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December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango Business focuses on the connection between good food and good health
(2007-01-30)
Healthy Fusion owner Sheri Wormser speaks to students during a Thai cooking class. (Joan Zwisler)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: One Durango businesswoman has a motto adapted from a quote by Edward Stanley, the 15th Earl of Derby (DAR-bee).

Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.

Sherri Wormser is the owner of Healthy Fusion, and earns her living trying to help people make the link between good health and good food.

KSUT's Joan Zwisler has more.


JOAN: These days, Kara Walecki (WALLA-key) says, she can make the connections between how she feels physically and what she's eaten recently.

453WALECKI: INSTEAD OF UH-OH I'M SICK I HAVE TO GO TO THE DR. AGAIN, NOW I CAN SAY OH I FEEL LIKE CRAP, THAT'S BECAUSE I ATE CAKE LAST NIGHT. AND THEN I KNOW I'LL FEEL BETTER IN A COUPLE DAYS AND THAT'S NICE TO KNOW.

Walecki is believed to suffer from a form of celiac disease.

It's a genetic disorder that causes an intolerance to gluten.

Gluten is generally found in the common food ingredients of wheat, rye and barley.

The illness can show up in a wide array of symptoms.

Walecki describes hers.

338 LOTS OF PAIN IN MY STOMACH, JOINTS, DIFFERENT THINGS. SUDDEN WEIGHT LOSS. JUST NOT KNOWING WHAT THE HECK'S GOING ON AND AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR IT WOULD BE WORSE.

Walecki found out about Healthy Fusion, a cooking school and retail store in Durango.

Last year, she took a class called gluten free living with Healthy Fusion owner Sherri Wormser and Naturopathic Dr. Lyn Patrick.

158 I LEARNED A LOT FROM BOTH OF THEM ABOUT HOW THE DIFFERENT FOODS CAN CAUSE DIFFERENT REACTIONS FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND EVEN THOUGH THERE'S ONE NAME FOR IT EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS.

NAT SOUND: cooking class

55 NAT SOUND: WE'RE GOING TO BE MAKING .A RED CHILI CHICKEN CURRY, WITH A DESSERT WHICH IS A COCONUT MILK AND BANANA DESSERT.

Sherri Wormser's classes vary, but they all include a focus on healthy eating.

This is a Thai cooking class.

Others classes range from wellness and weight loss to fun date night and kid's cooking classes to general classes for beginners.

Wormser is also a consultant.

She can talk to her clients about their current eating habits and how to begin to make healthy changes in them, starting with whatever changes the person feels he or she can live with.

909WORMSER: SOMEBODY USED THE EXAMPLE ONE TIME, YOU KNOW I WORK WITH THESE RANCHERS, THEY WON'T GIVE UP MEAT EVEN THOUGH THEIR CHOLESTEROL IS SKY HIGH. WELL, I WORK WITH THEM AND GET THEM TO WHERE THEY CAN GO. SO DOES THAT MEAN, OK THIS RANCHER WON'T GIVE UP MEAT. LET'S CUT YOU BACK FROM EATING BEEF 5 TIMES A WEEK TO 3 TIMES A WEEK. LET'S TALK ABOUT HEALTHIER VERSIONS GRASSFED BEEF VERSUS CORNFED BEEF AND LET'S WORK AT WHAT YOU CAN DO AS A PERSON AND WHAT WORKS FOR YOUR BODY AND YOUR LIFESTYLE.

Wormser finds one big stumbling block can be comfort foods, because no one wants to give them up.

She says her specialty is creating healthier versions of a person's favorite comfort foods.

Another block to healthier eating can be what you ate when you were a kid.

2318 MY BROCCOLI WAS WHITE THAT I ATE. YOU KNOW THEY BOILED ALL THE NUTRIENTS OUT. SO A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE REFLECT ON SAY BROCCOLI AND SAY I DIDIN'T LIKE IT AS A KID, I'M NOT GOING TO LIKE IT NOW. WELL, LETS LOOK AT THE WAY IT WAS PREPARED WHEN YOU WERE A KID.
2345 SPINACH IS ONE, ANOTHER ONE. CREAMED SPINACH AND CREAMED CORN AND ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT SOME OF US UNFORTUNATELY HAD IN OUR FAMILIES AS STAPLES. UGH. NO WONDER WHY PEOPLE DON'T LIKE VEGETABLES.

She encourages people to learn new ways to prepare foods and try new things even if they're sure they don't like them.

1950 I OFTEN TELL PEOPLE IF THEY'RE OPEN TO IT, IF THERE IS A FOOD THAT IS GOOD FOR YOU, TRY IT ONCE, IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, TRY TO PREPARE IT ANOTHER WAY AND SEE IF YOU STILL DON'T LIKE IT. AND IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, YOU DON'T LIKE IT.

Wormser was trained originally as a physical therapist, but became inspired to learn more about nutrition after watching a close friend's struggle with severe psoriasis.

The friend found out what foods were causing problems, changed her diet and healed.

Then Wormser worked with special needs children and observed a startling change in an autistic child after the child's mother placed him on a gluten and casein free diet.

She said that lead her to learn more about the connection between health and food and it gave her a passion to share the information with others.

In addition to the cooking classes at Healthy Fusion, Wormser is also looking into joint education opportunities with local schools, area health practitioners, private nursing homes and others.

108WORMSER: WE NEED TO START REMEMBERING WHERE ARE FOOD IS COMING FROM AND WHAT WE'RE PUTTING INTO OUR BODIES AND NOURISHING THAT CONNECTION BETWEEN FOOD AND HEALTH.

You can find out more on the web at HealthyFusion.com.

From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Joan Zwisler.
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