Alliance Homecare is committed to providing comprehensive, full-service care to our clients. We can’t do this alone, which is why we’ve created a community of professionals spanning from Physical Therapy to In Home Concerts.
Today, we’d like to introduce viewers to our newest connection, Tohi Wellness. This organization is determined to give wholesome, nutritious home-cooked meals the spotlight they deserve. We spoke with founder, Stephanie Levine, to learn more about this vision.
Alliance: Can you give us a brief history of Tohi Wellness? What inspired you to start this endeavor?
Stephanie: I started my career as an entertainment specialist for Island Outpost, a lifestyle and world music company. I was fortunate enough to travel often to the Caribbean where I was immersed in organic, healthy lifestyle habits—even before these ideals entered the American lexicon.
I loved being apart of this health-conscience community who really valued the power of food. When my dad was diagnosed with lymphoma, I started reading more about the healing power of nutrition. I spoke to my dad about changing his eating habits and was shocked to see how easy (and fun) it was to reconsider meals.
Around this time, I received an email from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition outlining their health coaching program. It got me thinking that maybe I could share my passion for healing-focused cooking and eating with the broader community.
Alliance: How can you help our older adult clients reconnect with cooking and nutrition?
Stephanie: Years ago, I became the official health coach of Westerly Natural, a natural grocery store located in midtown Manhattan. One of my favorite parts of this role is doing on-the-spot coaching to help seniors with their grocery shopping.
I would go through shopping baskets and swap out simple carbohydrates for more complex ones and then explain my rationale. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how enthusiastic seniors are about improving their nutrition.
Today, I talk a lot about inflammation, arthritis, and OA with my seniors and discuss how food can help heal painful joint conditions. For example, removing processed vegetables oils from cooking can work wonders. Working with seniors has taught me how to ease people off of bad eating habits with grace and patience.
Alliance: Do you believe the therapeutic effects of food are utilized to their full potential with the aging population? If not, what would you like to see change?
Stephanie: The way we eat is actually a practice we need to move backwards with.
Seniors in the community come from a generation of whole foods. They didn’t grow up with the processed food we know today. They feel immense nostalgia and happiness when they discuss food and meals. Meals are a chance for seniors to be social, to laugh and be happy. Tohi Wellness is dedicated to helping seniors enjoy healthy food and a healthy life.
Often, I’ll work with the family or caregiver of a senior to create a meal plan that’s healthy and fun. I warn against take-out foods, as they contain staggering amounts of sodium and can interact dangerously with many medications.
I can tell you that when my senior clients are presented with home cooked meals, they eat faster then they have in years.
Alliance: Before you go, can you provide an example of a meal you may create for someone, say, age 85, with limited mobility, taking numerous medications?
Stephanie: I’d love to! Here’s a quick, easy dinner for seniors using The Tohi 30 Minute Cooking MethodTM
Wild Salmon, Curried Quinoa with Spinach Sauté
- Start with quinoa. Add 1 cup of dry quinoa to 2 cups of water, 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt & 1 teaspoon curry powder to water. Bring to a boil, shut off heat and let sit (10 min) until water absorbed.
- In one pan, add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or coat the pan with olive oil. Add 2 cloves chopped garlic* or powder then add your fresh or frozen spinach*. Cook till mildly wilted. Remove to dish.
- Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger* or powder. Add 1 or 2 pieces of 4-6 oz. wild salmon*, brown both sides of the fish. Remove from heat.
- Plate your Quinoa, Salmon and Spinach!*We recommend all items wherever possible be Organic and highly recommend all wild fish.
© 2017 Tohi Wellness/Organics