Feeding Body & Soul: an owner’s manual

Has the stress already set in about upcoming holidays, with gifts to buy, food to make, people to invite? Take a deep breath and allow yourself some “me time” to get tips on how to deal with life through wholesome nutrition and soulful living! The program is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at YWCA, 301 North St., Batavia. Certified Nutrition Counselor Sherri Siena will whet your appetite with advice about getting back to the basics in the kitchen. Basics are those unprocessed foods that have all of the goodness and no extra chemicals and preservatives. We’re talking hearty oat and wheat brans, flaxseed, wheat germ, raw sugar and unbromated flours, for example. Siena says that there are many studies available that point to a link between processed foods and illnesses such as autism, obesity and diabetes. There are too many studies that can’t be ignored, she says! So why not remove those nasty extras and use healthier ingredients for a nutritious, delicious and satisfying dish. She will show you how to do it. Koepp’s book “Broken” is about her daughter’s tragic car accident and gradual recovery. More importantly, it’s about how Koepp and her family dealt with the crisis and came to terms with the daily stress. Bottom line: be thankful for every moment, she says. Please join us for an evening of insights, samples of wholesome appetizers and desserts and a Q & A afterward. $5 donation appreciated. (585) 343-5808.