TEMPLE TERRACE – The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates often is celebrated for the centuries-old message he preached: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
And so it is that modern-day certified natural health professional Dessa Stone-Pividal of Temple Terrace lives her life guided by that same principle.
“I believe first and foremost in the use of food to bring your body back into balance. Nature has provided all the ingredients in whole foods to nourish our bodies,” said Stone-Pividal.
She teaches what she practices by way of Wellness by Dessa, a business she runs at the Center for Advanced Permanent Makeup, Skin Care & Wellness, 8593 W. Linebaugh Ave., in Tampa.
Closer to home, in partnership with the City of Temple Terrace Leisure Services Department, Stone-Pividal is facilitating a series of educational health and wellness workshops.
A Detoxifying the Body class is slated for Nov. 16 and a session to address Alternative Therapies for Disease is scheduled for Dec. 7.
“Just like your car gets clean oil, we need to clean up our bodies,” Stone-Pividal said about the detox seminar. “It’s all about the colon, liver, kidneys and bladder.”
In the second session she will discuss options other than drugs available to treat illnesses.
On Jan. 14 Stone-Pividal will conduct an educational clinic about basic nutrition.
“We’ll discuss the basic nutrients we all should be getting in our healthy eating plan,” she said. “We will also discuss health destroyers which we will work on eliminating from our diets.”
During the session she will also explain how exercise and a person’s emotional status play a vital role in the body’s overall wellbeing.
All classes begin at 9 a.m. at the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive.
The cost is $15 per class for rec center members and $20 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. Those interested are asked to call (813) 393-9666 or email [email protected] to reserve a seat.
In an Oct. 8 class, Stone-Pividal prepared and shared recipes using whole and raw foods – mainly fruits, vegetables and nuts.
She created an Asian collard-greens slaw with sesame ginger dressing and prepared some raw spaghetti from thin spirals of zucchini.
Stone-Pividal also made what she called Holiday Sweet Potato Slaw, which is raw, to which she added organic apples and raisins, fresh pecans, fresh lemon juice and unfiltered honey.
“It was delicious and I wouldn’t have known they were sweet potatoes unless she told us,” said Ruth Botkin, a participant of that class.
Botkin’s cousin Beth Morris, who accompanied her to the class, said she was impressed with Stone-Pividal’s high level of knowledge and professionalism.
“The basic message I got from her is that what you put in your body is what you get out of it,” Morris said.
To learn more about Stone-Pividal’s programs and view some of her most popular recipes, visit www.wellnessbydessa.com or call (813) 393-9666.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at [email protected]