Food as Medicine: The Well Woman Diet

Posted March 9, 2023 | By Jackie Carlin

March is Women’s History Month, a wonderful time to celebrate the many contributions women make to the world. To honor them, we’re creating a special menu just for women!

You are cordially invited to join Allison Harrell, Registered Dietitian and Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist, and Laura Varich, M.D., a certified lifestyle medicine physician, in the Center for Health & Wellbeing’s Nutrition Theatre for a meal designed to put women’s health first.

About Your Program Presenters

Allison Harrell is a registered dietitian nutritionist and plant-based chef who has been passionate about food and nutrition for more than 20 years. She advanced her knowledge by becoming a certified Culinary Medicine Specialist, certified in Weight Loss Management. Harrell believes that every time we eat, it is an opportunity to promote our health. She incorporates culinary experiences with a science-based approach. Her programs and tools make a positive difference in the health of our communities by instilling confidence and knowledge in the kitchen.

Click here to sign up for Allison’s newsletter focused on the Well Woman Diet.

Recipes can be found here.

Laura Varich, MD is the founder of Fresh Physician (, a website that grew out of a desire to turn the tide on the chronic diseases such as weight gain, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and many others that have become rampant in our society today. Dr. Varich’s in-depth research within the medical literature revealed that there is hope for improved health for us all. Her life’s goal is to share the information that she discovered on how whole-food, plant-based eating is the way to turn around chronic disease, and also how simple and delicious this way of eating can be.

To continue the conversation, please visit Dr. Laura Varich at her website, Fresh Physician. There you can sign up for her free monthly newsletter (based on the latest scientific research to better your health!) and find recipes for delicious, simple, healthy meals. 

About the Food as Medicine Series: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” isn’t just a quote from ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates, it’s a framework to healthy and healing eating that’s more relevant today than ever. Join CHWB Chefs and AdventHealth physicians for this innovative program from the Center for Health & Wellbeing. You’ll learn more about the intersection of food and medicine, dive deep into the ways your food choices affect your health far beyond the numbers on your scale and learn easy recipes using new and interesting flavors and techniques.