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Eva Cabaca, MEd, CNP, ROHP, CH.

Department(s): Faculty

Eva holds a Masters of Education degree and is a practicing Certified and Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner. She brings a blend of traditions and skills to her practice and teaching. Eva’s professional background is in Pharmacognosy, Holistic Nutrition and Herbology. She has taught courses in Science, Pain Management and English for the past six years. She holds diplomas with honors in Natural Health Counselling & in Applied Holistic Nutrition. Eva has been devoted to Yoga and to spreading the knowledge of a healthy vegetarian lifestyle, including simple whole living, spirituality and care for the environment. She is an active member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association & the Canadian Natural Health Association. Alongside her recipes and articles published regularly in Lifelines & the TVA newsletter. Eva teaches Holistic Food Preparation, Nutrition & the Environment, Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda, Mind, Body Healing at Institute of Holistic Nutrition Online’s program.

HM008 Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine introduces students to the healing, detoxifying and rejuvenating effects of medicinal herbs. Emphasis is placed on herbal terminology, levels of application from “simpling” to adding complexity using medium potency and harmonizing herbs and specific applications, including remedies for stress, tissue tonification, detoxification and deep immune support. The course explores each anatomical body system, along with the common conditions of each, so that students are able to identify the corresponding herbs and their actions to offer single or multiple herbal recommendations. Herbal Medicine will instruct students on specific herbal combinations to promote optimal health, with special attention to their application in managing both acute and long-term imbalances. Students are trained and evaluated on proper herbal names, herbal recommendations in example case scenarios and building protocols through multiple herbal combinations. Herbal Medicine also offers experiential learning through a guided herb walk where students are exposed to recognizing multi-functional medicinal wild herbs and plants in their local environment.

Learning Outcomes:
• Understanding the holistic approach to promoting wellness with nature’s medicines, both the healing plants which grow around us and effective imported herbs
• Exploration of the therapeutic actions of herbal medicines in the human body
• Awareness of proper harvesting, wildcrafting, drying and storage techniques for herbs and the many methods and uses including infusions, decoctions, inhalations, capsules, tinctures, salves, ointments and teas
• Ability to create herbal formulas with specific dosage recommendations for common conditions both internal and topical
• Evaluation of formulas and effectiveness of herbal remedies that are available commercially
• Understanding the application and the associated protocols of herbal treatment for both chronic and acute conditions

Herbal Medicine instructs future practitioners in the proper use of herbal nutraceuticals as valuable complements to nutritional and lifestyle protocols. This course strikes the difference between isolated, active ingredient medicine to the complex, synergistic effect of whole plant medicine as part of a holistic approach to health and healing.

HFP04 Holistic Food Preparation

Holistic Food Preparation introduces students to the art and science of cooking, bringing the hallmark of optimal health and nourishment to the table. The holistic kitchen is a unique laboratory where pure, natural, and whole ingredients are transformed into vibrant, nutrient-dense, and delicious dishes. There is a focus on the importance of food quality (organics), food ethics, seasonality, locality, as well as traditional methods of preparation that emphasize digestion. While a variety of theories and approaches are taught, students should expect to have a lot of fun! This course provides hands-on experience in food preparation and eating, with the intention of health and healing. It includes invigorating power drinks, deeply-nourishing soups, nutritive one-pot dishes, and clean energy snacks that include a new dimension in culinary theories through the fascinating principles of Ayurveda. Emphasis is placed on the proper preparation of grains, seeds and legumes through milling, soaking, sprouting, and fermentation. Students are taught how to choose high-quality oils and fats with beneficial properties, and which preserve and enhance the nutritional value of other foods. Raw foods, fermented condiments and vegetables, along with other high enzyme preparations will be explored. All cooking classes are vegetarian. Students will be taught and evaluated on plant-based recipe creation, individual presentation of a select recipe, and essential skills to ensure a mastery of safe handling of specialized kitchen tools, equipment, knife skills, and minimizing food waste.
Learning Outcomes:
• How to make a suite of aromatic, flavourful, nutritious, healing, and “yummy” holistic cuisine!
• How properly made foods “replace, reinoculate, and repair” in aid of various conditions, with a focus on maximum absorbability.
• Why eating food as close to its natural state as possible makes the difference between optimal health and disease.
• The ability to curate well-produced meal plans and recipes for clients with diverse needs, including food sensitivities, health conditions, cultural and personal preferences.
• The confident and enthusiastic use of novel combinations and properties of herbs, spices, grains and seaweeds.
• Perform basic operations in the kitchen, including time management for complex recipes.
• To develop both simple and complex recipes with the intent to impact health, happiness and longevity.
• Ability to make informed choices about fats sources as well as dried legumes and grains, vegetables, fruits, herbaceous plants, and their collective impact on health.
Holistic Food Preparation provides students with the age-old traditions and contemporary concepts and skills necessary to plan and craft therapeutic menus and recipes as part of their professional protocol development with clients. Experiential in nature, this course will transcend a student’s current views on what they think it means to make “good food,” and embrace the depth in holistic cooking that contributes to whole health and vitality.

NE009 Nutrition And The Environment
Based on an underlying philosophy that environments maintain and promote health and that individuals have a right to self-determination and self-knowledge, this course will present nutrition principles which promote health and prevent disease. Topics will consider the safety of our food supply, naturally occurring and environmental toxins in foods, microbes and food poisoning.
AMB 02 Ayurveda, Mind, Body Healing

This course incorporates the philosophy of Holistic Nutrition with spiritual and psychological approaches towards attaining optimal health, through the connection and benefits of sound body and mind. This course will explain the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world. Students will learn about the three forces – Vata, Pitta and Kapha, that combine in each being into a distinct constitution. Practical dietary and lifestyle recommendations for different constitutions will also be explored in real case studies.