about the author

Lisa Joy Mitchell

Author | Wellness Mentor
Speaker | Cooking Instructor

Lisa Cagan Mitchell, a busy public relations consultant, was drawn to study Ayurvedic cooking twenty years ago, when chronic health problems began taking center stage in her fast-paced life. On her road to wellness, Lisa, changed her diet and began an informal study of Ayurveda (pronounced I-yer-VAY-duh), the ancient medical system of India that emphasizes a balanced and individual approach to eating.

It is this culinary and lifestyle wisdom that Lisa has incorporated into her recently published cookbook, Sacred & Delicious. During the course of gathering material for this book, Lisa studied informally with the renowned Ayurvedic physicians Dr. Vasant Lad in the U.S. and Dr. Smita Naram in India.

Lisa is now a wellness mentor and Ayurvedic cooking instructor based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She often works in partnership with her husband, Tom Mitchell, a chiropractic physician who practices Ayurvedic pulse assessment and herbal medicine, to consult with patients about dietary changes. Lisa teaches how to combine foods and spices creatively to support vibrant health and how to manage chronic pain and illness with an Ayurvedic approach to diet. During the past decade, Lisa has cooked for hundreds of participants in Ayurvedic clinics and meditation courses. She has been meditating and leading meditation groups for more than 30 years, and she brings this practice and yogic knowledge to her writing of Sacred & Delicious. She also shares her experiences about the noble and sacred undertaking that cooking truly is.

Lisa grew up in Florence, South Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. She began a 25-year career in journalism and public relations in Columbia, South Carolina, writing—and later editing—the magazine of a national trade association. From 1982 to 1997 she worked as a PR consultant in Dallas, Texas, with three prominent public relations firms and an international training company.

The Mitchells have lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, since 1997. They love hiking around Raleigh, spending time at the beach and the mountains, and hanging out as much time as possible with Tom’s adult daughter, Celeste.

Sacred and Delicious  is that one book that will really change your life. If you want to live a long, vibrant life without the aches and pains everyone says are an inevitable part of getting older – and without sacrificing all the delightful tastes you love – this is the book for you!”

~Debra Poneman, author of What!? No Meat!?! and founder of
Yes to Success Seminars, Inc.

about ayurveda

Cooking with Spices

To Support Mind | Body | Spirit

Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, is translated from Sanskrit as “the science of life.” It is more than 5,000 years old, with roots in Vedic culture. Ayurveda emphasizes balance—in body, mind and spirit—as essential to achieving and maintaining wellness. This balance is a critical component in healing chronic health problems.

Ayurveda’s holistic approach to conscious eating and conscious living has the power to resolve acute health problems, heal disease and establish ongoing wellness. Over thousands of years Ayurveda has supported the health of the many millions who have applied its principles to their lives.

This ancient system of medicine offers a proven template for healing the body, mind and emotions. Even those with chronic and potentially life-threatening conditions—diabetes, IBS, heart disease—can make tremendous progress with the right diet, exercise and herbal supplements. To know what is “right” for you can be challenging—and this is where Ayurveda excels!  Through Ayurveda, you can understand your own energetic patterns and, therefore, what you need to thrive.

If you have a serious health condition, it is extremely helpful to find an Ayurvedic practitioner who can support your learning and create a health plan that will be most effective.

To learn more about Ayurveda’s dietary principles, see http://bluepearlayurveda.com/what-is-ayurveda/

In Raleigh, N.C., find an Ayurvedic practitioner also skilled in Western functional medicine.

The Ayurvedic Institutewww.ayurveda.com

Ayushakti: US Tour with Vaidya Smita Naram https://ayushaktiusa.com

Dr. Thomas Mitchell, Mitchell Chiropractic Healing Center, Raleigh, NC. Dr. Mitchell is also skilled in Western functional medicine. https://radianthealth.us

AAPNA – Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America https://www.aapna.org

NAMA – National Ayurvedic Medical Association https://nationalayurvedic-medicalassoc-f2f9.squarespace.com

“An accessible and illustrative guide to the healing world of the Ayurvedic kitchen. Perfect for the novice and veteran in the kitchen alike.”

~Frances T. Meredith, MD Functional
Medicine/Internal Medicine

wellness mentoring

Menu Planning

Support for Wellness Goals

If you want to reclaim vibrant health or sustain optimal wellness with the support of an Ayurvedic diet—but don’t know where to begin—you’ve come to the right person. Lisa Mitchell, author of Sacred & Delicious, has spent more than 20 years exploring, studying, and experimenting with Ayurvedic cooking. Lisa can help you customize a menu plan that works for you and your family so that you learn new and delicious ways to help reverse or manage health problems while continuing to eat some of your favorite foods.

Lisa’s wellness mentoring services include:

  • Initial personal consultation to determine health care issues and wellness goals
  • Detailed menu planning consultation to identify the best foods to support your constitution and address your health problems in light of your food preferences—vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore!
  • Support to help you establish a healthy relationship with food
  • Answers to your questions
  • Private cooking instruction
  • Personal shopping excursion

If you’re already working with an Ayurvedic health care practitioner, Lisa can support your practitioner’s recommendations by helping you fashion a practical monthly food plan—one that you can fulfill, given the time constraints of work and family.

If you’re looking for an expert Ayurvedic practitioner, we can offer you an initial evaluation with Dr. Tom Mitchell, a chiropractic physician, functional medicine specialist, and an Ayurvedic practitioner with 20 years’ experience. If you’re in the Research Triangle area, you can come for a pulse analysis and consultation about your health issues with Dr. Mitchell. He can also order appropriate lab tests in North Carolina.

If you would like just a food plan, Lisa will base your plan on your health care issues and wellness goals.

Consultations are in person in our Raleigh office (near Rex Hospital) or by phone and online. Call Lisa Mitchell at 919-624-1998 to discuss a full package price for all services or to schedule individual services.

Schedule in-person consultations with Dr. Tom Mitchell online at www.radianthealth.us. Menu Planning Consultations begin in February 2019, following the fall 2018 fall launch of Sacred & Delicious.

special events

Where to Find Lisa

Book Signings | Lectures
Cooking Classes | Tastings

I’m passionate about supporting local businesses, so if you’re in a city where I’m doing an event, I’d love it if you would buy a book at the local independent book store hosting me. If I’m not traveling to your area, you can find a local book store at www.indiebound.org.

Thanks for your interest in Sacred & Delicious! Of course, books are also available at Amazon!

 

RALEIGH, NC
YOGAFEST 2019
Saturday, March 23
McKinnon Center/NC State
1101 Gorman St.
Tickets:  https://youcallthisyoga.org/yogafestnc-2/

Before and after some relaxing (or energizing) hatha yoga, come see us in the exhibit hall of Yogafest.  You can find out what your dosha is for free with Dr. Tom Mitchell, a chiropractic physician who also practices Ayurveda and acupuncture . Receive a free Kansa wand foot massage or facial rejuvenation treatment from Christine McNally, our licensed massage therapist and Ayurvedic practitioner. I’ll also be there talking about food and wellness.

RALEGH, NC
Saturday, April 6
Ayurvedic Cooking Class in the Garden
Vegan & Gluten-Free
Well Fed Community Garden
1321 Athens Drive
4 – 7ish p.m. with dinner

Click here to reserve your ticket: $40 per person

Come join me at Raleigh’s wonderful community garden started by none other than Arthur Gordon, also founder of the Irregardless cafe. I’ll give you a brief introduction to Ayurveda, the ancient wellness and medical system of India. But mostly, we’ll be cooking together and dining on a totally American-style feast of freshly picked vegetables right out of the garden. 

Asparagus Soup with Tarragon
Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Dessert Surprise
Herbal Teas

ASHEVILLE, NC
Thursday, April 11
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe

Meet the Author/Book Signing
Brief Intro to Ayurveda
55 Haywood St.
6 to 7:30 p.m.

Come by to get a signed book and learn just enough about Ayurveda to understand how you can use this guide to support your health…deliciously!

 

contact us

Meet Lisa & Tom

Lisa Joy Mitchell | Dr. Tom Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell:

For information about Sacred & Delicious or to schedule an event: lisajoy@sacredanddelicous.com

Dr. Tom Mitchell:

To schedule a pulse assessment, health consultation, or chiropractic appointment: https://directory.bookedin.com/mitchell-chiropractic-healing-center or call 919-785-2200.

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