By Kim Walter -- email@example.com
With a conditional use permit approved by the Warren County Board of Supervisors last week, Cheryl Anderson plans to hold registration for her biblical nutrition classes, which will be taught at her home in Bentonville.
Registration will take place at 4:30 p.m. on July 8 at Dynamic Life Praise and Worship Center in Front Royal, and will be followed by an introductory teaching session.
The classes and curriculum are based on "The Hallelujah Diet," a Bible-based vegan lifestyle developed by Hallelujah Acres.
Anderson became a vegan about six years ago when she first read about the diet, which is based on Genesis 1:29: "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [food]."
After Anderson changed her lifestyle, she took it a step further and took online classes to become a health minister. She also went to the Hallelujah Acres facility in North Carolina to continue her education on the diet.
"It's a lot easier than one might think," Anderson said of the vegan lifestyle.
Her school will include classes, workshops, one on one consultation, workout demonstrations and potluck suppers. Anderson said her home is complete with a dedicated fitness room, which houses a total gym, stationary bike, treadmill and an elliptical.
"It's amazing the energy you will have after just a couple weeks on the diet," she said. Anderson added that she has lost 40 pounds as a result, and has maintained it.
The diet is helpful with weight loss, she said, but also in helping those with illnesses, including cancer. More intensive services and product are available for such people.
"It's all about building up your immune system," she said. "Fruits and veggies help to provide an environment in which your body can heal itself. And if it's not strengthened, it can't fight off certain things."
Anderson said the classes also will provide participants with different products offered by Hallelujah Acres, like Body Max. The powder is taken 30 minutes before each meal with water. It comes in a variety of flavors, but at its core is living enzymes that give the product a special boost.
"It's a living product as opposed to what you purchase off the shelves at the grocery store," she said.
Because the school is in her home, Anderson can only hold up to ten students at a given time, but she will offer multiple classes. She will also host seminars, covering several topics including "Why Christians Get Sick," "Reboot Your Immune System," and "Get Healthy-Stay Balanced."
Anderson also plans to hold a "Pot-luck Super Supper" in the fall for couples who might be interested in a vegan lifestyle. This would require a three month membership.
"One has to reprogram the way they think about food, and I'm looking forward to getting that started," she said.
For more information on Anderson's school, go to www.eatyourwaytooptimalhealth.com or call 540-636-6238. Go to www.hacres.com to learn about Hallelujah Acres.