and menu. - Meche
I really enjoyed the cooking class and made the
sweet sensation and brown rice/quinoa/ poppy seed
mix last night, so I have enough to last me most
of the week. Thanks for your enthusiasm and passion
for whole foods. It's refreshing to meet someone
who feels the same about "simple" foods.
- Julie Genser
I enjoyed sharing time with you and the group
during the cooking class. It was very informative.
I felt I was in a very friendly environment, where
everybody was willing to let go of the New York
City face and open to a relaxed communication.
For me it was important to reconnect with my left
side... to practice self love by being conscious
and caring of what I put into my body. I liked
being able to participate in the cooking itself.
It was a great, fun tool to connect with all the
other participants. The meal was just delicious,
so natural and healthy.
- Pedro Ramirez
Photos by Aarona
class allows one to step into a world of good
food, smiles, and laughter. The class also allows
one the opportunity to have wonderful conversations
with people that otherwise may not have crossed
our paths. - Stacey
The cooking class was a great experience. Taking
the time to actually cook food is a great luxury.
The process itself can be a type of meditation,
a time to reflect on your day as you prepare your
meal. It's rare that I take that time for myself
- it was nice to be reminded how enjoyable it
can be. And even better, it was great to be surrounded
by new interesting people while learning how to
make delicious food. Thanks for the happy experience!
- Jessica Dietz
Our disconnected commercial world often makes
us feel we are pieces of a machine - not part
of a people. When we entered into your beautiful
space we knew we were entering into a different
world. When we did your exercises and rituals,
all done with gentleness and humor we felt at
home and happy. If only the whole world were like
this I thought at the time. Then came the preparation
and the food. Both were wonderful and simple.
A group of strangers we were, yet when we cooked
we all feel into the comfortable rhythm of a family.
Thank you for this great experience, we felt we
learned a lot, we will definitely put what we
learned into our own practice and we look forward
to learning more. Thank you again.
- Michael and Ximena
I've rarely cooked since I've lived in NY. The
few times that I have, it's been hectic and stressful.
I'd forgotten how enjoyable the ritual of cooking
can be . . . taking time to slow down and chat,
linger over the preparation, work with real ingredients
vs. those that come in boxes and plastic containers,
take in the rich smells, enjoy the tastes without
swigging down tumblers of wine! It was a real
respite from the day. - Stormi
Thank you for facilitating a unique experience.
I enjoyed the evening tremendously because it
was an evening without an agenda, a simple approach
to reminding us that a simple meal cooked and
shared with other men and women can nurture your
body as well as your soul. It was like having
a dinner at a good friend's house. I enjoyed meeting
you and your friends.
- Pavel Salek
Alok's cooking class provides an opportunity to
learn and explore the realms of nutritious food
in a friendly environment that caters to all walks
of life. The evening was enlightening, fun, and
simply delicious! - Patricia
It was lovely to see what you are doing. A coming
together of people to share and learn about nourishing
themselves through the world's natural and simplistic
bounty. . . harmoniously. . .with love. And you
have found a way to sponsor it, promote it, as
well as to be sustained by it. Wonderful!
- Sherry Bender
The class was great. I learned a lot and looking
forward for next class!! - Veronica
The cooking party was joyous and relaxing. The
food was fresh and light and delightful.
- Vasilis Vassalos
The food nourished my soul; the energy nourished
my heart and then I slept a peaceful sleep only
to dream in color once more. - Jeff
We really enjoyed the class from start to finish.
You create a very unique and warm atmosphere that
prepared us for an experience that nourished our
minds, bodies and souls.
- Amery Rock and Philip
This cooking class is the best deal in town for
a recreational evening, for those who wish to
entice the vegetarian chef in oneself as part
of a team experience. Sitting low while eating
is a very grounding experience. The evening could
be summed up as the TTS experience. 'T' for Touch,
'T' for Taste, and 'S' for Sensory awareness and
Sound. - Carmela
Cooking class at Alok's was exceptional. Alok
is a very gracious host and very informative on
good physical and spiritual health. It was a thoroughly
enjoyable evening. Great fun. Am looking
forward to attending other events. - Maureen
Very much enjoyed the experience. - Daniel
I had so much energy after the class, I walked
all the way home 30 blocks. I can't say enough
about your cooking class! It was a wonderful meal,
as was the atmosphere. I really enjoyed myself,
and look forward to a return visit. A perfect
evening. Thank you for a delicious meal and your
kindness. - Beth
I thoroughly enjoyed the class; it was fun to
prepare and eat food together with the group and
get to know some new people who are interested
in healthy eating. Such an open and receptive
group of people. - Marie-Elizabeth
I enjoyed the dinner a lot and felt the good energy
all around me. - Arlette
Really enjoyed the class and meeting you and all
who attended. It was a wonderful way to relax
after a long stressful week of work. - Elaine
Thank you and thanks to the wonderful people we
shared the evening with. It was really special.
- Chelsea Albucher
I had a great time. You are truly a healing person,
Alok. - Liselle
"I wanted to thank you again for a beautiful
evening. We had a wonderful time! I think it's
funny that it's called a "cooking class"--it's
so much more than that." - Shea
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